Yuzu Ramen @ Yamagoya Ramen, Publika Solaris Dutamas

yamagoya ramen kl

We’ve been hankering for some good ramen so my better half and I decided to drive down to Publika over the weekend so we can do some grocery shopping and satisfy our ramen craving at the same time. I actually don’t think about ramen much, it’s my dear who loves to eat it, so I try to accommodate her. <3 yamagoya ramen

Yamagoya Ramen has been open for a few years and it’s claim for fame is Hakata style ramen with their tonkotsu (pork bone broth) made with pork bones flown all the way here from Japan! Their black garlic ramen is pretty well known too and I wanted to order the flagship Mukashi Special Ramen (RM 24) before I was tempted by a Japanese flyer advertising some ramen made with citrus.

yamagoya ramen menu

I asked one of the waiters and he explained that it was their new yuzu ramen, made with that citrus fruit which is a hybrid of sour mandarin and Ichang papeda oranges. It has a pork broth that looks appealingly lime green in the picture and I was quite intrigued by it. They also have a lemon ramen if you’re so inclined.

Yuzu Ramen (RM 26)

yuzu ramen

I was expecting an intensely overpowering yuzu flavored broth. I was wrong. It was perfectly balanced. The tonkotsu was seasoned with a reasonable amount of yuzu citrus fruits and it actually tasted really good!

I ordered it as a lark but it turned out better than I expected. The char siu (pork belly slices) I got with my ramen had a nice and distinguished layer of fat together with the lean meat and it was a wonderful bowl of ramen that I’ll go back for.

Roasted Char Siu Ramen (RM 24)

roasted char siu ramen

My better half got this and the broth was a lot more hearty and robust compared to mine. The thickness of the roasted char siu is commendable too – one slice is easily more than ½ inch which makes one piece of her char siu equivalent to 3-4 of mine.

It has a nice char (smirk) on it too – the roasted flavors comes through forcefully and considering there are 3 slices of the roasted char siu inside this bowl of ramen, it has a rather generous amount of protein for a ramen dish. It’s worth the RM 62.65 bill for two.

yamagoya ramen us

There was a Japanese family next to us who used the sesame seed dispenser *liberally* and I tried that too. It turns out that it works very well with the flavors of ramen. You can also order a bowl of rice to eat with your leftover broth if you want. The correct way to eat it is to take a small scoop of rice from the bowl before submersing it into your leftover broth and finally putting it into your mouth.

sesame seed ramen

I read that while researching for our Japan trip. Haha. It’s actually a good way to finish up the leftover broth instead of ordering the usual additional portion of ramen noodles.

Yamagoya Ramen
A2-G2-8, Solaris Dutamas
1, Jalan Dutamas 1,
50480 Kuala Lumpur

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21 thoughts on “Yuzu Ramen @ Yamagoya Ramen, Publika Solaris Dutamas

  1. I’ve never had ramen anywhere that swept me off my feet and had me going wowwww…I’d want that again. Probably did not come across the really good ones. Maybe I should start going round and trying out more. Going to the right place for the right one is always important…for anything, for that matter.

    • You have to go to the actual Japanese outlets to get that kind of ramen! :)

      Yamagoya is originally from Japan and they import their pork bones from Japan. You can only get *really good* ramen from a Japanese franchise, where there are very specific requirements (a friend of mine told me the bowls had to be imported from Japan and there’s a QA chef who comes in once a month to taste their broth and ramen) to hold the franchise title.

      There’s no such ramen shops in Sibu but most of the ramen shops in KL (at least the good ones) are Japenese franchises – Marutama Ramen (Fahrenheit88), Hokkaido Santouka Ramen (Pavilion KL), Goko Raku Ramen (Mid Valley).

      Note that all the authentic ramen shops are not halal – can’t have a halal ramen shop, it’s not possible with tonkotsu and the basic char siu. We’ll bring you to one next time you come over here mate.

  2. I think I like ramen because of the soup only. Oohh wait, and the egg. There’s something about the egg, don’t know how to explain (although I’m an aunty too, cooking eggs all the time for my kids).. I don’t like those char-siew on top of the ramen, taste weird (ok, maybe it’s just me). I only like the meat (chicken or beef), the egg, the seaweed and that piece of “pink fishcake”.. I tried making noodles using miso paste (made it into soup first of course), add in hard-boiled eggs, errr, but did not come near to those in your pictures, haha..

