Tucked away in an unsuspecting shopfront along humble Station Street, Typhoon Ramen is the cozy haven for slurping soul-warming ramen southsiders have been dreaming of. This charming local spot channels the bustling noodle houses of Tokyo with hearty bowls brimming with springy noodles, aromatically spiced broths, and delightfully slippery additions.
As an avid ramen lover on a continual hunt for authentic classics done right, Typhoon immediately hooked me in with their serious but satisfying approach to Japanese comfort cuisine. Read on to explore their menu and find out why this understated gem should be on every foodie’s must-visit list!
Transporting Vibes Channel Tokyo Noodle Shops
Typhoon’s compact space dotted with wooden tables and modern booth seating evokes the casual intimacy of ramen-yas in Japan. Servers glide seamlessly between tables ensuring steaming bowls arrive piping hot.
Splashes of Japanese signage and decorative touches give a sense of cultural character. And the steady hum of happy patrons slurping noodles fills the dining room – no need for excessive small talk and you can fully embrace the soupy mess that awaits!
While cozy, the atmosphere stays focused on the food above all else. And that’s where Typhoon truly triumphs…
Signature Broths Bursting with Complex Flavor
Two styles of ramen showcase Typhoon’s knack for extracting maximum richness from the broth:
Tonkotsu – Intensely creamy, porky broth achieved after boiling pork bones for 15+ hours into submission. It’s indulgent but not cloying.
Shio – Clear, clean Japanese sea salt broth made from chicken, dried fish, kombu and veggies. Light yet still deeply savory.
Both pack incredible umami depth without aggressive sodium levels overtaking more nuanced flavors. These are the foundational broths that speak to true dedication.
Typhoon’s firm, springy noodles (made fresh in house of course) drink up every last drop of the superb broths for that ideal al dente bite. This is proper ramen, not your instant microwave variety!
Customize Your Bowl with Toppings
No two ramen outings need be the same thanks to Typhoon’s broad range of proteins and mix-ins allowing you to customize:
Proteins– Chashu pork, karaage chicken, tempura prawns
Veggies – Beansprouts, sweet corn, baby bok choy, chili
Extras – Soft boiled egg, nori strips, garlic chips
I suggest ordering their perfectly tender chashu pork belly at least once – soft and supple but not falls-apart mushy.
Don’t sleep on small touches either like seasoned bamboo shoots, fragrant sesame seeds, and chilled noodles for a refreshing summer twist.
Balance Savory Indulgence with Sides and Sips
Ramen at its essence is comfort food not meant to be a delicate or light meal. But Typhoon offers bright, crisp sides and beverages to punctuate the decadence:
Gyoza – Pan fried Japanese dumplings, pork or veggie
Salads – Pickled daikon, edamame beans, lightly dressed greens
Refreshing drinks – Green tea, Ramune soda, Asahi beer
This allows you to customize the meal’s light and heavy proportions to your liking across multiple visits.
An Idyllic Escape Right in Highett
What begins as a routine ramen run quickly transports you to a far away noodle paradise within Typhoon’s cozy confines. Their unrelenting pursuit of handcrafted broths, springy noodles and properly prepared toppings recently earned them Best Ramen Victoria – high praise!
Yet the team remains gracious and eager to share their passion for this quintessential Japanese comfort cuisine with Highett locals and foodies flocking from afar.
I know I’ll be returning regularly both to continue exploring the menu and simply to be enveloped in the charming hideaway atmosphere crafted with care. Don’t sleep on trying this local gem!