Ramen, they come in waves.
First, it was the little known pioneers. Then came the game-changer. Then came the followers to piggyback on the success. Then came the late bloomer, the very few at the long tail that intend to add value and ideals to the almost saturated market. A market where the customers are tastewashed (as in brainwashed) that a ‘delicious’ broth is the one that is insanely porkish, super thick and oily.
Tsurukamedou is one of the idealist. Sticking to what is true. Authentic original Hakata as they differentiate themselves. You’ll find this spirit embodied in many ways.
First and foremost is the ramen itself. The broth is cooked in long hours to bring out the flavor, similar to many others. But if you pay attention, it is less oily. Also if you let it breath for a while, the broth does not separate or break, it stays cohesive. A feature that marks quality. I presume the soup at Tsurukamedou Ramen is made from scratch here, while many others have the soup imported partially done, tweaked with few flavor enhancer and cooking resume afterwards.
I singlehandedly savored the pork soup until it was too thin to scoop it with the spoon. You know what that means. Size wise it is very fulfilling, especially with the generous amount of chasiu. Three thick slices, all are well prepared. Nicely barbequed outer skin and have you seen the neat combination of juicy meat and tender fat? Oh my …
Second, is the noodle. I love the fact that it is thin with a nice texture. The taste is almost neutral, letting the broth and the neighboring ingredients: bamboo shots, nori, and tamago to stand out.
Third, you’ll find no extra garlic or extra chopped chili (rawit) at Tsurukamedou Ramen. They will provide if you asked for it. But they strive for the patrons to have it as it is before being experimental with their tastebuds.
Last but not least is the menu. It is downright simple. Either pork or chicken based soup. Three variation of each and that’s it. The additionals such as chahan, karaage, and gyoza are more complimentary than a substitute to the ramen. It is purposely orchestrated to let the ramen be the hero of the ramen-ya. At least that’s what the culture they want to impart from Japan to here in Jakarta.
The chahan though, is worth an extra paragraph because of its goodness. Well cooked rice, fragrant, with a wholesome portion of chicken, pork, and ebi. It’s far superior to the one I had at Yellowfin some time ago.
All that being said, will I return? Definitely. And I must say, it is a strong contender to those in the earlier waves, the pioneers, the followers, and even the gamechangers.
Jl. Ratu Kemuning Raya
(Just go straight from Greenville, its near Papa Mama Bakery)
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