Eat Drink KL: Kanbe Ramen @ Empire Damansara, Komichi Ramen @ Sri Hartamas & Raku Raku Ramen @ Sri Petaling

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Kanbe Ramen @ Empire Damansara, Komichi Ramen @ Sri Hartamas & Raku Raku Ramen @ Sri Petaling

Here's a ramen round-up of Japanese noodle joints that have recently stormed the suburbs, starting with Kanbe Ramen at Damansara Perdana's Empire Damansara complex.

Kanbe Ramen serves springy house-made noodles with toppings like meaty roast pork fillet or garlic-&-chilli-laced minced pork. Its soup is made with boiled chicken bones & vegetables, a bid to produce milder, cleaner flavours compared to pork bone broth.

The result: Palatable ramen, though perhaps not as memorably tasty as it might have been. The absence of marinated eggs here should also be reconsidered. Kanbe's ramen ranges in price between RM17 & RM21 before taxes. Rating? Probably a B.

Next up, Komichi Ramen, a no-frills outlet at Desa Sri Hartamas.

Cha-shu ramen, bountiful with thick slices of pork that could nonetheless be more tender (RM22.90).

Rating for Komichi? Maybe a B-minus.

Moving on to Raku Raku Ramen at Sri Petaling.

Raku Raku is theoretically value for money; a very hearty serving with not only cha-shu, a full egg & the works but a chunk of buta kakuni braised pork belly costs RM22.90. Still, the meat here is afflicted with what comes dangerously close to a stench.

Rating for Raku Raku? C-plus; it might help if the broth were punchier, but it's fine for patrons who want less salt in their soup.

One more for the road: Taking a look at Shizuku, the first outlet in Melbourne to start serving ramen burgers last year.

Luscious pork belly with prune-plum sauce & kewpie mayo in a greasy ramen bun.

Rating for tastiness: An extremely solid B-plus. Rating for nutritious healthiness: An exceptionally sad C.

Antioxidants to help counter some of the ramen burger's diet-destroying properties.

Kanbe Ramen
Empire Damansara, Damansara Perdana

Komichi Ramen
7, Jalan 26/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur
Lunch & dinner, except Mondays

Raku Raku Ramen
67, Jalan Radin Tengah, Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur

Shizuku Ramen
309 Victoria Street, Abbotsford

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  1. I think Kanbe Ramen sounds like a better choice. No thank you for ramen burger, had that thing once and i guess that's all lol, too greasy for me, i'd prefer my ramen with thick and creamy broth :P

    1. Ken: yeah, i'd probably pick Kanbe :) heh, i wouldn't mind having a few more ramen burgers before i fully make up my mind :D

  2. Ok, I think tomorrow dinner is instant noodle... The closest thing to ramen that I can eat here. Hehehe.

    1. CK: heheh, okie, i hope you enjoy the noodles, especially if it's a nice soup flavour :D

    2. I had the curry flavour one, hehehe.

    3. CK: haha, i think my favourite flavour is the original chicken flavour :D

  3. Ok with ramen, usually nice...but somehow I never got to thrilled by it. Maybe I've yet to come across the really good ones.

    1. Suituapui: yeah, ramen can really satisfy on the right kind of night! :D

  4. Very interesting, Sean. It sounds as if the pork wasn't as tender as you would have liked.

    1. Linda: yeah, the pork definitely could have been more succulent, heh :)

  5. ramen fever!!! but i like the pork slices the most!!! XD

    1. 小乱: heheh, i like the seasoned eggs the most! :D

  6. Nice round up. Ramen can be such a satisfying dish when you get a good one.

    1. The Yum List: totally in agreement. our current weather might not be ideal for ramen, but on cold, rainy evenings, i want ramen! heheh :D

  7. Thanks for share the blog!!!interesting and informative also.. the food are looking nice,,i liked your blog!!!best food in panama

    1. Rossy: thanks for the kind words.

  8. thats a lot of ramen Sean!

    1. Rebecca: heheh, ya, luckily not all eaten in one day :)

  9. Could you perhaps recommend me few ramen shops ? As Menya Musashi wasn't as good as it once worth.
    I do look through your blogs for time to time for food. You have been helpful :)

    1. William: thanks for your kind words. I think my current favourite is still ippudo. Bankara ramen at avenue k is also interesting :)

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