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醬油勝周月 炸物勝稻菊 Lucky Country's Ramen. Ace! May 23, 2012
Trust your gut feeling. 雞骨熬的清湯，與「鳥華」截然不同．醬油：正！
I Initially wanted to try the ramen at Mutekiya at Sheung Wan after trying the newest branch at Wan Chai. The noodles there were quite nice and chewy. It's from Hokkaido. The broth was too light though and barely had any miso taste in my miso ramen! They said their "signature ramen" was actually Tsukemen so I didn't mind trying (even if i was just slightly doubtful about it...) However, after double checking The food reviews by other commentators, my better senses got over me. I was reminded of "Ryo Tei".
The only cause of concern was that this shop is very very famous - in Australia......not in Japan (similar to a Chinese restaurant very famous in the UK or Japan). Anyway I placed my trust on the veteran commentators and decided to risk it.
It was quite easy to find, it's just a 5 minutes walk after you leave exit A, Sheung Wan MTR station.
It was raining at the time but was still quite busy at 1:30 pm. As always, it's easy to get a seat if you're dining alone (for ramen).
I left my umbrella outside and took a seat.
This time I wasn't too sure about what ramen I'd like to order so I took my time.
The menu was pretty comprehensive and had quite a lot to choose from, include a large number of side dishes. They had two main types of broths for their ramen: Pork and Chicken.
Since i've tried quite a range of pork bone ramens - from the fast food varieties to ButaO and the super condensed Kureha - within quite a short span of time, I wasn't too interested in comparing pork bone broths again (at least not for a while). So I settled for a chicken based broth. They had quite a few to choose from as well, such as miso or salt if I remember correctly. I also noticed a spicy option! I couldn't resist that and that's what I chose. It came after a short wait:
Broth: I was half expecting the soup to be a bit similar to "Tori Hana", i.e. the one which seemed like a Korean Sam Gye Tang. But it didn't look like it at all. The broth was essentially more similar to a Soy-sauce based ramen. The chicken taste was less pronounced than the aromatic chicken soup served in "Maru Tama" at TST. I then realized (and confirmed with my wife) that this was made with chicken "gara" - i.e. somewhat like a Chinese style clear chicken broth without much chicken oil.
Nonetheless I was quite happy with the broth here and I found it quite addictive. Seemed to be a clear chicken broth mixed with shoyu broth and had a lot of garlic, sesame, and shredded onions. The sesame didn't seem to add much to the taste though. However, the shoyu they used was excellent! It had a very light sweet taste when you first tried it but a very deep and fragrant aromatic aftertaste.
Somehow it reminded me a bit of "Red Dragon" in Tatsuya. By far the one broth which was most similar to my favorite spicy ramen I had in Shuzuoka.
As the Japanese name of the ramen suggests, it's just "PI RI" spicy, i.e. just a bit spicy. Less spicy than the one provided at Tatsuya but still a little bit more spicy than the spicy version at Tori Hana. Definitely less spicy than a Korean tofu soup.
For those who like to enhance the spiciness, I noticed, at the end of the meal, that they had what seemed to be a home made chilli sauce. I finally gained a better understanding of what one meant by "specially made chilli sauce". There are different ways of marinating a chilli sauce and combining various ingredients. The ones here seemed to have used some Korean chilli powder, sesame seed or oil and grounded chilli powder. The spiciness wasn't too sharp, the texture might be a bit similar to a "Gwai Lin Chilli Sauce" but only at about 10-15% of the it's spiciness. It was quite aromatic and should have some grounded bonito powder.
Egg: Slightly fluid in the middle but it was cold. No complaints but nothing special about it either. As always, I think the egg at "Maru Tama" is still the best I've tried so far. "Hachiyo" is also very good.
Char siu: Three thick pieces of what I believed to be pork loin/belly (I'm trying to learn a bit more about the different parts of an animal). Some may find it a bit fat. Those were quite thick and the size were generous. I'd say the quality was above average, it's more tender and a little bit more aromatic than "Tatsuya" but not as good as "Hinshou". Still, a completely different animal from the chicken char siu provided at "Tori Hana" (those at Tori Hana was just similar to shredded chicken fillet) .
After a while, my tempura arrived. HK$42 for three pretty large prawns. The prawns were all very fresh and delicious. The batter was crisp but not too oily. One of the better ones provided in Hong Kong. The price is a lot more reasonable, at least 5-6 times cheaper that those provided at the self-proclaimed tempura specialist shops, for example "Ten Yoshi" (overpriced) or "Inagiku" (grossly overpriced ) The quality here was much much better!
