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.
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.
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.
Hornsby Westfield Shopping Centre
236 Pacific Highway
www.tokyoramen.com.au (website is all in Japanese)