Sunday, November 30, 2014

Fukuryu Ramen restaurant review

Fukuryu ramen seems to be quite popular ever since their business started earlier this year. Some reviews even rated it as the best ramen in Melbourne. Wow, how can I not try? However, I haven't had a chance to pop by until recently!

Fukuryu Ramen restaurant review

Fukuryu ramen is situated on the first floor at Corrs Lane, a small lane way in Chinatown. It's quite a big ramen restaurant. The design of the restaurant is quite basic. The customers are required to place their orders at the counter and the food would be delivered to the respective table. Similar to the usual ramen restaurants, the menu is quite simple.

I ordered the signature tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen and my colleague had tam tam (spicy) ramen which cost $12.90 each for a regular size bowl of ramen. According to my colleague, the price has increased quite a bit over less than a year. It was $9.90 in the past. Wow, that's quite a hike really. Must be because they're popular now?!

Fukuryu Ramen restaurant review - tonkotsu ramen

The food was served pretty quickly. The tonkotsu ramen actually looked quite good but wasn't authentic as the traditional tonkotsu ramen doesn't come with cloud ear fungus. Taste wise, the noodles were cooked al dente, the texture was good. On the first few bites, it was actually not bad. However, as I tasted more of the soup, I found that it's a bit too salty and too garlicky for me. Besides that, the char siew hadn't achieved the melt-in-the-mouth texture and the marinated soft boiled egg was a tad too salty. It was certainly not the taste of a traditional tonkotsu ramen. If you have been to the ramen restaurants in Japan or at least have tried the Hakataya Ramen in Gold Coast before, you would know how a traditional tonkotsu ramen should taste like. 

Fukuryu Ramen restaurant review - tam tam ramen

The presentation of the tam tam ramen wasn't as pretty as the tonkotsu ramen. I didn't have a chance to sample the food. According to my colleague, the soup was very tasty and the spiciness was about 1 out of 5 which is not too spicy. She actually quite enjoyed the ramen but agreed that it wasn't as good as Hakataya's.

Well, to me Fukuryu ramen isn't as good as I thought and it certainly not the best ramen in Melbourne from my perspective. Having said that, I haven't found an authentic, best ramen restaurant in Melbourne yet.

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