Check out Ramen Kanbe Restaurant – all the way from Kobe, Japan to Empire Damansara, Malaysia.
At certain points, we do believe Malaysians are highly influenced by Japanese ramen immersed in creamy rich, cloudy white Tonkotsu broth boiled using pork bones. From Ippudo Ramen to Menya Mushashi, Santouka, Bankara Ramen, these ramen shops are reputable for their Tonkotsu ramen.
However, when we visited Ramen Kanbe Restaurant at Empire Damansara, we were introduced to original ramen from Kobe Japan which distinguish themselves from the creamy broth which is popularly found in KL-Klang Valley. Ramen from Kobe focuses on soy sauce taste soup noodles, has a more clean and well-balanced flavours, less cloying, not oily. Despite the difference in appearance, soup base and flavours, we highly recommend all ramen lovers to discover this authentic Ramen Kanbe.
Ramen Kanbe is tucked away at a more quiet corner of Empire Damansara PJ. It is located at the ground floor. As you walked pass Boat Noodles, Epique Coffee is opposite to you. There is one small lane beside Epique Coffee, turn in and Ramen Kanbe Restaurant is just behind it.
Service is good, and staffs greet all customers once they step into the restaurant. Menu in Ramen Kanbe is straightforward, where diners can choose to have reasonably priced ala-carte ramen or valuable set ramen that comes with rice for a more satisfying, fulfilling meal.
Standard Ramen RM17.00
Our soy sauce base Standard ramen is light and clean, but not short in flavours. All this thanks to their soup which is boiled with care for 7 hours using vegetable and chicken, extracting the natural sweetness and essence of soup for the best quality. The soup is mixed with two types of Japanese finest soy sauce, combined with kelp from Hokkaido and salt to result in brownish, mild gelatinous soup base.
Add on black fungus (RM1), bean sprout (RM1), garlic (RM1), spring onion (RM1), wantan (RM4), boiled egg (RM3), char siu (RM4) for a more plentiful bowl of ramen. To us, topping of tamgo and char siu are a MUST!! Black fungus is a good option too, Summergirl loves the crunchy chewiness.
Tenshin Han-Rice 天津飯 RM15
Rice choices are limited in Kanbe Ramen, but sufficient, and all delicious. Check out their fried rice, Torisoboro rice (spicy minced chicken and pork rice) and the newly added pork rice. Tenshin Han-Rice 天津飯 is definitely noteworthy, simple but comfort. It is similar to our local Chinese Fuyong Dan fan 芙蓉蛋飯, putting together steamed Japanese rice and fluffy, juicy fried egg. Kanbe Ramen Tenshin Han-Rice is a step better, as a brown, special made in-house gravy are generously dressed over, adding more flavours and moist to the entire dish.
Chicken Karaage RM10
Summerkid all time favourite. Easy to eat, as it is boness leg meat of chicken marinated in special house blend sauce and spices, deep fried to golden brown. Meaty, slighty crispy, flavourful and succulent. Superb as appetizer, goes well with a pint of beer.
We seldom leaves a Japanese restaurant without trying their gyoza, as we find that a good gyoza is crucial for a good Japanese dining place. Ramen Kanbe version is lovely, with small burst of meat juiciness oozing out as we munch through the gyoza.
Comments: Decent meal in Ramen Kanbe. Better if there is dessert such as Matcha ice cream or almond pudding on the menu. Also, it is not advisable to compare Kanbe Ramen with many of the famous ramen shops in KL, as they are of different types and origin. Enjoy the soup flavours.
Write Up: Summergirl
Ramen Kanbe Restaurant
(Walk into small lane beside Epique Coffee G floor, turn in and Ramen Kanbe Restaurant is just behind it)
G28,Block Empire Retail,
NO.2 Jalan PJU 8/8A,
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.
Contact: 016-202 5812
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm