I don’t even have to look out the window to see that it snowed outside, I just have to scroll through my instagram, twitter and Facebook feed because when people aren’t telling you what they had for lunch, they’re talking about the weather.
Winter definitely isn’t my favourite season, being cute and moderately fashionable goes out the window and my main priority is to keep warm. One of my strategies is to keep internally warm. That means lots of hot chocolate, caramel brûlée lattes, soup and my favourite, ramen, lots and lots of ramen. So expect a few post about where I like to take care of my ramen fix.
I don’t claim to be an expert on ramen at all – to me it’s just noodle soup and as long as it comes piping hot, I’m generally a happy camper. I know some people are picky about broth, noodle type, topping blah blah blah – it doesn’t matter to me. I just like to chill and enjoy a good bowl of noodles.
On this occasion I enjoyed a bowl with my friend Sam at Kinton Ramen. He had the special that day and I had a bowl of the Spicy Garlic ($9.80) – chilli peppers, kinton pork, bean sprout, scallion & fresh garlic. I can’t comment on his but I can say he cleaned the bowl so it must have been pretty tasty.
We sat at the bar and got a great preview of the cooks doing their dance – there’s a bit of finesse and a lot of technique and skill when it comes to making a great bowl of ramen so I appreciated the front row seat.
My Spicy Garlic with an egg ($1.50 for the addition of the egg) was fantastic. And yes, that round yellow ball is freshly grated garlic. I loved mixing it up into the broth and I promise you it wasn’t as harsh or intense as it looks. Despite the colour, the broth wasn’t as bold as I’d expect it so next time I’d opt for the rich soup base (this was regular). The soups are all pork bone based and you get an option of how intense/concentrated you’d prefer it to be. The noodles were cooked al dente – which is usually a great thing but I prefer mine cooked a little more on the chewy side. There are also options to add things to your ramen like veggies, more pork, noodles, broth etc. You get a choice of pork belly or pork shoulder to go with every bowl.
For $10 it’s a great lunch option but be prepared to wait and try not to show up with a large crowd. The space is pretty small and you’re only sat if your entire party is there.
51 Baldwin Street