Chopsticks (or forks) at the ready, it’s time to tuck into the best ramen the city has to offer.
Traditionally slurped, ramen is a staple in Asian cuisine, but where to get it in Leeds? From no-frills street food vendors to full-blown Japanese restaurants, each one serves up their own lip-smacking take using secret broth recipes and special spice blends. We’ve done the hard work for you, so find a dining partner and dig into the best ramen in Leeds.
Katsu Pork Ramen at Sushi Waka
A popular Japanese restaurant in Leeds, Sushi Waka has fused two dishes into one to create their Katsu Pork Ramen. It has your usual ingredients – eggs with a soft yolk, ramen noodles and steamed fish cake slices – but it’s the broth that’s a little different. It brings a gently spiced Katsu sauce together with their house broth to create a thicker texture. There’s nothing else in Leeds quite like it. For the meat, they coat pork with breadcrumbs and fry it until it’s golden and crispy.
Sushi Waka, 28 New Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6NU. You can get it for £11.90.
Chilli Beef Ramen at Fuji Hiro
Fuji Hiro pack their Chilli Beef Ramen with all manner of veggies and herbs, but the main event is the meat. They chargrill sirloin steak before adding it their daily made chicken stock. But that’s just the start – red chillies, onion slices, fried shallots and chilli sauce are joined by a sprinkling of mint leaves and coriander to make sure every mouthful is bursting with flavour. It’s served with a side of beansprouts and lime, which are on-hand so you don’t feel the burn too much.
Fuji Hiro, Merrion Centre, 45 Wade Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NJ. You can get it for £12.95.
Chicken Ramen at Little Tokyo
You’re actively encouraged to slurp your ramen noodles at Little Tokyo – it’s the traditional way to eat them after all! Using their house miso broth, they put their own stamp on the classic Chicken Ramen. You’ll get a large steaming bowl filled with ramen noodles and tender shredded chicken. They top it up with a colourful array of oriental veg like beansprouts, pak choi, carrot and runner beans, so it’s bursting with goodness too.
Little Tokyo, 24 Central Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DE. You can get it for £8.99.
Char Siu with Pork Bone Stock at Senbon Sakura
Japanese eatery Senbon Sakura serve up some of the best bowls of ramen in Leeds and the Char Siu deserves your undivided attention. You’ll get a large bowl of homemade pork broth filled with tasty staples that bring it to life. They add roasted pork, ramen noodles, beansprouts, spring onion and a soy-marinated egg, but it doesn’t stop there. Sweetcorn and two types of seaweed add a delicious pop of crunch and colour into the mix.
Senbon Sakura, 71 Great George Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 3BR. You can get it for £8.80.
Original Fu Ramen at House of Fu
House of Fu is a ramen restaurant, so where better to slurp away? Their Original Fu is a perfect way to tuck in. It’s a positively aromatic bowl of steaming joy that starts off with their house recipe pork broth, infused with spring onions and menma, a Japanese condiment made from fermented bamboo shoots. Finished off with BBQ chashu pork, toasted rye noodles, nori, burnt garlic oil and a runny boiled egg, all your ramen dreams have come true.
House of Fu, 15-19 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6PU. You can get it for £13.