Ramenya Bourke St

Location: Shop 9, The Paramount, 108 Bourke St Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: $10-15
Cost rating: 4/5
Taste rating: 6.5-7/10
Overall rating: 6.5-7/10
Would I come back? Yes.

Ramenya on Bourke is part of the same branch as Ramenya @ GPO. In my opinion, Ramenya on Bourke has better ramen.

Paper lantern lights/ Look like glowing jellyfish/ Without tentacles

Cool drinks cabinet/ It’s well stocked with ramune/ Nostalgic soda

“This spoon is too big”/ Not so, ramen fiend of mine/ Good for sipping broth

 

KIMCHI CHASHU RAMEN
Taste: 6.5-7/10
Would I order it again? Yes.

Yay, it has kimchi!/ More toppings than GPO/ More well lit as well

Ramenya on Bourke St seems to be the superior branch for ramen. There are more toppings and the ambiance is lighter than the one at GPO. There are 3 choices for broth: Shoyu, Miso and Tonkotsu. Shoyu has the lightest taste. Miso is still light-tasting but can be very salty. Tonkotsu is the creamiest broth, made from pork bones. In the picture, the broth still seems thin, it’s probably either shoyu or miso.

 

CHASHU TONKOTSU RAMEN
Taste: ?
Would I order it again?

Goodness, noodle soup!/ Quick photo and we tuck in/ Slurping permitted 

This is the same as Kimchi chashu ramen, without the kimchi. This one has tonkotsu broth.

 

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Ramenya GPO

Location: Shop 25G Melbourne GPO 350 Bourke St CBD
Cost: $10-15
Cost rating: 4/5
Taste rating: 6/10
Overall rating:6/10
Would I come back? No.

There are two ramenyas in the city block district. One at GPO and one further along Bourke St. Ramenya GPO has been disappointing. I would rather go next door (Kenzan) and have their ramen or udon. We arrived late in the day, so perhaps that is why the gyoza were so pasty.

Sexy legs ‘leven/ Admiring typography/ Lo, table number

 

CURRY PRAWN BENTO
Taste: 6/10
Would I order it again? No.

Bit o’ everything/ Compartmentalised lunch box/ Dollar for the sauce

Really average. The gyoza skins are very thin and pasty, and the filling is just passable. Nothing special here.

 

SEAFOOD GYOZA RAMEN
Taste: 5/10
Would I order it again? No.

Mystery gyoza/ Its contents an enigma/ I don’t want to know

The gyoza are consistantly pasty, and the skins too thin. They fall apart easily. The seafood filling the gyoza taste vaguely fishy, I have no idea what’s inside. Aside from seafood gyoza, there’s also spring onions, pickled ginger, seaweed, pickled vegetable and naruto fishcake (the pinked and sliced fishcake with the pink swirl). The other sides are okay. If the gyoza were better, I’d come back.
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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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Instameal: Ottugi miso ramyun

Name: Ottugi Miso ramyun
Cost: $0.80
Contents: Wad of noodles, 1 soup base sachet, 1 dried vegetables packet
Spiciness: 0/10
Taste: Noodles 7/10, Broth: 7/10
Would I buy it again? Yes

Advertised image/ (Minus the shiitake shroom)/Looks like end product

Easy-to-open/ Soup and vegetable sachets/ Make life easier

Red: danger colour/ Exudes sense of spiciness/ Not spicy at all

If I had to guess what flavour it was, I would have said mushroom or vegetarian. I find that many miso flavoured instant noodles are very salty, saltier than the other soup bases in the same range. But this wasn’t the case with Ottugi. It was very tasty, and I hope to find more miso-flavoured noodles like this.

Instameal: Ottogi Snack Ramen

Name: Ottogi snack ramen
Cost: $0.80
Contents: Wad of noodles, 1 soup base sachet.
Spiciness: 0/10
Taste: Noodles 5/10, Broth: 4/10
Would I buy it again? No.

Little snack ramen/ Not as good as Indo-mie/ The true snack noodle

All-in-one flavours/ After multiple sachets/ One seems too little

Compare snack noodles/ Maggi noodles versus this/ Hm, it's a tough call

 

I don’t understand why it is a snack ramen. It only marginally smaller than the regular noodles. It was rather tasteless too. There wasn’t a vegetable sachet, which disappoints me.
I’d skip this one, and buy something else.

(After contemplating the merits and shortfalls of Ottogi snack noodle and Maggi Chicken noodle, I would choose Maggi Chicken noodle. It’s still bright yellow with vaguely parsley smell, but I remember it tasting better when I was in primary school. )

 

Instameal: Gomtang beef ramen

Name: Gomtang beef stock ramen
Cost: $1.10
Contents: Wad of ramen, packet of soup base.
Spiciness: 0/10
Taste: Noodles 7/10, Soup 7/10
Would I buy it again? No. (Explanation below.) But recommended!

Shiny gold packet/ Representing product pic/ Witness rare instance

Shiny gold packet. Hard to miss.

Watch these two items/ Want to see a magic trick?/ Turn into ramen

Simple.

A surprising one/ Not the typical beef taste/ Try it for yourself

The end product is a creamy beef bone-based stock with smooth soft noodles. It has some sesame seeds in it, but it doesn’t overpower the overall mild flavour. For people who use beef flavours as their standard for instant noodles (my favourite go-to flavour is seafood, as you may have guessed from the sheer amount of seafood instant noodles I have reviewed.), this is not your standard beef flavour. It doesn’t taste remotely like bovril. Or beef stock. It is something entirely different.
It would be a fantastic meal if I felt like something mild, creamy and simple. The reason I rated this instant noodle highly but wouldn’t buy again is purely from my tastes in instant noodles. (I have some strange likes and dislikes.) It’s a good place to start if you like tonkotsu broth (pork bone-based stock, it’s another creamy silky rich broth.), because it has that silky mouthfeel you find in ramen shops. I would use this as the standard.
Nonetheless, it is a tasty instant noolde, and I would recommend it!

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.