Thursday, 26 January 2012

Review - RaRamen

15th Jan 2012

114 Kings Way, Glen Waverley

Cuisine: Shanghai, Asian

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RaRamen is a popular place for affordable, simple Shanghai meals. It has taken over the venue of one of Glen Waverley's old favourites, Bob's Kitchen, and the food is very similar. No bookings are taken and there is usually a queue during lunch and dinner times, with cramped seating. Arriving late on a Sunday night, we easily got a table although the place was still busy. Dumplings and hand-made noodles are the popular staples here. Each variety of dumplings can be ordered either fried or steamed. I prefer fried dumplings as they taste nicer than steamed ones, leaving aside which is more healthy! We ordered fried prawn and chicken dumplings, steamed vegetable dumplings, fried pork dumplings, Shanghai fried noodles, lemon chicken with noodle soup, spring onion pancake and red bean pancake. The food here tends to be greasy, which seems to be typical of Shanghai food. However, all things in moderation is a good philosophy when it comes to food. The fried prawn and chicken dumplings, and the fried pork dumplings, were as expected with reasonably tasty fillings. The dumpling skin is a touch too thick. The steamed vegetable dumplings were bland. I see no need to have the dumpling skin coloured green, other than the need to differentiate these from the meat dumplings, but the meat dumplings all have the same colour skin and seem to be able to be differentiated. The Shanghai fried noodles were simple but nice; if this dish is cooked less greasy, it would be so much better. The lemon chicken was surprisingly nice and would appeal to an Asian palate, as well as to Westerners who are used to ordering lemon chicken in Asian restaurants. The noodle soup that came with the lemon chicken was ordinary with broccoli and and hand-made noodles. The spring onion pancake was quite nice, and not overly salty like at other places. The red bean pancake was not outstanding but was nice enough to order again next time. There are complimentary self-serve slushies - a favourite with kids, and adults. Overall, a good place to have affordable, no fuss food.

Taste Rating: 6.5/10   Value Rating: 7/10

Fried Prawn and Chicken Dumplings

Steamed Vegetable Dumplings

Fried Pork Dumplings
Shanghai Fried Noodles

Lemon Chicken with Noodle Soup

Spring Onion Pancake
Red Bean Pancake

RaRamen Menu

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