Ramen Kan, Haymarket

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Ramen Kan has under­gone extens­ive change in the past few months. Towards the end of last year, they updated their interi­or (it’s now more open, with touch­screen orders) and in recent months, their menu has sig­ni­fic­antly expan­ded. These changes to Ramen Kan have been noth­ing but positive.

The kais­en don is what used to keep me return­ing to Ramen Kan. That and udon are two of my favour­ite Japanese dishes. So I was delighted when I found a new menu item of both udon and kais­en don in smal­ler por­tions in one meal. This is about as delight­ful as when Mizuya used to offer their sushi/​sashimi and udon set.

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The udon is chewy — just the way I like it. The soup, how­ever, is less like the clear dashi stock I’m used to, but more of a miso soup. In fact, it tastes a lot like their miso soup without the bits of onion and fish. While I prefer the more tra­di­tion­al soup base, this soup had a ‘homey’ feel to it.

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For the kais­en don with this set, there are options to get it without may­on­naise and/​or shal­lots. With these options, my kais­en don is abso­lutely per­fect! There’s more pieces of fish than there are bites of rice, which is just fine as I love raw fish more than I do rice.

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And on a later vis­it, we’re happy to see that the full sized kais­en don is just as gen­er­ous and fresh as ever.

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To top it off, they now also have a crab cro­quette, with deli­ciously creamy crab and potato innards and a crispy top.

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And finally, they also have takowasa. Takowasa is bits of raw octopus in a was­abi sauce. This also used to be a staple at Mizuya (they no longer have this item), and I’d found it again at Sushi Rio (their octopus lacks ‘crunch’). The octopus at Ramen Kan is addict­ively crunchy and the was­abi is just hot enough to be pleasant.

N and I were dis­heartened when Mizuya changed, but the changes at Ramen Kan make up for it.

Ramen Kan is loc­ated at Level 1, 90 Hay St, Haymarket NSW 2000.