Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ikuzo Ramen

A Ramen Revolution is erupting in SS2, where Ikuzo has started serving the Klang Valley's widest, most wallet-friendly range of ramen.

It's a hip-looking space here, filled with eye-catching posters _ a casual, comfortable spot for friends & families to gather.

Izuko's cute menu: its ramen, made of rye flour, comes in original & spicy flavors (KFC, eh?), thin or thick in size. Customers can pair the variations with a choice of MSG-free broth.

Searching for a steal? This cha-shu ramen in shoyu-based broth with five slices of cha-shu, spring onions & seaweed costs RM8.90 (no service charge) _ less than half of what we'd be paying at Santouka, Marutama & other high-profile outlets.

Hokkaido ramen (RM8.50), with cha-shu, bamboo shoots, spinach, bean sprouts & sweet corn in miso soup. Though the soups are made with pork & chicken bones boiled for hours, they're not as deeply savory & richly satisfying as the best ones out there. Addictive, but not amazing.

Curry ramen, with spicy-red noodles & breaded pork fillet. Wish the eggs were the seasoned ones instead of being only hard-boiled, but for RM7.90, we can't complain.

Ginger green tea, root beer with rice-infused ice cream & green tea yuzu float.

Other ramen options include seafood, black sesame soup, beef kimchi & stir-fried. Side dishes are also available at populist prices: five pieces of gyoza cost RM3.50.

Ikuzo Ramen,
52, Jalan SS 2/61, Petaling Jaya.
Open daily, 10am-11pm.
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43 comments:

  1. Oh can tell that the soup isn't as rich as Santouka. But the spicy red noodles look interesting, is it really spicy or made to look spicy?

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    1. Baby Sumo: gosh, i think it was very slightly spicy, but basically as spicy as maggi mee curry flavor. really mild, it shouldn't induce sweat :D

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  2. Hmm, cheaper but not as good as the Santouka? Will consider trying it out still though.

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    1. Eat Only Lar: oh yeah, a meal for five people here at Ikuzo will probably be the same price as a meal for two people at Santouka :D

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  3. RAMEN...NARUTO

    nice... hope to have some

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    1. Edi: hope you manage to try it, and that you'll enjoy it =)

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  4. there was a sms from this place this morning announcing their promos. the food seems cheaper than many other ramen places. worth a drop by just to check them out.

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    1. Missyblurkit: the prices are eye-popping! Since parking at SS2 seems to be free at night, this really does feel like a good place to get a low-budget but filling & tasty dinner. We were here on opening night last weekend, and it was 75 percent full by 7pm :D

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  5. Wow!
    Well, u get what u pay for! Slightly diluted broth at very diluted prices :P
    Very near me.. and open all day i hope?

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    1. Thenomadgourmand: heheh, that's true, it's kind of a trade-off :D ya, it seems to be open throughout the day, including between lunch and dinner =)

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  6. Prices really look much more ... reasonable. Sometimes I wonder why it is ramen stalls get away with charging close to rm20 / sgd20 for what is basically just a bowl of soup with noodles and some toppings :D

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    1. Timing: that's true. i guess there's the argument that the soup takes ages to prepare properly, etc. but ya, this place does prove that acceptable ramen can cost below RM10 =)

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  7. One does get what one pay for. I'd totally visit Ikuzo for the posters alone. Viva la revolution! :P

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    1. Kenny: luckily this is a peaceful eating revolution, not a violent bloody one (even though pigs are being sacrificed to make the cha-siu for the ramen) :D

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  8. What are the red noodles made of? :)

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    1. Michelle: the base is still rye, but i guess they've added some chili or curry powder :D

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  9. The price really friendsly!
    Only ramen? Or they serve other things as well?

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    1. CK: they have gyoza and maybe some yakitori also, i think. but mostly the concentrate on ramen, ramen and more ramen (more than 12 different recipes for the ramen) :D

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  10. Oh my... It's definitely cheaper than the other ramen restaurants and best of all, it's free parking (at night). Haha.

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    1. Chong: heheh, i still should complain that i had to circle the area twice before finding a parking space that was near the restaurant :D

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  11. Their drinks r definitely not run-of-the-mill though =)

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    1. Ulric: oh true, i forgot to elaborate on the drinks. basically ice cream floats, i guess, but with japanese-influenced ice cream =)

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  12. Ooohhh i would love to try the spicy noodles! Do they add extra flavour or spiciness? Funnily, the fat noodles remind me of pan mee!

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    1. Vien: i think there was some extra spiciness in the noodles, but since we had them in the curry broth, everything was already mildly spicy, heh =) ahhh, hungry minds think alike! i did mention to my friend that the fat noodles looked like pan mee too :D

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  13. Love the hip looking decor but the ramen broth doesn't look appealing. Guess you can't complain much for the price you pay.

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    1. Smitten By Food: ya, i think i loved the decor but only liked the food, heh =)

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    1. KY: mari berjimat cermat! :D

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  15. Affordable priced ramen, I likey!

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    1. Choi Yen: yaa, thumbs up for the price! :D

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  16. Seems to be reasonably priced. I like the look of those revolutionary posters too.

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    1. The Yum List: oh yeah, kudos to the designers of those posters! :D

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  17. I like the Ramen Revolution poster! Very cute.. and the idea behind it. Makes me wanna head out to SS2 now! Too bad about the eggs like you said, but for less than 8 bucks who can complain hor;)

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    1. Ciki: a revolution for fair prices! we can support that! :D and ya, when you think about it, since there's no service charge and gov't tax, the ramen is actually only about RM7++ :D

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  18. looking at the broth, i doubt they were boiled as long as 10 hours but for that kinda prices, what to complain :p

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    1. Babe_KL: heh, yeah, i'm not sure how much to give them the benefit of the doubt, though i'll commend them for the prices :D

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  19. I got the SMS-es about this place, but too bad I'm not really a ramen person... okay, I've only had it ONCE recently and it was at least RM20.

    This does sound like a steal in comparison.

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    1. Synical: i think 2011-2012 might be the years when ramen wins a new legion of fans in KL. there's something intrinsically comfort foodish about it, and it wasn't worn out its welcome yet in KL, heh :D

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  20. i like the prices! That's a good attraction for a start.

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    1. Eiling: oh yeah, it could be considerably cheaper than a meal at KFC or pizza hut :D

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  21. Hmm.. spicy ramen looks delicious.

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    1. Jobless Girl: its taste reminded us of maggi mee curry flavor at first though =)

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  22. HI, this is non halal right?

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