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 and you can get it in some of the city’s best eateries. From a no-frills street food vendor to a full-blown Japanese restaurant, 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 now you just need to find a dining partner before digging into the best ramen in Leeds.
Katsu Pork Ramen at Sushi Waka
A sleek Japanese restaurant, Sushi Waka have fused two dishes into one to create their Katsu Pork Ramen. It has your usual ingredients, like eggs with a soft yolk, ramen noodles and slices of steamed fish cake, but it’s the broth that’s a little different. It brings together a gently spiced Katsu sauce 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 £9.90.
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 Hero, 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 ramen dishes in Leeds and the Char Siu deserves your undivided attention. You’ll get a large bowl of homemade pork broth filled with tasty staples to 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 £8.30.
The Chicken One at Holy Ramen
The Chicken One is a rough and ready ramen dish designed to appeal to the masses. Holy Ramen simmer the chicken broth for 24 hours to extract every last bit of flavour, and all the other ingredients are totally fresh and prepped in their open kitchen at Assembly Underground. They load in succulent pieces of chicken as well as veggies like pak choi, spring onions, chilli and the all-important ramen noodles.
Holy Ramen, Assembly Underground, 12 Great George St, Leeds LS1 3AL. You can get it for £8.Cover image credit: Holy Ramen