Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bankara Ramen @ Avenue K

Tokyo-based Bankara Ramen has taken its international expansion one step at a time; six years after branching into Bangkok, this noodle chain finally sprang to life this week in Kuala Lumpur.
 
 Bankara's signature broth (RM27++ with four hefty pieces of chashu) is made with pork bones infused with refined shoyu. Mellow in savouriness, mildly sweet, fatty-tasting though nevertheless not as thick or deep in flavour as many other recipes; folks who want a more luxurious texture can order an accompanying dollop of butter.
 
The noodles taste pleasant too, enjoyably firm, while the egg (also an add-on, making this bowl cost RM31++ in total) is lusciously creamy, with the most wobbly of yolks. Probably a B+, all things considered.
 
 We were unable to try the slow-boiled, milkier tonkotsu-broth ramen, as the restaurant is currently rationing its limited supplies, which include ingredients imported from Japan. Bankara also serves a miso-based broth as well as tsukemen.
 
Side dishes include the likes of addictive onion-garlic mixes & aromatic spring onions ...
 
 ... though the highlight for us was a substantial serving of fresh, complimentary garlic on each table that customers can press for themselves (we must have eaten a dozen cloves).
 
Not into ramen? Try the buta kakuni don (RM15++), soul food of steamed rice with succulent braised pork belly, soft-boiled egg, fragrant white sesame, mayo & sliced seaweed.
 
 Tori karaage (RM10++). Pretty satisfying deep-fried marinated chicken, crisp & tender, tangy with a little lime.
 
Service here is efficient & fairly amiable. Expect Bankara Ramen to be one of the bigger F&B successes at the revamped Avenue K. 
 
 Bankara Ramen Malaysia opens 11am-10pm daily.
 
Bankara Ramen Malaysia
Second Floor, Avenue K, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur. Beside Taste Enclave
 
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34 comments:

  1. A dollop of butter into the bowl of ramen? Now, that's a first for me. Hehe.

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    1. Chong: loved it ... butter makes food better! heheh :D

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  2. The decor is very pretty and fresh, Sean. :)

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    1. Linda: I like the calligraphy on the wall ... completed by hand by the restaurant chain's founder, apparently :)

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  3. Great shot on the egg Sean, i like how generous are they providing garlic and scallions

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    1. Ken: thanks =) yeah, i'm a garlic gobbler, and my breath probably smelled foul for hours after this meal =)

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  4. What's with the messed up egg? You did that?

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    1. ...that's RM4++ for an egg! Good grief!

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    2. Suituapui: we needed to see evidence of the yolk, heh. oh, I think the egg was RM3 and the butter was RM1 =)

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  5. Another ramen place ... yay! The egg does look promising (I always look for a good egg to truly enjoy the ramen).

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    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, I think i'd happily order two eggs for one bowl of ramen here :D

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  6. Looks pretty good, but the egg is a little firmer than I like. Adding butter is pretty Hokkaido style too.

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    1. Kelly: ooh, I guess the more custardy part of the yolk had oozed into the broth by the time I snapped that shot, mingling happily with the butter, heh =)

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    1. Wong: slurped it all up! :D

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  8. Woooo I want to try this! Looks good! And the buta kakuni too! :D

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    1. CK: ya, quite convenient location at avenue k ... the buta kakuni was good, lots of meat with a runny egg :D

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  9. That is one heck of ramen...
    Love n want to try it ASAP

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    1. Simple Person: hope you love it when you try it! :D

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  10. i enjoying eating ramen, but rm31 tends to be quite pricy loh~

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    1. Mr Lonely: true, prices are rising, though I think they try to make up for it here by providing really large slices of meat =)

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  11. is the butter from Japan as well? :P
    Based on your description the ramen doesn't sound too salty - I'll probably enjoy it!

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    1. Rebecca: ooo, the butter wasn't listed as being from anywhere, heheh :D yeah, it wasn't salty, it had a pleasantly mellow flavour. not too punchy but not sodium-loaded :D

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  12. Open till late! Me Likey!

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    1. UnkaLeong: heh, ya, if you find yourself stuck in the office until 830/9pm, then can head here for dinner after that maybe :)

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  13. pork rice seems like a good deal, ramen's a bit on the pricey side tho.

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    1. KY: ya, can also have the option of the pork belly without rice and egg if desired :D

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  14. looks like ramen is a trend too. more and more ramen stores are opening in the city now

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    1. Eiling: yeah, and quite a number of the ramen outlets do quite well in terms of attracting customers =)

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  15. I am a happy camper now that I have some decent eats for nights that I need to work late. A nice short walk from my office too! Yippee to that and to butter in my food.

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, after a hard day at work, a bowl of ramen will hit the spot! :D

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  16. i miss the noodles there now

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  17. Love Bankara Ramen with their complimentary garlic & butter, its pretty Hokkaido style ! :D

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