It’s good to know that there’s a lot of Japanese eateries located in Tokyo Street at Pavilion. Having said that, I’ve only tried Suki-Ya, during May’s birthday. Met up with some of the lunch gang for a belated birthday lunch and since have been craving for some ramen, decided to give Santouka a try.
I was reading the menu and was fascinated by how the business was first started up by the owner after watching a movie call Tampopo. Feeling hungry after that movie, he went to get a bowl of ramen but was not satisfied with the taste, hence he decided to cook on his own and the started up Santouka in Hokkaido. From a very small shop that consist of just a few seats and only serve 1 item, the business has transformed to a business that have multiple outlets in many different continent.
The 1 item that originates since the start of Santouka, the Shio Ramen (Salt Flavour) (RM22 for small bowl), with mild and creamy soup seasoned with salt. It’s the only ramen that is topped off with a Japanese pickled plum.
Me and Jiun ordered the Awase Aji Ramen (RM28) which is a combination of shio, shoyu and miso soup, great for someone like me that wanted to taste all 3 kinds of specialty soup available. Toppings come with 2 pieces of Cha Siu, Menma (Bamboo shoots) and 1 piece of Komi Tamago (flavoured boiled egg).
Kami Tamago, flavoured boiled egg with slightly runny yolk. Tasty and kept you wondering how can they do (make the egg) that? The menma is crunchy, a perfect combination for a good bowl of ramen. The Cha Siu, which almost certainly have to be facing you when the bowl of ramen is being served to you, is perfectly balance with layer of meat fatty portion.
Medium size noodles are used so that it will blend well with the soup. It’s not mentioned that the noodles are hand made, so I do feel that there’s a slight taste of boric acid that’s normally use to make the yellow noodles that we eat at hawker stalls to ensure the noodles stay fresh. Soup wise it’s very flavourful albeit not as thick as the one in Goku Raku Ramen.
The beauty of the set that I ordered is at the end of bowl of ramen, you can pour in the rice onto the remaining soup to savour the balance of the soup.
It’s a great lunch and wouldn’t mind bringing Kayden and May along to sample the rest of the ramen and not to forget their fame Toroniku (pork cheek). Total bill costs about RM90 for 3 person, which I feel the price is slightly on the higher side but it’s a small price to pay for discovering a nice place for a good bowl of ramen, don’t you think?
Thanks Jiun and Chin Chin for lunch!
Ramen Santouka Malaysia
Lot 6.24.03 Level 6
Tel No : 03 2148 8878
Opening Hours : 11am to 10pm