Tym and I had ramen at one of her favourite places. She’s been there so many times she’d completed her rewards card and redeemed a free gyoza side for our appetiser. These small morsels were quite decent, crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. The dough was a bit too sticky and I couldn’t shake off the feeling that these were probably factory frozen.
We both had the regular shio ramen with agitama (boiled egg with runny yolk). There was so much steam rising from the noodles that I had difficulty taking a good picture. Many blurred pictures later, Tym helped by blowing the steam out of the way. Another good reason to dine with a friend!
The first thing I noticed was the odd looking egg perched on my noodles. Taking a tentative bite, I realised that there was something wrong with the texture and sent it back. Thankfully, they replaced it quickly with a proper egg , which was just fine. I’m not sure why the chef didn’t spot the bad egg (!) in the first place since the egg was an extra order. It says a lot about their quality control since something so obviously wrong got through.
I liked the noodles and the chashu. The noodles were springy and had good bite while the chashu was incredibly tender and surprisingly not very fatty for its tenderness. That’s a plus in my books. The menma (preserved bamboo shoots) was OK although I’d prefer them in smaller, more manageable chunks. I wasn’t too keen on the shio soup base. It tasted too much like Nissin instant noodle base. Maybe next time I’ll order the miso or shoyu version.
This lunch cost us $27.80 for two shio ramen with extra egg and free gyoza. I think Ken’s still makes better ramen.
7 North Canal Road