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Published May 22nd 2015
Dive into a heart warming ramen in cold winter nights
It's Ramen Time~
Ramen Zundo is a popular ramen joint located in the eatery lane in World Square Sydney. It specialises in authentic Japanese noodle soup. It's hard to miss Ramen Zundo with their huge red and white lantern billboard at the front.
On arrival, the small ramen joint was already bustling with activities and we were greeted and seated promptly by a friendly host, which got our dinner off to a pleasant start. The decor looked simple and comfortable with sturdy wooden seating.
We browsed the simple A4-sized menu for a variety of ramen choices. Flip the menu over and you can order rice bowls and small plates to share. The daily special ramen was written in Japanese calligraphy and remained true to its Japanese origin.
We placed our orders and paid at the front counter. We then proceeded to the common counter and helped ourselves with water, Japanese-style condiments, chilli and napkins.
Ramen Zundo interior decor
While we were waiting for our meal, I noticed young uni students seemed to make up the majority of the customers. The atmosphere was spirited with hearty laughs and upbeat background music. I was impressed by how busy Ramen Zundo was on a Tuesday evening.
It was not long before our orders started making their appearance on our table. The Light Zundo Black Ramen with baked garlic oil ($10.70) was the first to arrive. The hearty soup was aromatic with an ingenious combination of light chicken broth and rich-flavoured pork broth.
Light Zundo Black Ramen with Baked garlic oil ($10.70)
It was topped with bean sprouts, nori paper, bamboo shoots, shallots and that juicy pork belly stripe was moist and butter-soft. The plump, soft, gooey soy egg was aesthetically placed on top of the ramen bowl and it was totally mouth-watering delicious.
The serving size was generous and at $10.70, it was cheap and worth every slurp.
Next came the pan fried pork gyoza ($5.90/5 pcs), also known as Japanese dumplings.
Pan Fried Pork Gyoza ($5.90/5 pcs)
These were freshly-made and lightly pan-fried at the bottom. They were very nice and we loved the citrus yuzu soy dipping sauce that accompanied the gyozas.
I ordered the Rich Zundo Original Ramen ($10.70) which was made from a pork broth boiled over 12 hours to create a thick, rich flavoured noodle soup. It was loaded with ramen noodles, tender pork strip, shallots, cabbage and garnished with a roasted seaweed sheet.
Rich Zundo Original Ramen ($10.70)
The tonkatsu (pork-bone) broth was thick and gelatinous and I let the ramen noodles soak up the soup for a little while so it delivered a rich and flavoursome flavour.
We also ordered a couple of mini rice bowls. The simple pork chashu rice bowl was a bargain at $3.50.
Pork Chashu Rice $3.50
It consisted of sumptuous 12 hours-braised pulled pork pieces drizzled with Japanese mayo on top of the rice.
The curry rice bowl was delicious and flavoursome. The thick Japanese curry sauce was not spicy at all and it boasted a mild sweet taste.
Curry Rice Bowl $2.90
It was a steal at $2.90! These rice bowls were the perfect meal portion for any weight-watcher or those who weren't that hungry.
The chicken karaage ($3.50/3pcs) was one of the highlights of the evening. This moreish Japanese snack dish was everyone's favorite.
Chicken Karaage ($3.50/3pcs)
The boneless chicken pieces were deep-fried in a light batter and served with Japanese mayonnaise. The chicken tasted crunchy and succulent and we felt 3 pieces were simply not enough.
Simple Blissful Meal
We were rejuvenated after this highly satisfying ramen experience.