Saturday, July 30, 2011

Hokkaido Santouka Ramen

Pavilion's "Tokyo Street" precinct is a warren of eateries, but its biggest crowd-puller so far is this ramen specialist, which started out in Hokkaido in 1988 before expanding to other parts of Japan, the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, and now, Malaysia.

Santouka's signature recipe is the Shio Ramen, which the menu says comprises a "mild, creamy soup seasoned with salt and topped with a crunchy pickled plum." Top-notch noodles, firm and fun to slurp, swimming in broth that boasts a clean but deep flavor.

Miso Ramen. A more savory, emphatically robust option that meat lovers would relish, combining pork broth & miso paste with pork rib char siew & bamboo shoots. Fans of ramen no longer need to cross the road to Fahrenheit 88's Marutama Ramen.

Service is supremely efficient; the restaurant runs like the proverbial well-oiled machine, with customers in and out within 30 minutes even during peak hours.

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka,
Tokyo Street, Level 6, Pavilion, Kuala Lumpur.
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31 comments:

  1. Price?? I knw most ramen are pretty expensive. Only 2 bowls? Hehe.. this was a snack? BabeKL tweeted tht it was salty tho... omg.. pavilion suddenly has so many eateries..
    yest ws the launch of some Jap one, whc i didnt go, and Watashi is open as well right?

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  2. tng: yeps, expensive but similar to the other ramen places in KL. RM22.50+ for the "small" serving of ramen, and add about RM3 for the "big" portion. luckily ramen is quite filling! but it looks like watami will only open next thursday (it's not part of this tokyo street section). yeah, pavilion is now the hub for japanese food (though there are both hits and misses here) :D

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  3. No pork cheek ramen?...

    I tried Tokyo Teppan just now...had d Teppan Beef n Salmon set...nice with a 15% discount from d privilege card :D

    Service was all over d place...but I was sitting at d counter...had personal service from d teppan chefs who were super-friendly n passionate about their cooking...

    Btw...glad to have met u :)

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  4. ulric: yeah, it was a surprise to bump into you (a pleasant surprise!). i guess the tokyo street area is small enough for friends and strangers to crash into each other. sorry if i rushed off hastily without chatting; we arrived later than planned at pavilion, and we wanted to check out a few outlets before catching a movie.
    anyways, i'm not sure if the slice of pork in the miso ramen was pork cheek or pork rib char siew (i'm kinda assuming the normal char siew).
    ooooh, we were also next door at tokyo don, which seems to share the same menu with tokyo teppan (they're sister outlets, i suppose). we ordered some teppan stuff too, but it took ages to arrive, and we almost gave up. and yeah, the service team seemed constantly confused. good to hear you enjoyed talking to the chefs though; maybe you're the one who distracted them from their cooking, heheh :D

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  5. I figured u were in a rush...hehe...

    The pork cheek ramen is a special of theirs were d meats r served separately from d ramen...did u notice that in their menu?

    Guilty as charged...hahaha...but seriously they need better coordination if they r cross-serving two outlets...will post photos on FB tmrow :)

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  6. ulric: yeps, and we were also tired from battling traffic and initially confused by tokyo street's layout :D
    i think santouka has a very limited menu for its opening weekend. there were only four choices: shio, miso, shoyu and spicy ramen. absolutely nothing else :D
    yeah, i'm not sure i'd give tokyo don/tokyo teppan another try. the food was decent (some of it was actually delicious), but i get impatient when even a bottle of sake takes 15 minutes to serve (and we had to remind them!) =)

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  7. Which part of pavilion is this? I mean, which restaurant used to be here?

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  8. Michelle: pavilion has actually opened up a new wing on one end of level six, with purely Japanese-linked outlets, including nearly a dozen f&b businesses. The wing is called 'tokyo street' =)

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  9. I really wanted to visit this outlet yesterday but couldn't be bothered after hearing abt all the jams in KL!

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  10. Hehe. Devil and I were there yesterday checking out the shops after our dinner at Din Tai Fung. I love Japanese food but just had the craving for the Chinese chicken soup instead. Also, always easier to let you go first and review dulu, ya? :P

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  11. Awww...tat's too bad...but I will be going there again since I lucky drawed a RM20 voucher from them...hehe...

    As for Santouka, I might just wait for their full menu to be up b4 I try them...*waits patiently as a monk for their special pork cheek ramen* :D

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  12. baby sumo: oh yeah, the friday jam seemed worse than usual. we took nearly 30 minutes longer than expected to arrive here =)
    kenny: in the showdown between japanese pork broth and chinese chicken soup, the chinese won? you've made your ancestors proud! :D
    ulric: RM20 isn't enough, since tokyo don's food is rather expensive! oh, santouka was generous too; they gave us two vouchers for complimentary ramen for future visits =)

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  13. I know. I'm such a loyalist, aren't I? :P

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  14. lfb: then again though, confronted with the choice of a dim sum brunch and a macaron escapade this morning, you betrayed your oriental heritage :P

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  15. hope to try this tonight before my japanese class.
    looks good.

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  16. Wanted to try when I was in Pavilion. But the queue was long and I just had my brunch. Haha.

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  17. yeah everyone has been raving about this ramen outlet. I think it's worth at least 1 visit to see how it fared. Ok, now I'm undecided what to eat at Pavilion tonight!

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  18. jeffrey: hope you enjoy it. they ran out of soup by 5pm on saturday! :D
    chong: heh, yeah, there seems to be a perpetual queue here. but the line moves quite quickly =)
    eiling: if you feel like japanese comfort food, then santouka! if you want wine and cocktails, then morganfield's! :D

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  19. yah, sold out early the last 2 days. hopefully today its not so bad as it is a weekday.

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  20. jeffrey: yeah, hopefully they learned their lesson and prepared more soup this week! wonder when the pork cheek cha siew will be available though :D

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  21. you mean their signature 4th dish in this menu?
    http://www.santouka.co.jp/en/menu/index.html
    I saw it was marked available on the menu and someone ordering yesterday already. didn't order it but my shio ramen seems to have this same pork cheek chasiew(the meat was not same as your pic but same as that signature dish) . extremely delicious if it is maybe it was complimentary for yesterday ,lol

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  22. Pork Cheek Ramen is available? Santouka here I come :D

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  23. yeah, something like RM33 for the 'Small' sized one . unless I was seriously mistaken by the menu and also the table just next to mine. there's always a phone number to call if in doubt : 03-21438878

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  24. jeffrey: thanks! will definitely check it out sometime in the next fortnight. am also interested in whatever other side dishes they have :D
    ulric: hope you get lucky! =)

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  25. I went today again. their pork cheek is not available today but the chashu ramen(which is actually just additional chashu)(which also was definitely not available on Monday) . lol, it seems they are still 'testing the waters' with different stuffs every few days.

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  26. jeffrey: thanks for the update. hopefully the pork cheek will be available this weekend (or by early next week at the latest!) :D

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  27. Hi Sean,
    Kindly be informed that this post has been reprinted on JoinMe.com.my, thanks. ^^
    P/S: We have put your name and link credit back to this article.

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  28. 3rd visit. took pics and updated my site. Shoyu Ramen this time, least savoury. Shio Ramen for me takes the taste throne among the 3(Shio, Shoyu, Miso). looking forward to more visits.

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  29. jeffrey: heheh, but i'm still waiting for the pork cheek ramen to be available for dinner, not just lunch. yeah, i agree, i like shio the best too :D

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  30. just had my 4th visit yesterday. had pork cheek as late as 9.30pm .

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  31. jeffrey: yep, managed to get the pork cheek on a recent weekday. it's good that it's available regularly now =)

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