Saturday, August 27, 2011

Hokkaido Santouka Ramen

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka: Round 2. Earlier entry: July 30.

Throughout its first weeks in business, Santouka kept running out of simmered pork cheeks before dinnertime, forcing us to keep returning until we finally secured our first taste of them. Worth the effort? Sort of; they're enjoyably tender, though not astonishingly so. Also, the sodium content in these seemed slightly too high.

Steamed rice topped with egg & salmon roe. Sounded promising, but tasted plain.

Completing our survey of Santouka's ramen flavors: the shoyu variety, made with pork broth & soy sauce. Not as memorably tasty as the shio & miso versions in our previous post.

Spicy miso ramen, containing enough chili to tantalize but not torture.

Gyoza stuffed with juicy chicken meat. Not sure why there isn't a pork version.

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

  1. Hey was here for lunch n dinner today :)

    Tried their pork cheeks thrice aredi :P

    Their tori karaage was plump n juicy with a dip made from mayo, egg white n zucchini I think :D

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  2. I like their pork cheeks. but at RM33+ for a small bowl, it seems like a premium to pay. a little cheaper and it would make it a must for me every visit .

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  3. they leave out the pickled plum for me last time when I order the pork cheek :( I'm only like their charsiew~ broth seem not enough flavor to suit my tastebud :p

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  4. Wah how many pork cheeks did you order? NO wonder they always run out of them hehehe. I'm surprised their gyoza made of chicken too, since this is a porky outlet.

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  5. Yummy! A new ramen place to check out! Gotta head to pavilion soon... :D

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  6. ulric: deep-fried chicken nuggets? oooh, not something i'd usually order, but i'll note your recommendation, thanks! =)
    michelle: try 'em here when u're back in KL! hope you enjoy 'em! :D
    jeffrey: i guess the cheeks cost a lot 'cos the supply is limited. though yep, the price is kinda prohibitive =)

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  7. fui: ouh, i think the pickled plum is only served if you order the 'shio' broth variety, not the miso or the shoyu. but yeah, their broth is definitely mild-flavored :D
    baby sumo: heheh, we ordered four servings to share among three people, since we weren't sure when we'd get the chance to taste the pork cheeks again. and yeah, they've only got chicken & vegetarian gyoza! =)
    j: hope you like it! it's got its own uniqueness, just like gokuraku ramen, maru-tama and mai ramen also all have their own special traits, heheh :D

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  8. Deep-fried chicken ler...served piping hot and when bitten, d juices will try to burn ur tongue...awesome! :D

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  9. ulric: oops! heheh, ok, the next i end up at santouka, i'll be sure to order that! :D

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  10. Ooh, didn't try their karaage yet. Plump and juicy? Will try! (See? It pays to read the comments too.)

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  11. Kenny: I'm thankful for helpful friends and commenters (well, SOME of them are helpful. Heheh) :D

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  12. Still so sodium-fied? Me thinks I better stay away..but im so so curious! I'm also cravin ramen nw!

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  13. tng: ouh, try ordering the shoyu ramen maybe! it's the one that seems to be the least salty (though it's also the least flavorful, heheh) :D

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  14. Sodium-overload yes...but got an excuse to pop-in to En Ginza for coffee n their silky smooth tofu cheese cake :D

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  15. Btw am praying for their pork cutlet to be available soon...if their tori karaage tastes tat good...imagine d taste of their pork cutlet...*drools* :D

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  16. Ulric: ooo, pork cutlet! Sounds like they might be expanding their menu :D

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  17. Its actually in d display case upfront...but its still coming soon...*waiting...waiting...while crossing fingers* :D

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  18. Ulric: ahh, i haven't really studied the front display. It looks like they've put up a dizzying number of dishes there =)

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  19. Yeah...it's superbly difficult to get a photo of it in its entirety :)

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  20. ulric: heheh, i haven't tried so far, so i'll take your word for it! :D

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  21. stay tuned for my 5th visit in the next few days hopefully.. Tori kara age eh?
    too bad the bento sets such as the tonkatsu sets not ready yet. but good move concentrating on the signature dishes first.

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  22. Jeffrey: wow, the eventual menu is sounding a lot wider than I'd expected =)

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  23. ok, i really need to try this place to give my own verdict too. looks like not everything in the menu is good!

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  24. Eiling: oh yeah, start with the shio ramen and simmered pork cheeks =)

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  25. wooohoooo you finally got your cheeks :p i personally find shio is the best, shoyu next. miso was a tad too salty for me.

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  26. Babe_KL: heheh, yeah, it took a lot of extra effort, but I'm glad we managed to get the cheeks! :D and ya, it seems like shio is most customers' favorite (including yours and mine) =)

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