Ky-oto is the latest addition to Spice Alley, a cheap-eats collection of eateries peddling Asian street food at very affordable prices.
The specialty of the house is ramen, and they have a good selection for you to choose from. They also have a number of udon dishes (both hot and cold) on offer for the noodle lovers out there. And if noodles are not your thing, then gyoza, karaage, okonomiyaki or donburi are just a few of their other dishes available.
There’s plenty of seating, both inside and out, sheltered and unsheltered. Be sure to go early though as Kensington Street can literally become the back streets of Asia during peak times, and finding a table can become quite challenging!
We started off with takoyaki, little balls made from a flour based batter, and filled with octopus. This is then topped with bonito flakes, mayo and takoyaki sauce. Absolutely delicious and as authentic as they come!
We then moved straight into the ramen. The first ramen we tried was their best seller, the tonkotsu ramen, which is made from a pork bone broth. Deep with flavour from hours of simmering, this ramen is all about the broth. It’s heavy and hearty, topped with chashu, soft boiled egg and green onions.
We then tried their spicy tonkotsu. Made with the same pork bone broth, but with a spicy kick. A deep red, it has a very nice level of heat. Definitely one for the chilli lovers! This was our pick of the ramens. There’s nothing like working up a little sweat with your noodles!
We then wrapped up with a donburi – just for something a little different! Our choice was the unagi don, steamed white rice topped with a grilled marinated eel. The marinate/sauce is a sweet soy that has caramelised. It’s sweet, it’s sticky and it works perfectly with the oiliness of the eel. Delicious!
Ky-oto is a very welcome addition to Spice Alley which has been dominated with south east asian influences. A blast from the northern end of Asia was just what was needed to bring in new and exciting flavours into Spice Alley!
Chippendale, NSW 2008
Contributed by Susan, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys