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.
C-8-G, Block C, Setiawalk
Tel: +6016-291 7775 /+6012-306 7552
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