It brings back the delightful ramen breeze to soothe our desire for a bowl of authentic Japanese ramen.
If you're following our foodie trail fond enough, you might have noticed our adoration for Japanese ramen. It is an unexplainable fondness. Last week as we were loitering in Mont Kiara's 163 Retail Park, we passed by KANBE. We'd love to try it then but it seemed unavailable (arh, such a great loss).
Soon enough, we find ourselves in 163 Retail Park again. As we approached KANBE, the entrance was congested with queueing customers. At a glance, there were probably more than 10 groups of patrons ahead of us. Deep breath and wait. It was a mere 20-minute wait, quite efficient if you'd ask.
The interior was basic and fuss-free. The highlight must be the open-concept kitchen where diners seated around kitchen bar can enjoy a "premium" peek into the kitchen activities. Guess what. We're one of those luckiest! The kitchen is mainly manned by two chefs. Unfortunately, their hand skills were partially obstructed by a mountain of bowls, we didn't manage to see much. :(
Diners can customise their favourite bowl of ramen. From the richness of broth to the firmness of ramen, you can individualise every detail.
It didn't take long before our bowls of ramen were served. Taking some time to glance through the containers and canisters of condiments placed in front of us, we thought original flavour without any addition would be good to begin with. My first sip of the thick pork-bone broth - I'd sell my soul for it. It's rich, milky, intensely-flavourful, dense and immediately teleported me back to the Kyushu Ramen Shop in Ginza, Tokyo. And I wasn't even exaggerating.
I wanted my ramen to be of normal firmness. It remained a tad bit chewy, but overall very springy and I just like the texture. The star of everything, however, must have to be the chashu. Each bowl of ramen came with two slices of thick-cut chashu. The generous thickness of 3-4mm was unbeatable. Unlike other ramen restaurants that serve melt-in-the-mouth tender chashu, KANBE's chashu was firmer, but tender enough for teeth to sink in and tear into chewable pieces. It was like my mom's signature braised pork belly - but even better. I haven't come across any other ramen restaurant serving the same kind of chashu in Kuala Lumpur (and Petaling Jaya) so naturally it became a delightful surprise.
We ended up forgetting to add other condiments to our ramen. No, we're not ashamed of our forgetfulness, it only proved how good the ramen in KANBE was, and nothing we'd do to enhance the flavour of it.
Priced at RM30+ per bowl, the price was average, at least in this region. Considering the quality of food, I'd still say it's a quality-price balance. KANBE also serves Tsukemen but that's for our next visit.
KANBE @ 163 Retail Park
📍 Address: GF-08, 163 Retail Park, 8, Jalan Kiara, Mont Kiara, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
⏰ Opening Hours: 11AM - 9PM, Daily
🚗 Parking: Multi-level parking available.
Ambience: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
Quality of Food: ⭐ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2
Price: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ 1/2