Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Christmas Wonderland & Hokkaido Ramen Santouka revisited @ Pavilion KL

The Christmas spirit is definitely alive in Pavilion KL. Lots of beautifully decorated Christmas trees and a carousel in the middle of the mall. For the past few weeks that we have been visiting Pavilion KL, the place has been constantly packed -- everyone wanting a photo with the lovely decorations in the mall. 

Christmas Wonderland at Pavilion KL

Christmas Wonderland until 1 January 2012

Hey Santa

Our original plan was to eat at Suki-ya, since I was craving for some shabu-shabu. In the past, when we visited Tokyo Street, there is usually a queue in front of Hokkaido Ramen Santouka but this time, there was a long queue in front of Suki-ya, and none in front of Ramen Santouka! How bizarre. Anyway we were too lazy to queue hence decided to eat at Ramen Santouka instead. (After we got seated, then a huge queue formed outside the restaurant lol!)

We made sure that we ordered the Tokusen Toroniku Ramen, the premium pork cheek ramen (RM36 for regular) since we missed this the last time we were here. The condiments were served separately, not sure why though? Anyway the pork cheek is really good -- tender and flavoursome (I think I tasted fermented bean paste?). It's definitely a lot nicer than the char siu served with the other ramens.

Since I enjoyed the shio ramen so much last time, I ordered this again. The broth was just as good as I remembered -- milky and rich. It's one of those soups which gets better the more you drink it... I always make sure I finish mine. This really is one of the best ramens in KL (at the moment).

Shio ramen (RM22.50 for small)

Don't forget to order one of these Komi Tamago (RM2), flavoured boiled egg with a beautiful runny yolk. 

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka now offers various sets -- ie ramen plus side dish (salad), chawanmushi and a rice -- but we didn't order this since the ramen is usually filling enough for us. This time, we also got a table to ourselves, it makes dining here much better.

Opening times: 11.00am to 9.45pm daily.

Service: Good.

Location: Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Lot 6.24.03, Level 6, Tokyo Street, Pavilion KL, 168 Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2143 8878

Website: http://www.santouka.co.jp/en/index.html


  1. Pretty decorations, though it's kinda funny to imagine that in less than a month, all the malls have to hurry and replace all the Xmas deco with Chinese new year ones, since CNY will be quite early next year. What a headache, heheh =)

  2. No Tori Karaage?...tsk tsk :P

  3. Sean: Yeah.. and I think some restaurants have started inviting bloggers to review their CNY menus!!

  4. Ulric: oops forgot.. I guess that warrants another revisit? ;)

  5. I am going to go back there again. hehe. for the shio ramen!!

  6. How clever of u? Tats wat I call strategic thinking...hehe :D

  7. First time trying pork cheeks was at Hong Kong, and wondering how come the porky-loving Malaysians (the non-halal crowd, obviously) don't start this trend in Chinese restaurants?!

  8. Ya the cheeks are good!! :) So tender and flavourful! Aih I didn't manage to try the Shio last time.. I had the spicy one. everyone said the Shio was the best!!

  9. Have yet try this as I think the price is quite steep for me :(

  10. The komi tamago is awesome .... another place that sell this egg is Japin Sg Wang. It's a ramen shop also.

  11. tried their premium set too and have yet to blog about. love it
    as for the overall bowl of ramen and all, i still prefer the gokuraku's :)


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