Over the years, the Japanese cuisine has become increasingly popular in Sydney. Not only is it a search for the best sushi or takoyaki or agadeshi tofu but it’s also about the ramen. One place that is on everyone’s talk list is Gumshara.
Grilled BBQ Pork Skewer $2.50
A gal pal and I had to see what it was all about. We arrive at the Dixon Street food court quite early (considering we both finish work at an early-ish hour) and barely have to wait for our food. Of course, we order ramen but which one? There are a few on offer – miso, thin base soups, thick etc. We both settled for the tonkotsu ramen for our first taste.
I couldn’t surpass the sound of a grilled BBQ pork skewer so I added that to my order. Let me tell you, it has got to be the best tasting pork skewer I have ever eaten. Yes, it looks like it’s just the fat but don’t some argue and say that that is the best bit? It was grilled and bbq’d perfectly – the charred outside complimented the fatty, soft, mouth-melting inside.
Tonkotsu Ramen $10.50
So this is the ramen that many rave on about. It’s definitely not your average ramen that you’d expect. This big bowl of goodness is quite thick and holds a very rich pork flavour. The first taste was very, very interesting. The ramen was cooked so that it still had some body (not too soft), and I really enjoyed the soup base which had a strong, bold flavour. There were generous portions of sliced pork and bamboo. I also couldn’t help but order the flavoured egg (absolutely soft boiled – omg perfectly oozing yolk!!) for an extra $1.50. I gobbled that bowl right up wondering where it all went.
I would definitely go back to try the pork ribs ramen. Now that sounds like it would be one very grand feed :)
Shop 209 Harbour Plaza
25-29 Dixon Street
Haymarket NSW 2000
Tel: +61 4 1025 3180