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Ton Ton Ramen, Sydney

Chicken Karaage Ramen


Ton Ton Lips!

Feenin’ for some ramen?  Yeah, me too.  This wet weather has me craving for some slurpy noodles and soup to warm my throat. If you’re around the CBD, this little joint just across from Azuma Patisserie off George could hit the spot.

Ton Ton is a takeaway shop with some of the Japanese standards, plus a pretty diverse and homey ramen menu.  They had some new editions when I was there: mabo tofu ramen (with spicy minced pork) and spicy nira ramen.

We tried the nira (spicy minced pork & bean paste?) and karaage ramen, with some gyoza on the side.

Chicken Karaage Ramen

Spicy Nira Ramen


Ton Ton Ramen 
501 George St Ground Floor
Sydney, NSW 2000
02 9267 1313

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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! 

Mamak, Haymarket

Last Saturday was a long one spent in the city enjoying a short (unfortunately, due to traffic and an event I had in the afternoon) hangout with the food bloggers of Sydney.  It was great to briefly meet our hosts, Helen & Suze, plus several other bloggers whose writings I’ve read (and photos I’ve drooled over!), plus meet a few new ones too!

By evening The Malaysian and I were starving again, and being in the city couldn’t possibly pass up the eating opportunities.  After some iPhone blog surfing and debate we decided to head back to Mamak in Haymarket; it had been months since we ate at the Temple of Malay Cuisine.

The queue wasn’t intolerable for a Saturday evening, and the queue at Mamak gives you time to watch the roti making action in the window.

Making Roti Canai

Within 30 minutes or so we were seated inside the buzzing low-ceilinged eatery, hungry and ready to dive in.

“I am going to enjoy EVERY bite of this tonight!” I vowed.

We can’t pass up Mamak roti, so both of us start out with Roti Canai, which comes scrunched on a tin plate with sambal and two curry dipping sauces – one a rich, potatoey tasting mixture and one a more fishy sauce.  Both a pleasure.  The roti is crisp, fluffy and light, with just the right amount of butteriness so you don’t feel sluggish and heavy.

Roti Canai on the grill

Roti Canai – $5.00 (comes with sambal and two curry dipping sauces)

We both also order Nasi Lemak – coconut rice accompanied by sambal, roasted peanuts, ikan bilis (dried anchovies), cucumber (yum!) and a hard-boiled egg. This is basically the national dish of Malaysia, and it is mouthwatering.

The Malaysian orders chicken curry with his Nasi Lemak while I go for the fried chicken.

This fried chicken is truly finger-licking good.  It may have just been the hunger on the night, but I actually admitted that this was some of the best fried chicken I had ever eaten.  And I am from America.

The chicken is tender and juicy inside – and meaty, not too much fat.  The outside is crunchy, hot and spicy.  So flavoursome you want to fall off your chair.  Really.  You do.  Goodbye, Colonel.

Nasi Lemak – $7.50 + $3.00 for fried or curry chicken

I don’t feel like any Malaysian dinner (wait…or any dinner at all…) is in fact complete until dessert is had.

Cendol took the spot wonderfully.  Starchy, fresh noodles made from pandan leaves with a mild coconut-and-grass flavour topped with shaved ice, coconut milk and gula-melaka (palm sugar) syrup.

Cendol – $5.00

The best part is slurping up the icey palm sugar!

15 Goulburn St
Haymarket NSW Sydney 2000
(02) 9211 1668

New second location now open in Chatswood.

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