Lot 6.24.03, Level 6, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tel : 603-2143 8878
FB : Ramen Santouka Malaysia
Business Hours :
Mon – Sun
As one of the city’s authentic Hokkaido ramen restaurants, Ramen Santouka that located at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur is no longer a stranger to the local ramen lovers.
“One day, after watching Tampopo, a hit Japanese comedy that featured a quirky ramen establishment, SANTOUKA’s founder, Hitoshi Hatanaka and his family stopped at a ramen shop for a quick meal.
Unsatisfied with the taste of the shop’s ramen, Hatanaka announced that the next time he would be the one making ramen for his family. This simple proclamation marked the beginning of the now legendary flavor of RAMEN SANTOUKA.
Using the same recipe that won over his family, Hatanaka decided to open his own ramen shop in March 1988 at Asahikawa that located on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido. The shop began modestly, with only 9 seats and one item on the menu — the Shio Ramen (salt flavor). Initially, the shop was just another ramen shop in a town famous for its tasty ramen, but once, the legendary taste of SANTOUKA was sampled, more and more hungry patrons soon followed.”
The whole dining ambience was inviting with a contemporary approach to its interior decor in oriental style. Bright in yellow warm light, the use of wood panels and lots of oriental patterns really caught my attention and fancy.
We tried 4 different types of soups under the Original Ramen section, namely the Creamy Shio Ramen in salt flavor, Shoyu Ramen in soy sauce flavor, Miso Ramen in soy bean paste flavor and Kara-miso Ramen in spicy soy bean paste flavor.
Creamy Shio Ramen (RM26)
To cook the perfect delicious Tonkotsu soup that is mild and pearl in color, the dedicated kitchen team of Ramen Santouka need to take their time to simmer pork bones before adding vegetables, dried fish, kelp and other special ingredients. The soup is purposefully maintained at its optimal temperature so that it is best to be enjoyed by everyone.
Shoyu Ramen (RM26)
I like their medium sized noodle, which has good flavour and aroma that can blend well with the marvelous soup. The light crunchy menma (bamboo shoot) also tasted delightful as the salt has been reduced as much as possible and no extra seasoning has been added to keep the soup’s flavour consistent.
Save the best for last! The extraordinary wonderful char-siu that made from a selected part of pork back ribs, so the meat and fatty portions are well-balanced to further satisfy your palate.
Miso Ramen (RM26)
Customers can upgrade the regular ramen to large size for additional RM4, or if you prefer the smaller size, it is RM2.50 less than the normal price.
Kara-Miso Ramen (RM28)
Prefer a tinge of spiciness in your bowl of ramen? This slurpiness Kara-Miso ramen that comes with spicy soy bean paste flavor will surely put any discerning taste buds through the great food enjoyment.
If you prefer additional toppings for your bowl of ramen, you can choose the Nori (seaweed), Negi (leek), Naruto (fish cake), Kikurage (black fungus), Menma (bamboo shoot), Corn and Butter Corn, priced from RM1 to RM3.
Tokusen Toroniku Ramen (RM37)
Besides char-siu, diners can opt for this exquisite premium ‘rarest of the rare’ pork cheeks that taste very tender and succulent, which only available in limited quantities every day.
Aburi Tokusen Toroniku (RM17)
A simple but flavor-packed premium pork cheek in thin slices. Chef roasted it with minimal marinade so that the guests can still enjoy the lovely natural porky taste.
Fill with succulent minced pork meat or chopped vegetable, the delightful juicy gyoza is another popular side dish here at Ramen Santouka to look out for.
Crispy fried Chicken as side dish to further satisfy our ramenomical experience here at Santouka. We actually re-ordered this dish again because it was so popular and wooed most of our taste buds with its addictiveness.
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