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Hidden within Fahrenheit 88, also known as the re-branded KL Plaza, is a little Japanese ramen restaurant that has it’s origin in Singapore.

The island republic does not usually have the upper hand when it comes to food, but Japanese ramen is one of the rare exceptions. Here in Malaysia we have been stuck with trying to make ramen halal for way too long while our neighbor kept it real and true to the origin – with pork, like how ramen should be.

Marutama Ramen is located on first floor of Fahrenheit 88 (old KL Plaza)
Marutama Ramen is located on first floor of Fahrenheit 88 (old KL Plaza)

Local eateries have since realize what diners really want and it is good to see that there are a lot of ramen places that serves the dish with the right ingredients.

Marutama was introduced to me by Timothy, who got to know the place from his girlfriend Audrey, who in turn got the recommendation from Ringo. The two of them must be the most “Japanese” lookalike and act alike Malaysian in the country, so if they say it is good, it must be good.

chasiu ramen, I love it with plenty of fried garlic
chasiu ramen, I love it with plenty of fried garlic

I always measure a ramen place by its most essential dish – the good old chasiu ramen.

Marutama’s version is unpretentious, four slices of chasiu (not to be confused with BBQ pork, the Japanese version is slices of rolled pork shoulder), 3/4 boiled egg, seaweed, spring onion, and ramen noodle in pork chicken broth.

check out the glorious 3/4 boiled egg
check out the glorious 3/4 boiled egg

The broth at Marutama is one of the thickest and most flavorful I’ve had from anywhere, very savory and absolutely brilliant. They also have the egg boiled just right, and the chasiu were fatty and tender like they should.

Best of all, there’s free flow deep fried sliced garlic on the side to be added to your ramen.

I went with timothy and david on separate occasions
I went with timothy and david on separate occasions

Other than ramen, they also serve some side dishes like grilled pork belly, fried rice, gyoza and so forth. Their gyoza was just alright, and I wouldn’t recommend anyone to try their fried rice (it was quite lousy). Stick to the ramen and you’ll have a wonderful experience at Marutama.

Prices are around RM 20 including taxes. Another good pork ramen place nearby is Ton Chan at Wisma Cosway.

map to Fahrenheit 88, KL

Address:
Marutama Ramen
Fahrenheit 88
Lot Flr. 27.01, 1st floor
Buking Bintang, KL
GPS: 3.14748, 101.71283
Tel: 03–2141 1573