Tonkotsu ramen $10.90 with soft boiled egg $1
The tonkotsu ramen here is a simple fare, with minimal topping of a slice of cha-su, a piece of nori, shallots and a sprinkling of sesame seeds. We order an extra topping of egg, because no ramen is complete without an egg. Despite its simplicity, the dish is nearly perfect - what little has been done in this bowl has been done well. The broth here is nearly godly, second only to Gumshara, the flavour of pork is strong and the consistency is rich without being over-bearingly thick. The noodles are of the thinner, smooth variety, made freshly on location and are cooked wonderfully al dente. I have no complaints about the cha-su and the egg is seasoned and beautifully soft-boiled, with a perfect googie yolk. We finish every last drop of broth in the bowl and stared longingly at its sad emptiness. Thank god we ordered gyoza as well...
Gyoza $6.50 (5 pieces)
The gyoza arrives in a shallow pool of vinegar, topped with shallots and a dollop of chilli sauce, a row of pan-fried bottoms enticingly facing us. The skin was golden and as crisp as it looks, coupled with a pleasingly spongey pork filling with hints of garlic. The sour vinegar dressing complimented the savoury dumplings, while the chilli contributed a piquant note (thank you Georgia for the words).
Iced green tea cappuccino $4.50
I love green tea flavouring in everything so I could not pass up the iced green tea cappuccino, topped with milky froth and dusted with brown sugar, it is also served with a small pouring cup of syrup to add sweetness. I usually add about half the syrup to achieve the perfect balance of the flavours of green tea, coffee, milk and sweetness. Oh, what satisfaction.
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