Ok, so ramen is not something that Perth is exactly known for and if you ask someone where to find Perth’s best ramen, you’ll probably be met with a lot of blank stares. BUT, if you know where to look for this delicious broth and noodle concoction you can find some pretty damn tasty soup!
For you Perthlings who are still a bit unsure about ramen, let us explain. It’s oodles of noodles in a meat (usually pork) based broth which is often flavoured with soy or miso and topped with noms like pork and dried seaweed. It’s basically a warm hug in a bowl and will hit you right in them winter feels.
Here are the places dishing up 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 had have 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.
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.
Pleased To Meet You
Pleased To Meet You offer up one type of ramen—roast pork, and it’s some of the best roast pork you’ll ever have in a bowl of ramen! This isn’t a traditional ramen but it’s frikkin’ fantastic.
Chapels On Whatley
The ramen broth at Chapels on Whatley is the kind of broth that fixes all of your problems. Feeling a bit sick? Get the ramen. Work got you down? Get the ramen. Sunday blues? Get the ramen. You get it. Full of pork, noodles, seaweed and all the usual suspects, this will have you feeling gewddd in no time.
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.
Another one for the CBD workers, Kizuki Ramen on St Georges Terrace is shaking things up when it comes to ramen in Perth. Kizuki allows you to customise your ramen, so you can choose your fave broth and all the other goodies you want in that bowl of goodness. Yum.
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 couldn’t agree more, which is why we love this Ramen joint. 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.
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.
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