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Gumshara Ramen, Haymarket

What? A ramen post on Everybody Loves Ramen??

Yes, yes you’re probably wondering whether I even love ramen.  But the truth is there’s not much good ramen around Parramatta (that I know of…if you got the scoop lemme know), and I don’t make it into the city as much as I would like.

So when the opportunity does show itself, the best place I can think of to eat a steamy bowl of ramen is Gumshara in the Eating World food court in Chinatown.
I won’t dive into to much detail — there are some great posts around.

Gumshara’s menu is pretty straightforward — pick your broth, pick some toppings if you want.  Grab your number, then some chopsticks and a spoon from the communal food-court cutlery buckets and wait. Anxiously.  For like 3-5 minutes.  After your order comes up you can add some condiments, which are complimentary and sitting on the end of the bench.  Some toasted sesame seeds and pickled ginger go nicely.

Miso Ramen 

The tonkotsu broth (which you can read about in other posts if you like) is thick with collagen — a product of boiling pork bones and marrow down for hours. Yes, I said hours.  It’s slurpy, salty and great for winter.  The noodles have a bit of bite to them (perfect) and will fatten in the hot broth if you eat it improperly (meaning if you don’t devour it in less than 10 minutes).

Tonkotsu Ramen w/ extra boiled eggs

The famous bowl I haven’t tried yet (stupid me) is the special pork spare rib ramen — they apparently make only 10 bowls a day but.

In addition — Gumshara is a cheap eat — around $10-12 a bowl (give or take for extras).  If Eating World is busy the place gets swarmed with international Uni students & Japanese hipsters.

Just for lolz — and coz it’s true.  Itadakimasssssu!!1!11!!1!!!!1!!

Gumshara Ramen
Eating World Harbour Plaza (across from Sydney Entertainment Centre)
Shop 209, 25-29 Dixon Street
Haymarket, NSW 2000

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Wow! 95% like it on urbanspoon – dattebayo! 

Gong Bao Chicken

Well, Team Billy made it far, and we’re all so proud of just how far he made it.  So in honour of the “Dessert Queen” (LOL) I’ve decided this is a good time to post this recipe, which is a tweak of his posted recipe, and the version out of reigning Masterchef Adam Liaw’s book, Two Asian Kitchens (which I highly recommend you pick up if you love Japanese/Chinese/Malaysian foods).

I first made this recipe back some time last year, and as I said, I’ve tweaked it a little to suit my tastes.  You can do the same!  Be creative and flexible, cook what you like!  I seriously love this recipe and cook it at least a couple times per month.  Billy said it’s complicated, but I find it to be a very fast, inexpensive (I have most of the ingredients stocked in the pantry) 30 minute week-night meal.

Ingredients: serves 2
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced or thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
10 dried chillis (soak in warm water for a few minutes, then thoroughly dry)
1 tsp Szechuan peppercorn (can ommit, if you MUST)
1/2 onion (I usually use brown, accidentally bought red this time! But it adds nice colour…)
3 spring onions/scallions/green onions, cut in 2 inch pieces (optional)
A handful of roasted cashews, quickly toasted in a dry wok or fry-pan

For the marinade:
3 tbsp oyster sauce
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
Flour (to coat chicken before frying)

For the sauce:
4 tbsp raw sugar
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
4 tbsp Shaoxing cooking wine (or dry sherry)
1 tbsp corn starch in warm water (to use at very end)

Method:
-Coat the chicken in the marinade and pop in the fridge, covered, for at least 1 hour (if in a time crunch, forgo this time — just pop it in as long as you can.)
-Now is a good time to prepare your “mise en place” (everything in it’s place) — this means get all your ingredients chopped or prepared and set in bowls or cups ready to add.  This is crucial when stir-frying as you must move very quickly.  The whole ‘cooking’ process will only take a matter of minutes.
-Make a little chilli oil to fry the lot in by heating a few tablespoons of vegetable oil in a wok until almost smoking.  Add the chillis and peppercorns and stir-fry until the oil is fragrant — don’t allow the chillis to burn!  Remove the chillis into a bowl and set aside.
-Toss sliced garlic into the oil and stir-fry briefly.
-Toss your chicken through the flour to coat it all, then add to the hot oil and garlic.  Stir fry until crispy, using tongs or chopsticks to separate the pieces and keep them from sticking.
-When it is golden, add your sauce.  It will sizzle and de-glaze (getting all the sticky yummy bits off the wok.)
-Now add the onions, green onions & chillis and stir-fry around a little.
-Pour in a little of the cornstarch mixture just until the sauce thickens into a nice glaze.  Add it reasonably!  You don’t want the sauce to be gloppy.
-Add your toasted roasted cashews and toss through evenly.
-Remove from heat and serve with steamed rice.

BIG NOTE: be sure not to overcook a stir-fry!  Your veggies should have crunch to them still, and the dish should taste overall fresh.  The whole cooking process in the wok should take around 10 minutes (hence why you gotta be organized!)

Whole Sambal Fish w/ Lime & Spring Onions

This post is completely inspired by Eating Asia.

I have spent hours, and I mean hours, ogling at and through Robyn Eckhardt & David Hagerman’s beautiful blog, Eating Asia.  If you haven’t read it, it’s a must if you are a person who loves or in any way remotely loves food, likes or eats food for any purpose.  Their dream life in Asia has inspired and excited me so much — as I’m sure it has many others.

Just as they were moving, so was I, and when this simple, simple recipe popped up on their blog, I dove in for it the same day.  My trip to the fish monger’s is much less interesting than their’s, and I didn’t make the sambal fresh — but this fish turned out beautiful, tender and flavoursome, with all the juice of lime, fish and sambal pooled beneath the bed of greens as Robyn described.

Simple, healthy, delicious — the perfect mid week-night meal.

Ingredients: (serves 2)
Whole Fish (snapper, or whatever you like), scaled & cleaned (you can ask the monger to do this for you)
1 bunch fresh coriander
3-4 fresh spring onions
3 cloves garlic, sliced
Malaysian Sambal
2 limes, quartered

Choy Sum
1 clove garlic
Oyster Sauce

Method:
Rub the fish, inside and out, with the sambal paste, scatter over the garlic (stuff some inside too!), and squeeze the limes all over.  Stuff the lime quarters inside the fish.  Make a bed of spring onion stalks and coriander on some aluminium foil.  Place the sambal fish on the bed and wrap the foil around it, sealing it, but allowing room for it to puff with steam.

Place it in the oven, at around 160c for 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven and the size of the fish.

Briskly stir fry the garlic and choy sum in a little hot oil in a wok.  Pour in some oyster sauce to taste, and remove from the heat & on to a serving dish.

Serve fish & greens with some steamed rice.

Tokyo Ramen, Hornsby Westfield

Slurp!  Slurp!  It’s the sound of warm, slippery, salty noodles…

This week I commuted to Hornsby two days, which afforded me the opportunity to try out Tokyo Ramen at Westfield Shopping Centre.  I was so excited, and not disappointed at all – and ended up eating there for lunch both days of work.
Further – after coming home and telling my housemate, “The Malaysian”, about the noodley wonders of Tokyo Ramen we trekked out for a THIRD visit in one week for Saturday lunch.  Braving the onslaught of Christmas shoppers and angry drivers, these near-heart-attack-inducing bowls of slurpy and salty noodles are clearly in our hearts already.

Tokyo Ramen runs a nice business in a busy wing of the ground floor of Hornsby’s major shopping centre, always busy along with it’s sister sushi kiosk, Tokyo Sushi, directly outside.  On Saturday, it’s so busy that there is a small queue, and we are offered a seat at the bar of the sushi kiosk instead.

Having already tried Miso Butter Corn and Negimiso (bbq chilli pork) ramen earlier in the week, I decide on a classic bowl of Miso Chashu Men: egg noodles with slices of roasted pork, vegetables, nori and half a boiled egg in a thick miso broth.  It’s delicious and definitely the classic standard, but I still favour Miso Butter Corn, which is the same as Chashu Men with the addict- er, addition of sweet corn and lots of butter melting and oozing on top!  This dish is best in winter and is soooo salty it leaves your throat with a burning sensation.

Miso Chashu Men – $9.50

The Malaysian goes for Negimiso which is definitely fighting for first place in my favorite ramen dishes.  It’s a miso based soup with egg noodles, shallots and slices of roasted/bbq’d pork packed with garlicky-chilli flavour. The broth is laced with that smokey, spicy barbecue taste, and visible specks of charring swirl about.

Negimiso Ramen – $12.00

The bedfellow of ramen is of course Gyoza. I’ve had a small gyoza weakness since I first had it when I was six, and the thought of fried little dumplings always makes me salivate.

These beautiful little gyoza, part steamed, part fried, at Tokyo Ramen are tender, juicy, succulent.  The flavour and texture of the fried side of the dumpling is not short of divine.


Gyoza, 5 pieces – $5.00

The big draw of Tokyo Ramen for me is the large draw of Japanese patronage and mixed generations.  The food is flavoursome and adventurous enough for the young, familiar and authentic enough for the old.

Tokyo Ramen
Shop 1042
Hornsby Westfield Shopping Centre
236 Pacific Highway

www.tokyoramen.com.au (website is all in Japanese)

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