With the chilly weather upon us it’s time to pull off your beanies, roll up your flanny sleeves and get some belly good ramen into you. There’s something about this wintery hug in a mug which will have you kicking the cold weather blues and falling into a blissful cosy slumber as you slurp your way through some delicious, meaty noodle broth. And with Currimundi’s annual Japanese Festival on the horizon, it seems now is the perfect time to start embracing these Asian styles of mouth-watering wholesomeness.
So, if you’re in the business for a heart-warming meal, here are the Sunshine Coast’s best when it comes to ramen:
Without fail, Umami is the king of the Coast’s ramen trap when it comes to this famous feel good dish. Hands down THE best, the piping hot bowls here will not disappoint. For a side dish, try the chicken karaage or gyoza dumplings to complement your bowl. There’s even various vegan and vego options - sweet!
This Sunshine Coast newbie, Rice Boi, is definitely worth a look in. There’s no sign of sad instant noodles here, only superior gourmet bowls which pack a punch. Try the Tan Tan Men, a spicy sesame ramen with char shu pork, bean sprout, soy egg, spring onion and burnt garlic. This is street food at its best.
Ikko Japanese Kitchen
Calling all ramen lovers. OK. So Ikko Japanese Kitchen is known as one of the best sushi houses on the Coast, but never fear the ramen here is just as good! The pork kakuni paitan is a MUST. Or why not just devour the entire menu? Trust us, at one bite you won’t be able to stop. We couldn't have done a round up of the best ramen on the Sunshine Coast and left out these guys.
There’s no signs of too-salty broths on Ocean Street’s vibrant, fuss-free Asian-infused restaurant, Junk. Grab a steaming hot bowl of finely sliced pork, noodles, bamboo, nori and soy egg here all for $12. Heading out for a big night on the famous strip? Fill up your bellies up here first.
Ginger Japanese Restaurant
Cotton Tree and Peregian Beach
Ramen cravings? Ginger Japanese Restaurant has got you covered. These restaurants are packed with delectable sashimi, sushi and Japense curries, but also be sure to try the miso chashu ramen noodles or the shoyu chashu ramen noodles, both just $13. Sah good.
Tokyo born and bred, Kaz Yuki moved to Australia in 2003 and after seeing there was a need for traditional Japanese fare, Sushi Wave was born. All the meat is free range and the sushi is freshly hand-made daily. But it’s the ramen which has our eyes goggling. There’s a stack of hot winter food here including the ramen which features egg noodles, vegies and a house-made broth. And with BYO, this casual little haunt is a yes from us.
Ii-Naa Japanese Food
Perfect to warm the pipes on a cold day, this humble local’s favourite may be small but gets a huge applaud from us when it comes to its fresh sushi, soups, bento boxes and of course, ramen, which comes in soy, miso and tonkotsu pork. The service is friendly, the food tastes good and the ramen is FRESH. When doing a round up of the best ramen on the Sunshine Coast we just knew that we had to include Ii-Naa Japanese Food on the list.
Love Japanese? From budget To blowout, here are our best Japanese restaurants on the Sunshine Coast. We've also rounded up the best hidden Asian eateries on the Sunshine Coast here. Want to eat your way through a bucket list of Asian eats? We've got just the thing here!
Image credit: Amy Higg for The Urban List taken inside Umami Ramen