Kenzan 02

Name: Kenzan GPO
Location: 350 Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC 3000. In a little laneway wedged between GPO and Myer.
Cost: $13-18
Cost rating: 3/5
Taste rating: 8/10
Overall rating:8/10
Would I come back? Yes


Taste: 8.5/10
Would I order it again? Yes.

Plastic replicas/ My strange plastic-food hobby/ Look like this soba

It’s simple. Hot broth with rinsed soba noodles (buckwheat noodles), topped off with prawn and vegetable tempura and a portion of finely chopped spring onions. But so good.


Taste: 8/10
Would I order it again? Yes.

Mushroom egg gravy/ Mixed with hot buckwheat noodles/ Topped with more mushrooms

This is soba is a thick eggy broth, with mushrooms. It’s a hearty vegetarian dish. It gets cold more quickly than the soba in more liquid broth, so consume quickly.
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Instameal: Ottogi Jin ramyeon

Name: Ottogi Jin ramyeon
Contents: wad of noodles, 2 sachets (one soup base, one dehydrated vegetables)
Cost: $1.10
Spiciness: 0/10
Taste: Noodles 7/10, broth 8/10
Would I buy this again? Yes

Look, found a mushroom/ Ramen profiling starts now/ Probably mild

I confess. I can’t read most of these instant noodle packet names if they don’t have english names, or english words. I just look at the picture and go from there. Korean instant noodle. Mushroom in the pictures. Must be a vegetarian mushroom flavour. Should also be non-spicy.

Easy-to-open/ Lots of love for packaging/ I pay for it too =(

I like these easy-open sachet designs. Genius.

More brown than bright red/ Hinting mild veggie taste/ Ramen C-S-I

It is not spicy. But it is still red. But it’s not spicy. But it’s red. But it’s not spicy. Don’t judge the pictured noodles by broth colour, it doesn’t work. Okay, so it’s not red.
This is my favourite mushroom ramen so far. It doesn’t have that MSG and overly artificial shiitake mushroom flavour about it. It’s a mild vegetably flavoured ramen with bits of shiitake mushroom in it. Now I don’t have to think so hard at the korean grocer when deciding on a delicious vegetable ramen. No need to browse pictures and judge the packet’s design. Just grab a packet of Ottogi Jin Ramyeon.

Instameal: Paldo Yellow Mushroom

Name: I don’t know, I can’t read the Korean label. But for the purposes of naming posts, this will be known as Paldo Yellow Mushroom ramen.
Cost: $0.90
Contents: Ramen noodle wad, 2 sachets (vegetables, and soup base)
Spiciness: 0/10
Taste: Broth 8/10, noodles 7/10. For an instant noodle, it’s pretty good
Would I buy it again? Yes.

A yellow packet/ Spicy red mushroom ramen/ Mild, mushroomy

The picture on the packet looks spicy, but the noodles aren’t actually spicy.

The usual set-up/ Dried mushrooms are fantastic/ Should be a staple

The broth is red, and there seems to be slices of chili in the reconstituted vegetables, but it’s not spicy at all. Maybe my sense of taste is broken. Vegetables included spring onions, chili and shiitake mushroom. Big chunks of shiitake mushroom too.

The noodles are on the good side of korean ramen noodles. Soup base can be salty, but as long as you don’t drink all the broth you should be okay. I like this.

Mushroom and chili/ Glorious vegetable mix/ A win by my books