This week's ramen adventure takes me to Jakarta!
Guess what I've found?
the orange basketball...
Didn't know that they have expanded to Indonesia too.
Curious to find out how it fares compared to the Singapore outlets that many Singaporeans like, I have chosen to have lunch here instead.
Marutama ramen already has 2 outlets in Jakarta - one in eX Plaza Indonesia and the other Sentral Senayan I.
I spoke to store manager about the ramen scene in Jakarta. Currently, there are still only 2 ramen chains in the market - Marutama and another one call Ramen 38 (Sanpachi). While the number of shops is still small, its definitely getting popular there.
Interestingly, the manager was trained in Singapore's Marutama, and was well-versed with the other ramen competitors in Singapore!
Back to the main topic, the decor of Marutama's Jakarta outlet is exactly the same as that of Singapore.
The Jakarta menu has some interesting difference, which I guess is to cater to local taste.
For the ramen, you have a choice of whether you want it spicy or not, and whether you want your char siew to be pork or chicken char siew. The Indonesians must like spicy stuff more than Singaporeans (we don't even have this distinction here), and of course they have a larger muslim population too.
... and there are more chili to come.
After you've ordered your ramen, the will give you a small plate of chili padi too. Interesting.
I've ordered the Ebi Ramen (69,000 Rupiah, about $S10), which is a dish not available in most outlets in Singapore.
The soup tasted almost the same as those made in Singapore, but I have a slight feeling that the Singapore branches are better and have a clearer taste. The noodles and char siew were good. The only area that I wish that it could have been better is the prawns. The prawns used were not that fresh.
I'll try to go to Ramen 38 next time I'm in Jakarta.
From Marutama's manager, the best outlet of Ramen 38 is in Kamome Building!
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