Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Manpuku - Kingsford - Sydney, Australia


I will be on a hiatus from blogging for a month as the dreadful exams are coming up and I won't have much time to explore many eateries during that period of time. Do not fret as I'll be back here soon. So keep watch!

A colleague at work, Mr Purple, was nice enough to drive us all to a Japanese eatery called Manpuku in Kingsford. I love how there are so many restaurants along Anzac Parade, yet it relatively easy to find parking.

Manpuku specialises in Japanese ramen and a number of flavours are on offer. For those that prefer to eat rice, mini rice bowls are also available. I'm here for one thing only and that one thing is the ramen.

We get there right at 12pm and there are not queues and fairly quite. However, the students from the nearby UNSW start to fill up the place very soon. Upon entering, there is a chant in Japanese to welcome their customers. We peruse the menu and have difficulty deciding, as everything looks so good.

Condiments are freely available including pickled vegetables, red ginger or roasted sesame seeds.

The 'Manpuku Red ($13.90)' is a pork tonkotsu based ramen in which I opt for 'extreme' spicy. I couldn't help myself. They also had a special on for students where they were offering free 'Oomori - extra noodles ($1.50)' for free. Yay! With my high tolerance to chilli, I actually find it quite spicy. Mr White on the other hand, didn't find it very spicy at all. We're talking about extreme chilli levels here.

The thin noodles were cooked perfectly al dente. There were a lot of noodles but a lack of meat. One piece of fatty pork which melted in the mouth  and a runny egg wouldn't have been enough if it wasn't for the extra noodles.

The stock was thick and rich with flavour. I would have liked it if it was less thick but that's my personal preference.  I especially like the addition of black fungus as a lot of places don't put this in anymore due to allergies people may have.

Mr Purple found the soup way too thick and said this may have been because of the addition of too much corn starch. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think it may be due to the amount of time that the pork bones have been left simmering for.

There isn't many good ramen places in the Eastern suburbs and this has got to be one of the better ones. Service is great as the staff are bubbly and ultra friendly. Hopefully I can return to try out their other delicious ramen.

 If you're in the area and feel like something warm and tasty, then do give Manpuku a try.

482 Anzac Parade
Kingsford NSW 2032

Phone no: 02 9662 1236

Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday
11:30pm - 2:30pm
5:30pm - 9:30pm

Manpuku on Urbanspoon


  1. So many delicious and cheap eat eats in Kingsford. How big is that bowl of sesame seeds? lol

    1. still have so many places to try out there. lol those bowls are ginormous

  2. I normally do not post criticisms.
    I was really upset that one Japanese counter lady treated me bad. I am also actually Japanese myself. However I usually speak English and very quiet guy. She probably thought I cannot understand Japanese, and for some reason, she was disgusted by me and talked with her work mate about me in Japanese. So I told her that I actually understood about what she was exactly saying and stop from saying that, but she pretended she was totally innocent. I even talked with the manager of the shop, but the manager was also not very helpful. They finally apologized, but face looks they did not agree with my idea and funny…

    The taste of the food there is honestly ok…

    But I would not like to eat anything at such a dishonest and annoying restaurant. Never going back!

    People, be careful! Particularly non-Japanese speakers going to this restaurant… They look friendly, although who knows what they are talking about you confidentially in Japanese. Just because they assume many customers cannot speak Japanese, the contents can be even nastier.

    1. Hi Anonymous,

      Sorry to hear about your bad experience. I've only been there once so far and have yet to encounter any problems.

      Thanks for the heads up.