Japan Tsu Shin -Ramen Series – HOKKAIDO GANTETSU RAMEN

Gantetsu Ramen Gives the ‘Stubborn’ Hokkaido Flavor

The name of this slick ramen restaurant is almost as much of a mouthful as their dishes. I warn you, this specially dedicated “Eat Paradise” is hidden right in front of your eyes. Blink and you may miss Gantetsu Hokkaido Ramen at 1 Utama. On the second floor in Isetan, among a cluster of visually appealing Japanese themed eateries is another of Malaysia’s ramen craving options fulfilled. Their unofficial Facebook page offers little information and there’s not much more on their official one either. It seems their social media presence is not really their thing. Originating from Hokkaido, their menu highlights basics while offering a wide range of options. Hours of operation match the mall, from 10 am to 10 pm. Weekends are known to be busy times so come prepared to wait or come early.

Try and find their menu online if you can. Public reviews are a mixed bag, which is understandable for a restaurant as long-standing as Gentetsu. The spicy Hokkaido tonkotsu ramen is a top seller. Malaysians are known to love spicy foods. We ordered a bowl of spicy and the standard Hokkaido style charshu tonkotsu. The spirit of ramen lives on. Each bowl held servings of egg, wood ears, green onions and slices of charshu.

Both bowls were pleasantly fragrant and bold. One of the keys to unlocking flavorful broth is the slow steady long hours of boiling refinement required. Gantetsu follows the traditional ways. Noodles were hearty, fresh and al dente. There is no time to waste before slurping them up. Anyone worth their weight in gold knows the ramen must be eaten as soon as possible before the noodles swell. This is always difficult for me. At one end of the spectrum, I’m a slow eater, on another, overly analytical. I want to really have the time to savor a dish.

This comfort food meets the general demands of a good bowl of ramen, quality broth, springy noodles and toppings. I found the wood ears unique adding a nice crunchy mouthfeel. The identification with Hokkaido may be unnecessary, as there did not appear any direct connection. Miso flavors were not so pronounced. A proper bowl of ramen is to be expected at an Isetan backed venue. If you find yourself in a pinch or wanting to try a different version, give the ‘rock philosophy’ of Gantetsu Hokkaido Ramen a try. The convenience of long operating hours and a very generous reasonably priced lunch set calls this a favorable opportunity to get your fix.


Bandar Utama F101, First Floor, Isetan One Utama Shopping Centre, 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, 47800 PJ
03-7733 6228
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