When you think of Japanese food more often or not images of sushi, sashimi and other raw fishy delights tend to come to mind. However, this is not all that the Japanese specialise in… Alongside the well-known and Western favourite of Katsu Curry, Japan has imported an array of flavour in the form of a delicious warm noodle hugging broth known as Ramen.
Shoryu Ramen arrived in Manchester a few months ago due to expansion after the popularity of its London branches. The headliner of the menu is the Tonkatsu (rich 12-hour pork broth ramen topped with char siu barbecue pork belly, nitamago egg, kikurage mushrooms, spring onion, sesame, ginger, nori seaweed). They also offer different varieties and even a fully vegetarian Tofu version with a Konbu and Shitake broth.
Now the prospect of trying this Ramen already excited me enough but after seeing the variety of sides; including pork buns, mixed tempura and Yakitori skewers I was even more eager for my visit.