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

March 5, 2014

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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