My philosophy of food is that when something taste good, it doesn’t matter whether it’s 10 HKD or over 1,000 HKD, it is great in its own way and should be appreciated – this is also the reason why I love ramen in Japan so much, because even for something so cheap – you can always tell the love and dedication of the chef – and often layers and layers of different flavours. So after arriving in Kyoto, I was already craving for ramen – a quick search brought me to Hakata Nagahama Ramen.
The shop itself is off one of the main streets near the river and actually offers a really nice walk to view the surroundings (more on that later!) Look for the traditional curtains at the front of the shop.
Once inside, we were greeted by a team of friendly staff who welcomed us and offered us a seat up front.
The selection itself is actually quite small and is mainly a selection of tonkatsu (pork bone) ramen – I went for the regular selection whilst Ms. Buddha went for Nori (seaweed).
The soup base itself is a very traditional pork bone soup base – and perfect for someone who is trying ramen for the first time since that the flavor and collagen is not so thick that it might be too overpowering. The noodles were quite springy, and had a nice firm texture that I like.
Ms. Buddha’s bowl had Nori (Seaweed) along with it and she said that it soaked up the soup nicely – although similar to me, she said that it is a more simple version of the ones we’ve had before.
Because I was hungry, and also because the soup was not overly thick – as I normally do, I made sure there was no wastage.