Pretty attentive service. No complaints. It was still raining when I was leaving the shop but some old fella who hasn't got the full quid nicked my umbrella! The friendly waitress basically scrambled around the whole shop to look for my umbrella and was extremely apologetic about it. Her sincerity was much appreciated. Not her fault anyway, just someone who's got their kangaroo loose on the top paddock.
Bog in, mate! It's Ace.
If still in doubt, listen to the Friendly & Independent Gourmets & Just Ask the openrice Members!"
原先打算去上環的「無敵家」，但後來決定信大家。（剛在灣仔分店試了它們的味噌拉麵 - 麵條幾彈牙但湯底太稀。沒有味噌的味道。）亮亭好像才是拉麵專門店。
特別要一提點天ぷら的醬油：超正！比以醬油為主打的「周月」味道更濃郁香醇。酒味芳香的 aftertaste 。帶甜。令我幾乎有喝下的衝動！有這麼好的醬油，怪不得同樣有醬油的辣雞湯醬油拉麵都很好！
Table Wait Time: 1 minute(s)
Date of Visit: May 18, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD114
Value for Money4
very dishonest Jan 20, 2012
This is my 2nd time trying ryotei. This time I chose take away instead of eat in. When I called them to order the food, the staff told me that they would charge each box at $2. It's such a rip off, cos usually ppl just charge u $1 each. (and in fact the boxes they use is just those cheap ones from china which does NOT even worth $1).
So I arrived there within 15 mins and the food wasn't ready. The staff there told me to sit and wait but instead of that I'd prefer paying the food first.
Basically I order 3 ox tongue, 2 pork neck, 1 chicken soft bone and 1 dumpling. I already knew the price of each item except the chicken soft bone. I expected that it would be around $190, but in fact they charged me $202 including those 3 boxes. I'm good at Maths and I was thinking either the chicken soft bone was THAT expensive, or there should be a calculation mistake.
When I paid, the staff did not intend to print me an extra receipt even if I asked for it. She said the receipt would come together with the food, so I waited till the food is ready.
The food finally comes. I told the staff to leave the receipt in the bag with the food then I left since I was carrying so many stuffs and I was starving. After I arrived home, I finally had a chance to look at the receipt thoroughly. I found out that THEY CHARGED ME $202 BECAUSE THEY ALSO CHARGED 10% SURCHARGE ON TAKE AWAY FOOD. This is not about money, its just $18 but its about the principle. I quickly called them and question them, and the staff was like "sorry sorry didn't realise until u call" and told me to go back straight away to get a refund.
I am extremely unhappy and disappointed with this, even though they refunded the surcharge to me on the other day. I do not accept their apology and I will recommend my friends NOT to go there, even if the shop itself and myself are both from Sydney.
Choosing the right staffs is so important to a shop/ restaurant. Seriously, in Sydney, nothing like this would happen. I wonder why Hong Kong would become such worse.
Regarding the food, chicken soft bone was not good. Ox tongue has weird taste and so I throw some of them away. Pork neck was fine. Comparing with those the dumplings would be the best, but I am not happy with the size of the dumplings they are extremely tiny.
Takeaway Wait Time: 20 minute(s)
Date of Visit: Jan 18, 2012
Spending per head: Approximately HKD184(Dinner)
A hearty bowl of ramen Oct 18, 2011
One of the best one in a long time. Well-blended shoyu taste, not very salty broth. Well-cut pork pieces, good balance of dark meat and lighter meat and fat.
Gyoza (Dumplings) are decent but average for this type of shop.
However, the management team should keep an eye on their staff as they always talk thunderously in the store about personal stuff and tv shows and more. Some good stores in Japan are very particular on where you stand, how many people can be waiting in the store, etc. Very professional.
Anyways, I am just here for the hearty bowl of ramen that would certainly satisfying I am a regular here at 亮亭 Men-Dokoro Ryo Tei & come try it their ramen out yourself
Recommended Dish(es): Shōyu ramen
Table Wait Time: 2 minute(s)
Spending per head: Approximately HKD106
Value for Money5
Yummilicious Jun 29, 2011
We went during lunch today, it was raining pretty heavily so no one was waiting for seats and the shop was pretty quiet.
I ordered a Pork cutlet curry rice and my colleague ordered a pork bone soup ramen.
My rice was huge! I finished half only. The curry sauce was very yummy! Had a little chat with the waitress she said its a beef curry sauce and takes a few days to cook. The pork cutlet was alright.
