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No. 1 Star for Lunch – Ichiban Boshi, Bondi Junction

Picture this.

You’re in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. It’s lunch time. You have an hour (less travel time) to grab a bite to eat and unwind as much as much of the morning’s stresses as you can before you head back into the fray. Given such a scenario, I often fall back to a small handful of tried-and-true favourites. Ichiban Boshi in Bondi Junction just happens to be one of them.

ichiban boshi negi miso ramen

Ramen is pretty much the main thing that Ichiban Boshi is known for. In case of the one pictured above, negi miso ramen. This is one of my more favoured ramen sold at Ichiban Boshi, with the favourite being either the very hot (geki-kara) ramen or the aburi chashu ramen, depending on my mood.

The negi miso ramen consists of a miso based ramen soup, a large pile of slivered spring onions (the negi part) as well as other accompaniments such as marinated bamboo shoots, corn and a single piece of tender roast pork that almost falls apart in the mouth.

If you’re too impatient and don’t let the spring onions soften a little within the steaming ramen soup, it can get a bit on the chewy side if you happen to get a big mouthful of it all at once. What I do to deal with this is to submerge all the spring onions, find something to distract myself with for a minute or so (twitter on a PDA phone comes in very handy for this) and then devour as normal. It’s pretty good for something under $10.

ichiban boshi tonkatsu

On occasion (usually when I don’t have time for breakfast) I order a side dish to accompany the ramen. In this case it the tonkatsu. Somewhat crunchy on the outside. Somewhat juicy on the inside. The tonkatsu sauce and mustard are there but unfortunately there’s no shredded cabbage for some reason. Just a bed of lettuce, which was a bit of a letdown for me.

It’s not bad for what you pay for ($4 from memory).  Just don’t expect it to be as good as places that specialise in making good tonkatsu.

Have a favourite place for lunch in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, or anywhere else for that matter? Would love to hear from you, so please leave a comment! :)

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  • Betty September 2, 2009, 11:18 pm

    Thanks for the shallots tip! If I’m in the eastern suburbs, I’d head to Anzac Pde and get me some Indo food :) Ayam Goreng 99, Pinangsia etc. or Randwick has a fairly good Thai place I used to frequent back in the day … I think it’s called Thai Tum, or Tum Thai.. or something!

  • FFichiban September 4, 2009, 12:33 am

    Hmmm too long no ichiban boshi :S lol @ twitter :P and ooh I like the aburi chashu too and I miss their cheese curry dearly

  • yas @ hungry.digital.elf. September 4, 2009, 8:50 am

    Yeahh Ichiban boshi. I was going to go down there the other day for lunch too.
    You’ve got to try any miso based one with optional butter!

  • Yuki September 10, 2009, 12:12 am

    Hi Simon!!!i totally AGREE..i luv the kit kats from Japan!!!
    I have yet to update my list of Kit Kat Flavours I’ve tried!! Lucky you, you can find them easier!!!! In Canberra is like a treasure hunt…=_=
    I got my friend to buy me the Soya Sauce flavour!! it’s not bad as it sounds…it taste a bit like maple syrup..
    by the way..ur blog looks simple and cute!!! How did u learn all the coding? i need to learn that properly…=_=
    Thanks for dropping by!!!

  • Simon September 10, 2009, 6:05 am

    Hi Betty! The place is called Tum’s Thai. That’s another one of my fav locals, though I don’t have as much time to go there as I use to (use to be once a week at one stage). Lot of good stuff there, from laksas, superb salads and a pretty good pad thai that pairs perfectly with a chicken satay.

    I’ll have to try some of those other places out when the opportunity presents itself.

    Hi FFichiban! Never had the cheesy curry before but cheese and curry work well with each other. Well, cheese and most things really…

    Hi yas! Butter and miso sounds like it would work so well. Will have to give that a try the next time I go!

    Hi Yuki! Sorry to hear about the Canberra situation. It’s not exactly easy to find it here but once you know where to go, it’s in ready supply. Oddly enough, Tokyomart, probably one of the largest retailers of Japanese groceries in Sydney, don’t sell any from what I’ve seen.

    I have a post to see to at some stage regarding the various flavours of kit-kat that I’ve had to date. Maybe we can compare notes and purchasing locations. Always out to try new flavours!

    You can thank the Internet for the coding. I know I certainly have! It can be tricky at times and frustrating but online tutorials or copying things that you like are a good way to start. I’m by no means a coder though. All of mine is either borrowed or hacks.

    Thanks for dropping by yourself!

