Thursday, May 10, 2012

Shugetsu, more ramen in Hong Kong

I wrote a review for Time Out Hong Kong on another new-ish ramen place in town, Shugetsu. They make their noodles on site, and are known for their "dry" ramens (as opposed to soup). I tried the abura ramen and tsukemen. I won't repeat my thoughts about them here - simply go to the Time Out piece.

Tsukemen sauce
They're actually a brand from Japan, but not the "usual" big cities - Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Sapporo etc., but from the Shikoku region - an island opposite (south east) of Hiroshima - from the city of Matsuyama in Ehime prefecture.

Crowds outside Shugetsu at around 2pm
Aside from their ramen, which is extra thick and bouncy, they're known for their soy sauce, as they were first and foremost a soy sauce factory.

Abura ramen
Perhaps it was because of this that I found their bottles of sauces on the side - the vinegar and soy to be the stars. They're pretty heavy-handed on the marinated bamboo shoots - some people love them, and if you do, you'll be in heaven. If it's not really your jam, or you're indifferent about them, the taste stands out way too much.

I'm not sure what the reason behind the new hours were (no dinner service anymore), but during the day, this place is busy, so be prepared to wait, especially if you're in a group.

5 Gough St
+852 2850 6009.
Mon-Fri 11am-4pm, Sat-Sun, noon-6pm (nb. this was revised in May after my review for TOHK came out)

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