Tried a bit of my colleagues ramen. Loved the char siu! The soup was very tasty as well. The portion wasnt as huge as the curry rice, at least my colleague finished all.
We didnt get to try the egg. Were gona order it but we had too much food. Will def. try that next time and the other ramen.
Overall a great place to dine at! They also have complimentary water (and it was cold! :] ) and no service charge.
Spending per head: Approximately HKD80
Value for Money4
Trying out new ramen place in hong Kong May 24, 2011
Date Dined: Sat 21st May 2011 8.20pm
Ordered: Number 1: Pork bone soup base ramen with roast pork and shallots & Number 7:Chicken soup base with roast pork and egg
Sides: Egg and sweetcorn
Table Wait Time: 0 minute(s)
Date of Visit: May 21, 2011
Spending per head: Approximately HKD90
Value for Money2
best ramen i've had in hk May 11, 2011
Read some of the reviews here and surprised to find that some people didnt like it!
I personally think its the best ramen i've had in hk... I've already been to this ramen shop with my friends for 3 times since its opened!
So this is going to be the only entry of mine that has pictures (from my frds camera)
I cant say this HK one is exactly the same as the sydney one.. because it was 2 years ago when i last tasted the one in Syd. (I found an old pic i took in ryo-tei sydney in my iphone.. scroll down and u'll see.)
However this does remind me of the yummy downtown ramen in Vancouver (I think all the vancouverites would know! Guess we've all been hunting for a good ramen shop in HK ever since we moved back.)
Anyways,i tried - (* = my personal fav)
Pork bone soup ramen
*Salt flavor pork bone soup ramen (with side order seaweed!)
Fish soup ramen
- Cha siu was delicious. It was not too lean or too fat. Tender and 非常夠味.
- I really like the noodles. Unlike other ramen shops in hk.. this one finally doesnt taste like 即食麵.
- Egg was 糖心... but there was one time that it was a little too salty... also note that not all the ramen comes with egg.. you need to side order it.
- Soup base was yummy yummy! Very 膠 & rich in flavor.
*Chicken karage - highly recommended! 唔會炸得太乾.
Deep fried soft shell crab - good for the price ($18)
Shrimp tempura - same.. good for the price
*Pork rice ball - tried this when i visited sydney about two years ago.. really really liked it and have always been wanting to eat it again. So happy that its available in hk now!!!!
*Some of my frd's pork curry - i think the pork could be a little fatter.. but the sauce was very delicious and 濃
HK has always lacked a good ramen restuarant and i have never understood why.. with all the ingredients available here and japan just hours away from us.. why cant anyone bring a good bowl of ramen to HK?
Ryo-tei has done a great job! Plz keep up with the good work and this has definitely become one of my new 飯堂s =D
Date of Visit: May 10, 2011
Value for Money3
Not good at all May 09, 2011
I'm so sorry to say, but I didn't really like the food there. Although it the servings were big, but there were not really too much choices for the ramen. They just have different kinds of soup base.
The ramen I ordered was something like roasted pork ramen with pork miso soup base. It was too salty that I could even finish half of it.
I was seriously disappointed with the food because it was expensive at the same time, like almost all of the ramen cost 69-7x hkd. Although I saw some ladies order their japanese curry. It was huge and it looked kinda tasty, but I guess im not going to eat there again.
Table Wait Time: 10 minute(s)
Spending per head: Approximately HKD75(Lunch)
Value for Money1
Definitely, not as good as Original Sydney Outlet May 07, 2011
Original Review @ http://foodofhongkong.blogspot.com/2011/04/ryo-tei-12.html
This is a Japanese operated Ramen shop which I have been a few times in Sydney, but it was still a shock to hear about it's opening 1 day here in an Asian city. The noodles to me (made locally), were a little too thick to be authentically Kyushu style but disregarding that, it was way too chewy and hard, not abling to absorb the tonkotsu & shoyu soup which should provide them the soul of the ramen bowl.
The egg was grossly overcooked to the point of nearly solid hard rather than slightly runny and half-cooked. There weren't at all any Black Fungus or Red Ginger to make this an authentic Fukuoka style ramen either. To me, this has a long way to go before it reaches it's full potential to become a worthy competitor in the Ramen World.
A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED, SIGH.....
[ Original Review with Photos: http://foodofhongkong.blogspot.com/2011/04/ryo-tei-12.html or shortened link @ http://bit.ly/mkOpCo]
Spending per head: Approximately HKD85
Value for Money4