Friday, July 22, 2011

Gokuraku Ramen, Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur

What's your ideal comfort food? For me, it is a bowl of piping hot soup noodles. This week whilst at Mid Valley Megamall, I was drawn to the recently opened Gokuraku Ramen for a hearty lunch.

Ultimate Tonkotsu Ramen

In Japan, different regions have their own specialty based on distinct soup types. At Gokuraku Ramen, you will find the "Horikiri style" ramen, which was discovered by noted Ramen connoisseur Mr. Teruhisa Shimizu. The noodles are freshly made daily with their own ramen-making machine and the broth are simmered for 48 hours to bring out its exquisite taste.


The Ramen Haven



During weekdays between 10am-5pm, they have introduced set meals for lunch, whereby every order from a selection of noodles/rice will entitle you to a free side order to complete your meal. Click here for more details.




Gokuraku Ramen infinity


For his side dish, Hubby opted for a free drink (worth RM4.90) and to complete my set I had the annin tofu (worth RM6.90).

Honey Lemon Tea & Green Tea

While waiting for our food to arrive, we studied the dummy's guide to "an Ultimate Ramen-Dining Experience" that was provided in the menu!


6 steps to an Ultimate Ramen-Dining Experience


There were just so many different types of ramen to choose from but I settled for the Ultimate Tonkotsu Ramen (RM20.90) for the ultimate ramen experience. When the bowl of noodles was placed before me, I was doubtful if I could finish it since the serving size was huge! Actually step 4 in the guide above states that the noodles are best consumed within 7-8 minutes of being served, we commented to each other that there was no way we could consume so much in 8 mins.

I loved the tonkotsu broth and it just got better after each sip. It was really flavoursome and hearty. The noodles were nice and springy, and was topped with char siew, flavoured egg, black fungus, spring onion, leek, bamboo shoot, seaweed and fragrant garlic oil. The only component of this dish I wasn't too keen on was the char siew as it lacked flavour.



Hubby had the Gokuraku Miso Ramen (RM20.90), which is miso in tonkotsu broth noodles topped with cabbage, minced pork and fragrant garlic oil. He too enjoyed the broth immensely, stating it as one of the best noodle broth's he tried. However, he also found that the flavour was lacking in the minced pork.


The ramen here was somewhat different to what I'm used to, but nice nonetheless



For dessert, I had the annin tofu, also known as almond jelly. I really enjoyed this as the jelly was smooth and had the right level of sweetness. The almond flavour was not too overpowering too as is the case with Chinese almond desserts.


Non-halal restaurant



Verdict: We would have liked to try more on this visit, but the noodle portions were really huge and we were full by the time we finished them. We both really liked the flavoursome broth... thumbs up!


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Opening times: 10am - 10pm.

Service: Good.

Price: Reasonable.

Location: Gokuraku Ramen, S025 - S026, MidValley Megamall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur. (FOS side)

Tel: 03-5622 5340

Website: http://www.gokuraku-ramen.com

10 comments:

  1. Haha! love the 6 steps to an Ultimate Ramen Dining Experience, as well as the infinity wall paper. I'd take ramen over udon anyday that's for sure;D

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  3. SIX steps to eating ramen! but i guess most of us ignore the guidelines and just dig into the bowl as quickly and greedily as we can! :D

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  4. Ciki: I love all kinds of noodles, but the broth here kicks ass!

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  5. Margaret: Yes it was... we licked the bowl clean :D

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  6. Fui: Love the broth, hopefully you guys can improve on the pork for the ultimate ramen :)

    Btw wanted to say HI to you but wasnt sure which was you.

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  7. Sean: Haha I read it but didn't follow it in the end cos too eager to eat the noodles!

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  8. I think can't see my from the dining area :p work at the inner part of kitchen which only can be seen from outside restaurant window,lol

    btw, this coming friday, the Hokkaido Santouka Ramen is opening! Can't wait to try!

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  9. Fui: Ah that's in the new Tokyo Street in Pavilion KL right. Will go there after a few weeks. Actually we did look from the outside into the open kitchen, but couldnt guess which was you. Haha!

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