Where to Eat: Ichiran Ramen

There is an abundance of culinary options in Hong Kong you can choose from. It’s an international melting pot for food filled with all sorts of delicacies from various cuisines. I’d like to share with you some information about where it is best to find one of my all-time favourite dishes, ramen.

Ramen is a noodle dish from Japan usually served with slices of meat (pork being the standard meat option most of the time), eggs and vegetable pieces. It is a very simple and hearty meal, but if done right, it makes for an unforgettable culinary experience.

The best ramen I have ever had (not to be close-minded to future ramen experiences) is Ichiran Ramen.  It is a tonkotsu ramen, which makes it different from other types of ramen. Its broth is based on pork bones which produce a very rich meaty taste. What separates Ichiran from other ramens is how well-developed the taste of the broth is (many ramen broths I have had in the past tasted too garlicky); you can taste the richness of the pork bones in the broth. When paired with their pork belly slices and firm noodles, you get absolute perfection.

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Ichiran also offers unique eating experiences. First, upon arrival you will be asked whether you want a group or single seating. The single seating is a very interesting restaurant experience, I personally think it is very suitable if you don’t want to be distracted in your pursuit to savour its goodness to the fullest. Second, you can customize your ramen, choosing its strength (broth taste), richness (oiliness), garlic, onion, sliced pork, Ichiran’s original spicy sauce, noodles’ texture.

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Price: HKD 89 (Without add-ons, for those who have big appetite like me, adding a Kae-Dama (noodle refill) is recommended)

How to get there:
Tsim Sha Tsui branch: Entrance Hall on G/F & Shop B, Basement Floor, 8 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui (2 minutes’ walk from Exit N4, Tsim Sha Tsui / East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station)

Causeway Bay branch: Shop F-I, G/F, Lockhart House, Block A, 440 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay (3 minutes’ walk from Exit C, Causeway Bay MTR Station)

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