One of the dishes that is associated with Japanese cuisine, ramen appears quite often on the menus of Japanese restaurants in Adelaide, with some of them specialising in it. Aside from the usual ones made using pork bone or chicken broth, some restaurants in Adelaide offer more unique variations of ramen.
The Ajisen Ramen at Leigh Street is one of three branches located in Adelaide, the other two being at Gouger Street and in the Adelaide CBD. The broth of their Tonkatsu Ramen was not too salty and the ramen noodles were soft but not too soggy. We were able to have the Tonkatsu (breaded pork cutlet) served separately to ensure its crisp coating was not marred.
Ajisen's Ramen Tonkatsu Ramen (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Minimono Noodle Bar is a good place for those looking for a place offering ramen that is a bit unique. The lobster tail in their Lobster Ramen was cooked just right and the crustacean oil used in the broth gave it a slightly thick texture and distinctive flavour.
Minimono's Lobster Ramen (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
As its name implies, Tuno Izakaya operates a bit like an Izakaya, a Japanese bar that offers food alongside various alcoholic drinks. The use of hand-made noodles in the Tonkotsu Ramen gave the dish a bit of a different texture and the Tonkotsu (pork bone) broth had the flavour and texture we desired. Included in the dish were roast pork belly, a boiled egg and nori seaweed.
Tuno Izakaya's Tonkotsu Ramen (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For those looking for something spicy, the Red Spicy Tonkotsu at Hakata Ryumon Ramen & Izakaya is a good choice. When mixed into the broth, the restaurant's chilli paste gave the dish a potent spicy taste.
Hakata Ryumon's Red Spicy Tonkotsu (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
We liked that the broth of the Shouyo Ramen offered at Dunfor Noodle Bar was served steaming hot and was not too salty. The dish featured tender slices of chicken breast and a soy egg with a lovely soft yolk. The ingredients used in their ramen are notable for being sourced from local South Australian producers.
Dunfor Noodle Bar's Shouyo Ramen (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The ramen at Kazumi Ramen is notable in that many of them feature wagyu beef as the main ingredient. Their Wagyu Miso Ramen was enjoyable to eat, featuring slices of tender wagyu beef along with bean sprouts and bamboo shoots for extra texture. The savoury flavour of the miso broth tied all of the ingredients together.
Kazumi's Ramen Wagyu Miso Ramen (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Some of the other places where we have enjoyed yummy ramen were Shomen Ramen and Ryo's Noodles. We would like to know if there are any other places offering delicious ramen so we can give them a try.