Japan Tsu Shin -Ramen Series – MITSUYADO MALAYSIA

If You Never Ask, You’ll Never Know
Innovations And Fusions With Dipping Noodles

Your imagination conjures some incredible ideas. All too often we find ourselves cutting them short, disregarding them as absurd or wacky. Some fade away while others demand our attention. For the owner of Petaling Jaya’s branch of Mitsuyado Sei-men, passion for good food gave rise to his idea. Stumbling towards Nakameguro station, hungry and tired from a long day exploring Tokyo with his wife, they noticed a busy Mitsuyado branch and decided to give it a try. He became enamored. Before their trip ended he went back. Something about their version of ramen called tsukemen had caught his attention.
A frequent traveler, especially to Japan, Mr. Chan developed a passion for ramen. Most outside of Japan are still unfamiliar with tsukemen although that is quickly changing. Sitting somewhere between ramen and soba is tsukemen. This deconstructed ramen dish holds the noodles center stage. Do not be mistaken, the broth is still important, but as the noodle sits separately, the focus resides squaring on that. This is great for taking photos and for me, as I’m such a slow eater. No matter the situation, the heat of ramen keeps my cat tongue eating too slow to speedily consume the noodle at peak condition.

In Japan, the rise of tsukemen style noodles to a major player occurred quite recently. Kazuo Yanagishi is credited with adding this to his menu in 1961. If you love noodles, eat slow, or prefer something a little cooler, tsukemen is a perfect option for you.

Mitsuyado has developed an additional striking element, cheese. The thought of it is initially jarring. I will admit, as I slurped and chewed, there were moments my taste buds were confused, is this nachos? No, definitely not. The freshly made noodles from Japanese ingredients were thick, dense, chewy and very satisfying. Sitting in this spacious Sterling Mall outlet, I experienced my imagination running through an abundant mental catalog. A rapid procession of flavor memories flashed by. This coupled with a unique Japanese orange premium cold brew tea gave me a small slice of what may have captured Mr. Chan that first time.

The meaning of Mitsuyado is ‘three arrows,’ displayed prominently as their logo. The arrows symbolize product, service and situation. Key staff of Malaysia’s branch are sent for training in Japan. While it offers an opportunity to taste the original, Mr. Chan notes the importance of experiencing Japanese service culture. He is excited to bring back to his home many of the aspects that attract him to travel and Japan. If you have time during the week, you can avoid the weekend crowds. Try it their way first, but do not be afraid to ask for adjustments. Some common requests include making the noodles softer, the soup hotter or a leaner cut of roasted pork. However you do it, be sure to enjoy dipping and slurping your tsukemen.

The Starling Mall, Unit S-229, 2nd Floor, 6, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 PJ
03-7662 5929
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*Apology and correction: Daruma Shokudou → Daruma Syokudo (November 2018 issue)