Gosh, it really feels like we haven’t had a summer here in Brisbane! I think we had about 3 days of sunshine and hot weather! It was another miserable weekend, continuing on today, which strangely enough feels perfectly suitable for a Monday.
It’s making me seriously crave for Japanese tonkotsu ramen. I’m a ramen fantatic – I will search out high and low for the best ramen, and tonkotsu, a rich, steamy, pork-based broth, is my absolute favourite base for the al dente egg noodles that bathe within. In Brisbane, Haktaya Ramen is my favourite, with Taro’s Ramen Cafe ranking second.
My absolute favourite in the whole world though is Ichiran Ramen. P and I first discovered it 5 years ago on our first overseas trip together. Arriving in Osaka, we’d stumbled around trying to get our bearings when we noticed a really long line snaking around, ascending into a black building with a red kanji sign. Thinking it was some hot club (being 22 years old at the time!), we lined up, not realising that the meal we were about to have would literally change our lives. We now have a policy when we go overseas to unfamiliar restaurants that if there’s no line-up, it can’t be that good.
The unique thing about Ichiran is that they only have one type of ramen, but you can personalise it the way you want. You can check out my preferences above – I used to pile on the green onions but they always used to make me choke because I would hoover the whole lot down in one go! You can only dine in private booths, separate from all those around you, which I find great so that you can savour your ramen in solitary peace.
Such is P’s and my fanaticism that when we were in Japan with his family, we would wake up at 6:00am every morning just to have these delicious noodles for breakfast – Ichiran is open 24 hours! I really cherished these stolen 15 minutes with P – it was “our” time together.
So guess where we’re stopping after a 2.5 week sojourn in Italy, France and Spain for our honeymoon? You guessed it – four days in Tokyo. It wouldn’t be us without ramen.