RAMEN & JAPANESE TAPAS
Ramen has arrived in the Northern Gold Coast!
With a range of traditional Japanese ramen dishes, karaage and tapas-style eats… Ramen Koji-ya have quickly become the hottest spot in the markets. We went behind the scenes to learn about the secret ingredients that make their dishes so delicious!
Owner Tomo was inspired by the little-known Japanese seasoning ‘koji’ to open Ramen Koji-ya.
“I have been a chef for over 15 years, and I want to introduce real Japanese food culture. Sushi and tempura are the most commonly recognised Japanese dishes in Australia, but now ramen is getting very popular. We produce a natural and healthy seasoning, and the ramen and karaage is made with the seasoning.”
Koji has been used by Japanese cooks for centuries to make everything from soy sauce and sake to miso and mirin. It’s a living food made from steamed rice treated with a mould called Aspergillus oryzae, and if you love umami it’s about to become your favourite seasoning. The team behind Ramen Koji-ya in Tapas Street use organic dry koji and miso, made right here in the Gold Coast, in their dishes.
“Koji is a Japanese fermented rice, it is the base for every Japanese seasoning such as soy sauce, miso… everything is made from koji. We make koji here in Australia. We have opened this restaurant to introduce Australians to koji.”
Be transported to Tokyo with their authentically delicious ramen. The broth has an intense umami flavour, created with the locally made koji. Rich with noodles, meat, seaweed, vegetables and egg, ramen is the perfect dish for the cooler nights.
“Ramen is getting very popular in Australia right now, but a lot of ramen uses MSG. We are here to create delicious and authentic ramen with natural and healthy ingredients. There is no MSG in our food because of the koji.”
They also serve tender and crunchy karaage (fried) chicken.
“The koji seasoning helps to make the meat tender, when you taste our kaarage chicken, it melts in your mouth because the enzymes from the koji help to break down the protein.”
The karaage is incredibly tender, with crispy crunchy coating and an authentic Japanese flavour. The dish is served with Japanese mayo and spring onions.
No visit to NightQuarter is complete without stopping in at Ramen Koji-ya for their delicious Japanese eats!