Rating: 2 out 5
321A Darling Street, Balmain 2041
Although there is a vast array of decent ramen restaurants in Sydney, the common Australian’s experience with ramen noodles is usually the instant variety. Those little rectangular cakes of fried noodle in cellophane packaging are the staple diet of students everywhere, unless you are a slightly more affluent student, whereby the pot noodle is a bit of a step up.
My previous ramen experience here at Sushiman was decidedly average, with my Spicy Chicken Ramen reminiscent of a packet of Shin Ramyun. Don’t get me wrong, I love Shin Ramyun (it’s my Plan B dinner when I’m lazy – just crack an egg and add some vegies and you have a delicious meal within 10 minutes!), however I expect something more when I’m paying $10 for a restaurant-standard ramen.
On this visit, I was keen to give the ramen another go. This time I went for the Spicy Seafood Ramen – it’s damn hard for me to go past the spicy version of anything when it’s on offer (KFC Hot n Spicy is a prime example!). The bowl of ramen was served with a reasonably generous cocktail of frozen seafood mix, which included miniature shrimp, claims, mussels, calamari and octopus, along with a decent variety of fresh vegetables including green beans, sliced carrot, eggplant, and broccoli. The soup was better than last time, taking on a seafoody flavour, and the noodles were still the instant type, and slightly overcooked as they were a tad too soft.
This is not anywhere close to an authentic style, quality ramen, being made with instant ramen and frozen seafood mix. It’s still a relatively satisfying feed with a nice mix of vegetables and seafood (even if it is the frozen mix variety), however next time I fancy instant noodles, I’ll make my Shin Ramyun at home.