I’ve already wanted to try this restaurant since 2 months ago when I saw a large sign in front of the restaurant in the Muara Karang area, advertising the fact that it’s a direct import from Japan. I was really curious, since Muara Karang is not exactly known as a haven for Japanese cuisine. So, when they opened their door for business last week, we went there with a couple of friends to try it. Since it was only their second day, we arrived at about 7PM to a very crowded place. Luckily, we managed to get a table. I loved the wood-dominated design of this place, with an ambience that felt like a humble ramen shop. It screams authentic to me.
From the menu, we found out that they serve Hakata ramen (ラメン), a regional version of ramen that came from the Hakata district of Fukuoka city in Kyūshū. In the menu they stated that they’re using broth from chicken bone, vegetables and fish meat. And that all of the ingredients, including salt & soy sauce are made in Indonesia. I think this is a good approach and it should keep the price more reasonable. More over, we saw that there’s several Japanese nationals (SC counted 4) who only speak rudimentary Indonesian working/running the place, so I think the people behind this venture are committed to provide the best. Anyway, this is what we ordered over two visits:
Their signature dish is Chicken Ramen 38K and Pork Ramen 38K, but we ordered their Pork Ramen. At first I thought this was a tonkotsu ramen (豚骨, made from pork bone), but the broth looked darker than the milky tonkotsu broth. The broth tasted delicious, off course, though a bit on the salty side, very savory and I love the thin noodles. The topping was a slice of pork (chasu), ajitsuke tamago (seasoned soft boil egg) and spring onion. Love it!
We also tried pork miso ramen (buta miso) 38K, which more or less tasted like their signature pork ramen, but added taste and aroma of the miso.
I was interested to try the Tan Tan ramen (buta tan tan) which in the menu looked very red, so I ordered it. When it came, it looked quite oily, but when I tasted the ramen, it was quite mild with just hint of spicyness. I think it was delicious and this way, I could still taste the nuttiness in the broth. Serving this ramen super spicy (like some other ramen places like to do) would only destroy the taste as the chili will overpower everything else. If you prefer a more spicy broth, the restaurant provides some chili sauces and sliced chili to add to your liking. I tried putting some crushed garlic and it was delicious, but tasted too garlicky.
In our previous visit, we also ordered their mie celup (tuke men), we picked mie celup kuah babi (tonkotsu fumi) 48K which tasted milder than the previous noodles. I think I prefer my noodles in the soup, instead of having to dip them into the soup. 🙂
Overall, we’re quite satisfied with the taste. I still wanted to return there to try their Yakitori dishes which looks very promising.
Hakata Ikkousha (博多一幸舎)
Jl. Muara Karang Raya No.85
ph. +62 21 66600255
fx. +62 21 66670588