Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Journey to Ramen Kan

And here began the journey to Ramen Kan... As per Andrew's recommendation, Sophie and I - and our gloriously empty stomachs! - made our way into the city, into China Town, into a rickety little elevator, and finally, inside to find what could be likened to clouded heaven in a steaming bowl.

We entered and were greeted by this delightfully petite Asian lady and an iPad, which she used to take our orders. She was all sorts of tiny, as were the rest of the staff, and I could've sighed being surrounded by them flitting around so quickly.
Sophie and I ordered mango and lychee Calpis, respectively. I can't really describe Calpis accurately... It's a little bit like Yakult? It's my favourite, but this was the first time I was trying it flavoured!

We started with vegetarian curry samosas, and vegetarian gyoza. There were originally four on the plate, but I was hungry... These were great. Not oily, or makunat. No complaints at all.
I ordered the Tonkotsu Ramen ($10.90), pork on the side to be left alone and it was just... Wow.
Sophie opted for the Beef Udon with salad ($10.90). She was very happy with it, if I remember correctly. But I was too all-consumed by my ramen to ask any further questions!
I was definitely having an internal debate with myself on whether to go with their restaurant favourite (the tonkotsu ramen, as recommended by our server as the most popular item on the menu), or the Tantan Ramen. It had a chili symbol next to it on the menu, but as I'd read in some reviews, they do not kid about spice here.

I had been tweeting Andrew asking him what I should order, but got his messages too late! He said the Tantan Ramen is definitely out of this world. I guess that will have to wait until my next visit to Sydney!

And look at how beautifully they soft-boil their eggs! It's like my soul was being touched by an angel.
This bowl was really amazing - bold in flavour, and very uniquely so. Cloudy, and full. It didn't feel like just a broth, it had body. The noodles were perfect. The crunch from the negi and other veg was a nice contrast.

Sad to say, it's quite unlike anything I've tried in Manila. Ukkokei is a major contender, undoubtedly. But the likes of Kenji Tei or other Japanese restaurants that offer ramen? I wouldn't think so. I'll just have to keep trying! ;)
Oops... Shhhh!
While we thought our stomachs were unappeasable walking into Ramen Kan, we were definitely proven wrong. We definitely had to walk this one off! We reached a park-ish area of Darling Harbour and settled ourselves on one of the circular mats splayed through the grounds.
Definitely an afternoon food coma. After we recovered, we gathered ourselves to explore a little, and found the sweetest attraction of interactive waterworks.
Please, dear readers, I encourage you to embark on this journey if you're ever in Sydney as well! You enter through the side of a building next to the iconic Paddy's Market, with just a sign wedged between two major restaurants. Inside a teensy elevator - and you will probably be cut off by a group of Asians scrambling in to get upstairs too, as we were! It's a trip, absolutely. Hilariously so.

They have so much to offer, and the prices are definitely on the more favourable side! You'll notice I included the prices for the two bowls above. The rest of the menu is affordable as well. For the atmosphere, the efficient service, and the food... An absolute steal!

As usual, details are below!

Love you long time,

Ramen Kan
Level 1, 90 Hay Street
Haymarket Chinatown
NSW 2000
+61 (02) 9211 6677

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  1. Hi Jessi! Can you post a blog about your tongue piercing? You just got it recently right? Thanks!

    1. Hi there!

      I had it done two years ago, actually. I don't think I'll be blogging about it, but if you'd like to ask any questions or have a chat about it, feel free to contact me via the following:

      xx :)

  2. Hi, I love your posts!! I'm just curious, what camera lens do you use? The bokeh in your pictures is lovely :)

    1. Hello there! Thanks very much :) I generally prefer to use a prime lens, and at the moment my main one is a 35mm f/1.8.

    2. Is it very hard to learn how to use?

    3. Not at all! You just have to get used to not having the option of zooming in and out, and to adjusting your shutter speed, ISO etc. to cater for a greater aperture.