Monday, April 21, 2014

Ryo's Noodles, Crows Nest

Knowing how popular Ryo's Noodles is, Bernard and I made sure that we got there as soon as they opened in order to avoid the line. We even felt a little proud of ourselves when we arrived and realised that no one was waiting outside. However, peeking through the front window, we saw that people were already digging into their bowls of noodles- good thing that there were still some free tables inside. You'll be rewarded with what some say is the best ramen in Sydney when you enter through the front door after going past the door curtains that I managed to clumsily tangle myself in- I know what you're thinking; stop judging me pls :]

The inside of Ryo's is rather cute, and we thought it looked like a small house that had been converted into an eating area. There are strips of paper on the walls that show the menu in Japanese (moments like this where I wish I knew Jap), as well as an old school TV in the corner. On a side note, one of the rooms that I have my uni tutorials in has exactly the same yellow coloured wall, so now I only think about ramen during that class :D

Both of us went with the tonkotsu (pork soup base) for our ramens. Here we have the Ramen in spicy hot flavoured soup with roast pork, egg, and shallots ($13.50). See if you can manage to avoid coughing after drinking your first spoonful of this fiery but yummy soup!

This is the Ramen in soy sauce flavoured soup with roast pork, nori, egg, and shallots ($13.50). The noodles were done just right and were perfectly firm, the soup was bursting with flavour, and the pork slices LITERALLY melted in my mouth!!

It's always necessary to get some Fried Chicken ($8) to eat along with your ramen, because you know, TREAT YO SELF! Sorry about the Parks and Rec references, I couldn't help myself.

Our food came out a few minutes after we ordered it, and it was super hot as well. I also managed to get some ramen soup on the lens of my camera, but I guess that's just a sign of how good the food is if my camera wants a taste of it too XD

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Hakata-Maru Ramen, Haymarket

The other night, I had a dream that we were going to a restaurant. That's pretty normal I hear you say. Except for three factors. Firstly, I drove there (which is rather unlikely in real life), secondly, I found a parking spot with a sign saying the space was for manual cars only (even more unlikely), and thirdly, I managed to perfectly parallel park the car (extremely unlikely).

Something that's much more likely to happen is me suggesting yet another ramen place for lunch. Whenever I eat ramen, I mostly go for the one that has garlic in it unless it's not offered on the menu. As a result of this strange and restrictive habit, I had this bowl of Black Tonkotsu ($9.80). Ignoring the camera shy egg that refused to come to the surface, the roasted garlic flakes were great, and while the size of a bowl of ramen here is a tad smaller than other places, everything tasted really good. Of course, if you're craving for more carbs then you can always get an extra serving of noodles for $1, which is an absolute bargain.

And if you're wondering about my little parking dream, I left the car in the spot for the whole time even though my car wasn't a manual, because I live life on the wild side, in my dreams.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Photos from 2013

It's that time of the year again (actually no, this is way overdue), where I try to summarise some things, but mainly upload random photos from my phone of things that I thought were sorta interesting at the time but didn't really know how to turn into a proper blog post. As you'll probably gather by now, this post will feel rather disconnected when you read it, but then isn't everything I write on this blog like that as well? XD

A family holiday to Hong Kong and Japan was super fun, with my favourite places to eat at being Yue Kee, Hyatt Regency, Kineya and Douraku

Eating El Loco inside the car because I wasn't 18 at the time. And umm, this happened a second time later in the year as well...

BOB farewell BBQ. But I got to see some of you guys at uni and at birthdays so that's good!

I'll admit that I normally bring food from home when it comes to eating lunch at uni, but you can never go wrong with treating yourself with a pork roll once in a while.

When Moochi opened at uni, they had a $2.50 opening special, and even though the line for it was super long, we waited patiently for our froyo. It was definitely worth the wait.

The funniness of this should have definitely worn off by now, but this still manages to make me smile every time I see it.

We went to Tastebuds @ Hills again later in the year, and I swear the food gets better every time we go!

Does it look like the strawberry is pointing at you? (or maybe something behind you?)

I opened the fridge one day, and it smelt really bad. Then I realised that someone had bought a block of $1 cheese and left it in the tray that was in the fridge. I thought it was a great idea to hold it right next to my sister's face while she was gaming until she realised what it was XD

Jenny and Justin's Big Cake Bake. An afternoon of some of the most amazing food ever.

It was scary when I counted the number of times I ate instant noodles during exams.

