One of my staples while in Taipei is Ramen Kagetsu Arashi. It’s part of a restaurant chain in Japan with over 200 stores. With credentials like that, it should not disappoint and it does not.
The Taipei Main Station store was the first in Taiwan. There is usually a substantial wait during lunch to get into the store for get a bowl of super garlic and pork goodness. We got lucky and only had to wait about 5 minutes. We were seated at the same table with two other people, but that’s standard in these small packed restaurants in Taiwan.
We tried the Extreme Black Ninniku Genkotsu Ramen with pork bowl rice combination and drink. We also got a Teppanyaki Fried Rice, Garlic and butter flavour.
First came the BBQ pork with rice. The pork is in a soy bean sauce with dry firm tofu giving it a similar consistency to cha chang mein, but over rice. It’s not the best pork rice, but quite good.
Next came the garlic and butter teppanyaki rice which is cooked at our table. The ingredients are mixed together added with some garlic butter msg sauce giving the rice a nice crunchy and springy consistency. This is the best fried rice I’ve had at any ramen place and compares with any teppan rice you can get. I’ve also had the curry flavour rice which is equally good in it’s own right. It comes with a bowl of miso soup that we rarely drink. When eating the rice, adding a little of the special pepper on the table can give it a completely different flavour.
Oh, it also helps if you leave the rice in the teppan a little longer, it will give it a little more char/crispy consistency.
Oh, before I forget, there’s an army of condiments at the table. Spicy mustard greens with a kim chee type flavour, togarashi (japanese chili powder), premium pepper ( I assume it’s premium because of the nice black and silver metal packaging) and some other stuff I didn’t try.
Finally the Extreme Black ramen has arrived. This is basically their original ramen with fried bacon bits and sesame oil to give the broth more colour and flavour. The soup is quite good, but I miss the extreme garlic kick of the original. I like breaking the boiled egg up in the soup to get chunks of it while eating the noodles. The meat is tender and actually less flavourful than the broth. It’s not because the meat has no flavour, it’s because the broth is packed with flavour. Overall another good dish I don’t mind having at Ramen Kagetsu Arashi.
I’m going to try something new and post some relevant info at the end of each review. Hope you enjoyed it and if you’re ever in Japan or Taiwan, this place is definitely worth a try.
Address: 2nd floor inside of Main Station 台北車站二樓微風美食街
Hours: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
Pricing: The Extreme Black is 190 twd on it’s own and the combos are about an additional 50 twd. I would say the average would be about low 200 twds per person.
Food: Very strong flavours. If you like pork stock ramen, this is a good place to go. If you prefer the lighter variety with clear broth this might not be the place for you. There is nothing delicate about the fewd here, it’s pretty in your face, but in a good way.
Facilities: The restaurant is a little cramped but clean enough not leaving you grossed out in anyway. There are only about 4 chairs in front for waiting so, get in early before lunch or dinner hours so you don’t have to wait.
Service: For what you get it is decent. There is a pitcher of water at each table, so we can quench our thirst after the msg has sucked all the moisture out of our tongues. If you need somebody, flag them down. The people are pretty pleasant though a lot of them in this store talk in that high falsetto that common in Taiwan and Japan so I’m told. Even the guys talk like that here!