Ramenalicious

I’m not too familiar with ramen but I have been hearing alot of great things from this  restaurant.  So many that we kept coming back even when it was closed twice before!

The front of the restaurant is  dominated by the bar where you can get a more informal dining experience. In the back is a more full service  experience with proper dining tables. As we don’t really care for formal and I was already half in the bag (free beers at an art exhibition I was at earlier), the obvious choice was the bar up front.
The menu is pretty basic with various ramen and yakitori, gyoza, some soups, edamame and tea eggs. There were a few of us so we got to try a little bit of everything.

Shio ramen

Shio ramen

I had the Shio Ramen ($4.50) as my main course. Lightly seasoned, the flavors were subtle enough to punch through my semi-inebriated state and was completely enjoyable. The ramen was cooked to perfection and the pork was not too overpowering.

To keep my buzz going, I went for an Anchor and chased down with this:

One Cup Ozeki

One Cup Ozeki

200 ml’s of sake goodness (at $6.00). Upon googling this a bit more, I found out that Ozeki is considered a lower end sake and is actually sold in vending machines in Japan!

We also ordered a slew of different yakitori ($2.50 for 2 skewers). Along with the tasty thigh skewers, we also had skin and cartilage. The skin was fantastic; grilled well enough to get a nice crust on it but still managing a bit of chewiness.

Chicken skin yakitori

Chicken skin yakitori

The cartilage was just as good but upon seeing the other faces around the bar, I think I was the only one that liked it!

The owner brought us some tea eggs. I have never had them before and I was a bit shocked that they were served cold but enjoyed the richness of the runny yolks with the soy/tea infused egg whites.

Tea Eggs at the Ramen Place

Tea Eggs at the Ramen Place

The Gyoza were great but a bit pricey at $4.00 for 4 pieces. I guess I am a bit spoiled after the Szechuan Monster Review restaurants where fried dumplings were $1.50 for a slew.

Gyoza at the Ramen place

Gyoza at the Ramen place

This place was a great find and I would gladly come back again for the ramen and more chicken skin!

4 out of 5 nyamies

Vinh

Condiment rack at the Ramen place

Condiment rack at the Ramen place

Vinh and I had tried to hit this place a couple of other times (only open after 6pm and closed on Sundays) but once I did get a chance to make it here when it was open, I was hooked.

Shoyu Ramen

Miso Ramen

The first two times I came I had the Tonkotsu bowls ($5.50) which is a slightly heavier pork based soup which was great both times.  This time I tried the miso and it’s the best (I tried bites of our our other friends bowls and yes, miso wins).  Amazing noodles, lots of chives, sesame seeds and a great dark broth.  Adding a few shakes of the spicy flakes makes it perfect.  I especially like the lack of hard boiled eggs in the soup.

Gyoza at the Ramen place

Gyoza at the Ramen place

This place is really great.  The owner is really friendly, asks for your beer order as soon as you sit down (a big plus) and is happy to talk about the food.  It’s also fun sitting at the bar with a group of friends.  My only negative comment is the gyoza is $4 which comes to $1/dumpling which is crazy.  You can get a pile of dumplings in NYC china town for $1! Obviously much different quality and this gyoza is great but yikes, t’lie naaaa! Everything else is great and I would highly recommend this place.

Remains of the bowl

Remains of the bowl

4.5 out of 5 nyamies

Bryse

Amen for Ramen!

Sweet corn ramen

Sweet corn ramen

After hearing about the new ramen place on street 334, I didn’t hesitate to join Nyam Penh for dinner there.  The Japanese owner was warm and welcoming.  My eyes widened as I studied the menu, frustrated, and wanting to try everything.  How could you choose just one dish among all the flavors.  I successfully chose the #3, Pork Ramen.  I got my bowl in good timing and devoured the long substantial noodles.  They had the perfect texture, yep this was authentic.  The tender pork, diced scallions, bamboo shoots, and sweet corn swimming deliciously in the bowl, hopped skipped and jumped into my mouth as I slurped up the soupy goodness.

Yakitori on the grill

Yakitori on the grill

Sad to see my empty bowl, all I could think was, ‘Please sir, I want some more.’ If you’re looking for that savory flavor, this is the joint.  The appetizers we decided to order, turned out to be dessert as we gobbled up the chicken cartilage and skin on a stick.  That may sound strange, as I too was hesitant.  Carti-what??? skin on a huh? Yes, I didn’t believe it myself, but by the end of the night, it was sitting delightfully in belly.  YUM-MY!  This may be my once a week place.  AMEN!

Chicken cartilage skewers

Chicken cartilage skewers

5 out of 5 nyamies

EJ

The menu at the Ramen Place

The menu at the Ramen Place

Bekkan Ramen
No. 24a, Street 334
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: 070 770011

As the moderators of google maps in Cambodia are completely slack and take forever to approve notations, I have just copied and marked the location on the map. If you still can’t find it, look for the Irrawaddy Restaurant, it’s right next to it.

Ramen Map

Ramen Map

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5 responses to “Ramenalicious

  1. I live in Phnom Penh, but I’m currently in Tokyo where I used to live for eight years. For the record, $4 for 4 gyoza is over-priced even by Tokyo standards. The yakitori seems quite steep to me as well.

    Having lived in Tokyo, I’m a hard-sell when it comes to ramen, but it’d be great to find a nice bowl of ramen in PP. We’ll have to give this place a try when we return.

  2. Portion wise how large was the sweet corn ramen at Nyam Penh? Making me crave for some Ramen noodle!

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  4. Well, this Ramen restaurant is 1 minute away from my apt and I was there only TWICE. This place is indeed too expensive for such mediocre food. Don’t waste your time to come only for it.

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