The Ramen craze in Hong Kong is showing no signs of abatement. After having some very average ramens at Ramen Kureha (拉麵來) which I didn’t bother reviewing, some pretty good noodles albeit very salty soups at Sugetsu Ramen (麵鮮醬油房 周月), and the overly sludge like Butao, some of us just want to eat a more balanced ramen! David’s Ramen aka 舞心 is owned by an ex-Japanese actor and their first outlet outside of Japan opened in Macau last year, but now they have opened a shop in Causeway Bay as well. The Kyushu Tonkotsu ramen here is very close to what you get in modernised ramen shops in Fukuoka - which are usually not overly sludgy and overly full of collagen to the point it is annoying, but they’re just spot on right. Fellow Japanese fanatic & blogging friend from http://cky20080.blogspot.com/ also agreed that this shop matches much more with what we come to expect to eat in Kyushu & Fukuoka.
(白) 豚骨ラーメン - Original Tonkotsu Ramen $78
When this was presented, we already knew this would be good as the soup colour, density and presentation looks quite authentic and more like the real deal. The soup is very balanced and not overly thickened, the egg yolk has gelled properly and had a good marination taste outside. There’s only 1 piece of char siu pork, a bit stingy, but it is grilled first and quite tender. ~ 8/10
(黑) 濃味豚骨ラーメン - Koaji Tonkotsu Ramen $83
There is nothing ‘black’ about this. This version had slightly more コク but it isn’t significantly stronger, but it does have more chili and also garlic flavours. Still quite balanced and likeable. The spring onion however aren’t aromatic enough. The ramen noodles are not bad too here being a thicker than usual type than the norm, but it is definitely not its strongest point .. ~ 8/10
メンマ – Spicy Bamboo Shoots $15
These are a little soft but quite flavourful and spicy, and the good thing is that they don’t have too much of the bamboo shoot smell, which can sometimes overwhelm the ramen bowl.
羽付餃子 – Flying Wings Gyoza $32
You can’t find good gyoza in HK for some reason, here was one of the better ones definitely. At least the chicken and cabbage weren’t too minced up into a paste. Blogger friend said the ones in Kyushu have much more garlic influence, which I agree. These were decent by HK standards ~ 7/10
杏仁豆腐 - Almond Pudding with Mango Syrup $30
I’ve always loved the Japanese version of Almond Pudding, which is actually a Chinese food. The one here had quite a strong almond powder flavour, which is what they taste like in Japan as well. But probably set a little too soft …. ~ 6.9/10
More Negi -
The Ramen soup, Char Siu and the Egg are the strong points here. We suspect other Hong Kong locals might not like here as much as we do, since Tonkotsu ramen in Japan is not sludge like at all but for some reason many expect it to be… The weakest link here to me is the noodles, which is not bad but just not the best one we’ve eaten around. Remember to order the noodles as HARD!
Price: HKD $125
Ease of Access: 3/5 (5 mins walk from Causeway Bay MTR station)
Opening Hours: TBA
Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay