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The best thing about making nikujaga for dinner is having leftover nikujaga for lunch.
I have changed my mind about Ramen Ikkyu. I clearly ordered the wrong thing last time, trying to be fancy with the tonkotsu miso option. And whilst I kept meaning to go back and give them another shot – in the name of fair blog research – the possibility of disappointment put me off. Having now tried the ‘Ikkyu Salt‘, I am now no longer disappointed, and have had to re-revise my preferences in my Ramen Round-up (Revised!).
I should note that it might not just have been my poor choice of bowls – it’s been a while, and maybe they have changed their tonkotsu recipe and possibly even the noodles. But at any rate I am totally sold and will definitely go back when I don’t have the time to commit to Ippudou.
So! I had the first item on the menu, the plain ol’ Ikkyu Salt. And it was FABULOUS. The noodles were straight and white and hard (the Ikkyu Miso had thicker yellow noodles, which I’m less keen on); the pork was a really nice cut, with naughty caramelised fatty edges; the toppings were simple and well proportioned. I felt the salt-seasoned tonkotsu soup was still a tad wimpy compared to Ippudou’s, but once I’d added some fresh ginger mixed with soy sauce, it was very, very pleasing. (Note to self: the Ikkyu Soy might be the way to go next time.) Also pleasing was the generous $6 side dish of mentaiko gohan, which was thankfully mayonnaise-free and also had lovely additional toppings including another half egg, which I popped into my soup.
I also went to Ramen Zundo again the other week (as it’s the closest ramen place to my office) and tried the Zundo Black, which was pleasantly rather than overbearingly garlicked. I still really like their long, thinly-sliced, finely-ribboned slices of pork. But the noodles still aren’t amazing, and the broth still just doesn’t seem as well made as at Ippudou, Hakata Maru, or [my new BFF] Ikkyu. From now on I will walk the extra 5 minutes to the latter and battle for a table in the Sussex Centre food court!