When it comes to Japanese cuisine, there is always something about it that makes people coming back for more. Japan is known as a melting pot of all things food and culture. Of course, when it comes to its national dish, that is reserved for sushi and sashimi. However, Japan is known for more than just that, one of which is ramen.
Ramen is considered to be one of the most popular Japanese dishes you can find around town. The perfect pairing of bouncy noodles with a hearty broth is the ideal recipe for any time of the day. Malaysia is not short of ramen places as almost everywhere you see, there is surely one nearby.
More recently, there is a growing trend for halal ramen with more restaurants following this route. There is nothing wrong with halal ramen, which uses halal-certified meat options like chicken and beef — rest assured, that doesn’t compromise with the distinct taste of a comforting bowl of ramen.
Scroll down below to check out the full list of halal ramen restaurants you can find around both KL and PJ.
Because of its halal status as well as already having two branches, Ramen Village has a cult following with its halal ramen dishes. However, that isn’t all as Ramen Village also has halal udon available. What’s great about Ramen Village is that it’s capable of replicating the original flavour of ramen with a pork-based broth. Instead, it uses a chicken stock broth while still maintaining similar flavour profiles. There is also a mala beef ramen dish, which is the popular oily, spicy, and numbing Chinese sauce that consists of Sichuan peppercorns.
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Taken straight from the streets of Tokyo comes Kagura Ramen, a halal ramen restaurant in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. It’s located in the dining district of Lot 10 Shopping Centre, serving up hot bowls of authentic Japanese chicken ramen. Kagura also offers two distinctive soup bases — premium or natural. Natural is a clear broth whereas premium contains more collagen, which in turn makes it richer and creamier in both taste and texture. Rest assured that all the ingredients used into making an authentic Japanese chicken ramen are halal while also being imported straight from Japan.
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As we all know, the base of every bowl of ramen is almost always pork. Nowadays, chicken has become a popular contender as well, known as Toripaitan and that is exactly what Ramen Seirock-Ya offers. It’s rich chicken-based broth is capable of standing toe-to-toe with pork-based ramen in terms of flavour and texture. While Ramen Seirock-Ya isn’t halal certified, it ensures that all the ingredients used are halal. It’s popular Toripaitan ramen dish is also exceedingly popular as it uses collagen as one of its key ingredients, which is a growing trend among Japanese women.
Made by Illy does something different with its halal ramen dishes by using beef as the core ingredient rather than the usual chicken-based version. This pork-free ramen joint is famous for its beef short ribs in its beef broth for a rich and tantalising taste in every mouthful. Aside from beef, it also offers chicken, prawn, and fish ramen, most of which are unheard of except for its chicken-based broth. What makes Made by Illy very much different from KL’s top ramen joints is that it constantly reinvents its menu, giving you something new and exciting each time.
While ramen joints around both KL and PJ are aplenty, halal ramen is another thing altogether as there aren’t many places to begin with. Thankfully, Ichiban Ramen is looking to change that as it already has plenty of outlets spread out across the Klang Valley. It also has mainly outlets located in major shopping malls around town, which gives more people the chance to experience just how good halal ramen can be. Ichiban Ramen brings plenty of different variations of ramen to the table, which range from chicken to beef and even seafood options.