santouka ramen pavilion

I headed down to Santouka Hokkaido Ramen in Tokyo Street at Pavilion a couple of days ago to check out their acclaimed premium pork cheek and ramen goodness.

santouka ramen

Santouka Ramen is an actual franchise from Hokkaido in Japan and I heard a lot of interesting anecdotes about it from Julian and Inggrid.

roasted premium pork cheek

Roasted Premium Pork Cheek (RM 17)
This came heated in a ceramic mesh. Santouka Ramen also has the same treatment for char siu but I found the pork cheek to be slightly better. It still maintains its juiciness despite the thin slices and the tender pork cheek comes encrusted in charcoal goodness.

santouka roasted pork cheek

Next up came the parade of the different ramen they have:

shio ramen

Shio Ramen
This is translated as “salt” although it is best described as the original taste of the pork infused ramen base. It’s my favorite, hands down. It comes with a small ume (plum) on top.

santouka gyoza
An side order of gyoza to go with your ramen.

Shoyu Ramen
This is the soy sauce version, which tastes pretty good if you like a bit of saltiness to your ramen. I still prefer the shio though.

Miso Ramen
Yup, you know what this is…it’s just like what you’ll expect – ramen in miso (fermented soybean) soup.

kara miso ramen

Kara-Miso Ramen
This adds a twist by adding a bit of spice into the miso soup. It’s quite interesting but can be overwhelming to the palate if you’re looking for more subdued ramen bases.

Each of the ramen bowls comes with char siew and a sprinkling of sesame seeds – the number of slices and amount of noodles differ according to the size you’re ordering. The prices are RM 22.50 (Small), RM 25 (Regular) and RM 29 (Large) except for Kara-Miso Ramen which runs slightly higher (add RM 2).

premium pork cheek ramen

I highly recommend you order Santouka Ramen’s specialty – Tokusen Toriniku Ramen. That’s Premium Pork Cheek Ramen and they only have a limited quantity per day since you can only harvest about 200 to 300 grams of pork cheek per pig.

premium pork cheek

The Premium Pork Cheek Ramen (RM 36 for Regular) comes with a side of tender and decadently fatty pork cheeks slices. It’s different from the roasted premium pork cheeks and I found that I enjoyed this one more. The pork cheek slices goes well with the ramen and absorbs the flavors of the ramen base perfectly.

komi tamago

Don’t forget an order of their famous Komi Tamago (Flavored Boiled Egg – RM 2). This decadent slice of heaven is a boiled egg that has a semi-runny yolk. The flavor and texture is orgasmic and you have to order at least one or two to go with your ramen. Guaranteed satisfaction for all egg fans.

santouka us

Thanks for the lunch! I will definitely be going back for the melt-in-your-mouth pork cheek, shio ramen and komi tamago (the breakfast of champions).

Interesting facts:

  • The broth gets tested every single day coz the amount of fat per pig is different
  • The ramen at Santouka Ramen is “al dente” coz that’s the way it’s supposed to be in Japan
  • The komi tamago had more than 50% wastage when they first started making it
  • Santouka Ramen actually had the owner and chef from Japan come over to ensure quality control
  • The chopsticks are even tested to make sure it doesn’t have a smell and grips the ramen properly
  • Each bowl of ramen is prepared individually
  • The char siew meat must face you when they serve the ramen
  • It started 23 years ago and Santouka Ramen has the same bowls and pretty much tastes the same all over the world

tori karaage
Tori Karaage – some good ol’ fried chicken as the appetizer.

Santouka Ramen
Tokyo Street, Pavilion KL
Lot 6.24.03, Level 6, Pavilion,
168 Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.
Tel: +603 2143 8878

santouka food

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suchan
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16 Responses to “Santouka Hokkaido Ramen @ Tokyo Street Pavilion”

  1. the pork cheeks looks fab! i tried the one in sg but not the one here. bring me there next time, i wanna go!

    • Yeah, it’s awesome! The best ramen I’ve ever had in Malaysia so far. :)

      Sure thing, buzz me when you’re here Diana. :D

  2. i loveee their miso ramen & komi tamago… slurppp ;P

    • I prefer the shio ramen! That’s my favorite. :D

      The miso ramen not too bad also, but I like the shio’s more unadulterated flavor.

      Yeah, komi tamago is awesome eh Kelly! :)

  3. Love the pork cheek ramen, and the shio is definitely best.

    I’d say this is probably the nicest ramen in Malaysia right now.

    • Indeed! I agree, best ramen in Malaysia that I’ve had to boot.

      They do it perfectly, gotta love the shio ramen. The ramen is springy and the broth is awesome.

      Yeah, the combination of shio ramen, beef cheeks and komi tamago is absolutely spot on mate! :)

  4. Oooo…this looks good. Hope to take my daughter there when we go to KL – she loves Japanese. I’m not so much into it as over here, mostly we’ll get sushi…sushi and more sushi and they all taste more or less the same. Looks like there are lots of other options at this one and they all look really good… Would love to try myself.

    • Yeah, it’s really good. I’ll say it serves the best ramen in Malaysia. :)

      Authentic stuff too, it’s a franchise of a ramen shop in Hokkaido and they have pretty good quality controls.

      I’ll bring you next time you’re in KL! :)

  5. tokyo street! walked around there a couple of times, haven’t dined there yet though, as I realize the restaurants there are limited. But your writeup do make me tempted to have something there soon.

    Hey you look good in the group photo with your friends. Omg, i gotta hit the gym again soon, or die of fattiness ><

    • Yeah, me too actually, but they have some pretty good ones like Santouka. It’s the best ramen I’ve had in Malaysia. However, they don’t have sushi or such things as they specialize primarily in ramen.

      Hmm…really? I was a bit off that day. Haha! Thanks bro. :)

  6. i can use some of those pork cheeks!

  7. i should have ordered the standard pork cheeks instead of the roasted stuff. it’s a bit too salty for me and can be quite shocking to have it with the miso ramen. maybe cos it’s miso.

    • Hello Michelle! :)

      I preferred the shio base to the miso base ramen. It just tastes “cleaner” to the palate if that makes any sense, and it doesn’t overwhelm the taste buds.

      Yup, that is one of their signature offerings – the premium pork cheek ramen. Good stuff, highly recommend it with the komi tamago. :D

  8. wow that is a lot of food there! i like this place because they offer the ramen in 3 sizes and i would always go for the smallest portion to save stomach space for other food!

    • Yeah, I was totally stuffed that day! :)

      Haha! The smallest one is a bit too small for me, if I’m only eating the ramen I’ll go for the largest size. Mmm…

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