It’s raining (ra)men
From tonkotsu, to miso, soy, and even creamy chicken varieties, ramen has long since taken our city by storm and we’re on board! Perfect for those days when you just need something hot and comforting (but also a mainstay of ours during the hotter months!), we can’t get enough of this Japanese classic. We’ve slurped our way through the city one noodle at a time, and rounded up the very best on offer; from Kowloon to Hong Kong Island, here’s where you need to be getting your ramen fix, and what to order when you’re there!
Hong Kong Island:
This Gough Street staple always has a queue snaking out the door and there’s a reason why. It may be more famous for its tsukemen (dipping noodles), but its ramen offering is also one of our favourites. We love the Grilled Kurobuta Pork Belly Ramen with a side of Fried Chicken.
Must order: Grilled Kurobuta Pork Belly Ramen
Shugetsu, 5 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/shugetsu.hk
Giving its neighbour on Gough, Shugetsu, a run for its money, this recently open ramen joint is starting to draw its own crowds. And don’t let the name fool you, this place is all about the ramen. The short and simple menu makes ordering easy, but we recommend the signature (and oh so creamy) cappuccino like, Chicken Broth Ramen. Topped with fried red onion, bamboo, slices of chicken and tender pork, along with perfectly cooked noodles, you can’t go wrong.
Must order: Chicken Broth Ramen
Zagin Soba, 7 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong
Zagin Soba, 13A King Kwong Street, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/ZaginSobaHK
With 24 shops throughout Asia, and one in Hong Kong, Ramen Nagi is a must try. We love its signature (and award-winning!) tonkotsu pork-broth, topped with classic Nagi pork chashu. The broth is rich, flavourful and will leave you wanting more. Along with the classic, Ramen Nagi also offer a spicy broth, a broth made with blackened garlic and calamari ink, along with an option blended with fresh basil and olive oil
Must order: Ask for its limited option – it never disappoints!
Ramen Nagi, 3 King Street, Tai Hang, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/bbramen
Opened just last summer in Causeway Bay, and quickly followed by a second location in Harbour City, Tsuta has bought Michelin-rated ramen to Hong Kong. A little pricier than other ramen joints in town, it is best known for its secret-recipe soba noodles, along with its signature shoyu-based broth, made with the addition of soy sauce and truffle oil.
Must order: Ajitama Shoya Soba
Tsuta, G/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Tsuta, Shop G111, G/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/TsutaHongKong
Torihana Tei Ramen
Dedication is the dish of the day at Torihana Tei Ramen, with its soup having taken years to perfect, and over 10 hours to prepare every day. Specialising in just chicken ramen, broth and sides, Torihana Tei also often surprises its loyal customers with unique creations, like its matcha noodles. Don’t knock it, ‘till you try it!
Must order: No. 1 Premium Chicken Ramen
Torihana Tei Ramen, Wah To Building, 22-, 30 Cross Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.torihana-tei-ramen-at-wan-chai.business.site
This authentic Causeway Bay mainstay shows the warmth of Japanese hospitality in true style, with Jo himself often being present and ever-friendly. All broths here are tonkotsu style (pork based), but with four variations (original, spicy, soy and garlic) on the menu, you’re sure to find your fave.
Must order: Soy Sauce Tonkotsu Ramen
Ramen Jo, G/F, 3 Caroline Hill Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Ramen Jo, Shop1030, Elements Mall, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/RamenJo
Situated on Wan Chai’s Amoy Street, this cosy ramen spot is one of our faves in the city. We’re big fans of the black garlic infused tonkotsu broth, but the menu also offers an original version, along with a fiery spicy soup for those who like it hot! Customisation is the order of the day here, as you can choose everything from your noodle thickness and texture, to how much oil is added, and which topping you desire! If you’re hungry, order a BBQ pork bowl as a side. With rice, sweet and sticky pork and topped with a perfectly fried egg, it’s the perfect accompaniment.
Must order: Black Tora Ramen
Ichitora, 23 Amoy Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/IchiTora.Ramen.at.Wanchai
You’ll know this ramen spot for the long lines that creep down Wellington Street in Central, but it also has branches in Causeway Bay, Taikoo and TST. With a menu that’s short and sweet, with only four options, you can’t go far wrong here. Choose from the Butao (the signature pork Tonkotsu), the Black King (with black garlic, squid ink, minced pork), the Red King (with chili powder and spicy sauce, miso, sesame oil and minced pork) and the Green King (olive oil, fresh basil and Parmesan cheese). Purists may shudder at the thought, but we’re fans of the Green King!
