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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka | Pavillion

After looking at some blogs about this place, I managed my time to pay a visit here. See what is good inside. There always a queue at this place whenever I pass by, so it was when I arrived. I queued for around 30 minutes before I got my seat. I ordered when I was queueing. Santouka is recognised in Japan, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia.

The ambience was nice but it was a bit packed. Not really enjoyable in a place that really packed and noisy. It is a place for you to eat and go, long conversation with friends is a no no for here.

Green Tea (cold)-RM4.00
I always like green tea whenever I'm in any Japanese restaurant. Same as this time. A big bottle of green tea and a glass of ice served when you order the cold type. If you order the hot type, a pot of green tea will be serve. Anyway, the restaurant also served you a complimentary ice water.

Chicken Gyoza-RM10.00
I personally do not like gyoza (jiaozi) because of the leek or green onion. But this one I still able to finish it as it was not that much of leek plus it is soft and the meat is so tender and nice to eat. The Gyoza's skin wasn't thick at all. One bite toward the meat, one try you will love it. Must Try!

This restaurant served only Ramen which come in three size- small, medium and large. I picked the small potion which is really enough for me. I was planing to order the Char Siu ramen, but was recommended by the waitress on Tokusen Toroniku (Premium Pork Cheek Meat) Ramen which only sold 40 plates a day as she described. Toroniku Ramen is their signature ramen which has the toppings served separately. Toroniku Cha-shu is simmered pork cheek (jowl) meat which is very rare and only 200-300g can be taken from each pig. The meat is tender and very easy to chew. I never try that tender and nice pork meat before.

Shio Toroniku (small)-RM33.50
The soup base I chosen for Tokusen Toroniku Ramen is Shio (Salt Flavour). The Shio Ramen is mild and creamy soup seasoned with salt. It is the only ramen that is topped off with a Japanese pickled plum. I like it very much and it is not salty at all in case you will scare by the word salt flavour. I personally like Udon more than Ramen but this Ramen is superb. They choose to use the medium size noodle which have a good flavour and blend well with the soup. Must Try!

Shoyu Toroniku (large)-RM40
Shoyu Ramen Soup is made from a mixture of pork broth and soy sauce. Dried seaweed is used as a topping only for Shoyu Ramen to bring out its flavour. However, the taste more to the miso flavour and it is a bit salty.

Chawan Mushi-RM6.00
The normal steamed egg you will get it from a Japanese restaurant.

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
Lot 6.24.03, Level 6, 
Pavilion KL, 168,
 Jln Bukit Bintang, 55100 K.L
Tel: 03-21438878 

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