Ramen is thriving in Malaysia. And just as they should! We love ourselves a bowl of comfort food and nothing is better than umami filled, rich, creamy ramen broth in KL, and chewy homemade noodles to slurp down.
It’s an even better experience when we pair up this bowl with an episode of our favorite anime. Whether you are sobbing to the last episode of Haikyu!! or watching naruto eat his five hundredth bowl, Ramen is a delicious, warm blessing.
You don’t have to be a naruto fan to enjoy a bowl of plump noodles. Malaysians love their soup, chicken broth ramen, and umami flavors. The country, in particular, is fancied by all of southeast Asia’s biggest ramen chains and best ramen noodles. It is hard enough to choose the hearty bowl of ramen we need, much less choose where to get it.
But don’t worry, we got your back!
Bari uma Ramen
If you are looking for a broth full of umami goodness and nicely charred pork, then this is your place. Bari Uma is certainly one of the best ramen shops in KL and all for good reasons. They take great pride in their creamy broth and locals have nothing but praises for their noodles. They have a wide variety of ramen options to fill up your belly but nothing beats their signature, pork belly ramen. And it is worth the mention that their ramen noodles are homemade with years of passion in each bowl. You can distinguish their brand just by tasting their creamy aromatic broth that was precisely made for you with 10 hours of worth of love.
Also, do you know that they have over 40,000 shops worldwide? You cannot go wrong with a bowl of pork-flavored shoyu soup with a thick cut-out of flamed chashu and seaweed at this passionate restaurant.
Jaya Shopping Centre, L3-11, Level 3, Jalan Semangat, 46100 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Mistui Outlet Park KLIA Sepang, Lot F561, Level 1, Persiaran Komersial, 64000, KLIA, Selangor
MyTown Cheras, Lot L1-035, Level 1, MyTown, Jalan Cochrane, Seksyen 90, Kuala Lumpur
Pavillion Shopping Mall KL, 7.101.01 & S7.101.00, Pavillion Elite
Business hours: 11;30AM-9:00PM (Monday- Friday) 11;30AM -9:30PM (Saturday-Sunday)
Facebook: Bari-Uma Ramen Malaysia
This is not your ordinary noodle shop. Locals rave about this ramen restaurant in Malaysia, that specializes in dry ramen. may I say, their selection makes the best ramen in KL. Salty, yummy, fragrant, delicious, you name it and they got it all packed into their ramen. From their infamous dry ramen to gyoza, you are in for a rich umami-filled experience with every one of their dishes. And don’t be scared to squeal and unleash your slightly weeb-ish side when you arrive at this heaven. The presentation of the ramen is nothing short of delightful and we promise, that you will be happy to have tried this noodle bar experience that came from the land of ramen heaven!
Menya Hanabi Sri Petaling
No 16, Jalan Radin Bagus 6, Sri Petaling, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-9054 6163
Menya Hanabi Arkadia Kula Lumpur
Block E-G-3A, Plaza Arkadia, Jalan Residen 3, Desa Parkcity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-6261 1889
Menya Hanabi Kota Kemuning Shah Alam
2-37-1, Jalan Anggerik Vanilla, Seksyen 31, Kota Kemuning, 40460 Shah Alam, Selangor
Menya Hanabi Damnsara Utama
66, Jalan SS 21/62, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-7733 5501
Business hours: 11:30Am- 3:00 PM, 6:00PM-10:00PM
Facebook: Menya Hanabi
Okinii ramen bar
It’s love at first slurp.
Okinii ramen bar as its name suggests is a cozy ramen bar hidden near me in Petaling Jaya. You will have a hard time choosing between their buttery, caramelized rice bowls and rich ramen that is easily one of the best in KL. But no worries, like all good things in the world, the experience is delightful no matter what your choice is. But in particular, we can vouch for their soothing broth and flavourful plump ramen that comes with a hearty chunk of grilled homemade chicken chashu and mixed in with miso paste. If chicken or matcha beef ramen is not for your tastebuds, they also offer their fans vegan shoyu, which is a warm bowl-filled enoki mushroom goodness and rich Japanese shoyu.
While this is a fairly humble ramen shop, this is one of their brightest charms. They take their exclusive humbleness to ensure that they provide the best for their customers. It may not be Ichiran ramen in Malaysia but it is just as delicious and yummy. Each dish is filled with pristine and intricate details that are hard to miss and appealing to even the most discerning tastebuds.
Location: OKINII RAMENBAR, 9, Jalan SS 4c/5, Ss 4, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Contact: 010-916 1135
Tomo Ramen Bar
Are you looking for some inspiration and hint of authenticity in your dish? Then you better make your way to Tomo Ramen bar. Their charm is not only filled in their cute logo (I must say, I am a sucker for places with cute logos), they also have a truly inspiring story behind their dishes. Tomo ramen bar opened its door to Malaysia as a result of a traveler’s lust for Kyoto and their embodiment of love for Kyoto is present in our dishes. While we cannot afford to pack our bags and board on a flight to Japan, you can feel right in Japan when at Tomo Ramen Bar. This humble ramen shop provides us a wide range of ramens from ramen in miso soymilk to regular tonkotsu. Each just as delicious and memorable as the other!
Location: 75, Jalan SS 21/1a, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Business hours: 12:00Pm-3:00PM, 5:00-9:30PM (Monday-Friday), 12:00PM-9:30PM (Saturday- Sunday)
Contact: 03-7733 7755
Facebook: Tomo Ramen Bar
Ramen Seirock-ya Uptown
We have been holding our breaths for good, authentic halal ramen shops in Malaysia. Given the population of Muslims in Malaysia and almost all of them being ramen lovers, it is only fair that they get their share of yummy soothing bowls of ramen. Our time for the best halal ramen in KL is here because, at seirock-ya, they specialized in Torpaitan ramen, which is a flavorful chicken broth ramen. If you are looking to switch up from the love of tonkotsu, take a look at their cousin, Toripaitan.
Being halal has not taken away the authenticity of the ramen varieties at this humble ramen shop. People who have previously tried Japanese ramen in the land of the rising sun, japan vouches for the authenticity of the ramen at seirock-ya. We are currently drooling over their selection of rich chicken broth ramens.
Location: 6-G, Jalan SS 21/35, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Business hours: 12:00-3:00 PM 5:00-9:30PM (Monday- Friday), 12:00-9:30PM (Saturday- Sunday)
Contact: 03-7492 7509
Facebook: Seirock-ya Ramen Malaysia
Mitsuyado Seimen- Tsukemen
If you are looking for “melt in your mouth” pork goodness with a flavorful bowl of ramen broth with homemade noodles, then this is the perfect place for you. Mistsuyado seimen- tsukemen, also known for its delicious tsukemen, is just as good at their ramen selections. Tsukemen is also known as dipping noodles, is an evolutionary form of the infamous ramen dishes. They are thicker in texture but provides us chewy goodness both in a hot or cold thick broth. Whether you get your own dish of ramen or tsukemen at this shop, you are being served one of the best ramen in KL.
Location: 2nd Floor, The Starling Mall Unit S-229 6, Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Business hours: 11:30AM-8:30 PM
Facebook: Mitsuyado Malaysia
Ramen Bar Shi-Shi Do
For the cool modern hearted ramen lover, ramen bar shi shi Do opened its door with you in their mind. They fuse our love for ramen with a retro-style Japanese interior and bring us a surprisingly wide range of Japanese cuisine on their menu. From the best ramen in KL to rice bowls, to oden and yakitori, they got you covered. Not up for a comforting bowl of ramen? Opt for a yummy Japanese hotpot and even some dorayaki topped with whipped cream.
As for their ramen, we can go on and on about how delicious it is. They offer their customers single flavor, double flavor, and triple flavor ramens. They have black garlic pork soup, spicy pork soup, basil pork soup, and pork bone soup along with pepper spicy pork soup available for your cravings.
Start with their standard Ajitama Chasu ramen and keep on topping with your favorites from spring onions to pork shoulders. And maybe even some extra dash of chewy noodles! We promise you won’t regret their choices of slurpy ramens for a heartwarming delicious experience.
Location: The Gasket Alley, Jalan 13/6, Pjs 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Business hours: 12:00PM-12:00AM
Contact: 010-916 1135
Facebook: Ramen Bar Shi Shi Do
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Ramen
Ramen, like most noodles, has a common base ingredient which is wheat flour. Ramen noodles are made out of wheat flour, salt, water, and an alkaline mineral known as kansui. All these ingredients contribute to the ramen’s chewiness and elasticity, altogether producing an earthy, yellow colour.
When going to a ramen shop, one must try out the shoyu ramen. The broth of the shoyu ramen is made with soy sauce as the base with a clear, brown colour. Shouyu ramen is also one of the common ramen you’ll find in a ramen shop. Other than that, you can also give tonkatsu ramen, shio ramen and miso ramen.
The soup for the traditional ramen is normally made out of either chicken or pork stock. Then, it is combined with other ingredients such as shiitake mushrooms, onions, pork bones, beef bones, kelp and some other ingredients that help bring out the umami flavour of the ramen.
Japanese ramen is known to have a high amount of sodium. The reason behind this fact is that sodium enhances the flavour of the ramen more, as well as extends the self-life of the ramen.
Common Japanese ramen topping served are seaweed, eggs, corn, and spring onion. However, it depends on the kind of ramen you order, as sometimes you will be served with chasu, which are fatty slices of roasted or braised pork, or karaage which is Japanese fried chicken.