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Published February 17th 2014
Authentic Ramen Master

The queue. Is it a good thing or a bad thing?

If you are a first-timer here, then while queuing, you have some time to work out what you want; the bad thing is, the dish you want may be sold out completely when it comes to your turn.

This is Ryo's Ramen in a nut shell.

Why the big fan base? Apparently Ryo's serves the most amazing Tonkotsu ramen, as authentic as the ones in Tokyo Japan.

Thanks to all the online discussions, the secret is out and people gathered to get a ramen taste sensation here at Ryo's.

The place was full when we arrived and of course there was a long queue outside waiting for a table. This is the typical scene.

Come to think of it, If you don't see a queue, that means they are closed for the day or run out of food to serve.

Once inside, you will see all the Japanese writing on the wall (with no English translation) - you would think you are actually in Japan.

Here, it's all about speed of service and quick turnover. This is not a place for social catch ups and long lingering conversation.

The Top 5 Ranking Board was displayed prominently to quickly assist diners with their decision making.

There weren't many side dishes on offer, but every table seemed to order a plate of gyoza, which are pan fried dumplings (5pc $7.00).

These home-made gyoza dumpling were filled with pork & cabbage. Crispy fried at the base and sweet & juicy in the middle. They tasted excellent with a dash of soy sauce, white vinegar & chilli.

My ramen in soy sauce flavoured soup with roast pork, nori, egg and shallots ($13.50) was up first.

The Tonkotsu (Pork) soup base was so rich and full of flavour. It was moreish & addictive. The lusciously fatty melt-in-your-mouth roast pork slices were divine.

No ramen is complete without a braised half-cooked golden egg - and it was really the best.

Be sure to fill up your water, it does get very salty.

My friend ordered the ramen in spicy hot flavoured soup with roast pork, egg and shallots ($13.50)

The soup was also thick, full of flavour and glistened in hot chilli oil. The noodles were squiggly and chewy and held the soup well.

No wonder people are willing to line up on a freezing night. The soup broth was a masterpiece! That is probably why we were so willingly to queue.

It was a good idea to come here with my Japanese friend or else I would miss out on this fabulous soft-shell crab side dish ($6.80).

It was lightly battered in tempura style, beautifully presented and crispy delicious.

Another table commented that they didn't see it on the menu.

It wasn't.

It was a board special, all written in Japanese.

Now you know!

A good causal ramen bar for a quick bowl of hearty comfort goodness. We will be back in the cold wet winter seasons.
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Why? For Authentic Japanese Ramen Experience and to call for closing time
When: Mon -Sun. Wed Closed
Phone: (02) 9955 0255
Where: 125 Falcon St Crows Nest, NSW 2065
Cost: $15
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