There’s something about this big bowl of hearty, savoury soup with bouncy noodles that became a staple for many people worldwide. Japanese ramen may have originated from China and made popular in Japan, but today, you can find a ramen restaurant at almost every nook and cranny in cities worldwide.
When such a simple dish of noodles, broth and meat can be so satisfying on many levels, that means business. Chefs take pride when it comes to serving these ramen bowls. As it’s not just the broth that’s boiled for hours that counts — it also comes down to the taste and texture of the noodles, the condiments, meat, and even the spicy sauce placed on your dining table.
As easy as it looks compared to fine dining dishes, nothing is taken lightly when it comes to preparing Japanese ramen. While it may seem easy to find a Japanese ramen restaurant in the city area, we scout further; across the state for the most legitimate Japanese dining experience you can get. That’s why we’ve selected six authentic Japanese ramen restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, including the ones in Selangor area, so you can have the best ramen dining experience that taste like Japan.
Surprised to see Ippudo Ramen on our list? You shouldn’t be. The brand was founded in 1985 at Hakata, Japan by Shigemi Kawahara, aka Ramen King. The signature Akamaru Shinaji Ramen with Tonkatsu broth is a must-try if you are a first timer here. With awards piling high, the ramen served here is definitely worth the calories.
Ippudo Ramen is available at Bangsar Shopping Centre, The Gardens Mall, and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
Mr. Kusano’s desire to constantly innovate and improve the taste of Japanese ramen translates well into their dishes. Using recipes handed down from generations, Bankara Ramen has four Japanese ramen variants in their menu: Bankara Signature, tonkotsu ramen, miso ramen, and tsukemen. All made with the highest quality ingredients in the market.
Bankara Ramen is available at Avenue K and Mid Valley Megamall.
Menya Kamikaze may have deep fried chicken and pork dishes on the menu, but the Japanese ramen is what brings the customers in. Kamikaze is their signature ramen, with rich pork broth available in multiple variants: pork belly, spicy pork, miso pork and soy sauce.
Menya Kamikaze, Lot 1-2, First Floor, 1 Mont Kiara 1, Jalan Kiara, Mont’ Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, +603-6211-9499
The startup of this restaurant is relatively simple. Founder, Hitoshi Hatanaka was unsatisfied with the bowl of ramen he had and immediately declared that he will be the one making instead — thus, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka was born. The Toroniku char-siu pork is made with rarest of the rare” pork cheeks, making it a one of a kind ramen experience.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Lot 6.24.03 Level 6 Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, +603-2143 8878
The Bari-Uma ramen is the best selling bowl here. It’s a super rich tonkotsu shoyu ramen with high quality soy sauce used for the base of the soup. The broth is boiled for 10 long hours, with chicken feet, herbs and pork bones to produce that flavourful creaminess.
Bari-Uma is available at Jaya Shopping Centre, MyTown Shopping Centre and Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang.
They do not serve the average pork broth ramen, in fact Marutama Ra-men is the pioneer of chicken soup ramen in Japan. It takes one whole chicken to make two bowls of soup, which is cooked for five hours. Everything is handmade daily to ensure freshness, with no preservatives, MSG or any additives used.
Marutama Ra-men is available at Empire Shopping Gallery, Subang and Berjaya Times Square.