What did Superman’s mom, tell Superman?
Eat Your noodles, Superman!
Now you know where the ramen eating Superman’s super powers come from.
I just learned something from my Japanese boss on Wednesday. The word “Otaku” is Japanese for the enthusiast, whose enthusiasm borders on extreme geekiness, and in Japanese-dining circles there’s no one more enthusiastically geeky than the ramen otaku. These days, KL’s community of ramen otakus are catching on like wildfire and spreading to the local KL-ites as well. Both me and A lil Fat Monkey fall into the category of Ramen Otakus and to prove it, watch us go ga-ga over our food, here at Ramen Izakaya Kazushi.
Shoyu Ramen – RM16
You will notice in this joint, all the hallmarks of a good ramen restaurant – Japanese expats, noodle slurpers, and culinary screwballs of every persuasion can be seen dining here over lunch and dinner time, and for good reason. The Shoyu broth is fabulous—smooth with a mellow roundness, subtly flavored with a chicken stock with plenty of soy sauce added, resulting in a soup that’s tangy, salty, and savory yet still fairly light on the palate. The noodles are firm and springy and pretty much irresistible. The fresh grilled pork floating in the broth is fresh, as are the bamboo shoots and the chopped scallions.
Some of the non-ramen must-have dishes include the trio known as Otsumami Mori with crumbly pieces of charshu, gently cooked eggs with creamy yolky centers, kimchi on the side; the chewy Atarime eaten with Japanese mayonnaise and the oh so healthy Ban Ban G salad.
Ban Ban G salad
Aside from a few Japanese beers, appetizers, and a few rice dishes, there’s nothing but ramen on the menu—so it’s a good thing it’s done well. First, you choose your type of broth, and you can pick from shio, tonkotsu, shoyu or miso. In my humble opinion, the best option is shoyu- which has a thick, meaty texture. Also you can decide if you want your noodles served hot in broth or cold/chilled (Hiyashi ramen). Either way, you’re not far off from a great bowl of noodles.
Hiyashi Chuka RM18
The best dishes combine chunks of pork or seafood with the noodles. Charshu ramen has two types of pork – one cut thick like siew yoke (roast pork), the other melting, buttery, thin slices cooked in oil and garlic. Lush julienned cucumbers, plump bamboo shoots and crab meat give it its tantalizingly briny taste. Oh, and tell us we did not fail to mention that single gently cooked egg, which binds this versatile, transcontinental dish together and makes it equally ideal for breakfast, lunch, or a nutritious late-night snack? We didn’t, did we.. 😉Address: Ramen Izakaya Kazushi Unit 15-G, Grd Flr, Jln Solaris 3, Solaris Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur. Phone +603-6203 6998 Google Maps