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Tenkomori Ramen House, Sydney

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Ramen and I have come a long way. Or rather, we star­ted off on the wrong foot with a ter­rible first exper­i­ence at Ajisen Ramen, a res­taur­ant that is con­fused as to the part of Asia it thinks ramen comes from and without a single offer­ing of tra­di­tion­al Japanese ramen. Now, I don’t mind eat­ing ramen, although I still do not go out of my way to eat it when out.

That is, unless there are corn ker­nels and corn but­ter in it. I love corn (greatest under­state­ment ever) and but­ter, and corn but­ter only ever leads to amaz­ing things. So, off I went to Tenkomori Ramen House to try their Corn Butter Ramen.

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This is Corn Butter Ramen ($6.40) in a shio base of clear chick­en broth and ‘egg noodle with corn but­ter, sweet corn, green pickled mus­tard, fish cake, roas­ted ses­ame and shal­lots’. Seeing all that corn just makes me happy. A gen­er­ous table­spoon of corn but­ter was dropped into the hot soup. It melted instantly, but you can still see it as the bright yel­low spot in the middle of the bowl. And the corn but­ter imparts this deli­cious fla­vour (much like Corn Pretz) without leav­ing an oily sen­sa­tion at all. The corn ker­nels were sweet and juicy, although they sunk to the bot­tom of the bowl. The shio soup base was enjoy­ably light and pleas­antly fla­voured.

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Like Menya Mappen and Oiden, you order at one end, pick up your sides and drinks as you move along the queue, before you pay for both at the cash register.

From left to right, I tried their veget­able cro­quette ($2.50), sea­food cro­quette ($1.80) and karaage ($2.30). Overall, these were dis­ap­point­ing sides. The veget­able cro­quette was the tasti­est and retained a crispy (although it could be more so) crumb, cov­er­ing mash pota­toes stud­ded with car­rot and corn. The sea­food cro­quette had tiny prawns wrapped inside a bat­ter, rather than potato, but it wasn’t creamy and cold. The most dis­ap­point­ing, though, was the stone cold karaage with its soft bat­ter (the worst!), although it was a juicy breast cut.

Tenkomori Ramen House is at Shop 29, Ground Floor, Regent Place, 501 George St, Sydney NSW 2000.