No pork, no worries! Yoisho Ramen proves that ramen doesn’t have to be porky to be delicious with their chicken-based Japanese noodles.
What’s your idea of a perfect bowl of ramen? To some, only ramen with a hearty pork-based broth could ever count as ramen worth trying. And honestly, we were part of that camp ourselves until we tried Yoisho Ramen. This hot new Japanese noodle joint uses paitan (chicken) instead of tonkotsu (pork) broth, proving that no-pork ramen can be equally delicious – or maybe even more – than regular ramen.
Inspired by the quick-and-easy casual ramen joints of NYC, Yoisho Ramen is the latest kid on the block to join Jalan Gunawarman’s restaurant row. Funky neon signage and a giant mural of a cute girl slurping ramen greets diners at the entrance. Inside, there are more ramen-themed murals all over white brick walls, and even a Japanese-style comic strip illustrated on one wall. Oh, also, check out the restrooms. Meanwhile, outside there is a lush green area with lots of potted plants under a shady tree that makes a great outdoor seating for those who prefer to dine al fresco.
Circling back to the food – instead of pork-fat, chicken char siu is the base of all the noodles offered at Yoisho Ramen. Their signature thick ramen is all made fresh, in-house, and served with soup or mazemen-style (dry). There are seven flavours of regular soup ramen: Shio Paitan, Cheese Paitan, Miso Paitan, Spicy Miso Paitan, Shrimp Paste Paitan, Green Chilli Paitan, and Roa Paitan; and six dry ramen flavours, which are Shoyu Mazemen, Cheese Mazemen, Spicy Mazemen, Green Chilli Mazemen, Shrimp Paste Mazemen, and Roa Mazemen.
If you’re a fan of cheese, you’ll definitely love their Cheese Paitan, which uses miso ramen and a generous serving of grated cheese that adds a perfect level of richness to the broth. More into spicy food? Get their Green Chilli, Shrimp Paste, and Roa Paitan or Mazemen instead for a spicy and more unique taste. Yoisho Ramen has taken the traditional ramen for a spin with their use of Indonesia’s much-loved cabe hijau, terasi, and Manadonese sambal roa, giving this Japanese comfort food a strong touch of Indonesian flavour.
Yoisho Ramen is not just about ramen though. If you’re still hungry, snack on tasty sides like their Homemade Kimchi, Tori Karaage, and Tori Gyoza. Our favourite is the Honey Butter Potato Chips, which we couldn’t stop snacking on throughout the entire meal. To cool things down, don’t forget to try the fresh Yoisho Tropical Sake, or if you’re coming with a group of four or more, get their Watermelon Sake, a hefty potion made of watermelon juice and an ENTIRE BOTTLE of sake, served inside a watermelon shell. Kanpai!
Yoisho Ramen, Jl. Gunawarman No. 42, Senopati, South Jakarta, p. +62 21 2793 3279. Close on Monday.
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