Experiences - Australia

Soup-sational

As we move into winter, hot, heart-warming dishes start coming back onto our menus. And nothing warms the cockles like a big, steaming bowl of ramen. We’ve scoured the country to find Australia’s best ramen. Hopefully there’s one near you!

Tonkotsu Ramen

Hakataya Ramen

Shop 13 Market Square, Cnr. Mains Rd and McCullough St, Sunnybank, QLD (07) 3345 9911

Found right in the heart of an Asian cultural melting pot, Hakataya Ramen stands apart from the crowd. It serves just 5 soups, and its tonkotsu bone broth is to die for (boiled for 48 hours!). There are extras like gyoza and rice balls if you’re super hungry. Don’t dawdle getting down there though; the restaurant shuts when the ramen runs out!

Nao Ramen

117 Murray Street, Perth, (WA. 08) 9325 2090

The Asian food scene continues to grow in Perth. But despite all the exciting new places popping, the West’s oldest longest standing soup shop continues to rule the roost. Just be prepared to queue. Their unique soup (made with both chicken and pork) and housemade noodles are truly exceptional, and must be had if you decide to go west.

Hakata Maru

Shop 1, 475 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood NSW (02) 9884 8861

This ramen shop has an almost overwhelming amount of choices, and they do more than just soup. But you’re here for ramen! And it’s definitely the highlight. There’s thick, creamy, rich tonkotsu (finished with garlic oil), spicy dan dan for chilli lovers, or the Hakata Maru tonkotsu, if you’re looking for the best of both worlds.

Hakata Kensuke

168 Russell Street, Melbourne, Vic. 03 9663 6342; 4/860 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn; 03 9819 2558

This one’s a little on the expensive side ($20 a bowl with all the extras), but it’s well worth it. Considered ramen royalty, Hakata Kensuke has been serving up soup for years at both their Melbourne outlets. This is build your own ramen at its best, starting with the broth, noodles at various stages of hardness and seaweed sheets, rolled roast pork and, of course, a soft boiled egg.

Tokyo Ramen

92 Gawler Pl, Adelaide, SA, (08) 7225 0448

For one of Adelaide’s better bowls hit this CBD favourite. Tokyo Ramen is known for its shoyu ramen (made with a classic soy-based broth) as well as tonkotsu, and it does a pretty mean chashu as well. If you have another hidden ramen gem, let us know!

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