Ajisen ramen

Location: 130 Bourke St. Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: $10-15
Cost rating: 4/5
Taste rating: 8.5/10
Overall rating: 8.5/10
Would I come back? Yes

Ajisen mascot/ Large figurine by the door/ Looks like Peko-chan*

There are plenty of tables and benches to cater for large parties of people. The servings are large, the soup base is delicious, but some may say there aren’t enough toppings to match the quantity of noodles. The noodles aren’t your ordinary ramen noodles either, it resembles spaghetti. Handmade noodles resemble spaghetti, instead of the ones in instant noodle packets. It’s nice to have something different for a change. In addition to great ramen, Ajisen also does good lunch sets. I’ll come back and review their lunch sets.

*Peko-chan is a well-known marketing icon/mascot for Fujiya company in Japan. There are giant figurines of Peko-chan in front of some stores.

 

PAIKU RAMEN
Taste: 9/10
Would I order it again? Yes

Spare ribs in ramen/Hm, which is more delicious?/ Paiku or the egg?

Paiku are spare ribs, marinated in soy sauce among other things to make it delicious. It’s meltingly good, without feeling too greasy. The broth is also slightly creamy and sweet to match the paiku.

 

KIMCHI CHASHU RAMEN
Taste: 9/10
Would I order it again? Yes
Spiciness: 2/10 (Not much, but for those who aren’t great with spicy food, you might not be able to get through all the kimchi. The broth has a little kick, nothing formidable.)

Paiku food envy/ That’s okay. There is kimchi./ Chashu was not bad

There’s kimchi (in a separate bowl), chashu (the thinly sliced rolled pork), spring onions, seaweed, half a boiled egg, sliced wood-ear fungus in a creamy, slightly spicy broth with a lot of al dente noodles at the bottom.
My goodness, the egg! The yolk is a mass of congealed yolk, and the white is hard boiled. I don’t know they do it, but it is very good.
Don’t let the name ‘wood-ear fungus’ scare you into believing it’s got an exotic taste. It doesn’t. It doesn’t have much of a taste, it’s just crunchy.

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