14 January 2011
Ichi Ban Boshi ~ Japanese - Bondi Junction
Back to the future - we revisit our first ever ramen experience and wonder why we stopped visiting.
It's summer, we want to avoid the city so head to Bondi Junction for a wander. After getting off the train past the McDonalds with the best view in Sydney, we head out to the mall on Oxford St. We discover a huge new 100 yen style shop (although it's $2.50 here) and I'm instantly in heaven. Shawn patiently waits outside and dreams of lunch.
We've come to eat as well as shop, and we decide to give the re-located Ichi-Ban Boshi a go. This was the first ramen joint we ate at in Sydney, when it was further up Oxford St in a smaller store. We remember having a really salty soup that made our tongues tingle, and we hardly ever went back. We had the same experience at the one outside the Kinokinuya bookstore, and sought our ramen elsewhere.
Today we decide to give it another try. We start with a little dish of Chasu rice, a little bowl of soft and tender pork and rice, a measly $3.50 and worth every piggy mouthful.
Shawn goes with his standard tonkotsu ramen, $10.90, and I lovingly order a soft boiled googie egg for only $1.00 as a secret extra. Only so I get the other half. Shawn is over the moon with his ramen and its light, milky, porky broth. One of the best in Sydney, if not the best he reckons.
I order the Aburi Chashu-men, a stewed Pork ramen in a rich broth, $12.00. I'm keen to try a different soup style to the milky pork broths. The noodles in this were also slightly thicker, but still had that great slippery slurpiness. Of course, there's corn too, and bok choy as different vegetable to the usual chopped shallots.
Another visit Shawn tries the ice tea and is most excited to see it served the same way he has had it in Japan. The tea is non-sweetened with a small serve of sugar syrup on the side so you can sweeten to taste. Right on!
I'm keen to go back and try the cold Hiyashi noodles that are only served in summer. Oh, and maybe another visit to the $2.50 store.
Ichi Ban Boshi is in the Bondi Junction mall, Shop 1, 171-173 Oxford St, Bondi Junction NSW. Ph 9369 3980. They are open every day from 11.00 to 9.30. There's also a branch in Southport on the Gold Coast.