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Published October 29th 2012
Almost a Japanese Ramen Shop Experience
[ADVERT]When you ask anyone who knows Japanese food in Perth, "Dude, where can you find the best ramen in Perth?" you are most likely to hear either Nao Ramen in the city or Dosuki at Fremantle Market.
I read online that the queues are usually an hour long, but I was in for a treat on a Friday evening, since I was the only one in the line. There were only four other customers at the shop at the time. Woah, am I lucky!
The shop is like a typical ramen shop in Japan where there are round stools to sit on (probably sit facing the wall) and you're greeted the moment you enter and leave. Talk about authentic.
My benchmarking tool for ramen is "char-siew ramen". Typically if anyone gets it correct, the char-siew is sliced thinly and its fat simply melts in your mouth, while the ramen has to be al dente. I realise it's easier to use a standardised dish in qualifying what is good, thus a bowl of char-siew ramen was ordered
It wasn't a terribly glamourous bowl of ramen; in fact, it looked carelessly made and the soup streaks at the side of the bowl weren't cleaned off. I got past this soon enough when I had a taste of the soup.
What flavours the noodles in ramen is always the soup. Good soup makes or breaks the ramen. And I must say that their soup made it. The noodles was al dente. The downer for me came from the pork belly. It wasn't exactly melt in your mouth state. Sigh. But I will still give it a 7 out of 10 on my personal rating scale.
And my ramen hunt continues. If anyone knows of a better ramen place than Dosukoi or Nao, please leave a comment.