Slurping Ramen at Ichi-ban Boshi

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I guess deep down inside, I’m a true blue Asian, for every once in a while, I do crave for a good bowl of noodles. I love all sorts of noodles, be it ramen, soba, wantan mee or even spaghetti! That fateful night was supposed to be a night of ramen, so a few of us went to Ichi-ban Boshi to queue for a table. And boy was the queue long! Even though we were there relatively early at 6pm, we must have waited for more than an hour for a table. Standing and waiting with empty stomachs was definitely not fun. Perhaps that was why my expectation went just a bit higher since I waited that long.

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Tantanmen

Ichi-ban Boshi is apparently the go-to place for ramen in Sydney. I was at first mistaken by the name, thinking that it was the same chain as Ichiban Boshi in KL, but it was clearly just a coincidence that they are both sharing the same names. The establishment here focuses mainly on ramen only with some selections of rice (don) and several side dishes. One of us ordered the Green Tea Latte which looked quite fancy but to me was a tad bland. The green tea lacked flavor and the milk seemed diluted.

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Green Tea Latte

To start, we shared the Deep-Fried Chicken, which came with an exceptionally strong and pleasing aroma. It was perhaps more pleasing since it was the first dish to arrive and we’re all famished. The chicken was well-marinated, deep fried to perfection and was deliciously juicy within. I definitely wouldn’t mind a second helping of this.

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Deep-fried Chicken (AUD$8.50)

Another common entree in Japanese restaurants is the Gyoza, or pan-fried dumplings. I have had my fair share of gyoza back in Malaysia, so I thought it to be rather weird that the gyoza here was served wet. I’d prefer them to be crispy and dry, so I wasn’t quite used to the presentation here. Taste-wise, it was quite one-dimensional and not impressive.

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Gyoza (AUD$6.50)

Last but not least, the main reason that we were there – ramen! I was looking forward to order the Tonkotsu ramen but was told that they ran out of it. It was common to run out of Tonkotsu since they only make a limited number of bowls daily. Therefore, I settled for the Very Hot Ramen, being in the mood for something spicy (always). The size of the serving was pretty huge, perhaps enough for 2 small eaters. The soup was spicy, but that was it. It was not exciting and in some ways, boring. It was just spicy. I suppose the Tantanmen that my cousin was having would taste better. The saviour of the dish was the ramen, for they were springy and chewy, just like how I’d like ramen to be. The piece of pork belly (Char shu) was tasty too, although I couldn’t judge much based on just one piece of it in the bowl.

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Very Hot Ramen (AUD$11.90)

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Springy ramen

To be fair, I don’t think I can judge a restaurant just by trying one type of ramen alone. I would probably return to try my luck with the tonkotsu ramen some day. But based on the visit on that evening alone, it was definitely not worth my one-hour plus wait in the queue. Oh, did I mention that I felt thirsty the whole night after? Must have been the MSG in the soup.

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Ichi-ban Boshi

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Long queue at Ichi-ban Boshi

Ichi-ban Boshi
Level 2, The Galeries,
500 George Street,
Sydney NSW 2000,
Australia.
Tel. No.: +61 (02)9262 7677
Opening Hours: Daily (11am – 9 pm)
Website: www.ichibanboshi.com.au

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15 Comments
  • May 23rd, 2012 9:46 AM
    CleverMunkey

    their green tea latte and the chicken wings look good! :D Some ramen places in Msia do not have MSG in their ramen but it’s all salt which I felt a bit jelak to drink their soup

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  • May 23rd, 2012 11:07 AM
    Ken Wooi

    “Very Hot Ramen” is that its name? haha!

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  • May 23rd, 2012 1:12 PM
    Baby Sumo

    Actually it’s too much salt that makes ppl thirsty and not MSG. I just read up about it recently.

    The ramen looks really spicy! ;)

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  • May 23rd, 2012 3:07 PM
    lionelong

    The chicken wings looks oily.

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  • May 23rd, 2012 3:32 PM
    suituapui

    Slurpssss!!!! Food looks fine, prices ok… Ya…some of the things do look a bit oily but beggars can’t be choosers.

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  • May 23rd, 2012 4:00 PM
    KY

    if i have the very hot ramen i think i’ll last maybe 6 hours at the most before rushing to toilet :X

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  • May 23rd, 2012 6:48 PM
    Sean

    oooo, maybe the ramen craze will sweep through sydney soon too, and you’ll be able to find better ramen outlets in the city :D

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  • May 24th, 2012 12:21 AM
    Simple person

    D Gyoza kinda oily….

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  • May 24th, 2012 1:32 AM
    foongpc

    Eh, same name but actually different?!

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  • May 24th, 2012 1:32 AM
    foongpc

    The deep fried chicken looks good!! Maybe because it’s oily hahaha!!

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  • May 24th, 2012 10:18 PM
    Caroline

    Ohno! 1 hour plus?! Yikes! dnt think i will wait for it and ended up just so-so. :( but the deep fried chicken looks yum!! XD

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  • May 24th, 2012 10:59 PM
    Carol

    oh how I love ramen! I always look forward to eat some ramen when I visiting Japan.

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  • May 25th, 2012 8:34 AM
    Judy D. Cunningham

    Ramens are really tasty and delicious, I make it a point to visit Japanese restaurant when I have time.

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  • May 25th, 2012 12:45 PM
    Choi Yen

    Is that oil beneath the fried chicken? O.O

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  • May 29th, 2012 2:02 AM
    John K

    That ramen looks pretty tasty and spicy. Def would love that with the Green Tea Latte.

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