One night after work, we had a late dinner of chicken, chips, and GARLIC AIOLI!!! Also went to Max Brenner afterwards- pictured is their coffee, with that super cool 'pouch' for your chocolate.

When I came home from dinner one night, my parents asked me "Do you want to go to the fish markets? They're having a 36 hour sale!" (it was a few days before Christmas). So, off we went to the fish markets, arriving there at 12:30ish, and it was still packed with people when we left an hour later. Party at the fish markets!!

I've probably mentioned this way too many times, but olives have to be one of my favourite things to eat.

Had this cold green tea drink before we went to watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. Loved that movie so much, I swear I was grinning half the time because the idea of massive food makes me happy.

Hopefully all the writing + photos weren't too boring to go through, and if you've made it this far, thanks for reading on until the end of the post :D

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Ippudo Sydney, Sydney

Dad wanted to have ramen for dinner one night, so off we went to Ippudo. As expected, there was a line, and since we went on a Sunday, the kitchen would close at 8pm. Not wanting to miss out on the pork buns, we first sat at the bar to eat those. Except, after a few minutes, there was a table available so we got to eat our 'appetisers' at the table instead! Everyone here was sooo nice, and they helped us carry our plates and chopsticks as well.

Here are the Ippudo Pork Buns ($4 each), which are a must order.

Also got the Ippudo Gyoza ($6) to share. Since there were 5 of these yummy things on the plate, we had a bit of an awks moment when we've all eaten one and started looking at each other to see who would get to have the last one :D

Mum had the Shiromaru Chashu ($20) with Nitamago ($2).

Dad had the Shiromaru Tamago ($17). I think it's sorta cute how my parents both went for the same soup base.

Although, I must point out that my sister and I did the same thing too, and that's not cute, that's just me being unadventurous with my ramen choice. She had the Akamaru Chashu ($20) with Onsen Tamago ($2). You can see the egg hiding under the handle of the spoon.

Here's my Akamaru Chashu ($20), because we all love repetition.

I have to say that I really do enjoy trying ramen places because each bowl of noodles is a bit different in how they taste. I can definitely see why Ippudo is so popular though, especially since the food is so nice!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Christmas 2013

Finally up to doing the Christmas post. So I know presents don't define the real meaning of Christmas, but it was nice to see everyone giving each other gifts :D I must admit though, that I also liked receiving presents (I mean, who doesn't right?), and of course, eating the extremely large amounts of food on the table that night!

Obligatory Christmas ham photo.

Massive bag of chips to munch on while we waited for the food.

Maybe it's just me (it probably is), but soft shell crabs look kinda nice before they are fried!

Curry puffs deserve their own photo because of how amazing they are.

It was a bit hard to get photos of everything since there was so much food, but here are a couple of photos that I managed to take. Loved the soft shell crab salad.

Some desserts from the feast, including the super yummy Cathedral Gelatine in the top right.

The infamous pudding makes a return for 2013.

These brave people decided to have a go at making eggettes.

Charlie being cute.

Hehehe people photos- Jenny & Bernard in the first photo and Jenny & me in the second.

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a great start to the new year!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Criniti's, Castle Hill

On the night before Christmas eve, we had dinner at Criniti's to celebrate the end of 2013! With 9 people on our table, we decided to go with 4 metres of pizza (which was two 2m pizzas when we ordered it). We got to choose 8 flavours in total, and hmmmm my favourite would have to be the Pistacchio, maybe because it was green. Also, throughout the night, we couldn't stop staring at those massive jars of Nutella on top of the shelves- they looked so yummy!

Dinner ended up being $25ish per person, which was awesome since we each got to take a full pizza box of leftovers home :D And thanks Allan for the lift, your Integra is nice!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Tenkomori Ramen House, Haymarket

After a day of Christmas shopping (hope you guys liked your presents!), my sister and I decided to get a little bit of food to eat before the long bus ride home. Since we were sorta pressed for time, we only got a regular sized bowl of Black Garlic Tonkotsu ($6.50), unfortunately missing out on the other fried things at the counter- the Fried Food Fanatic not taking fried food? What has this world come to ahahaha. I really need to stop laughing at my own "jokes" when I'm typing stuff for this blog... So ummm yeah anyway, what can I say? Soup was creamy and had just the right amount of garlic to it, and there's a massive window for you to look into the kitchen when you're waiting for your ramen. It would be safe to say that I love this place- it's so affordable which makes it perfect for a quick lunch or dinner, and it's even better when you get a cold matcha drink from Chanoma Cafe to have with your ramen.