Hokkaido Santouka Ramen, Pavilion, KL

A rather impromptu Friday lunch plan brought both gNOMes to this ramen joint located in Pavilion. Since both gNOMes are blessed with a 2 hour lunch break on Fridays, what more to spend it scouting new food!

Both gNOMes won’t label themselves as Ramen critics, but we have tasted enough ramen to know what’s good and what’s not! *though we have yet been to Japan

Hokkaido Santouka Ramen is located in the Tokyo Street, Level 6 in Pavilion.

Iced Green Tea (RM3) that is promised to quench thirst!

Chawanmushi (RM6). This chawanmushi is definitely one of the best we have tried. So smooth, with the right amount of seasoning. Not too salty nor too bland. The chawanmushi contained ingredients such as prawn, chicken cube and chick peas. The egg has been prepared and steamed so thoroughly that it was fluffy and fragrant. Reminds the gNOMes of the good ol’ chinese steamed eggs their mom made! As if it wasn’t good enough, there was salmon roe at the top of it just for that extra taste. But that was just the icing on the cake.

Tokusen Toroniku (Pork Cheek) Ramen (RM37). Both the ramen + broth are served separately from the pork cheek charshu. A sip of the soup speaks volume. Simmered and double boiled for hours continuously using only basic ingredients such as pork bones, this soup indeed is palatable! Might be a tad salty after too much, but the broth is worth our praises as it definitely captures the essence of great pork soup! The only complaint here is that the ramen tasted slightly like “yellow” noodles, which has a rather odd taste that slightly mars the brilliant broth a little.

Toroniku Chashu is simmered pork cheek (jowl) meat. Taken from the best parts of a pig, the pork cheek meat is very rare and only 200g-300g can be taken from each swine. The gNOMes felt it was odd that the chashu was not placed together in the bowl of soup like normal ramen, however upon taking a single bite, the gNOMes understood the need for the separation. This is not your run-of-the-mill pork cutlets, this is the cutlets worthy of kings and queens. Every bite fragrant, lightly and tastefully salted. Minimal lean fats nicely complete this into the ultimate chashu!

Verdict : This place is definitely the real deal, and for the prices we would say that this place is absolutely a MUST TRY. The only thing they could do to achieve perfection would be to find a way to remove the “yellow mee” taste (which normally comes from processed noodles) that gives a slight imperfection to the broth. Nevertheless the gNOMes will definitely pay a second visit and more.

How to get there :

Address : Lot 6.24.03, Level 6, Pavilion, N0 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Contact Number : +603-2143 8878

Opening Hours : Daily. 1100 hours till 2200 hours.

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