Quick Lunch: Matsu Japanese Takeaway

by April@MyFoodTrail on August 11, 2009

in Cheap Eats, Japanese, Melbourne, Quick Lunch

Shop 9 McPherson’s Foodcourt
546 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC
(03) 9614 1228

There is an optical shop along Collins Street that I always buy my contact lens solution from. It also happens to be attached to the McPherson’s Building foodcourt (near corner of King Street) so I went in search of my lunch after I bought my solution.

This foodcourt has such a wide variety of delicious looking food, it is always so hard to make a decision. At the foodcourt closest to my work, there are so few appealing places to eat, the decision is easy – go somewhere else!

I decided to go with the Japanese takeaway shop nearest to the Collins Street entrance. It has a variety of noodles, rice, sushi and bento boxes. The noodles and rice are around the $10 mark and the bento boxes are just over $10.

I chose the Tori Kara ramen, which was deep fried chicken pieces in a noodle soup. I liked that they gave you a takeaway bowl for the noodles and put the deep fried chicken in a separate paper bag so it wouldn’t get soggy in the soup. I put one piece of the chicken in the soup so I could take the photo but they actually give you a lot of chicken pieces – I just didn’t want the crunchy chicken coating to get soggy!

Tori Kara ramen $8.50

The bag of chicken pieces was very generous, about double what I have shown in the photo below. The batter is not your normal deep fried batter… it tastes almost like crunchy but slightly chewy prawn crackers. I really liked it! The chicken was very tasty (helped along by the scrumptious batter), but bordering on being too salty.

Crunchy deep fried chicken pieces

Maybe the saltiness of the chicken was to offset the tasteless ramen. Ramen seemed the wrong description since yellow hokkien noodles were used. The noodles had shredded black fungus / wood ear, corn kernels, tofu cubes, beanshoots, a few slithers of carrots and bok choi. Although the broth was coloured, it lacked flavour and the other somewhat blandish ingredients in the soup didn’t help. I ended up eating all the chicken pieces and leaving most of the noodle soup behind.

My leftovers

Even though most of the noodles were left behind, I was full from eating the chicken pieces and tofu cubes. I would go back for the deep fried chicken, but not for the ramen.

Over & Out, Rilsta xx

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Iron Chef Shellie August 11, 2009 at 10:15 pm

mmm that chicken batter sounds soo good! shame about the noodles and soup though :S


Rilsta August 14, 2009 at 9:29 am

Hi Iron Chef Shellie: The batter was so good, unlike any batter I have had before!


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