We walked past this ramen shop many times but never really noticed it because the entrance leading to the shopping mall in which it was located looked like a car-park! But actually, we're glad we tried.
First, about the interior, there were quite a lot of counter seats and those were quite comfortable. The nostalgic background music featured Hideaki Tokunaga 德永英明.
The shop served 4 types of ramen:
Menu in English and Japanese
(1) Maru Tama (not spicy or spicy) - It's their signature ramen. It's chicken soup based with a piece of char siu and soft boiled egg. If you ordered the spicy version, there will be a lot more spicy spring onions inside.
(2) Aka ramen - Ramen with chicken meatballs in a spicy and sour broth with some grounded nuts.
(3) Tan Men - No description was available but looked liked the "Canton Men" you could find at Ippeian (mixed vegetables with sliced pork...i.e. a Chinese stir-fry).
(4) Ebi Men - Shrimp ramen.
We ordered Maru Tama (spicy) and the Aka ramen.
Maru Tama (Spicy)
I was initially quite surprised at the mild colour of the soup base and thought they gave me the wrong one.
But actually, the spiciness comes from the Japanese spring onions instead of from chilli. It was quite spicy actually and I liked it. The spicy spring onion taste mixed very well with the clear chicken broth. It's not oily at all (as opposed to Tori-Hana) but very tasty.
The char siu was fine. Quite tender but just one piece which had a lot of fat on it. On the other hand, the tamago was really quite good. My wife tried it and she immediately thought it was "Cho Oishii" (Super delicious
Cho Oishii Tamago!
The Aka Ramen was also quite interesting. Essentially, it tasted like a much toned-downed Tung Yum Kung. The grounded nuts added were quite interesting. The chicken meatballs were quite good. It's slightly pink and very very tender. Each meatball was mixed with a bit of paprika/chilli and onions. This is a very interesting type of chicken meatball which I haven't seen in Hong Kong before. It's quite nice.
Fried Garlic Slices
Fried garlic slices and chilli/paprika mix (?). I don't suggest putting the garlic and/or chilli into the Chicken broth as it's already quite tasty.
The only person who spoke Japanese was apparently the chef. Some Japanese customers were asking for directions after they had their Chicken ramen. It took awhile to deal with that. The staff were efficient but seemed a bit nervous. Anyway, the service was good.
The noodle was the thin type and quite firm. We noticed that it was freshly made in the shop. We saw another staff making the noodle as we left the shop.
有誠意- 自家製拉麵 "Home-made"
The bowl of noodle was slightly on the high side since there was only one piece of char-siu and one egg. It was just about filling enough. I noticed that you could add another noodle cake for about $15, which is reasonable. Nevertheless, this is one ramen shop which I'd actually like to return as the chicken soup was really good.
Worth a try.
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Feb 18, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD85Other Ratings:
Value for Money 2