Affordable, authentic ramen and Japan vibes tucked away from the busy traffic of Petaling Jaya.
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Popular ramen shop Menya Shi Shi Do has officially opened their newest outlet to the public in PJ.
The ramen shop used to be located in Jaya One before its closure in 2021. However, now they’re back with a brand new look in a brand new place!
You’d be pleasantly surprised by the Japanese-inspired ambience here, particularly the dreamy Ghibli-esque exterior.
This new restaurant has two floors, with its lower floor consisting of the kitchen and smaller tables while the upstairs has larger tables for larger groups.
The Taste Test
Of course, the main point here is the ramen. Menya Shi Shi Do is notorious for having long lines as crowds gather just for a bowl of their popular tonkotsu (pork bone broth).
Their most basic ramen is the Tonkotsu Ajitama Ramen, but it is by no means basic flavour-wise. You can choose to add up to 3 different flavoured ‘oils’ to your ramen for a unique ramen experience, all free. The flavours include black (garlic), green (basil), yellow (curry), and red (spicy).
All ramen comes with 2 slices of charsiew or another protein, a ramen egg, and wood ear mushrooms.
The broth is rich, flavourful, and well-salted. While the tonkotsu base on its own is already quite rich, the flavoured oils serve to add another dimension to its taste. I would recommend to choose up to just two flavours to begin with, in case you find the mixture to be overwhelming.
The charsiew meat slices are soft and tender, well-flavoured on its own. The ramen egg is the kind with a thick, gummy yolk– a perfect pair to go with the rich tonkotsu broth.
Portions here are quite large too, so come with an appetite. The generous amount of noodles will fill you up, though you can always easily add-on half portion (RM3.50) or a full portion (RM6.00) of noodles and eat enough for 2 (or 3).
Menya Shi Shi Do is popular for a good reason. It serves extremely affordable yet delicious ramen in a cozy space. The basic bowl of ramen costs RM26, which is very affordable for the quality of ramen provided. (Of course, if you have money to spare, why not indulge in the RM50+ ramen with 24K gold-covered pork?)
Other ramen options, such as the tomato ramen, introduced a surprisingly savoury, yet not overly tomato-ey flavour while still retaining the fragrance and richness of tonkotsu, offering an exciting twist to your typical ramen. So if you’re keen to expand your ramen horizons, definitely give the other ramen broths a try.
Not only that, its location leans greatly into an aesthetic Japanese town vibe. B.land is more or less an open air cluster of dining establishments hidden away from the busy hustle and bustle of PJ. Inside, you can stroll around and find plenty of gorgeous backdrops for all your Instagram needs, without the distractions of traffic.
It lies snugly in between the sweet spot of being affordable, delivering quality ramen that is reminiscent of being authentically Japan, and enough aesthetic vibes. Sure, there may be better, more authentic ramen in Malaysia, but the difference would probably be negligible compared to the all-rounded mass appeal of Menya Shi Shi Do.
Menya Shi Shi Do, inside B.Land
2, Jalan 51a/225, Seksyen 51a, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Weekdays 11am-3pm, 5pm-9.30pm (closed on Tuesdays)
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.