Who would have ever guessed that the Fremantle Market is home to a near-authentic Japan ramen shop in terms of taste, smallness of space and long waiting times.
Dosuki reminded me of the eat-and-run ramen places in Tokyo. Although I was informed that the turnaround time between customers was relatively quick but I really doubted it. The shop was overflowing with customers and I counted seating for less than 15 people at any one time.
Foolishly I ordered, paid, received a ticket and the promise of an SMS when my seat was available. Since I had coffee at Gino's to keep my energy levels up, I loitered around the Market and checked out some ostrich eggs. It took a good 45 min of wandering and waiting before I had a seat. I was luckier on my second visit after enjoying a cuppa at Hush Espresso, a pepper steak pie from Cully's and a ride on the Ferris Wheel. The lunch traffic had dissipated and seats were immediately available.
For readers who are unfamiliar to ramen and ramen in Japan, they are noodles made of wheat flour in broth common to all parts of Japan. Every locality has its own variation of broth and toppings. They are usually quick and cheap meals available in small shops or street-side stalls in Japan.
The broth offered at Dosuki is Shōyu (soy sauce) or Miso flavoured pork bone stock. I tasted the Pork Ramen (Chāshū Ramen) and Fried Chicken with Ramen (Karaage Ramen) at AUD9 each.
As a frequent visitor to Japan and consumer of various Japanese ramen styles, I must credit Dosukoi for getting the flavour of the broth, toppings and noodles as close to Japan standards as possible, taking into account the constrains with procuring authentic Japanese ingredients. The noodles held together well and allowed for the traditional Japanese slurping without falling apart. The soup and Chāshū was flavoursome but I could use a lighter touch to the miso and salt. The rich miso reminds me of the ramen in the Hokkaido region of Japan. A bright ale from Little Creatures Brewery would have been an ideal accompaniment to the ramen.
Having had ramen at various shops in Sydney and Melbourne, Dosukoi definitely endeavours to offer Freo a taste of Japan without having to make the long journey.