Ramen Champion

Ramen Champion

When I first heard about Ramen Champion, I was excited. I thought it might be similar to Singapore’s Ultimate Ramen Champion, which I really enjoyed for the variety and sheer amazingness of the ramen available. Unfortunately this was not to be and here’s why.

Ramen Champion

Ramen Champion is located in Sunnypark Shopping Centre. If you’re at all familiar with Sunnypark, Ramen Champion sits in one of the exterior facing shop spaces surrounding the main shopping arcade and facing the carpark. In fact, it’s one of the ones on the far right past other eateries, such as Glamourous Wok and Lan Zhou Noodles. 

The space itself felt a little spartan – concrete floors, fairly generic plastic and metal chairs and birch coloured table stops, each accessorised with a chopstick holder and bottles of chilli powder and soy sauce.

Ramen Champion

The menu at Ramen Champion was quite straightforward. There were six available ramen options, which two rice options and two nibbles. Gyoza appeared to be the second most menu item besides the ramen.

There was also the ‘giant ramen’, but I couldn’t find any further information about it. If it’s anything like most ramen challenges, it’ll be a giant bowl of ramen you have to finish within a certain time limit. Sydney’s Komachi Japanese Restaurant is particularly famous for this type of ramen challenge

Ramen Champion

Miso Ramen. AUD$10.90

Ramen Champion

Champion Ramen. AUD$9.90

The Miso Ramen was a miso pork bone soup ramen with vegetables and flame grilled pork slices. In terms of veg, it seemed like it was predominantly beansprouts and corn kernels with a couple of blanched cabbage bits. And a tiny strip of nori. I found the Miso Ramen broth to be lighter in flavour and had a cleaner mouthfeel that the Champion Ramen. Both ramens also came with half an egg, which were almost 100% hardboiled rather than the creamy halfboiled yolks of an Ajitsuke Tamago.

The Champion Ramen was a pork bone soup ramen with vegetables and flame grilled pork slices. For vegetables, it was beansprouts, a couple tiny squares of red onion, spring onion and a small strip of nori. Compared to the menu photo, I would’ve expected some sliced bamboo shoots as well, but I didn’t find any in my bowl. The broth was extremely thick and almost powdery, something I was not impressed by. There was also some flavourings at the bottom of the bowl, which had not been expected, so it hadn’t been mixed in. However given how thick the broth was already, I didn’t think they needed to add even more flavour boosts – if anything, I would’ve preferred that they filtered their broth more thoroughly.

 

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