IIKO Mazesoba (まぜそば ‘mixed noodles’) is a new restaurant located at Darling Square, Sydney. The restaurant serves broth-less Ramen or Japanese noodle dishes, using fresh noodles made in store. This comes to us care of Michelle Widjaja who studied noodle-making in Osaka, Japan. She also had success with the brand in Indonesia. She brought a noodle making machine to Australia to make the noodles in store. This enables them to make quality noodles, the star of the dish since they don’t need the broth!
The noodles are topped with a variety of flavoursome toppings such as pork mince, karage chicken, egg, tomato or mushrooms, as well as fragrant oils and sauces. Stir the sauces and toppings in and enjoy. There’s plenty of sides too, like fried noodle crisps, gyoza, karage chicken and croquettes.
We shared every bowl on the menu including the traditional version with an onsen egg, bamboo shoots, shredded nori and roasted sesame seeds and topped with chashu (Japanese Pork Belly) as well as one with spicy pork mince.
There’s also a chicken karage, a grilled prawn and slow-roasted tomato noodle bowl and another with a runny egg and cheese.
I personally loved the Vegan mazesoba, and I was surprised at the depth of flavour present, made possible by the soy-braised mushrooms, corn, garlic oil and slow-roasted tomatoes.
These noodles are outstanding and we’re certainly keen to return.
Thanks to Frankiieshungrytummy for the invitation to dine.
86 Hay St
Haymarket Sydney 2000