Kuma Ramen 熊らーめん is said to be imported from Japan, although one might bemoan over the lack of evidence supporting this claim online, albeit feedback in general about them has been positive. They initially opened a shop 1st in Jordan, and have now expanded to Sheung Wan side. Their signature Ramen is made from boiling down Dried Fish, Seafood, Vegetables and most importantly Pork Bones Tonkotsu for 12 hours. It certainly carried that potent pork smell, detectable from even outside the shop, but how about its taste?
Kuma Ramen - Sheung Wan Shop
Menu - Ramen with Egg starts from $83, no 10% -
I ordered this No.1 popular item
Iced Water, Takana Pickles, Chili Moyashi Beansprouts, Red Benishoga Ginger -
Expected in ramen shops selling Tonkotsu pork based soup. No surprises here..
Fish, Seafood, Vegetables and Pork Tonkotsu Ramen, with 1.5mm Noodles - HKD $83
The soup has the pork smell, but upon drinking and trying some, it could do with more sophisticated layering. I could not detect any seafood or vegetables taste, and its predominantly Pork flavor but which itself was a little weak. The noodles had some backbone chew initially. The Chasyu pork was sort of tough dry chewy today... Overall, in HK Context I will give here a 7/10. If this was in Japan, I do doubt it will receive over a 5/10 on Tabelog.com.
Egg and Noodles -
The egg was runny but wasn't overly flavorful, in terms of both egginess or marination. The noodles were decent for HK, but after a few minutes they do soften down quite a bit so do slurp them up real fast..
Kuma Ramen - the Gyoza's do look Promising
The ramen itself was not bad, but with so much competition nowadays in HK, there are easily a few which are more worth your priority to try. On HK side alone, I will pick Mita Seimen, Ramen Jo, Ichiran, Bari Uma, Hi No Tori, Koku Ryo, even Ippudo over here... But then again, ramen is always a subjective matter !
Price: HKD $83
Food: ♕♕♕ 1/2 to ♕♕♕♕
Address: 84 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan
上環蘇杭街84號 (MTR Sheung Wan Exit A2)