The last week has been laden with cravings for ramen, and after hours of extensive research on Sunday morning (yes, I'm important and busy like that), I discovered that the ramen joint near my place that I'd avoided based on the name might be worth a shot. And so the very next day, I traipsed over to Menya Kamikaze.
It was perfect ramen weather too! Rainy and cold. No better weather for a bowl of steaming soup and hot green tea!
The green tea itself was decent. Nothing overly spectacular, though it was my first dose of caffeine in months, so it tasted extra comforting to me!
|Green Tea (RM 2)|
As it tends to be with most Japanese restaurants, the green tea is refillable, and by far the best thing to wash the MSG and oil down.
We ordered a couple of appetizers, though we actually did this at my prompting after the ramen because I'm a bit of a glutton.
|Tori Karaage - Fried Chicken (RM 6)|
My choice, as it always is, was tori karaage. The fried chicken here was decent, albeit a bit of a disappointment in terms of portion size. 4 measly morsels! Nevertheless, they were well-seasoned, hot and tasty enough. Nothing to write home about though.
Next up was something I've not heard of. It's meant to be common, but I'm a bit of a philistine where Japanese cuisine is concerned.
|Shishamo - Salt Water Pregnant Fish (RM 10)|
Because having a pregnant wife isn't enough, Pinata felt he needed to consume pregnant fish. I steered clear of them, but he reported that they were rather average and didn't seem pregnant.
On the whole, I would skip the appetizers on future trips to Kamikaze.
Now, on to the main attraction! Ramennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!
There are 4 main varieties of ramen available at Kamikaze: Pork soup ramen (tonkotsu), miso pork soup, Spicy pork soup and pork soup dipping noodles (tsukamen). Each of these comes in the form of Ajitama (regular, Kamikaze (an egg and extra toppings) or Chashu (addition of chashu). There are also two additional varities available: Tokyo soy sauce ramen and Special miso paste soup ramen which don't come with the three sub-options.
My preference tends to learn towards tonkotsu, so that's what I went with.
|Tonkotsu Ramen - Shiro-Based Broth (RM 20)|
I picked their original broth (shiro), though a number of other options are available, because I was just too hungry to make decisions, but you do have choices where the spices in the broth are concerned, so feel free to peruse the menu to make an informed decision.
It was definitely a satisfying bowl of ramen with its evident taste of a full 20 hours of brewing. Mmmm collagen soup! Unlike a bunch of other places, their ramen comes with slabs of pork belly! Yes, slabs! Delicious, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth, sweet pork belly!
JUST LOOK AT THE PORK! OMG!
The original tonkatsu comes with just 1 slab of pork belly, but the Kamikaze and Chashu come with additional slices. It also comes with a generous helping of Jew's ear mushrooms and some bamboo shoots.
Pinata decided to go with their spicy ramen and the flavour was much more pronounced on this, as it tends to be with this variant.
|Spicy Ajitama Ramen (RM 23)|
One of the highlights of ramen (that I can no longer enjoy because an alien is growing in me) is the perfectly cooked soy sauce boiled egg with a slightly runny centre. Just talking about it gives me goosebumps! Pinata happily reported that the eggs were perfect and delectable!
The Spicy Ajitama Ramen comes with 2 slabs of pork and Jew's ear mushrooms. The flavour profile on this was really good and it wasn't overly spicy, so I will be ordering this on my next visit.
Yes, there will be a next visit. This isn't the best ramen in KL, but it definitely hits the spot in a pinch. If you're in the vicinity, it's worth a shot. The portions are generous and we were both overly ambitious in ordering sides as well as there was a bit of a food coma moment thereafter.
There's also definitely MSG in this stuff, but not the kind that affects the stomach (I'm REALLY sensitive to the stuff). It just made me very thirsty.
Lot 1-2, 1st Floor, 1Mont Kiara, 1 Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, KL (Beside Sushi Zanmai)
Opening Hours: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Contact No: 03-62119499