The name Manmaru Udon may have led many to believe that the place is an udon house. I was one of those who actually had that notion. Until recently, that is. Besides their signature udons, Manmaru’s menu lists an extensive range of Japanese favourites. In fact, the choices are quite mind-boggling.
I’m a great fan of Japanese food but the funny thing is, I’m not really into their udon and ramen. That’s the reason why I seldom go to ramen or udon houses. In a Japanese restaurant, you won’t find me ordering the noodles, not much, anyway.
However, I will now make an exception for Manmaru Udon. Why? Simply because Manmaru Udon makes their own udon in-house every day. Yes, made from scratch, using only the finest premium flour and rolled out from their state-of-the-art machinery imported from Japan. None of the commercially-produced packed udon here. Each strand of udon in Manmaru is exactly 2ft long (because the machine is set at that specification) and that makes slurping them quite an acquired skill.
Freshly made and each individual bowl freshly cooked upon order, it is easy to love those smooth slippery bitey udon. You will be spoiled for choices in terms of broths, condiments and toppings.
But first, the best way to enjoy Manmaru udon is to have it “naked”, the “kamaage” way. Kamaage Udon (RM12.90) – savour al dente udon goodness with warm kamaage sauce and experience its unadulterated flavour.
For soup lovers, nothing beats slurping those noodles from bowls of flavourful broth. These are my favourite soupy udons…
Signature Supreme Udon (RM28.90)
Kuruma Ebi Udon – Supreme Seafood Udon (RM24.90) with soft boiled egg and king prawn
Kamo Nanban Udon (RM15.90) – hot udon soup with smoked duck breast and Japanese leeks
Asari Seafood Nabe Udon (RM18.90) claypot seafood soup with asari clams
If soupy udons are not your thing, there are several stir-fry options and these aren’t any less delicious, believe me. In fact, cooked this way, the udon absorbs the flavours better, resulting in more intense tastes.
Soft Shell Crabs Sesame Udon (RM18.90) – really good!
Ishiyaki Eringi Udon (RM18.90) stir-fried assorted mushrooms with udon in hot stone bowl
Chicken Teriyaki Onsen Tamago Udon (RM15.90) – we love the egg so much that we just had to order the eggs alone, again…
Hanjuku Tamago (RM2) soft boiled egg with soya sauce
Baked Cheese Curry Udon (RM17.90) – Japanese curry udon with vegetables and cheese, simple fare but so satisfying!
While you are at Manmaru, check out their other non-udon items too. There’s a whole long list on the menu but these are our favourites…
House Salad (RM14.90) vegetables with spicy chicken slices and sesame dressing
Kani Tamago Mentai (RM9.90) – grilled crabmeat omelette with cod roe and mayo. Warning: 1 serving may not be enough!
Ebi Yasai Kakiage (RM5.90) deep-fried baby shrimps with mixed vegetables – divine snack
Ebi Tempura (RM9.90) – who doesn’t like this?
Kamo Carpaccio (RM11.90) smoked duck beast with carpaccio sauce
Soft shell crabs (RM17.90)
Shishamo (RM5.90) grilled smelt, always my favourite!
Ika Teriyaki (RM16.900 – grilled whole plump squid with teriyaki sauce – another favourite lah!
Ika Geso Karaage (RM15.90)… deep-fried squid tentacles, chewy and crunchy
Tori Karaage (RM12.90) deep fried chicken – can’t go wrong with this: everyone’s favourite!
Momo Yakitori (RM9.90) – skewered chicken with green pepper and onions, delicious to the last bite
Takoyaki Balls (RM6.90) deep-fried cuttlefish balls
S-045A, Mid Valley City
Lingkaran Syed Putra
59200 Kuala Lumpur