Goku Raku Ramen @ Mid Valley and Paradigm Mall

As you know lately I’m have been ramen-fied…like for example hitting 4 ramen outlets in KL within a week and buying truckloads of instant ramen. I have been back to Menya Musashi twice and Yamagoma 3 times since! So yes, my ramen fever has not abated.

Inmy previous post, I did a comparison of all 4; Santouka Ramen in Pavilion, Menya Musashi and Hokkaido Gantetsu in Food Paradise, 1 Utama and Yamagoma Ramen in Solaris Dutamas.

Goku Raku Ramen was not on my list. I first visited them when they were newly opened in Mid Valley but I have not posted about it. And since it was such a long while ago, I paid another visit last week to check it out.

I don’t remember much from my last visit other than it was just so unmemorable that it didn’t leave any impression.

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It has finally left its mark in my memory last week; though a rather distasteful one; when we were both served soft, almost mushy ramen. Yes I kid you not, the ramen stuck to my teeth bite after bite. I’m not sure if this is Goku Raku’s standard for its ramen  but it certainly wasn’t as bad or I would have remembered it from the very first visit.

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The broth is very thin, certainly not as complex or satisfyingly earthy as Menya Musashi’s, Gantetsu or even Yamagoma’s, which by my standards are already at the edge of minimum ramen quality levels.

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I can assure you the pork slices were pretty bland as well.

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My order was the “new” Clam Soup base Ramen, which really didn’t work flavour-wise with the pork slices. Coupled with unusual stick-to-the -teeth texture of the ramen, my dinner was almost unbearable after a few bites. Naturally I didn’t finish the bowl.

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I guess I won’t be back again. Next, I’m heading back to Marutama. Let’s see how it had changed (or maintained) its standards after my initial visit in Oct 2010! 🙂

Hmm… anyone here actually likes Goku Raku Ramen? Is this just an unlucky visit for me?

Goku Raku Ramen
Lot S25 & S26, Level 2 – Mid Valley City
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Another outlet opened at Paradigm Mall recently.

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