Kuala Lumpur – Hakata Ramen from Yamagoya
Yamagoya Ramen is one of the more “authentic” ramen spots in Kuala Lumpur – specializing in Hakata ramen”: thin noodles in “tonkotsu “ or pork-bone broth, from Kyushu.
We had 2 versions over lunch today:
- Mukashi Special Ramen (Yamagoya Ramen’s signature bowl) which is garnished with “cha-shu” (sliced pork), bamboo shoots, seaweed, beansprouts, finely-chopped scallions and a stewed egg with just-cooked centre. The pork broth was intensely flavoured, the noodles thin & supple. The egg, unfortunately, was just a tad over-cooked.
- Spicy Tobanjan Ramen which came with a dollop of spicy, salty chili bean paste (“tobanjan”) on the side.
- Gyoza pork dumplings – very light and juicy. Definitely one of the better ones in KL – where it’s also rare to find pork in Japanese restaurants, let alone pork gyoza.
- Tonkatsu - pan-fried battered pork fillet. Unfortunately, I didn’t like Yamagoya’s rendition at all – it was overly-dry and basically looked over-fried. Avoid!
I’ll come back here if I hanker for good Japanese ramen – probably one of the top two ramen spots in KL at the moment, the other one is Santouka Ramen at the Pavilion – also non-halal, but Hokkaido-style, with its miso broth, and butter-and-corn topping.
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Looks like a pleasant place. Heh, I think a large part of the operating budget will be the maintenance of that large area of open (shallow?) pools - algae, crap going into it, crap forming in it, fending off complaints from folks falling into it or from them about their kids falling into it, hopefully no lawsuits due to someone or some kid drowning in it, etc etc. :-) (OK, OK, this is a little Chicken Little-ish :-D ) Any fish in the pools?