Just in case you didn’t know, ramen is a Japanese noodle dish served with broth. The base of the broth can be miso, soy, fish, pork, or chicken and the dish can be served with a variety of things like slices of meat or poultry, boiled eggs, fish cakes, sesame seeds, a few vegetables like cabbage, kelp, sprouts or corn. It is essentially a Japanese noodle soup and is mega delicious.
There are two fantastic restaurants in Cairns that serve up a wicked bowl of ramen – Ganbaranba Noodle Colosseum and Tokyo Dumpling.
Ganbaranba Noodle Colosseum
We visited this place many times and even got loyalty cards so we could score a plate of their delicious, freshly made gyoza (Japanese dumplings). They are quite popular with visitors and locals alike, and at peak times there is usually a wait for a table.
They specialise in ramen, but also do a few rice dishes too. You can pretty much order anything from the menu and win in one way or another. When the waitress takes your order, you can choose whether you want your noodles done soft, medium or hard, and later on when you’re halfway through your meal, the waitress comes back to ask if you want another dose of noodles.
This place is much more casual than Ganbaranba Noodle Colosseum but is just as good in its own way. They have a few ramen and rice bowl items on the menu, but their main treat is dumplings. Choose between pork, chicken, vegetable, cheese potato, curry beef and potato or prawn! They cook them fresh and either pan fry or deep fry. If you have a sweet tooth, they even do chocolate banana dumplings…
Juz fell in love with the Tan Tan Noodles– pork mince, a boiled egg and some vegetables on top of ramen in a delicious soy milk broth. Luscious, satisfying, addictive – and with their lunch or dinner special that includes three dumplings, how can you refuse?