Ramen noodles in black miso soup $15.00
with deep-fried soft shell crab
Ryo's Noodles is the real deal.
I'm in love with this place as soon as I step through the door.
Lemon yellow walls are plastered with scrolls of white paper, each bearing the strong swirling characters of Japanese script. From the flower-stamped silver serviette holders on every table, to the rainbow coloured plastic cups by the help-yourself water dispenser, I can tell we're in for a ramen treat.
I even love the fact you can order a second serve of noodles for $2.50, just like in Japan. Another handful of noodles can satiate even the hungriest sumo wrestler with excess soup stock in his bowl.
There are nine ramen dishes on the regular menu, with specials listed on the wall. Non-noodle otions include the intriguing sounding "Japanese-style miso bolognaise sauce on noodles". Rice can accompanied by Japanese beef curry, fried pork cutlets or shaped into onigiri rice balls. There are entrees, sides and toppings, but we head straight for the ramen menu and order unadorned.
Ramen noodles in spicy hot pork soup $10.50
Wow. It's even better than I could have imagined. I've ordered a daily special, ramen noodles in black miso soup with deep-fried soft shell crab [see first pic]. The soup is thick, rich and dark, a hearty earthy stock with the taste of black sesame amongst the miso. The ramen noodles are of perfect chewy density. One whole deep-fried soft shell crab, crisp and crunchy, is almost hidden beneath a bounty of tasty morsels that include slices of pink swirled fish cake, bamboo pickles, half a soy sauce boiled egg and an undergrowth of peppery green leaves.
A whole nori sheet, tucked down one side of the bowl, resembles a sail, and I'm more than happy to float along for the ride.
Tokyo ramen noodles $9.50
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125 Falcon Street, Crows Nest, Sydney
(corner of West Street)
Tel: +61 (02) 9955 0225
Open Thursday to Tuesday (closed Wednesdays)
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