Restaurant review: Jyuchu, Kennedy Town, serves great Hokkaido noodles
Soft, regular or hard, ramen is a popular dish in Hong Kong and this eatery serves them in three delicious broths. The noodles are flown in daily from Hokkaido, Japan
Ramen remains popular in Hong Kong, with new shops opening every week. Most serve tonkotsu (pork bone broth) style, so it’s nice to try one that specialises in seafood.
Jyuchu Ramen belongs to the same catering group that operates The Seafood Kitchen – also in Kennedy Town, and which is famous for its Korean-style seafood hotpot. Jyuchu’s noodles are flown in from Hokkaido every day, so limited amounts are on offer. The ramen can be ordered soft, regular or hard, and only three types of broth are available; all are delicious, and include corn, leeks and half a soft-cooked egg.
Ramen with soy sauce soup (HK$98) features a generous amount of snow crab meat and rich crab miso.
The black sesame pork bone soup ramen (HK$88) is made by simmering the ingredients such as pork bones and chicken bones for two days.
The most expensive bowl – lobster soup ramen (HK$128) is made by boiling Boston lobsters for a day, then adding prawn, abalone and scallops. The soup was so good I drank every drop.
Jyuchu also offers 10 snacks, such as house-made fried dumplings (HK$48), crabmeat cream croquettes (HK$18 for one) and jumbo prawn cutlet (HK$24 for one).
Jyuchu Ramen, Kin Yick Mansion, 1-11 Holland Street, Kennedy Town, tel: 3956 4163.
Open: noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm.