Restaurants specializing in ramen seem to be popping up around Jakarta lately. After Sanpachi, Marutama & Hakata, we now have Yamagoya Ramen, which is a chain ramen restaurant serving Kyushu-style ramen. Located at UOB Thamrin Nine building, we decided to visit it last weekend to avoid the lunch hour rush on weekdays. We arrived quite early for lunch, so many tables were still vacant. We noticed that the patrons were mostly Japanese expats with their families. So it looked promising 🙂
According to Wikipedia, Kyushu-style ramen is Tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen. Here in Indonesia, they serve two types of soup bases: chicken soup base and tonkotsu soup base. Since I’m a fan of tonkotsu ramen, I ordered the complete version, which is mukashi special ramen 53K which consisted of thin, straight noodle with tonkotsu soup base, topped with 2 slices of pork (cha su), ni tamago, a sheet of nori, wakame and green onions. Meanwhile my friend ordered spicy tobanjan ramen 50K, which more or less looked like tonkotsu ramen with an additional spicy bean paste served separately. We also ordered a portion of gyoza 30K (pork) to share.
As expected, the mukashi ramen was delicious. The milky pork bone broth tasted just right, savory, but not too salty or oily. The ni tamago was still runny in the middle. You can also add sesame seeds, charred crushed garlic or ma yu (sesame oil) to add more flavor. Although I would’ve preferred more sliced pork, overall, I’m really satisfied. I also tried my friend’s spicy bean paste and it was also good when added to the broth, spicy but not too strong. Just don’t put in too much that it overpowered the broth’s taste. The gyoza were also good although I think it was a bit on the salty side. We can’t stay long at this place as it soon became very crowded, but we hope to be back again and please, please, please….. keep the food quality top notch.
UOB Thamrin Nine Basement 1
Jl. M.H. Thamrin no. 10
ph. +62 (21) 31908018
Weekdays(Mon-Sat): 10am – 9pm
Weekend(Sun): 9am – 3pm