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.