Ikuzo Ramen @ SS2, PJ
Ramen revolution: High Quality and affordable ramen.
Strictly no MSG, no soup concentrates, and no artificial flavouring added in.
That’s the philosophy that strictly holds by the Ikuzo Ramen.
Ramen is one of the necessities among the Japanese and that’s what they often slurp up daily. Ikuzo Ramen is here, offering what’s Japanese often have and pricing them at a very affordable price so that we people can enjoy a great healthy bowl of ramen frequently without paying an arm or leg on them. In Ikuzo Ramen, Chef Shimbo Katsunori is the one holding his magic wand, creating and preparing every single recipe using only fresh ingredients behind the scene; boiling the soup base using pork and chicken bones for hours.
Decorated with lots of quirky posters, telling everyone about their aim – ramen revolution
Let’s start with some appetizer before going into ramen – the main course.
Wafu Kyuri Salad和风青瓜沙拉 (Rm 2)
Fresh crunchy cucumber slices with the tangy Japanese vinegrette dressing (the Wafu Dressing – the house’s recipe).
Coming soon, Ikuzo Ramen is going to launch their other sauces/ dressing for salad. You could always opt for cucumbers, celery or turnips and go with the dressings as salad.
1. Wafu dressing – Japanese vinaigrette dressing
2. Teriyaki dressing
3. Seaweed wafu dressing
4. Ume Jiso dressing (Plum)
5. Gomadare dressing
Four of the dressings are soon to be launched (or maybe already in the menu *wink*). Personally, I love the seaweed and gomadare the most! It was intensified with seaweed / nori and the latter one (black sesame) was thick and aromatic! Check out http://gorillacooks.com/ for more information on these dressing. Between, you can purchase online too!
Gyoza 饺子（煎）(Rm 4.50 / 5 pieces)
Japanese potstickers made of minced chicken. Best to go with their chilli oils and ponzu.
Harumaki (Rm 3.90 / 2 rolls)
Pork spring rolls; the crispy golden brown skin with juicy pork fillings wowed our hearts!
Okonomiyaki日式烧饼 (Rm 4.50)
Japanese pancake; topped with mayonnaise, okonomiyaki sauce, bonito flakes and pickled ginger. Their version is slightly thicker than what we usually had in the Japanese restuarant. Still prefer those thinner versions and served in pizza cuts size.
As for the Ramen, Ikuzo’s ramen is made from Rye flour. Rye flour contains high nutritious values; rich in iron, protein calcium, vitamin Bs & E and it is also high in fiber. Rye cereal has a very low Glycemic Index (GI) of only 34 and low-GI diet is associated with the reduced risk of obesity. And according to Ikuzo, at 22.6g/100g, the fiber content in rye flour is 2 and 10 times higher than that of whole wheat flour (12.2g/100g) and refined wheat flour (2.7g/100g) respectively. This super high fiber content, however, gives a different twist to the texture and feel of the ramen made from rye flour as compared to those made from wheat flour.
You could choose between 2 types of texture – Thick (Hokkaido) 粗状（北海道） or Thin (Tokyo) 细状（东京）to go with the broth.
And there are 10 types of condiments available on the table for you to spice up your ramen!
1. Chili paste 辣椒酱
2. Sliced garlic 蒜头片
3. Pickled chili 酸辣椒
4. Shicimi 七味辣椒
5. Ginger 酸姜
6. Ponzu 日式柚子醋
7. Peanut 花生酱
8. Fried shallots 葱油酥
9. White pepper白胡椒粉
10. Chili Oil 辣椒油
Suggestions/ recommendation to make your ramen soup nicer with the condiments:
Shoyu-based soup 酱油汤底 – add pepper (Vinegar – optional)
Miso-based soup 味噌汤底 – add shicimi powder (ground red chili pepper)
Cha-Shu Ramen叉烧拉面 (Rm 8.90) – shoyu paste
It is served with 5 pieces of porky cha-shu, seaweed and spring onions in their signature shoyu-based soup. Simple yet superb ramen dish that marked the beginning of their ramen revolution! Do opt for Tokyo (thinner noodles) to go with shoyu soup base so that it will be able to absorb more broth for more flavours when slurping up the noodles.
Tokyo Ramen 东京拉面 (Rm 7.90) – shoyu paste
The classic favourite – Famous ramen dish
In the shoyu-based soup are the cha-shu, bamboo shoots, spinach, egg, and seaweed.
Hokkaido Ramen (Rm 8.50)
The classic miso-based soup served with pork cha-shu, bamboo shoots, spinach, bean sprouts, and sweet corn.
This is my favourite!!! Very well balance in terms of taste and nutrition; love the broth-t miso-based soup!
Yakiniku Ramen (Rm 8.50)
Marinated and grilled beef slices with cabbage kimuchi in shoyu-based soup.
The gang’s favourite!
Curry Tan Tan Ramen (Rm 6.90)
Love some heat in your ramen? This will be the one. Spicy ramen dish made with “mala” spices and minced chicken.
This one has the strongest taste among all the other soup base ramen. Somehow, it was quite strong to me.
Curry Ramen (Rm 7.90)
Served with breaded pork fillet and egg. Unlike the usual Japanese curry we normally had, this one was something that made to the suit the local tastebuds.
Yuzu Ice Cream (Rm 3.90)
The refreshing saviour for the scotching hot day! This is their homemade ice cream!
Of course not to miss out their special beverages too!.
1. Green Tea Milk with Yuzu Ice-cream (RM5.90)
2. Root Beer Vanilla Float (RM5.90)
3. Ginger Green Tea with Yuzu Ice-cream (RM5.90)
4. Green tea milk 绿茶奶
Fancy the Green Tea Milk with Yuzu Ice-cream the most! The milk tea was rich and creamy and strongly flavoured with green tea. Definitely can beat those from the bubble tea brands out there!
Ikuzo Ramen Bots as the double sweet ending.
Thanks to Debbie, Andy, the lovely designers and Ikuzo Ramen for having us over.
Looking for affordable udon place? Here is one for you too!
No. 52, Jalan SS2/61
47300 Petaling Jaya
Tel: +603 7873 3110
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/IkuzoRamen