After attending free evening seminar on the modern management of caries as a dynamic disease process. The only thing on my mind and my friend’s minds were ramen. How you might ask? Because we are that synced when it comes to food. After being turned off by the long line at 8:45pm still brewing in front of Hakata Gensuke, we decided to turn our heels and head straight to Mensousai Mugen, a fairly new ramen joint that was serving up Melbourne’s first tsukemen (dipping ramen) experience. I could not wait.
But then maybe I should have…
Curry Tsukemen (300g) $15.00
Japanese flavoured dashi broth, house made thick noodles served with charsu, bamboo shoots and seaweed.
The idea that the noodles were made in house intrigued me. I love home made anything and the noodles themselves did not disappoint one bit. They were thick, chewy and waiting to be soaked in some of the awaited dipping sauce. But that’s when it all went downhill. The dipping (broth) sauce just did not shine in flavour. The tender charsu meat and bamboo shoots were the only flavour boosters that help me get through the dish. And I was left feeling a little disappointed.
Miso Ramen $15.00
Special house blended miso and dashi broth, housemade thin noodles with charsu, bean shoots, pork mince and corn.
My friend who had just came back after doing a 6months language program in Japan tried the miso ramen. Of the three dishes we ordered, this was the best one. She found her ramen to be satisfying but could not be compared in any way to the ramen she had while being in Japan. The noodles again were the highlight of the dish.
Wafu Tsukemen (420g) $17.00
Soy sauce and dashi broth with house made thick noodles servied with charsu, bamboo shoots and seaweed.
Tasting very similar to the Curry Tsukemen, minus the curry.
At Mensousai Mugen, the dining area is divided over two levels where the majority of customers are first seated and served downstairs. The place is dark, gloomy and quiet. The walls highlighted only by colourful Japanese prints and a Japanese poster on the side of the wall, while a projection plays a movie on another side (behind us). Order the tsukemenfor the experience of trying it out if you are curious and maybe give their Japas (Japanese tapas) menu a try too. But lets say it might be a long while before I ever try tsukemen in Melbourne any time soon.