  • Yuki September 10, 2009, 9:06 am

    I can’t wait to see ur posts on kit kats!! Yohooo~~ I’m a total kit kat addict and at the moment i am surviving on ‘australian’ kit kats…hehehhee
    i wanna try the ROSE flavoured and the Cherry Blossom one!!! but haven’t found that one yet…=_=
    Wow..i need to try the ones that u’ve mentioned..i haven’t!! i have to agree with u that the apple and vinegar one is nice!! much much better than the apple…or the grape. Everytime i drop by Sydney i will go to the asian grocery in World Square to check if they have any new kit kats..hehehe.. here in Canberra i get them from HUB (another asian grocery) but they haven’t imported any recently…depressing…
    I took a ferry to Zumbo’s …coz i know Sydney parking is a nightmare…ohn well..the view from the ferry was quite nice :D
    Regarding the macaroons in Canberra…humm…i guess they have the commercialised ones.. there is this lovely place here that does very good cakes, it’s a family business and they only open during the week! It’s called Flute…you should definately try if you get a chance! I will be posting something about it soon…but the pics i have are not good..=_= all mobile phone pics…!
    What camera do u have? i need a new lens for my food pics…do u recommend any?

  • Katherine September 10, 2009, 1:10 pm

    Miso based ramen is one of my favourites. I will definately check this out when I go to Bondi next.


  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 10, 2009, 7:27 pm

    How is the actaul ramen? The actual texture of the ramen is veyr important to me and why Ryo’s just cannot be beat.

  • Iron Chef Shellie September 13, 2009, 5:56 pm

    I haven’t had miso for ages… and with ramen… om nomnomnom…

    Think I’ll be having that this week if I can!

  • Maria@TheGourmetChallenge September 13, 2009, 8:27 pm

    oh yum, Ramen! theres nothing better than a good old bowl of hot Ramen! I want some now!

  • Simon September 15, 2009, 1:02 pm

    Hi Yuki! Thanks for the suggestion of Flute. Will have to look into it if I’m ever in the area.

    The camera I use is the Canon 500D with an 50mm f/1.4 prime lens.

    The 50mm lens are quite popular for food photos and are reasonably priced, depending on what you go for. I’ve seen some people go with the 35mm lens as well.

    Hi Katherine! As with the suggestion by Yas, have you tried the miso based ramen with butter? Something I’m going to be trying the next time I go for ramen.

    Hi Lorraine! The ramen is good. I’d say that Ryo’s has it with texture though. However, I find their soups somewhat on the salty side. Also, Ichiban is more readily available, at least with the places that I tend to be around.

    Hi Iron Chef Shellie! Hope you’re able to get around to some! :)

    Know of any good ramen places in Melbourne?

    Hi Maria! I’m a big fan of ramen myself so I couldn’t agree more! :)

  • Yuki September 15, 2009, 2:26 pm

    Since i’m a poor student..i only have a 50mm f/1.8 =P
    i guess that will do for now!! – can’t wait until i get my first job and spend my first salary on amazing lenses and lotsa FOOD!

  • Yuki September 15, 2009, 3:36 pm

    wow…gatherings sound fun.
    sadly i am in Canberra. which sucks..
    i mean…the fact that it’s 3 hours away!
    so how can i get to know other bloggers?

  • The Ninja September 28, 2009, 6:07 pm

    What are the crowds like at the Bondi outlet? Because I went past the Galeries Victoria shop and (as usual) I would’ve needed a chaingun to get in fast.

    I also never liked the $8-minimum-order thing. Especially when I was informed about this with a finger stabbed at the tiny disclaimer of the menu. Much prefer Tonton for my ramen cravings : )

  • Simon September 28, 2009, 6:39 pm

    Hi Yuki! Well, there are a number of ways, some of which you’re already doing. Commenting on other ppls blogs so that they get to know that you’re out there. Twitter and/or Facebook is another. Once ppl get to know you, meeting up is just bound to happen. Whether it be PR type things e.g. Truffle Fest in Canberra, some Sydney bloggers are ex-Canberrans etc. Once you get involved, it’s really just a matter of time :)

    Hi The Ninja! I’ve never had an issue getting a seat at Bondi Junction, though the store is about half the size of the city one. I would argue that the ramen is better there too but that’s just a personal observation. I tend to go to lunch late (at least after 1pm) so your experience there may be different to mine.

    The minimum order thing, though doesn’t sound welcoming, it’s not something I take issue with as the cheapest bowl of ramen is $8.50 anyways. I do see your point however.

    Never been to Tonton before. It’s on my to-try list though :)

  • The Ninja September 28, 2009, 10:28 pm

    Hi Simon!

    (lol “Hi The Ninja!” looks so funny sometimes i wish that were actually my name sigh.)

    I went with the missus to Ichiban TGV to have some ice-cream (their green-tea is pretty sweet stuff) and ended up having to get a whole meal. So that was rather lame.

    @Yuki: do what I’m doing. Ninja-stalking. Heh heh.

  • joey@FoodiePop November 12, 2009, 3:57 pm

    Have been to the TGV one, and it’s quite good. Will have to try the BJ one to see if there’s a difference.

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