SUSURU: What is ramen & why is Newcastle so in love?

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Newcastle Ramen & gyoza bar? Yes!

Talk to any Novocastrian who enjoys asian inspired food and they’ll tell you there’s been one thing missing from our local culinary offering… A decent ramen menu. Well, that all changed last week when Susuru, Newcastle’s first ramen and gyoza bar, opened its doors to the public.

We should note here that we, like many locals, have enjoyed a bowl of ramen in Newcastle from venues like Kitami and Nagisa, but as you told us in a recent poll, what we really wanted was a dedicated ramen menu. And the guys from Nagisa responded with Susuru. 

So now it’s here, we’re on a mission to get you ramen noobs up to speed and shine a light on why this is the food trend Newcastle most wanted to see. 

Photos by @its.chris.brown 

WHAT IS RAMEN?


When many think Japanese food they head straight to Sushi, but anyone who’s spent any time in Japan knows the real national dish is Ramen.

A typical bowl of Ramen consists of noodles served in a meat, soy, miso or fish-based broth. The bowl of noodles and soup is then topped with all sorts of things including sliced pork, dried seaweed, hard boiled eggs, pickled bamboo shoots, and sometimes green onions.


WHAT SORT OF RAMEN IS ON THE SUSURU MENU?


Here we're going to breakdown what's in each bowl on the menu at Susuru, give you ramen noobs an idea of what flavour is right for your first visit and make some suggestions for ramen enthusiasts.


For the purists


Tonkotsu Ramen

For us here at Newcastle Live this is the godfather of ramen. A bowl full of rich pork based broth ramen is truly a gift from above. Susuru top their Tonkotsu Ramen bowl with chashu pork belly, marinated egg, shallots, bean sprouts, nori and black garlic, sesame oil. Yes, it's as good as it sounds. 

Miso Ramen

If you’ve been to a Japanese restaurant you’ve tried or at least come into contact with Miso soup. Susuru's Miso Ramen is lightly spiced miso and chicken based broth topped with thinly sliced chashu pork belly, marinated egg, charred corn, butter, shallots and chilli, sesame oil


For the noobs


Shoyu Ramen

When people generally think of ramen, they're usually thinking of this style. It's a soy flavoured clear chicken based broth and Susuru  serve it with thinly sliced chashu pork belly, marinated egg, sliced leek and black garlic, chicken oil. If you love asian flavours but never tried ramen, this is a great place to start.

Shio Ramen

Some people are a little scared of ramen. But if you like chicken soup, this is a great place for you to jump aboard the ramen train. Susuru’s Shio Ramen is noodles in a lightly salted, clear chicken based broth topped with thinly sliced chashu chicken, marinated egg, seasoned bamboo shoots, wakame and spring onion oil. It’s the one to get Dad when you’re trying to expand his taste buds.


For the adventurous


Tantanmen

You had us at chilli pork mince! This bold bowl is a lightly salted, cloudy chicken based broth topped with chilli pork mince, marinated egg, blanched spinach, pickled brazillian kiss peppers, chilli hair and chilli, sesame oil. DUDE!

Tsukemen

The ramen for a 40 degree day. It's chilled noodles served with thinly sliced chashu pork belly, marinated egg, shallots, seasoned bamboo shoots and sliced nori served with a thickened pork and fish based dipping sauce! If you've "eaten it all before" yo should head straight to this on the menu.


For the herbivores


Vegan Ramen

Find it hard to find a place to take your vegan mates whilst also celebrating your inner carnivore? Look no further. Susuru's vegan ramen noodles are served in a thick, potato and mushroom soup topped with grilled avocado, kimchi tomato, enoki mushrooms, bean sprouts, shallots and black garlic, sesame oil.


NOT INTO RAMEN?
Never fear - Everyone loves dumplings and Susuru's gyoza menu has everything from pork, cabbage and shiitake dumplings to banoffee & apple pie dessert gyoza.


CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE FULL MENU

WHY IS NEWCASTLE SO IN LOVE WITH RAMEN?


The simple answer is Novocastrians like honest food. The Poke Bowls and strange food combinations currently dominating the Melbourne food scene often pop up here, but the hype dissolves as quickly as it came.

We think ramen is here to stay. And we welcome it with open arms.

Click the link below to see the results of our food craze poll. 


VOTE: Newcastle’s next fast food craze

WHY IS NEWCASTLE SO IN LOVE WITH RAMEN?


LOCATION

140 King Street,
Newcastle NSW 2302

BOOKINGS

(02) 4049 8448

OPENING HOURS

MON

Closed

TUE
11:30am – 3 pm + 5 pm – 9 pm

WED
11:30am – 3 pm + 5 pm – 9 pm

THU
11:30am – 3 pm + 5 pm – 9 pm

FRI
11:30am – 3 pm + 5 pm – 9 pm

SAT
11:30am – 3 pm + 5 pm – 9 pm

SUN
11:30am – 3 pm


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