If only Crayon Shin-Chan can cook! Well, we might not have one but we have another Shin Chan who opened this ramen shop in Solaris Mont Kiara. Shin Chan Ramen is the brainchild of Wong Shin Chan and his brother, Tony (now you know where the name came from).
We were quite impressed with the interior design of this shop. The earthy colour palette exudes a dim, cosy and comfortable mood that beckons you to take a shelter from the scorching sun outside (black ceiling, dark colour furniture, dark blue mosaic cashier counter), while glasses and metal grills lend it a contemporary, modern finish. On the other hand, I personally think the menu is confusing – too much item and some of them are redundant (for example, you may find salmon teriyaki at page 8 and then you’ll see it again in page 17 but with different picture). That was most probably the reason which caused us to take a longer time to place our order. And the music – I heard Korean.
After much deliberation (we got some recommendations from the friendly waiter, luckily), I ordered the Sutamina Don (RM15) which came with rice, topped with generous amount of stir-fried lean pork, onions, chives, a little bit of chilli and a raw egg. Usually served as udon (sutamina or stamina udon), but the chef cleverly substitute it with rice instead, made it a more filling meal. When mix everything together, it became very moist and sticky but absolutely delish. The veggie and pork topping was stir-fried to perfection; the pork slices were succulent and tender and the chives does not have the strong, pungent smell as the usual Chinese would use.
A rather normal Katsu Don set (RM22) came with miso soup, salad, rice, white tofu and tangerines. The salad is forgettable (julienned cabbage with Thousand Island dressing) and the tangerines reminds me of Chinese instead of Japanese but I must admit it’s a refreshing change from the usual watermelon. The katsu (chicken, in this case) however, has a slight frozen taste to it.
There are some hit and misses but since we did not have any ramen, I guess I should order that next time for a fairer view. Wouldn’t mind to come here for the Sutamina Don again.
Shin Chan Ramen
19, Jalan Solaris 4,
Solaris Mont Kiara,
Tel: 03-6203 6998
Fax: 03-6203 6989