Melbourne is bizarrely adverse to a steaming hot bowl of salty soup filled with chewy noodles in the wee hours of the morning. Nutella milkshakes impaled with brownies and coated in chocolate sauce? Fine for Sunday brunch. Deep fried crab in a croissant? Nothing to see here. But breakfast ramen is obviously an unacceptable early bird choice.
Well, no longer do the ramen-obsessed need to cower in fear, here are the three places proud to serve you breakfast ramen through the AM.
Bringing a mammoth winter menu to the table, Mammoth’s breakfast ramen with smoked bacon, mushroom broth, chewy ramen noodles, a 62-degree egg, kaiserfleisch and fermented chilli oil will be the king of the brunch table. Why waste calories on ordinary smashed avocado when you can slurp up a delectable rich, slightly spicy broth for brekkie? Just don’t wear white.
Hammer & Tong 412
If you’re less than keen to leave your cosy cocoon come Sunday morning – think of Hammer & Tong 412’s breakfast ramen. This steaming hot bowl filled with sticky ramen noodles features a 62-degree egg, bacon, mushrooms, spring onion and bacon dashi. BACON DASHI. Pair it with your morning coffee, and prepare to look smug when your foodie friends realised the true horror of their ramen-empty lives.
Technically, Shujinko doesn’t offer a breakfast ramen. But they serve their standard menu everyday for 24 hours, so in true Tokyo-style you can slurp up your favourite bowl of rich broth at every (and any) hour of the day. We’d eat the Black Ramen, a fragrant, decadently thick blend of tonkatsu (pork bone) and shellfish soup every hour of the day. Tsukemen, crispy Takoyaki balls and handmade gyozas are also available if you’re game for morning pan-fried dumplings. Hint: We are.
Looking for untraditional ramen for your next date night? Check out Melbourne's Best Ramen!
Image credit: Shujinko, Gareth Sobey for The Urban List.