Yamagoya Ramen - Japanese Noodles at Gaya Street KK

10 August 2013

Gaya Street seems to be the best place to search for food in KK these days, with so many new eateries sprouting up like wild mushrooms!

The historical street, home to the famed Sunday market and just adjacent to the Atkinson clock tower, is now bustling with life, not only every Sunday morning, but every single day at lunch and dinner time, and sometimes even later!
Photo Credits to www.malaysiacuisine.com
The latest addition to the array of different cuisines available is Yamagoya Ramen 山小屋. Starting from humble beginnings in Japan, Yamagoya Ramen now has over 150 outlets in Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Having the opportunity to try quite a few of their more popular dishes, this is gonna sound weird but, my favourite overall was this:
Soy Sauced Egg!
Available as a topping for your preferred ramen, or just as a side dish, this special japanese egg is not your run-of-the-mill hard-boiled egg. Marinated the tamago way for 2 days, the yolk is slightly runny while the egg white remains firm and full of flavour.

With a good selection of ramen flavours available, you'll definitely have a hard time choosing which one to try first! We were offered 4 of the most popular flavours:
Clockwise: Spicy Tobanjan Ramen, Black Garlic Ramen, Mukashi Special Ramen, Miso Ramen
A closer look:
Spicy Tobanjan Ramen: I'm not a fan of spicy food, but this isnt too spicy to eat. Comes with bamboo shoots and black fungus.
Black Garlic Ramen: A bit foreign to the taste buds(and vision)  at first, but it's surprisingly delicious!
Mukashi Special: Great for pork lovers! The soup base is made of pork bones crushed under high pressure, with tamago eggs included!
Miso Ramen: No stranger to Japanese food fans, this Miso soup comes with a dash of sesame seeds for an extra somethin'-somethin'!

Pork Cha Siu with Soy Sauced Egg
Another well-loved side dish is the pork char siu. Definitely suitable for those with a strong palate (just like me!), the porkiness of this dish will not overwhelm the senses of those who prefer a lighter taste either.
The hand rolled Japanese dumplings, Gyoza were also very delicious, and very similar to our very own local favourite - "wo tie" 锅贴. The inside is made up of minced pork and cabbage.
Pork Katsu
This deep fried pork knuckle is made specially by only using the red meat of the pig. The flavour is just nice and is wonderful when dipped into the accompanying mayonaise!
The fried chicken is marinated using only salt and pepper.
Buta Kimchi
This mixture of sliced pork, bean sprouts and kimchi was definitely one of my favourites, as an explosion of different tastes come from just one mouthful! Topped with a fried egg.
Daigaku Imo
These sugar-glazed Sweet Potato sticks are great as an appetiser or could even serve as dessert! A must-try, even for a non-sweet-potato lover!

So if you're looking for something new in KK, Yamagoya is definitely worth a try. I've attached the menu here for my lovely readers' reference, hope it helps!

Yamagoya Ramen,
Lot 109, Jalan Gaya,
88100 Kota Kinabalu,
Tel: 088-253701

Drop me a comment if you've been, and tell me which was your favourite dish!

Til next time,
Calista xx

1 comment

  1. Haven't been to Gaya Street in a long time. But it sure seems more happening now.

    No unagi at all? That's my fav hahaa.

    Happy weekend!