Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Gumshara Ramen, Chinatown

Since I was being dragged to a Radiohead concert (yes, I know I will pay for that comment!), I figured I'd make sure I ate well beforehand. I researched the options in Chinatown and found many food blogs that raved about Gumshara. The posts ranged from Helen's one three years ago (just after it opened), to more recent posts this year, and so I figured if an eatery (in a foodcourt!) could hold such a good reputation for that long, it was definitely a good option.

As I've mentioned before, I'm not exactly a connoisseur of Japanese food, but I've found in recent years that I do actually like the cuisine - just not the substandard places I ate at in my youth. Even so, I still haven't quite got over my years of Japanese-food pain, so I approached the meal with a little trepidation. Boy and I had disturbingly bad ramen on our first ever date in Hong Kong, so I didn't want to re-live that food experience again.

For some reason, it never occurred to me that other Radiohead attendees would have a similar idea to me - so my timing for our pre-concert dinner did not include the 20 minute wait for our meal. Having said that, Gumshara's service system for handling the hoards was impeccable. They were churning out bowls of ramen, and their estimation of a 20 minute wait was almost spot on.

Garlic tonkotsu ramen with a chilli bomb
BBQ pork with rice (and side dish of soup broth)

After reading about the thickness of Gumshara's broth, and how difficult it was to finish, I was glad that boy had decided upon the slightly-less-thick option of garlic tonkotsu ramen. He jumped with glee (on the inside - not one to display his emotions, is boy) to see that he could order a 'chilli bomb' to go with his soup.

I swiftly managed to gather some of his ramen for myself before the chilli bomb was dispersed, and fell in ramen-love. Packed full of flavour, the broth was a definite taste happy place, and the noodles were perfectly cooked.

My dish, of BBQ pork rice, was similarly fabulous. Not usually a huge fan of mayonnaise, I loved it in this dish - in combination with the pork, shallot and pickled (pink) ginger. After a minute or so of munching, I struck gold. As I was digging under the pork for some rice I found another layer of pork hidden halfway down the bowl, and then, on further digging, found pieces of soft-boiled egg. I love it when a meal becomes a treasure hunt!

I can't believe Gumshara has eluded me until now. Deemed a winner by both boy and myself, I have no doubt we'll return.

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Amy @ Melbourne Food Snob said...

That chilli bomb looks intriguing... I've never seen anything like it before! Is it just a giant ball of chilli paste or something?

Hotly Spiced said...

My sister was given free tickets to the Radiohead concert. She didn't want to go so just put them to one side and forgot about them. Last night she was here for dinner and she happened to mention this and Archie heard. He was furious. He would have loved to have gone to the concert xx

Mary @ beyondjelly said...

I was too much of a wuss to try - but after quizzing boy I think there were some preserved vegies as well as chilli paste... I might have to go back for a closer inspection. ;)

Mary @ beyondjelly said...

Oh! Poor Archie. I'm sorry he didn't get to go. I did enjoy it - but it definitely wasn't my choice in the first place! ;)

Amanda@ChewTown said...

I chuckled when I read your comment about the mayonnaise. I really hate regular mayonnaise, but Japanese kewpie mayonnaise is a whole different story!! How was the concert btw?

Mary @ beyondjelly said...

Hehehe. Strangely, my issue with mayonnaise is partly the texture, which kewpie doesn't fix. I'm strange, I know! ;) The concert was good!