All posts tagged: ramen

Ippudo Indonesia First Blogger Gathering

Ramen, lamian, pasta, bakmi, noodles…call it what you may. The Italians have it, as do the Chinese, Indonesians, Americans (question mark, question mark), and of course the Japanese! And even though I love them all, and dare I say equally, the Japanese ramen holds a special place in my heart (and in my gut). It’s one of those viands that’s almost impossible to get sick of. A comfort antidote to a flu as well as the perfect company for those late-night television-binging sessions, I cannot not can say, to ramen, I will never say never. Today’s ramen chow down was brought to us by international chain Ippudo, whose stores you’ll find all over Japan and in 10 countries all over the world and major cities including New York, Seoul, Hong Kong, Taipei, Shanghai, Sydney, Bangkok, London, and now Jakarta! Can we all just take a moment to acknowledge the craze, fad, and frenzy over ramen in Jakarta over the last few years? Ippudo has been around since 1985, and so we believe they know a thing or two about serving ramen. And we …

Butao Ramen

What better way to do after a fatiguing day of sightseeing and shopping than to fill ourselves up with nutrition for the body and mind? Butao Ramen is a narrow, teeny, and tucked up ramen shop in Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay area, recommended to me by a friend. When we got there, it was just right around dinner time, and I was worried we wouldn’t get a seat, seeing how few tables the joint fit. Luckily, we got one right away. Finding space to set our shopping bags proved challenging. And I almost knocked someone’s head with my elbow while trying to snap a photo at the table. Almost, thankfully. Otherwise I’d probably owe him an extra bowl. Anyone who’s met me at least once would tell you I’m crazy about noodles, and ramen is no exception. So when I got a ramen recommendation, I didn’t need to think twice. At Butao, ramen lovers can choose from 4 different soups: Butao King (the original signature tonkotsu pork broth), Black King (a strong black sauce made of garlic and squid ink), Red …

Yamagoya Ramen

I’m a big fan of ramen. It’s one of those foods I could eat everyday and not get sick of. Not surprisingly, the best ramen I’ve had was in none other than Japan–the motherland of ramen and other things mouthwatering. Having recently spotted photos of and heard about this new ramen place in Sudirman, I got curious. The restaurant was small, just the way I always imagine ramen places to be. The atmosphere was welcoming, staff friendly, dining area clean, and dishes served promptly. Everything about this place was fine–except the ramen itself. It wasn’t the best ramen I’ve tasted. In fact, the miso ramen I ordered was bland, but more flavorful after I added a ton of fried garlic (the more the better, right?), sauce, and dried chili. As for the gyoza, they weren’t amazing either. Because of its location, I imagine Yamagoya would be packed during lunch hour. So it was fortunate that I came for a late dinner. It’s not that I don’t recommend this ramen, but I don’t particularly recommend it either. …