In Japanese cuisine, nothing quite tops a hot bowl of juicy ramen (well, maybe sushi is on par…). Either way, ramen is one of the cult classic dishes in traditional Japanese menus and is well-loved worldwide. Luckily in Hong Kong, there’s an abundance of options to choose from to sate any palate. From Tonkotsu with pork to duck in chicken broth, here are the best ramen joints to try in the city.
Hailing from Tokyo, ramen specialist Takano is a Michelin-recommended restaurant that lives in Tsim Sha Tsui’s K11 MUSEA. Made from handmade noodles, each bowl is filled with aromatic broth and served with either pork or chicken.
Unit #220, 18 Salisbury Road, K11 MUSEA, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2881-8331. Open every day 12:00pm to 10:00pm.
The famous Butao Ramen opened its first branch in Central back in 2010. Since then, the ramen shop opened 10 more restaurants across the city, serving authentic Japanese Hakata ramen for noodle lovers. Many locals flock to this award-winning restaurant to try the signature creamy pork-bone soup Tonkotsu, a ramen synonymous with the Kyushu region in southern Japan. There are outposts in Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, Sha Tin, Shanghai and more.
Several locations across the city, 3189-1200.
As Hong Kong’s first wagyu tsukemen restaurant, Mashi No Mashi is certainly off to a great start. Helmed by the same brainchild behind Wagyumafia, the eatery is an intimate gateway to noodle heaven. Choose from three types of noodles to go with your Ozaki beef. When you’re ready, slurp and sip your way through this scrumptious indulgence.
F, Shop 1B, G, 32 Oi Kwan Road, Wan Chai, 2812-0500. Open every day 12:00pm to 3:00pm, 6:00 to 10:30pm.
Using an isolated booth concept, Ichiran lets you slurp in peace in a unique setting ideal for quick lunch breaks. The restaurant started its journey in Japan, where it’s opened over 60 outlets, followed by three in New York and two in Hong Kong. Ichiran has been around since the 60s, meaning it’s no surprise that it’s perfected the Tonkotsu ramen dish. Come here and try the classic – and don’t forget to add on gyozas to complement your meal.
Several locations across Hong Kong, including 8 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2369-4218.
Nestled in Hung Hom, Wonyi is a cozy ramen joint serving a range of noodle specialties. The small, independent-run joint offers shio and tsukemen options with limited bowls on specials per day. Venture out to this hidden gem for a hearty lunch or dinner.
Shop F4, G/F, Tak Man Building, 29 Tak Man Street, Hung Hom. Open Tuesday to Sunday, times vary.
Pottinger Street’s Nojo Ramen specializes in what you’d expect – ramen. The restaurant is known for its paitan-style ramen, best paired with in-house sakes or a refreshing glass of beer. Be sure to try a few of the Izakaya bites too – the fried chicken is a must.
45 Pottinger Street, Central, 2415-1333. Open every day, times vary.
Shugetsu is a Michelin bib gourmand-recommended restaurant most popular for its Tsukemen, Abura and special soup. Guests here can choose their thickness of noodles, followed by the choice of soup base to customize the bowl. The bolthole shop features an open kitchen so you can watch your noodles cooking before it arrives at your table.
Several locations across Hong Kong, including 30 Hoi Kwong Street, Quarry Bay, 2336-7888.
With several outposts across Hong Kong, Ebisoba Ichigen has made is mark in the local noodle scene. Gourmands can tuck into custom bowls, which start from noodle thickness, seasoning and soup base, to seasonal and exclusive add-ons.
Several locations across Hong Kong, including Shop B, 119 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, 2789-3799.