Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more
We had an unseasonably cool end of January this year, a tacit reminder that autumn and winter are just around the corner. I don’t mind the winter so much – Sydney winters are usually quite mild anyway – and the cool weather is the perfect excuse (not that I ever really need one) for a hot bowl of noodles.
Ryo’s Noodles in Crows Nest arguably serves up some of the best noodles in Sydney. There is a choice of pork- or chicken-based broths, and miso- or shoyu-flavoured as well. Noodles usually come with deliciously tender roast pork, shoyu-braised eggs, with the yolks just this side of runny, and a generous scattering of sesame seeds. The noodles are springy, and the broth is just the way I like it – flavourful, without being too thick.
A basic bowl of ramen costs just over $10, which is cheap by Sydney standards, while the spicy tonkatsu ramen pictured above goes for $13.50. Toppings like bamboo, corn, or pickles are extra. Compared to global chain, Ippudo, where ramen cost upwards of $20 per bowl, this place is a steal.
Ryo’s karaage chicken is phenomenal, so do give it a try, even though a bowl of noodles is more than enough to keep me full for several hours.
125 Falcon Street
Crows Nest NSW 2065
Open for lunch and dinner. Closed on Wednesdays.
Crows Nest is less than 15 minutes by bus from Wynyard Station. If you’re getting there by public transport, the government website, TransportNSW.info, will tell you the best way to get there.
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