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Monday, March 03, 2008

Ryo's Noodles, Crows Nest

Deep-fried soft shell crab $5.50

I'm a bit of a soft shell crab fan. The version at Ryo's is a winner.

The deep-fried crustacean is larger in size than most, a tangle of legs covered in bubbles of light golden batter. The increased size meants that once you've nibbled your way past the crisp crunchy shell, sighing with happiness as you go, a reward of crab meat awaits, a gift from the gods that is pure, white and sweet.

Ramen noodles in miso pork stock soup $10.50

We had to join the queue for a table tonight at Ryo's. Thankfully the wait isn't long. Like most Japanese noodle houses, customers tend to slurp-and-run.

We take our seats and within minutes our orders are taken. I'm on the water run, filling up bright plastic tumblers from the water chiller on the counter and couriering them over to our table.

Triangles of onigiri rice balls are the first to arrive, compact triangles of rice filled with cod roe or roast pork and covered in roasted nori seaweed sheets. The roast pork is tastier, fine slivers of sweetened meat dispersed throughout the vinegared rice.

Japanese-style miso bolognaise sauce noodles $11.00

I slurp away happily on a steaming bowl of ramen noodles in miso pork stock soup. The soup is rich with pork gelatins, made heartier with the addition of miso. The noodles are firm and springy, my chopsticks wandering happily between strips of baby leek, chopped scallions, toasted sesame seeds, pickled bamboo shoots, slices of fish cake emblazoned with swirls of hot pink, and a boiled egg half, its yolk soft and yellow.

Japanese-style miso bolognaise sauce noodles make an appearance. It's another salty but addicitive combination, the finely cooked pork mince swaddled in a dense sauce that is sweet, salty and umami.

Endorsed by Iron Chef French, Hiroyuki Sakai

We pay our respects to the testimonial wall, a display of endorsements first noted by Not Quite Nigella. A testimonial by Iron Chef French, Hiroyki Sakai, is surely the highest accolade of them all!

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Ryo's Noodles (also known as Ryo Tei)
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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12 comments - Add some comment love

posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 3/03/2008 11:16:00 pm


  • At 3/04/2008 9:59 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks for the mention! :) He's got a great signature doesn't he? We're going to Tokyo in June and I would love to compare a Tokyo Ramen place to Ryo's. I wish there was a Grabyourfork for Tokyo so I could find the best ramen in Tokyo!

  • At 3/04/2008 11:50 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wish this place was easier to get to from the Inner west when you don't have a car!

  • At 3/04/2008 9:07 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi there

    I've tried the soft shell crab @ Ryo's and agree that it's good, but I have to admit there's a place that makes even *better* crab - it's Dontaku in Crows Nest (bottom of Crows Nest Plaza, 103-111 Willoughby Rd).

    There's also an awesome Ramen place in the same plaza called Ten-Sun. If you're headed into Chatswood I'd also recommend Ramen Tei @ 306 Victoria Ave, Chatswood - definitely worth a visit.

  • At 3/05/2008 2:14 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Awesome food..! wished we had a real jap restaurant here.

  • At 3/05/2008 12:14 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    yummm. you're really making me want to try soft shell crab!

  • At 3/05/2008 4:16 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I keep on meaning to try Ryo's!! Perhaps tomorrow...hmm....I *love* soft shell crab, if its on the menu then I'm ordering it! LOL.

  • At 3/06/2008 8:17 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Helen,

    I've been a long time supporter of your blog and recommend it to all my friends. I know this question has nothing to do with the Ryo post (love their rice balls!) but could you tell me what the sago dessert you order at East Ocean dinners is called in chinese? It's my mum's bday and I'm taking her out and she LOVES sago desserts so I thought I'll bring her to East Ocean!

    Thanks for your help and keep up the good work! =)


  • At 3/07/2008 12:12 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Lorraine E - It's a wonderfully artistic signature, like most things Japanese :) I love that he's included the pear as well. So clever!

    And lucky you, headed for Japan. I'm so jealous! Re: Tokyo ramen research, check out Ramen Tokyo, Rameniac and Tokyo Food Page.

    Hi Jax - I've walked there from St Leonards. It's not a huge walk - about 20min (and straight past Essential Ingredient too!).

    Hi Kathleen - Wow. Thanks for the recommendations. I'm adding them to the top of my list :)

    Hi Mama Bok - Ahh at least you have food blogs to drool over then :)

    Hi Lindsey Clare - It's so delicious. Hope you manage to find some soon.

    Hi Aptronym - Happy crunching! Hope it's on the daily special menu on the day you get there :)

    Hi Amy - In Cantonese it's called "sai mai bo deen" which sounds more like "say may bowl diin". Make sure you order it at least 24 hours in advance. Hope your Mum has a happy birthday!

  • At 3/08/2008 4:48 pm, Blogger Y said…

    Darn, I keep forgetting to go back to Ryo's Noodles. And now the Burlington has opened up, there's two reasons right there, to visit Crows Nest. By the way, I've been to Ramen Tei in Chatswood and found it very disappointing and flavourless. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone, but then again, I could have been on an off day.

  • At 3/11/2008 10:04 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Y - I did find a few conflicting reports about Ramen Tei, but huh, I'm always up for some fooding research :) I didn't realise that Burlington had opened in Crows Nest either.

  • At 6/07/2008 12:16 am, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Pluggin - Wow, Ramen Alley sounds amazing. I wish we'd exited the station when we made a transfer there :) Thanks for the tip - I'll have to remember it for next time (yep, I'm banking on a lottery win!).

  • At 6/10/2008 11:13 pm, Blogger Helen (Grab Your Fork) said…

    Hi Pluggin - You're not helping my pinings to return to Japan :) Oh the deliciousness of it all!


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