Menya Musashi @ Isetan 1 Utama

I’ve never been a big fan of ramen until I tried Ichiran ramen in Fukuoka. After trying Ichiran ramen, I was on a search for good ramen in KL.

After Jessica Wong of Plasterdoll recommended Menya Musashi to my wife and I, we’ve been going to this place for their awesome pork ramen regularly.

Menya Musashi is located at the second floor of the Old Wing of 1 Utama. It’s part of the row of Japanese and Korean restaurants inside Isetan’s Eat Paradise.

Service at Menya Musashi is awesome. You’ll be welcomed with a big shoutout from the crew. Once in a while the kitchen crew will roar loudly. I guess it’s an indication that a bowl of ramen is ready.

Their pork ramen comes in versions namely normal ramen (RM22), Ajitama ramen (with egg) (RM24) and Chashu men (with barbecued pork) (RM30). It also comes in 3 flavours namely onion flavoured oil (shiro), special oil combined with fried shallots and garlic oil (kuro) and chilli oil (aka). My favourite would be the shiro ramen. There’s an unlimited supply of fried shallots on each table. 

Their pork comes in a long and thin slice with a lovely piece of fat. Soup is full flavoured peppered with cruncy bamboo shoots. Noodles is springy. It’s not as good as Ichiran ramen but it’s quite yummy!

Shiro ramen

Aka Ramen

The only drawback is the soup is a little bit oily. Price is also at the high side. A bowl of ramen is from RM22.

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Menya Musashi Ramen
2nd Floor, Isetan Eat Paradise
Isetan Bandar Utama City Centre
Opens 11am onwards

Fukuoka, Japan – 2012 – The City

This post has been long pending. I finally found time to complete this!

These few weeks I’ve been busy with my new firm. In fact, you’ll find more updates at my blawg than here.

The Fukuoka City that I know is a quiet city. It’s unlike Tokyo and it’s not buzzing with activities. Probably it’s because I was only there for a day on a weekday. It’s a mixture of old and new buildings.

Most of the buildings are in dull colours. Yawn.

Eeny Meeny Miny Mo is a shopping centre.

I spent the entire day in the city with my new friend, Indian lawyer Chander. We roamed around the city on foot so that we can see the city in detail. But we stopped by a few places for a break.

At one of our many breaks.

Gaythri highly recommended that we head to Ichiran for their to-die-for ramen. In Ichiran, you can custom make your ramen by filling up a questionnaire requesting precisely how they want your noodles prepared. Flavour strength, fat content, noodle tenderness, quantity of special sauce and garlic content can all be regulated. An English language request form is also available.

Explaining how Ichiran works.

Each patron is given a private cubicle to consume his or her ramen. It’s you and your ramen having a good time together.

Me and the bowl before our sexy time.

My, you doing.

I must say this ramen is extremely delicious. I’ve never tried anything like this before! Pork melts in your mouth! ARGH!

We continued roaming the city on foot after our delicious meal.

For dinner, we chose a place randomly. However, I realise that it’s the same place I went when I was in Tokyo many years ago. I remember it serving good food and indeed they serve good food in this branch. Japanese quality never fails!

With my rusty Japanese, I managed to order a few good sashimi to be shared between me and Chander.

Chander and me

We had a little problem getting back to our hotel. Our hotel bus was no where to be seen. We decided to take a train home. It wasn’t easy as we were merely guessing our way home. We asked for directions from the locals. I must say that the Japanese, when it comes to giving directions, is extremely helpful. They personally brought us our location even though it took more than 10 minutes to get there!

After more than an hour, we found our way to the hotel. We had to walk to the train station. It was almost pitch black and extremely cold.

I wish I had more time to explore Fukuoka especially the countryside. Let’s hope there will be another opportunity like this again!