Ikkousha Ramen makes its debut in Pavilion Damansara Heights! Literally can’t hide the joy of finally getting to have an authentic taste of this famous Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen from Japan.
Originated from Hakata, Fukuoka, Ikkousha Ramen is founded by Mr. Kousuke Yoshimuraha, and has over 40 outlets globally includingly Japan, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia, USA and Canada. Still expanding, and proud that the establishment has finally landed in Malaysia!
Ikkousha Ramen menu is fairly straightforward, where there are 5 types of ramen to choose from – Tonkotsu Special, Tonkotsu Standard, Tonkotsu Black, Tonkotsu God Fire, Tonkotsu Seafood Mentaiko; along with some snacks to accompany your meal.
We were given a sheet of paper each, to pick and tick our preference for soup, noodles, toppings accordingly.
1. Flavor Selection: Choose your preferred ramen flavor.
2. Soup Base Customization: Adjust the saltiness and oiliness of your soup base.
3. Noodle Texture: Pick your desired noodle texture from options like soft, normal, firm, or very firm.
4. Spring onion – yes / no
5. Add-on extra toppings
6. Extra Indulgence: Merrier meal with snacks/ side dishes/ rice
A must-try is the classic Tonkotsu Ramen, best seller in Ikkousha Ramen. Summerkid’s favorite too. He customizes his bowl with extra chashu + flavored egg + seaweed at additional RM15. You can also go for the Luxury Set Meal that comes with extra chashu + flavoured egg + spring onion + bean sprouts + black fungus + seaweed + bamboo shoots. All for an extra RM29 on top of your noodle’s price. If this jumbo version with a bit of everything is too much for you, then you can select your particular favorite – e.g. Summergirl add extra green onion at RM2. Hahaha.
Tonkotsu Ramen (RM29), add on RM15 for chashu, flavoured egg, seaweed
Ikkousha Ramen uses 3 kinds of shoyu from Fukuoka, a secret recipe of more than 20 kinds of spices, and a blend of five fish mixes, creating a harmonious symphony of flavors that perfectly complements the rich pork bone soup.
One thing that we notice is, when the noodles are served, there are tiny foam on the surface of the broth. We learnt that the foam can only be found in authentic tonkotsu ramen made from slow-simmering of pork bones for a long period of time, where umami bubbles up to produce the signature thick and creamy texture of tonkotsu.
We read some reviews saying that Ikkousha Ramen’s chashu are slightly thin but personally, we love the thinly sliced chashu. The meat scores a good balance of lean and fatty part, very juicy, tender and easy to eat. Absorbs the flavourful broth well too.
Tonkotsu God Fire Ramen (RM33), add on RM2 for spring onion, RM3.80 for Onsen Egg
Want to spice up your ramen adventure? Order the Tonkotsu God Fire Ramen – that has 3 levels of spiciness to choose from, Level 1 to Level 3. Summergirl went for the highest Level 3 and yeah, she loves it. It has the fiery kick that pairs well with the good flavour of 12-hour-pork-bone-soup. Just nice, not overwhelmed by the spiciness.
Tried out 3 snacks too:
Hakata Specialty Hitokuchi Gyoza (5 pcs RM15)
Roasted Cha Shu (RM18.90)
Spicy Fried Chicken (RM15.00)
Highly recommend the Spicy Fried Chicken aka chicken karaage. Was told that chicken thigh is used, which explains the juicy, tender texture; along with beautiful crackling crisp skin.
Overall, a nice experience at Ikkousha Ramen. Like that their soup is flavourful, but not too heavy. Usually we can’t finish a whole bowl of ramen but for this one, we can. Very pleasing and comforting broth. Again, must try their Chicken Karaage.
Ikkousha Ramen – Pavilion Damansara Heights
(Beside Food Merchant)
Lot 1.17.00, Level 1, Pavilion Damansara Height,
Damansara Town Centre,
50490 Kuala Lumpur.
Opening hour: 10AM- 10PM