When I'm not at university, I can be found curled up reading a great book, gardening, painting, writing anything from songs to hopeful novels to home-performed plays or 'treasure-hunting' in op shops around Melbourne.
Published June 20th 2012
Winter is here and the chill is setting into every corner of the house, making you long for summer.
The Japanese cafe, Momotaro Rahmen, is just the place to go to banish the cold deep inside you with its very generous bowls of ramen in steaming hot soup.
The little cafe can be found on Bridge Road in Richmond and has little tables that can be shared between two or lined up to accommodate larger crowds. The menu is nice and big and easy to see as you enter the shop. You then order at the counter and wait for the food to be brought to your table by the efficient and friendly staff. There may be a line at times, but it is well worth it to wait a little while.
Tonkotsu ramen. Image by Alpha - Flickr flic.kr/s/aHsiU3CbKs
There is a wide array of flavours of ramen in Momotaro. You can choose to have ramen in miso, tonkotsu (roast pork), shuyo (Japanese soy sauce) and shio (salt) soups with an assortment of toppings including vegetables, meat and seaweed.
The cafe's menu also includes Japanese rice dishes such as Teriyaki Beef or Chicken with rice, Eel on rice, Katsu don, which is deep-fried pork fillet served with rice.
If you're looking for some smaller snacks for tea-time or just when you're in a hurry and on a short break from work, Momotaro's chef, Reiji Kojima, makes excellent gyoza and delicious takoyaki (grilled octopus in a ball-shaped dumpling).
Gyoza served with cabbage salad. Image by Alpha - Flickr flic.kr/s/aHsiU3CbKs
The cafe is also vegetarian-friendly with vegetarian choices of ramen, gyoza and rice such as vegetable ramen and tofu curry don.
The great thing about this cafe is that you can enjoy the food even when it's not cold, wet and winter. Although I haven't tried it yet, the Hiyashi chuka (cold noodle) is said to be perfect for a very hot day.