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Hong Kong budget eats

Restaurant review, Daimon Ramen, New Territories - super soup airfreighted from Japan

Japanese chain has opened three stores in Hong Kong, serving thick, chewy noodles in delicious broth, and spicy cold Taiwanese noodles. There are also snacks from as little as HK$12

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 February, 2016, 12:49pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 February, 2016, 12:50pm

Yet another ramen chain has set up shop in Hong Kong, and to stand out from the others - and ensure consistent quality - Daimon makes the soup base in Japan, freezes it then airfreights it to the outlets in Tuen Mun, Tseung Kwan O and Sha Tin.

The soup, made of chicken bone, pig bone and dried fish, is an absolute delight. There are three noodle options: ramen, tsukemen (dipping noodles) and abura soba (oil noodles), and we try them all. We like the trademark Daimon ramen (HK$48). The noodles are thick and chewy and the soup is sweet with strong fish taste, but we find the char siu is too fatty. For the Daimon tsukemen (HK$58), which is eaten by dipping the noodles in abowl of broth which is served separately, the soup and the noodles are delicious, but the soup temperature is lukewarm, rather than piping hot.Also enjoyable is the Taiwan abura soba which has a raw egg, lots of green onion and minced pork. The mala spicy taste goes well with the thick and chewy noodles.

In addition to the noodles, Daimon offers sets and snacks. The mapo tofu rice set with miso soup (HK$45), which has Japanese rice with silken tofu, pork and chilli sauce, is a good choice on a cold night.

For snacks, we like the Japanese soft boiled egg (HK$12 for two), which is served cold, and the pan-fried dumplings (HK$28 for five).

Daimon Ramen, Shop UG007, 1/F Tuen Mun Town Plaza, Phase I, 3 Tuen Lung Street, Tuen Mun, tel: 2430 2818. Open: 11am-10pm

Also in Sha Tin (tel: 2609 2083) and Tseung Kwan O (tel: 2780 8800)