Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kidoya Ramen (喜奴屋) @ Fettes 10, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.

Penangites have more choices for Ramen now with the opening of Kidoya Ramen at Fettes 10, a new row of shop houses right opposite to Prima Tanjung. The Ramen specialist is said to have originated from Tokyo, noodles are freshly made here in Penang. It does not have a big menu for obvious reasons, just a page or two for lunch, mainly featuring their Ramen creations as well as some Rice dishes. There will be slightly more choices for dinner but I would not worry about that (hey, its a Ramen restaurant right?). Prices are pretty reasonable and competitive, especially with the value top up for lunch. The place was clean on our visit, brightly-lit and ample seating spaces. Parking could be a problem but you may have your car parked at Prima Tanjung and walk over (if you don't mind). Worth dropping by if you are in the vicinity. 

One of their signature Ramens- Tonkotsu Ramen (Rm 19) comes in a hearty portion; completed with a thick slice of Japanese Chashu and a halved braised Egg. The home-made Noodles were al-dente but we thought the broth could be thicker and richer. The broth was reasonably seasoned but the braised Egg was veering towards the salty side. We did ponder why Kidoya Ramen serves a fully cooked braised Egg instead of the half boiled version (Ajitsuke Tamago). The restaurant justified that they are not able to source Eggs directly from Japan. As far as safety is concerned, the management insists to serve their Eggs fully cooked. Well... at least they did not do this (overcooking the eggs) intentionally. 

For a change, we decided to try their Tsukemen (Rm 21) as well. Unlike Ramen, Tsukemen is often served cold with a bowl of piping hot dense-broth. However, I would personally prefer the noodles to be served chilled instead of room temperature, I thought that would be slightly more authentic. The noodles were quite bouncy, unlike the rumored slouchy version experienced by some; mine came in almost perfect. While I am perfectly okay with the noodles, I did feel that they need to fine-tune their broth. It lacked of a "X" factor that could give it a kick; probably not as concentrated as I would have hoped. The entire dish, however, turned out to be quite good with the magical mix of their home-made Chili flakes. Not quite spicy but it adds another layer of dimension to the monotonous flavor. 

Only available for lunch, diners may opt to top up Rm 3 for a bowl of Chashu Fried Rice. It comes in a generous portion, a bowl of this was more than sufficient for a meal itself. It was well-executed with the essential "wok-hei" and buttery aroma. Traces of Dried Scallops, Eggs and Japanese Chashu were seen.

Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7.5/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: 10%

Additional Information:
Address: 50-J-1, Fettes 10, Jalan Fettes, 11200, Tanjung Tokong, Penang.
Business Hours: 11 am to 2:30 pm; 6 pm to 11 pm. Closed on Wednesdays.
Contact Number: 6011- 2688 0182

Map of Jalan Fettes, Tanjung Tokong, 11200 Tanjung Bungah, Pulau Pinang

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