When it comes to dishes, nothing beats the feeling of enjoying comfort food that tantalises your taste buds. Among the comfort food in question is a bowl of ramen, typically served in a broth filled with a variety of toppings such as chashu (Japanese pork belly)/chicken meat, chopped spring onions and boiled eggs. Here is where you can savour them with our selected list of 8 Best Places To Get Your Ramen Fix in Klang Valley, listed in alphabetical order.
1) Ippudo @ Various Locations
With over 65 outlets around the world, this old-but-gold Japanese ramen joint (it was originally founded in Japan back in 1985) is particularly reputable for its Hakata-style ramen. The “Hakata” in question actually refers to the name of a business district in Fukuoka Prefecture, which also happens to be Ippudo’s first-ever establishment. At Ippudo, the robust Tonkotsu broth is slow-cooked for over 15 hours using selected ingredients. Thin strands of wheat-based noodles are then boiled till al-dente to ensure both a springy texture and a chewy bite. Some of their signature Hakata-style ramen include the classic Shiromaru Motoaji served with sliced pork loins and the aromatic blended miso-and-garlic oil-based Akamaru Shinaji.
Address: (Various Locations in KL & PJ areas) | Opening Hours: Daily 11 am to 11 pm (Pavilion KL) / 10.30 am to 10 pm (The Gardens Mall & Sunway Pyramid) & 11 am to 12 am (Bangsar Shopping Centre)
2) Kagura Tokyo Chicken Ramen @ Lot 10
While most restaurants that sell Japanese ramen noodles are pork-based, Kagura’s chicken-based ramen sounds like an odd one out. Their menu basically consists of two types of broth you can choose from — premium or natural. The former refers to a soup which has more collagen, resulting in an utmost robust, creamy taste. But those who can’t stand the rich taste of ramen soup can opt for the natural, clear broth variety. All of the ingredients, namely dried bonito and dried mushrooms are specially imported from Japan. Best of all, they are certified halal.
Address: P1-20, Level 4 J’s Gate Dining Lot, Lot 10 Shopping Centre, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 55100 Kuala Lumpur. | Opening Hours: Daily 11 am to 10 pm | Tel: 03-2110 2366
3) Menya Hanabi @ Sri Petaling
This Nagoya-based Menya Hanabi offers the best of both worlds, including the Mazesoba Dry Ramen and the good old Soup Ramen. The former is named as such because you won’t find any soup in it. Just a bowl of springy ramen with assorted toppings, namely spring onions, raw egg yolk and seasoned minced meat. The word “mazesoba” literally means “mixed noodles” in Japanese and according to Menya Hanabi’s guideline on how to enjoy it, all you have to do is stir the ingredients in the bowl altogether until well-combined using chopsticks and a spoon. Then, follow up by adding some of their homemade kelp vinegar to help brighten up your mazesoba dish.
Address: 16, Jalan Radin Bagus 6, Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur. | Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30 am to 3 pm & 6 pm to 10 pm / Sat-Sun 11 am to 3 pm & 6 pm to 10 pm | Tel: 03-9054 6163
4) Menzo Japanese Ramen @ Solaris Mont Kiara
Located at Solaris Mont Kiara, Menzo Japanese Ramen specialises in pork-based ramen cooked in tonkotsu broth for 15 hours. Their menu isn’t exactly what we call “extensive”, but just sufficient enough for those who are simply looking for a simple, nourishing bowl of hot ramen. Among their signature ramen dishes include the classic Pork Bone and Black Sesame & Garlic.
Address: Unit 2-0, Ground Floor, Jalan Solaris 3, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. | Opening Hours: Mon & Wed 11 am to 11.30 pm / Tues, Thurs-Sun 11 am to 2.30 pm & 6 pm to 11.30 pm | Tel: 03-6211 2749
5) Menya Shi Shi Do @ The School Jaya One
Menya Shi Shi Do prides itself in offering their customers the best bowl of ramen possible. Let’s start with the pork broth itself, which is slow-cooked for 48 hours to help maximise the taste, making it all the more slurp-worthy. Expect quintessential ingredients in every bowl including the likes of sliced chashu, boiled eggs and spring onions. There are basically three flavours to choose from (“Single”, “Double” or “Triple”), all labelled in different colour codes. For instance, if you prefer your ramen both spicy and savoury in taste, there’s the Spicy Basil Pork Soup. And if you are a big eater, you can also choose to add-on extra noodles or other toppings such as pork shoulder, seaweed or egg for a fraction of a price.
Address: Lot 100 P2.039, The School Jaya One, No 72, Jalan Universiti, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. | Opening Hours: Daily 11 am to 10 pm
6) Ramen Bankara @ Avenue K & Mid Valley Megamall
For most ramen lovers, Ramen Bankara needs no introduction. This popular ramen joint has already made its successful presence in Japan, Indonesia and Thailand with over 60 outlets to date. They specialise in four types of ramens including their signature Bankara, Tonkotsu, Miso and Tsukemen.
Address: (Avenue K) Lot 2-7, Level 2, Avenue K, 156, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur / (Mid Valley Megamall) Lot T-028, Level 3, Mid Valley Megamall, 59200 Kuala Lumpur. | Opening Hours: Daily 11 am to 10 pm (Avenue K) / Mon-Fri 11 am to 10 pm & Sat-Sun 10.30 am to 10 pm (Mid Valley Megamall) | Tel: 03-2181 8618 (Avenue K) / 03-2201 8618 (Mid Valley Megamall)
7) Ramen Seirock-Ya @ Damansara Uptown
Ever tasted Toripaitan-style ramen? Well, the dish actually refers to the soup-based ramen cooked in a rich, slow-boiled chicken broth with condensed umami. There are generally four types of Toripaitan broth you can choose here, which include Shoyu, Shio, Miso and Extreme. Traditional ramen including Tokyo- and Hokkaido-style are also available as well.
Address: 6-G, Jalan SS 21/35, Damansara Uptown, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. | Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12 pm to 9.30 pm & Sat-Sun 12 pm to 10 pm | Tel: 03-7492 7509
8) Super Ramen @ Sri Petaling
At Super Ramen, pork isn’t the only star attraction of the dish. They also specialise in other assorted ramen dishes such as the herbs-infused Omma Imsam Chicken Ramen, Duck Confit Ramen and Drunken (Tiger) Prawn Ramen. But if you can’t live without pork in your ramen, you might want to give either Rudi’s Pork Katsu Curry Ramen or King Of Pork Chop Ramen a try.
Address: 65 G, Jalan Radin Bagus, Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur. | Opening Hours: Daily 11 am to 3 pm & 6 pm to 12 am | Tel: 03-9548 0876