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Announcing: Ramen Battle

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Do you get a craving for ramen? For that formerly-Chinese-now-appropriated-Japanese-noodle-&-brothy goodness? I know I do, and quite often. So I’ve decided to set out on a mission to find the best ramen in Melbourne, the most delicious broth, the most perfectly-cooked noodles, the tastiest filling, the best damn ramen! Yes, a long, arduous mission that I am prepared to undertake for the benefit of the greater food-loving-good.

Here’s how this ramen throwdown will go down (hey that rhymes!)

The competitors will be separated into two heats, two of the competitors are seeded, that is because they have been ajudged to have the best reputation going into this bout. I will visit each place once for the heats and determine the winner of each heat. The winner of each heat will go into the final. I will revisit the two heat winners for a second time (and hopefully drag Jess along though I haven’t told her about this yet) and decide the Best Ramen In Melbourne (capitalised for Awesomeness).

Heat competitors will be scored on the following points:

  • Taste: self-explanatory
  • Everything Else: ambience, value, service, authenticity
  • Overall: final score

Finals competitors will be scored more rigorously:

  • Broth: Is the broth mouth-watering? Does it make me want to drink the entire bowl? Does it make me want to jump into it and do laps?
  • Noodles: Are the noodles too soft? Too rubbery? Do they break apart easily?
  • Filling: Is there too much of one particular vegetable or not enough meat? Is the produce of a low quality?
  • Authenticity: How authentic is it to the particular type of ramen they are trying to execute? Is this the real tonkotsu? is this a well-crafted miso?
  • Everything Else: As above
  • Overall: Final Score

As you can see, unlike our previous reviews, the focus here is on the dish itself rather than the overall restaurant experience. We are looking for the best damn ramen, I don’t care if it’s served out of a dumpster by an 84 year old three-legged prostitute.

First Heat will be: Momotaro Rahmen (2nd seed), Ajisen Ramen, Meshiya

Second Heat will be: Ramen Ya (1st seed), Ito, Menya (and possible Ume if I have time).

Stay Tuned!

PS. Have I missed a place? Suggest one and we might do a third heat.

PPS. Check out the other food bloggers on their ramen adventure here.

Written by alexlobov

March 24, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Posted in Food Battles

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  1. Awesome.. It seems that some of our ramen ya are the similar. Will be great to compare results.

    penny aka jeroxie

    March 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm

  2. Yep, best excuse to eat lots of ramen evar. I love this food blogging thing.


    March 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm

  3. there is a new menya about to open on elizabeth st near the markets – although i imagine it will be very similar to its sister.

    while I applaud your mission – i think Melbourne’s offering is a long way behind Sydney in the ramen stakes, hopefully we’ll catch up!


    March 24, 2010 at 11:07 pm

  4. I hope this one’s bigger! I must say I rather love Menya’s Katsu Don, it’s all about the sauce. Haven’t tried the ramen there… yet! You’re probably right about Sydney… Melbourne’s ramen offering isn’t that awesome. I haven’t had ramen in Sydney in a while, last one I had there was the tonkotsu at Ichiban Boshi but I hear new & better stuff has sprung up…


    March 25, 2010 at 2:52 am

  5. Momo taro’s all the way.
    Coming in not far behind… Murasaki! Kim Chi Ramen!! Al Dante to perfection.


    March 26, 2010 at 12:04 am

  6. Murasaki does ramen? I had no idea. Kim chi ramen even? Will have to check it out…


    March 26, 2010 at 1:59 am

  7. This blog is awesome! More power to you foodies for undertaking this noble and chivalrous task!


    March 26, 2010 at 10:15 am

    • Why thank you Ken, we do try! And it’s really our pleasure, after all we get to eat lots of ramen. 😀


      March 27, 2010 at 2:28 am

  8. Looking forward to comparing notes! I actually had some decent ramen in a Bangkok food court last week, in readiness for the ramen adventure next week.


    March 30, 2010 at 12:10 pm

  9. Yes very good, prep your palate!


    March 30, 2010 at 6:51 pm

  10. […] you aren’t up to speed yet, here is the original post introducing how the battle works and here is the post for Heat 1 where Ajisen, Momotaro and Meshiya […]

  11. […] the ramen battle going on on this blog in the past few weeks. If you haven’t, checked out the introduction here, Heat 1 here (won by Ajisen Ramen)and Heat 2 here (won by Ramen Ya). That’ll bring you up to […]

  12. […] number one is Ramen, the delicious Japanese dish. More information on the rules can be found here. Here’s a choice bit of history about ramen from our old friend wikipedia: Ramen […]

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