It was a Monday and I was around Mount Austin during lunch time looking for something to eat. As a lot of restaurants have sprung up around the water park, this was prime ground to go restaurant hunting. I settled on Tabushi Ramen which is just behind Sushi Zento.
Apparently this ramen shop has many branches in Japan and Jakarta. Now they are expanding to Malaysia and this is their first outlet here.
A little bit of background reading in their menu to whet your appetite. I was intrigued by the way they make their tonkotsu broth – instead of merely boiling the pork bones (for 8 hours!), they finish the broth by boiling it with fish bones for another 2 hours.
Then there was this… Hanetsuki Gyoza (google tells me they are gyoza with “wings”). 10 gyozas cooked the traditional way, but then a flour and water mixture is added right at the end to make them all stick together. I’ve seen this technique but have not tried it yet. So I was curious.
I can never resist a spicy ramen, and this looked special and promising, so this was what I ordered for lunch.
And here’s how it looked IRL. Oh, what a beauty! And all that chilli in the middle of the bowl is just going to kill me… I can’t wait! A sip of the broth and I was smiling. It had the right amount of spiciness, and the salty broth was thick but not too oily. The meat was tender too. Plus, the portion size for this was HUGE. I didn’t have breakfast and I still couldn’t finish all the noodles. Talking about the noodles, they were springy and chewy, but not remarkably distinctive.
Char Siu Ramen
The other half ordered a less adventurous choice. The bowl sizes were the same but as you can see, his portion was smaller than mine. Not a bad thing really, coz his portion was just nice for lunch. The broth was good, and the egg respectably done.
The flavour of the gyoza was good. But I find that there was not enough filling in each gyoza so I was biting into more air than meat. The flour and water mixture added in the end was supposed to make the gyozas extra crispy but these did not. Quite disappointing, as you can see from the photo above. It was a soft, oily mess. For the price they are charging, they had better buck up and make it better.
Would I visit again? I’m not quite sure. In my humble opinion, there are better places serving ramen like Sushi Zento and Kurotomon Ramen in JB CitySquare. If their gyoza had been impressive, I might have reconsidered visiting again.