Gumshara Ramen, Sydney
Ramen-mania seems to have taken over in recent years. While the term ‘ramen’ refers to any soupy dish containing these ubiquitous wheat-based noodles, the particular dish that seems to have everyone going ga-ga is tonkotsu ramen. Made by boiling pork bones for hours to break down the fat and marrow, the resulting broth is thick, creamy and gelatinous.
I am generally a fan of Japanese food, however I’ve never really understood tonkotsu’s appeal. On previous trips to Sydney I’d been recommended Gumshara Ramen for its tonkotsu ramen, but had never bothered to go. This time around I decided to give it a shot; who knows, I thought, perhaps it would be good enough to convert me?
Upon observing the serving sizes I was hesitant to order a bowl of the tonkotsu just in case, as usual, I didn’t like it. I ordered one for Bob and settled on a tamer option for myself.
Tonkotsu ramen, $10.50 (+$1.50 for soft boiled egg)
This could hardly be called soup; it was closer to gravy in texture. It was smooth with a substantial meatiness to it. I can understand why people love it but it was a bit heavy for me and I’d had enough after a few spoonfuls. Thankfully, Gumshara do offer to thin your soup for you if it’s too thick for your liking. I think I might try this next time and see if I like it better. The thickness of the broth was no deterrent to Bob though, who happily devoured the bowl.
Miso ramen, $12 ( +$1.50 for soft boiled egg)
Now, this is more like it. I love miso’s saltiness and natural umami flavour; personally I think its addition results in a deeper, more balanced broth than that of pork bones alone. I pushed myself to keep at the tasty soup, however didn’t get anywhere near finishing it. The sheer quantity of noodles remaining compelled me to take an ‘after’ shot. It looks like I’d barely eaten anything!
Okay, Gumshara is pretty good. Despite the ridiculous amount of pork bones they go through (apparently 150kg a day!) they still manage to keep the prices at a reasonable level. I’d be interested to try some of the other soups on the menu and experiment with a few different toppings. Chilli bomb, anyone?Gumshara Ramen Shop 211 25-29 Dixon Street Haymarket, NSW