Friday, 16 June 2017

Best Ramen in Johor Bahru List. 希望軒 Kibou-ken @ AEON Jusco Tebrau

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As I am a ramen fan, I am very happy that AEON Jusco Tebrau mall has launched a Ramen Street (on level 2). Today, I visited 希望軒 Kibou-ken, a ramen chain from Kobe, Japan.

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AEON Tebrau's Ramen Street is made up of several small ramen shops. 希望軒 Kibou-ken is right inside and it is the shop on the right. 

Tokyo Kibou-ken Ramen is a Japanese franchise with 38 outlets in Japan - this is the chain's first overseas outlet. It says something about Johor's growing F&B scene that Tokyo Kibou-ken have chosen Johor Bahru to enter the Malaysia market.

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希望軒 Kibou-ken is compact inside but comfortable. I actually prefer ramen shops that feel intimate because I do feel a bond with fellow ramen enthusiasts. I also like to watch the steamy action in the open kitchen while I slurp my noodles 😄

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As this was my first time here, I opted for the classic Tonkotsu Ramen.

When the bowl of ramen arrived at my table, the first thing that struck me was the lovely porky aroma from the tonkotsu broth.

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I can't wait to get a taste of that creamy looking broth.

Indeed, it was as good as it looked and smelled. The pork and chicken broth has a full round body. It feels heavy on the tongue but quite smooth.

The broth tasted savoury in layers from the pork, chicken and salts. A sprinkle of lightly toasted sesame seeds completes the broth giving it subtle toasty notes. It had just the right robustness and was well balanced. So well balanced, that I did not even bother to look at the set of condiments and flavoured oils on my table - I was afraid that adding them would simply ruin the finely tuned broth.

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The chashu was mostly lean, tender and sliced thin. It tasted gently savoury with subtle natural porky sweetness. I don't really like this lean type of chashu.

My preference is for chashu with more fat, sliced thicker, softer, and juicy with more natural sweetness.

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The tamago egg has a nice infused gentle savoury flavour though it was a touch overdone.

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At Kibou-ken, we can specify the noodles' doneness. The default is half a notch below al dente which is the local preference. Remember to inform the staff of the doneness you want. I like my noodles done tender on the surface with a bit of resistance at the core.

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Kibou-ken does not collect GST but charges a 10% service tax.

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👉 I enjoyed 希望軒 Kibou-ken's ramen because I like their broth very much. It would have been perfect for me if the chashu was the thick, soft and juicy kind. Next time, I will ask for the thick, fat and jiggly soft cut.


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Restaurant name希望軒 Kibou-ken 
Address: Level 2, AEON Tebrau City Mall, 1 Jalan Desa Tebrau, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru 
GPS:  1°32'56.8"N 103°47'46.3"E | 1.549110, 103.796183 
Tel 07-361 5537
Hours: 10:00am to 10:00pm  

Non Halal  

Date visited: 26 May 2017  

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1 comment:

  1. I just went there a few days ago to try their spicy miso ramen. Was lucky to get a promotion that time where you can order a bowl of miso ramen and receive a free Japanese fried rice. Overall, the food was fantastic and the staffs were very friendly (especially the Japanese guy who served us). I would really recommend you to try their spicy miso ramen! You won't regret it.

    Much love from a foodie.

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