Not all ramen are created equal. So before you decide to eat at Ramen Kanbe, do know that their soup is soy based and prepared with chicken bones and vegetables for a light and clean taste.
If you are expecting thick and deep flavoured ramen like those served at Ippudo or Menya Kamikaze, I think you’d be in for a disappointment. That being said, let’s take a look at some of the dishes offered here.
Besides soy based ramen there’s also a spicy option which is popular with the ladies and a cold ramen for the extra hot days. One thing I find odd about the ramen is that all of them do not come with the marinated egg. Instead, you have an option to add it on alongside some other toppings. Anyway it was only RM3 for an egg and it was served separately.
The Charsiu Ramen @ RM21 is the most popular item at Ramen Kanbe for its generous serving of char siu – 7 slices in total. Combined with two different soya sauce, high quality kelp from Hokkaido and salt, the well-seasoned soup has a “clean” appearance with a mild flavour.
The in-house made ramen noodles tasted fresh with a slippery smooth texture that’s softer than usual, almost similar to soba. As for the char siu, the pork slices were thin, very lean relatively tender but definitely not fatty nor melt-in-your-mouth.
For side dishes, there’s chicken Karaage @ RM10 – a delicious Japanese fried chicken made using boneless thigh only. Recommended stuff.
Pan seared Gyoza @ RM10 – the overall seasoning might not be strong enough for Malaysian taste buds.
If you like their charsiu it is also available in snack portion size to go with beer. The Otsumami Charsiu @ RM10 has a slightly different taste from the one served in the noodles, as it was lightly drenched in their special soya sauce for a more savoury flavour.
A few rice options are available here as well with their signature one being the Tenshin-Han Rice. It is basically steamed rice covered with a fried egg and topped with their special blend of soya sauce.
But the portion looked quite big so we decided to try their chef’s special Mini Fried Rice @ RM9 instead. It was well flavoured and full of chunks of meat, albeit a little moist for my liking.
As far as service goes it was delightfully Japanese and top notch for sure. Overall, it left us with a positive impression even though the food may not be mind-blowingly good.
G28, Block Empire Retail
Empire Damansara No.2, Jalan PJU 8
47820, PJ, Selangor
Tel : 016-202 5812
Business hours: 11.30am – 10pm