    • Oh, the “onsen egg”! :)

      Yeah, I like the onsen tamago too, apparently, it’s not very easy to get right. I know the couple who runs Hokkaido Santouka Ramen (they used to study in Melbourne too) and they told me it took *AGES* to perfect the eggs.

      They literally had to throw away large batches at first before they could get the proper consistency and since Santouka is a Japanese franchise, they had a chef from Japan to come inspect every month or so too.

      Hmm…if you don’t like the char siu that comes with regular ramen, maybe you should try the roasted char siu, that tastes more like our char siew.

      Good job on making your own ramen!

      BTW, those pink-white things are called narutomaki (or just naruto, like the anime). It’s just surimi (like our “crab sticks” made with flavored fish paste) in a nice color. You can buy naruto at Isetan!

  3. My spouse loves ramen and we have eaten at almost all the specialty ramen shops in One Utama, Midvalley and the Gardens but have never come across Yuzu ramen. It sounds really interesting. I like to eat Yuzu so am very curious as to what the combination of Yuzu and the thick porky broth will taste like. Definitely will go try. Hope it is still available when we go. Thanks for your recommendation.

    You and Yee Ling look good in the photo!

    • Yeah, I was quite curious about the yuzu ramen too! :)

      It actually tasted really good! They also had another ramen called “Lemon Ramen” which actually has slices of lemon floating in the broth (!!!). I was quite taken aback at that, would have ordered it for fun if I didn’t see the yuzu ramen.

      Yuzu works very well in cutting through the intense and robust tonkotsu – I found out that my better half’s broth was too much after having the yuzu broth, the pork bones soup and the yuzu fruit goes very well.

      No worries, hope it’s still there when you go, I think it should be coz it just came out.

      Thanks for the kind comments Mun!

    • Yup, these are the real ramen shops from Japan! :)

      It’s the best we can get here unless we take a trip to Japan. I realize that a lot of the Hong Kong style “char chang teng” here also serves “ramen” e.g. Nissin instant noodles so I totally get what you mean!

      That’s not ramen at all.

      My favorite is just plain shio ramen or kara-miso (a spicy miso broth some Hokkaido places serve).

  4. i remember eating here and thinking it was really pricey. lol. then again, i haven’t exactly found cheap ramen. i’m not sure i’ve eaten enough ramen to really know the vast difference. i just know i love how rich the broth always is!

    • Yeah, come to think of it, it is RM 2-3 more than comparable ramen places! :)

      I know what you mean – all the Japanese based ramen shops like Hokkaido Santouka, Marutama, Goku Raku all charges about the same for a bowl of ramen – averaging around RM 25.

      I think that’s the price the market tolerates, considering they import a lot of their ingredients, I’m okay with it. Most of the ramen shops in Klang Valley are good though coz most of them are Japanese franchises who are really invested that the quality of their brand is preserved.

      Marutama Ramen is known for their 100% chicken broth but they’re not halal coz they serve pork char siu on top of their ramen. I don’t think a ramen shop can be halal and be authentic at the same time e.g. in Marutama’s case, they use chicken broth but all ramen needs char siu topping.

    • The yuzu ramen is actually very good! :)

      The roasted char siu ramen is good too – it’s more intense and flavorful. It’s very robust, like their black garlic ramen bases.

      I quite liked it, would go back to try the lemon ramen coz it looks quite interesting with floating slices of lemon!

    • Yeah, but it’s a Japanese tradition! :)

      It’s not a full bowl of rice though – Japanese portions are tiny compared to ours – you literally ask for “just a little (bit) of rice” to go with your ramen broth when you’ve finished your noodles.

      It’s very prevalent in some parts of Japan, that’s where I learned about this custom (and the proper way to eat it). You’ll be served maybe 1/4 of a bowl of rice in a small rice bowl.

    • I don’t think it has anything to do with Thailand. :)

      It became popular outside Japan last year – there’s a shop called Afuri that sold *cold yuzu ramen* and what was different about the ramen was that not only was it a cold ramen dish, the yuzu bit was yuzu jelly in the middle of the dish.

      Ramen shops in Japan has been selling yuzu ramen since the dawn of time (or something like that). It’s a summer thing – the yuzu makes the ramen more refreshing!

    • Good to hear! :)

      Haha! We saw the family beside us (Japanese) use the sesame seed grinder *liberally* so I wanted to try it too and it turns out it makes the dish a lot better.

      Cheers mate!

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