When I was in Japan, I discovered my love of udon noodles. They were thick and delicious as they soaked up the flavours of the broth that they were served in. Since returning home, I have found that I have never quite been able to replicate the delicious udon noodle bowls that I had in Japan, no matter how many times I try.
However, I have found that Japanese restaurants here, do a much better job at making udon noodles then I can. So I enjoy going to Japanese restaurants and trying out their udon noodles. Recently one such restaurant I went to was Shyun Ramen Bar in Carnegie. The ramen bar is not a stand-alone restaurant and is actually part of the Shyun Japanese restaurant in Carnegie.
As the name suggests, Shyun Ramen Bar is small, and when we arrived at 5:30, all the tables except one had been taken. The tables were filled with young families as well as groups of friends and couples. It seemed like the Ramen Bar appealed to a number of different groups which is always a good sign.
Once seated at the vacant table, we were given the menu. The menu itself was not too long, but it did have a number of options including ramen, bento boxes and my favourite - udon noodles. There were a few different udon noodles, but I ended up choosing the Karaage Udon. This dish came with a bowl full of udon noodles topped with fried ginger soy chicken and half an egg in a special fish broth.
Shortly after ordering, a waitress appeared with a steaming bowl of udon noodles. The chicken on top was crunchy but not oily, while the broth packed a ton of flavour, and of course, the udon noodles were thick and delicious. It was a delicious meal and it was a perfect match for the cold winter weather outside. This is particularly fitting as 'Shyun' actually means 'season' in Japanese.
So if you're looking to enjoy a steamy bowl of ramen that will transport you to the real Japan, then Shyun Ramen Bar is the place for you.