Tokyo style made by Hakata ramen joint;
Very average broths;
Not too bad noodles...
Small portion. Not value for money.
Tokyo style at Hakata ~ Not recommended.
The New Way:
Just curious about how they would execute the "limited edition" Gyokai so I ordered it:
After fishing the egg out with most of the yoke spilled into the broth, I could say the egg white was smooth and flavourful. Not sure about the yoke though.
However, the char siu was not good:
The few pieces of menma however, were fairly limp.
Quite interesting. It's supposed to be a mix of gyokai and tonkotsu soup. The net effect was a bit strange. It's remotely similar to the sakura ebi "tonkotsu" soup at Fujiyama 55 - which was not that good at all. It was quite salty and had absolutely NO resemblance with those at Agura, Menya Musashi or even those at Sampachi.
Some chopped white negis were added to the broth to give more complexity to it. The broth also had some fried onions like a Kagoshima style ramen in Zabon.
The egg taste was not overwhelming. The texture was quite "al dente" and smooth. However, the size was surely the smallest out of all the shops mentioned above. Almost 1/2 the size of Ramen Jo for example.
The service was good as always and the place was spacious.
Nevertheless, the char siu, the average broth and small size means it's not really worth $88 ~ plus 10%!
Another busy day at work and another missed lunchtime. Thankfully seats are always available at this Ippudo during teatime.
This time, instead of doing the sensible thing - i.e. ordering Hakata ramen at a Hakata joint, I was again adventurous (possibly due to low blood sugar level which affected my senses j/k )
I ordered Tokyo Tonkotsu Gyogai:
This time it was essentially chicken soup base with shouyu.
The taste of the broth was pretty authentic but not very inspirational. It's a "boring" type of authenticity, if you know what I mean. Remotely comparable to those at Sampachi but less oily and salty. Kind of "default".
The noodles were advertised as a "thick noodle" but I'm not sure whether it's the same one used in the Gyokai Ramen. Anyway, the quality of the noodle seemed to me to be worse than those used in the Gyokai Ramen. It's really average stuff. Possibly just a bit better than what one could get at a Japanese supermarket. Tasted quite like "yau mien".
The portion was even smaller than the gyokai ramen.
Comparing the two, Gyokai Ramen was much better. Nevertheless, not comparable to Agura.
The menma was similar to those I had last time.
Both Tokyo style ramen faired slightly below average considering the price you're paying (plus 10%).
Noodles were so-so.
Regarding the Tokyo Shoyu: That's not recommended unless you really miss "default Tokyo Shoyu ramen". Like what you might have in some Japanese airport.
I will stick to their Hakata style ramen instead.
Like I said, I believe in specialists.
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Spending per head: Approximately HKD96(Tea)
Value for Money1
Keep it up!