Can you believe that I have never gone to the Boxing Day sale ever? This year was the first time, and I can understand why I have never participated – but more on that later.
My parents, brother, f and sis-in-law were talking about going to the Boxing Day sale, and I thought I would join them. We thought we would feed our stomachs before shopping, which was a brilliant idea! I can’t for the life of me shop when hungry, the mind can’t think about anything else but food – quite tragic really but that’s the truth. We met at Chinatown, I was telling my brother about this ramen place Gumshara Ramen and he was keen to try. Can you believe that I too haven’t tried it? ‘The Mother’ is not a big ramen fan, so have never really suggested it to him.
Located in Eating World Harbour Plaza and known for one of the best Tonkotsu Ramen in Sydney, my brother F had to try it. He is a MASSIVE ramen fan and one of his favourites is Ryo’s in Crowsnest.
The menu is not that extensive, eight or nine different types of ramen, ranging from light soup, thick soup, garlic and many more. If ramen is not your thing, then they do have a couple or rice dishes, however ramen is their specialty. Apparently each pot of broth is made from 120kgs of fresh pork bones and water! WOW that’s a LOT of pork!
F opted for the special 20 bowls of Tonkostu Ramen with Pork Ribs, with soft boiled egg – I probably would have ordered the same thing, however, I didn’t feel like ramen that day. Apparently you can request your soup to be thicker or less, however, F didn’t realize this so his soup was EXTRA thick! It was a rich and gelatinous soup – thick and full of flavours. F didn’t really enjoy it, as it was too thick, I thought it was a tad salty, however my sis-in-law, O absolutely loved it. I couldn’t help but ask if I could have some. The noodles were tender and the pork ribs, my my – it was incredibly succulent, crispy on the outside and tender and moist on the inside. It was a generous serving of pork ribs and as salty as the soup was, I couldn’t help but ask for more and slurp my noodles – like a lady of course!
F still prefers Ryo’s, my sis-in-law prefers the soup here, but thought overall Ryo’s was still better. I couldn’t really judge as I am not expert in ramen but I did like the pork though – the pork was absolutely delicious!
Mum and I didn’t feel like ramen, so went next door to Kimama Kitchen to order a couple of things. I wanted the eel, and Mum wanted the Karage don, with a choice of home-made sauce, wasabi mayonnaise.
I love unagi, and almost always, order it if and when it is on the menu. It was a generous serving of eel, on mountain of rice. The eel was divine, it was moist, succulent and deliciously rich! I couldn’t help but eat the whole thing myself!
Mum opted for the chicken karage and they were fantastic! Generous amount of deep fried chicken, they were crispy on the outside and deliciously moist on the inside and topped with wasabi mayonnaise. I couldn’t help but steal a couple of pieces – it did satisfy my chicken karage cravings!
Full and stuffed, we were ready for shopping and waddled down to Pitt Street. Little did I know that all of Sydney was also going to be there. Check out the crowds on the corner of Market and George Street. One would think they were giving things out for free! I felt as though I was in Mongkok, Hong Kong – I have never ever seen THAT many people in Sydney. It was seriously crazy and crazier that I was there!
Sadly, I only bought one thing – a dress and we spent a good three to four hours at both Myers and David Jones. Not sure what we were thinking, I am not sure if I will be participating in another Boxing Day sale. It was just insane!!!
I did manage to go for another run that evening, need to burn off all that eating from Christmas. It turned out to be a glorious afternoon, considering it was raining and grey in the morning. Sydney at its best….
Gumshara: GA’s rating: 7.5 / 10
Eating World Harbour Plaza
Shop 209, 25-29 Dixon St
Kimama Kitchen: GA’s rating: 7.5 / 10
Eating World Habour Plaza
Shop207, 25-29 Dixon St