Must order: Green King
Butao, 69 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Butao, Shop no.4, G/F, V POINT, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay
Butao, Shop G404, G/F, Yuan Kung Mansion, 20 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong
Butao, Shop A & B, G/F, Kam Wing Commercial Building, 28 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.butaoramen.com
A favourite as firm as its hand-pulled noodles in central London, Kanada-Ya opened in Hong Kong with a mouth-watering ramen menu that delights every damn time. From original and black garlic, to spicy, and the seasonal truffle Tonkotsu, this joint is a serious ramen contender in Causeway Bay.
Must order: Truffle Ramen
Kanada-Ya, 34 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.kanada-ya.com/hongkong
Bari-Uma prides itself on authenticity, flying every strand of thick and thin ramen noodle in fresh from Japan! Choose from chicken or pork-based broths (with all the trimmings) and top it all off with spicy and teriyaki-flavoured gyoza or crispy Japanese fried chicken. We’ve heard amazing things about it’s perfectly grilled char-siu pork, too…
Must order: Tori-Ajitama
Ramen Bari-Uma, G/F, Circle Tower, 28 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.bariuma.asia
Some may call it the McDonald’s of the ramen world, but we’re still fans of this ramen chain! Derived from the ramen capital of the world, Japan’s Hakata, Ippudo is celebrated for its broth that’s been concocted using an ‘elaborate cooking process with different parts of pork bones,’ resulting in a rich and creamy flavour. Its signature Akamaru Shinaji tributes a 25-year old recipe that requires hours of slow cooking before being topped with a secret miso recipe, garlic oil, lean slices of pork, black fungus, sprouts and spring onion. Offering up endless combinations at reasonable prices, top your overflowing bowl of ramen with a unique twist like a curry or black ‘ball, ’or, if you’re feeling wild, its ‘Mystery Ball’ … oooh.
Must order: Akamaru Shinaji
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
It all started with a man, and a dream. Announcing to this family that he was “going to make delicious ramen,” founder Hitoshi Hatanaka kept his promise, setting up shop in nine different countries across the globe. Ramen Santouka’s broth is carefully made by hand, sourcing only the best ingredients to simmer in a rich stock. Choose from: a soy sauce, spicy soybean, char sui or a roasted pork cheek base and slurp to your heart’s content.
Must order: Shio Ramen
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Shop 608, 6/F, iSQUARE, 63 Nathan Road,Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.santouka.co.jp
More than worth fighting the crowds in Mong Kok for, Isaba Taifu is not only popular amongst Japanese locals, but draws in crowds from all over the city – so be sure get there early to beat the queues! Only offering two seatings each day, Tsukemen is served during lunch hours (12pm to 3:30pm), reopening from 5:30pm to 10:30pm for its second sitting and ramen menu. The soup is rich and the noodles al dente, making for a perfect weekend pit-stop or delicious dinner mid-week. We hear it even provides free hair ties so you can really get your chopsticks in and lick the bowl clean.
Isaba Taifu, 39 Fife Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.ramen-taifu.com
Tsukemen is taking over – and we’re on board! Customise your order to curb your cravings by choosing the texture of your noodles, and opting for any extras like gyoza and barbecued yakitori. The soup is kept warm for you on a hot plate while you work your way through oodles of noodles; there’s even an option to order a special rice and cheese combo to add to your remaining broth once you’ve finished. Two meals in one? Um, yes please.
Must order: Your choice of ramen with the special rice and cheese combo
Fujiyama 55, Shop 7-8, G/F, 75 Mody Road, South Sea Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Fujiyama 55, 9 Irving Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/Fujiyama55HongKong
Party for one? No problem! Ichiran’s solo slurping booths are built for a quick, satisfying bite that won’t disappoint! Crowned one of the best ramen restos in Japan and New York, Ichiran was built for single diners, but if you do have friends in town, its TST branch is one of the largest in the world, offering communal seating. Founded nearly 60 years ago, tradition is boiled into the broth, and every strand of firm, Hakata-style noodle. Don’t miss out on its original red pepper sauces.
Must order: Classic Tonkatsu Ramen with Original Spicy Red Sauce
Ichiran, Entrance Hall on G/F & Shop B, Basement Floor, 8 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Ichiran, Shop H ＆ I, Ground Floor, Lockhart House Block A, 440 Jaffe Road, Hong Kong