Yokohama Iekei Ramen (RM20)

Mazesoba (RM23)


Japan in Malaysia -
Flavours from Yokohama

A familiar household name in Japan with more than 40 outlets, it’s no surprise Ichikakuya has been drawing crowds from the local Japanese community as well. Originally from Yokohama, the name is best known for the delectably rich broth in its ramen dishes, which is faithfully reproduced in their local outlets – most of their ingredients are imported from Japan. With the opening of their second Malaysian outlet in Mont Kiara on February 8th, ramen aficionados have one extra establishment to satisfy their cravings for authentic Japanese noodles.

Bringing the flavour of Japan to Malaysian shores is not an easy task, but Ichikakuya met the challenge with stellar results. The broth and the noodles are delivered from Japan, while other ingredients such as pork and spinach are sourced from trusted local suppliers, as the freshness of the ingredients is a priority. Even the noodles have undergone a unique ageing process to improve its shelf life, all to perfectly preserve the taste and profile that have become so familiar to Ichikakuya’s Japanese customers.

It’s impossible to talk about Ichikakuya without its signature Yokohama Iekei Ramen (RM20): a simple, no-frills ramen dish with thick noodles, char siew slices, quail egg, dried seaweed and spinach. Tying all the ingredients together is the thick, savory broth mentioned above. The char siew meat is perfectly sliced, balanced between lean and fatty, while the broth is fragrant with a subtle hint of salt – perfect the thick noodles that soak it up for and absorb the flavors within.

Another great dish everyone should try is the Pork Mazesoba (RM23). Less well-known compared to ramen, especially here in Malaysia, the name means “mixed noodles”. This one has a veritable smorgasbord of ingredients – shiitake mushrooms, minced pork, chopped char siew and garlic (among other things) on top of a bowl of noodles with char siew sauce. All this is then mixed immediately before you start eating. Some of you readers might be reminded of Hakka noodles.

While Ichikakuya’s best known amongst the Japanese community for its thick broth paired with its equally thick noodles, local palates may prefer something a bit different. Unlike their outlets in Japan, the two local outlets have a variety of different twists to their standard offerings: thinner noodles, a spicy version of their ramen (its recipe lovingly crafted by their head chef from Japan), extra toppings and more! Ichikakuya also has other dishes such as rice bowls (donburi), curry rice, and side dishes such as gyoza (dumplings), karaage (f ried chicken) and teriyaki.

For both ramen purists and those who just want great Japanese food alike, Ichikakuya is a great spot to check out. The authenticity of their food is Ichikakuya’s strongest suit, as can be seen by the crowds of Japanese customers that stop by every evening. Come check it out!

Unit 1-3A, Level 1, Tower 3, The Podium, UOA Business Park, No. 1, Jalan Pengaturcara U1/51a, Kawasan Perindustrian Temasya, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor

Unit 15-0-1 Shoplex, Jalan Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur

Daily: 11:30am – 9:30pm (LO: 9pm)

010-823 0165 (Mont Kiara)
014-929 7984 (UOA, calls only)
014-958 3884 (UOA, WhatsApp)


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