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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Ryo's Noodles, Crows Nest

Japanese-style miso bolognaise

What does Japanese miso bolognaise taste like?

Salty, meaty and with delicious umami undertones.

We returned to Ryo's Noodles in Crows Nest for another ramen fix, this time prefacing our noodles with cod roe onigiri, squat triangles of seasoned sushi rice held together with nori.

Rice ball with cod roe $3.00 each

I convince the G-man to share two dishes with me. Neither of us had tried the Japanese-style miso bolognaise and we were keen to rectify this immediately.

Japanese-style miso bolognaise sauce noodles $11.00

With the fork mouthful we instantly regret we've ordered just one. The mince bolognaise, a meaty brown in colour with no hint of tomato, is ladled generously over a bed of springy firm-cooked ramen noodles. A boiled soy sauce egg is halved and placed on the side, its golden yolk beckoning with a sunny soft-cooked glow.

A clump of chopped scallions, a light scattering of toasted sesame seeds. It's nothing like true Italian bolognaise but the inspiration works, a comfort dish of firm toothsome noodles drenched in a thick casserole-like sauce.

Ramen noodles with thick miso soup $15.00
and mixed seafood (including soft shell crab)

The other dish we share is ramen noodles with thick miso soup. Boy, they weren't kidding when they said it was thick. Like a swampy viscous goo, it's a little too salty for my liking, somewhat over-powering on my palate with the lingering strains of soy bean paste. It takes this particular dish for me to realise that one of my highlights highlights about eating ramen is the process of alternate mouthfuls of fresh noodle with palate-cleansing clear soup.

The deep-fried soft shell crab is delicious though. So too are the pickled bamboo shoots.

But the favourite dish of the table? The Japanese bolognaise.

Next time I'm ordering my own.

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Ryo's Noodles
125 Falcon Street, Crows Nest, Sydney
(corner of West Street)
Tel: +61 (02) 9955 0225

Open Thursday to Tuesday (closed Wednesdays)
Lunch 12.00pm-2.30pm
Dinner 5.00pm-10.00pm

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 8/21/2007 11:24:00 pm


  • At 8/22/2007 8:20 am, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    Japanese bolognaise? I was worried but your photo and description has converted me.

  • At 8/22/2007 9:26 am, Blogger hazchem said…

    looks great! How does it compare to the spag bol/combination noodle at Chinese Noodle Restaurant?

  • At 8/23/2007 4:38 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Can I ask a silly question? Does it taste miso soup-y or like the miso that you get on top of grilled eggplant (or neither). I love the grilled eggplant dish but don't like miso soup. I realise that it may sound like a bizarre question...

  • At 8/24/2007 12:08 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Veruca Salt - Yup, it's nothing like it sounds. More like ramen with meaty sauce. Okay, that kinda sounds like Japanese bolognaise. lol

    Hi hazchem - I have to confess I haven't tried the spag bol at CNR. I did have a cold noodle dish with meat sauce at Daily Noodle Fastfood. This one is totally different though. Warm chewy ramen and hot "bolognaise".

    Hi Lorraine E - Not a silly question at all. I thought the same thing. No it doesn't taste like miso soup. It does taste a little like miso paste on top of grilled eggplant. It's quite a meaty taste with the heartiness of miso paste. Not seaweedy at all

    So when are you going? :)

  • At 8/24/2007 8:30 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Awww man I'm so jealous ... It all looks so good. My sis and I rocked up to Ryo's 20 minutes after they'd opened for lunch last Saturday, and there were already a dozen people waiting in line outside!! We were way too hungry to wait, and a very ordinary Ma Po Dofu I had instead at a Chinese restaurant nearby was salt in the wound more than consolation. We should follow your lead and go on a weekday ...

    As always, great work Helen ... :)


  • At 8/24/2007 11:14 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks Helen! Oooohlala, I think I'll have to go this coming week, its not too far from me so there's really no excuse

  • At 8/24/2007 4:39 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    That's it. I'm going to have to go. LOVE soft shell crab....!!!

  • At 8/24/2007 10:32 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi G - I've heard that the queues for this place can be quite crazy. Perhaps try a weeknight for dinner. And do persist. It's worth it!

    Hi Lorraine E - Enjoy your meal, and do let me know what you thought (and what you had!).

    Hi aptronym - You can also get the soft shell crab as an extra for $5.50 :) Have fun!


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