A couple of years ago, you might have been met with blank stares if you asked someone where to find Perth's best ramen, but there's been a very real explosion of ramen joints in Perth lately, and it seems like a new one is popping up every five minutes.
For you Perthlings who are still a bit unsure about ramen, let us explain. It’s oodles of noodles in a pork based broth which is often flavoured with soy or miso and topped with delicious eats like pork and dried seaweed. It’s basically a warm hug in a bowl and will hit you right in them winter feels.
So without further ado, here's where to find Perth’s best ramen.
Ask any ramen fanatic where to go and you will be sent straight to Nao. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. They have the best noodles known to man, four hearty broths to choose from—soy, miso, salty or spicy miso—and all of their ramen is topped with bean shoots, a slice of chashu (pork), bamboo shoots and dried seaweed. If you’re feeling hungry you can get extra toppings and if you’re feeling fancy you can get spinach or chilli infused noodles.
Dosukoi has a loyal following like no other at the Fremantle markets! Try to go when it’s not too busy or you might be waiting a while, but if you do find yourself waiting, take solace in the fact that it’s worth it to get your mitts on some of Perth’s best ramen. The traditional ramen is perfect, but we're kind of obsessed with the prawn gyoza ramen.
Tenkadori is an unassuming little place down the west end of Hay Street in Subiaco but it’s worth finding. You’ll have a choice of six different flavoured broths and at dinner time you get your ramen with gyoza #winning.
Kai is a teensy tiny shop but it serves some bangin’ ramen. Choose either a miso or Tonkutso (pork bone) broth and be prepared for a bit of a wait if you get there in peak hour. Kai’s ramen comes with an egg which makes it a winner in our eyes and the broth is some of the best in Perth.
Lucky Chan’s Laundry + Noodle Bar
Lucky Chan’s do their own style of ramen so don’t expect traditional when you come here. You can get cheeky ramen with pork, the karage kid with chicken or a vego version. We dare you to go for the Godzilla bowl which is a double serving of any of the flavours. If you finish it, you’ll get your pic on the Clothesline of Fame.
Fat Fish Ramen
Fat Fish Ramen joined City Beach's buzzing foodie hot-spot, Empire Village, and they're serving bowls of brothy, noodle goodness to the masses—everything from pork, chicken and beef ramen as well as chicken katsu udon and salmon teriyaki soba. Don't miss the tasty Japanese desserts, including our fave mochi balls (ice cream wrapped in a glutinous rice cake) and the so-hot-right-now fish-shaped ice cream creation, taiyaki. Hell yeah!
Hikaru Ramen have so many variations of ramen that you could go every single day and never get sick of ramen! Take your pick from four different broths and then decide if you want pork, chicken, beef or even prawn. These guys also do dry ramen if you’re not into soup (apparently that’s a thing).
Buen 151 do one kind of ramen and they do it well. Great broth, tender pork, plenty of noodles and a soft boiled egg. This is definitely worth a stop in for those of you hunting for ramen south of the river.
Eat Me Ramen Bar
If a bowl of the umami bomb ramen from Eat Me Ramen Bar in the Perth CBD doesn’t make your face light up, then you must be dead inside. Their ramen game is strong, so there’s really no excuse.
Pronounced I-chi-ra-ku and loosely translating to ‘ramen is the best pleasure’, we think these guys are right on the money. From their Sapporo home-made miso ramen and the red dragon 12-hour pork broth ramen with pulled pork, to their signature dish hakata tonkotsu ramen with a whole host of top secret ingredients—you won’t find anything like it elsewhere. These guys also do vegan ramen and a have a special vegan night every Wednesday!
East Victoria Park
Ramen Samurai in East Victoria Park is dishing up some seriously good ramen. The noodles are made fresh and they are good with a capital G! The spicy miso ramen is our pick, served with chashu, egg, corn, menma (you know, those things that look like bamboo shoots), black fungus, seaweed and leek. Yum! If that doesn't float your boat, try the black garlic ramen. You won't be disappointed.
East Victoria Park
In case you weren't aware, Hakata in Japan is the home of tonkotsu ramen, so it's not surprising that Hakata Gensuke is dishing out just that. Made with their own secret recipe, all we can tell you is that there's uber flavoursome pork broth, pork chashu and thin noodles involved.
IPPUDO started up in Japan back in 1985 and the team here sure knows a thing or two about good ramen. There are three styles of ramen to choose from, but we think the traditional recipe is the way to go (especially given you can add extras). If you're up for something different, there are two spicier and richer options with additions like garlic oil or spicy minced pork miso.
Located in Waterford Plaza, Nomstar Ramen dishes up some of the tastiest noodle soups in Perth. While you're there, make sure you treat yourself to their gyoza and pork buns too. Oh, and don't forget the matcha and black sesame ice cream afterwards!
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