In recent years, the Jakarta food scene has seen an influx of ramen chains. Outside Little Tokyo in Blok M in South Jakarta, The Jakarta Post Travel has selected four ramen chains that serve up this delicious broth. Menya Sakura Menya, which means noodle restaurant in Japanese, started from a humble small nine-seat restaurant in Nagoya, Japan. It is this authentic Nagoya ramen that this restaurant serves. The restaurant on the 2nd floor of Lotte Shopping Avenue, Ciputra World opened in November last year. It is its 11th branch and the first outside Japan. If you love a dense, strong broth, you will love it here. You can taste the pork just by sipping the broth. According to restaurant manager Kentaro Takano, it takes several days to make the broth, which is made with the original Japanese ingredients. To match the dense broth, Menya Sakura’s noodles are thicker than other ramen joints. Their specialty is the tsuke-men, which is chicken and fish. With a starting price of Rp 65,000 (US$5.46), it is the most popular dish in Nagoya. While in Jakarta, the tonkatsu ramen and tonkatsu carshu men are the customers’ top choices. Hokkaido Ramen Santouka Santouka literally means volcano in Japanese. This restaurant, originally from Hokkaido, Japan, now has two branches in Jakarta: One in Plaza Indonesia, Central Jakarta, and the other in Mall Kelapa Gading 3, North Jakarta. This ramen house is proud of its authentic ramen from Hokkaido, although it is more expensive than other ramen houses. “We have not changed any of our recipes. All Santouka’s restaurants — in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and other countries — are the same as in Japan,” said operation manager Afrizal. Their signature dishes are the shio ramen, which is slightly salty, and the shoyu Ramen, which is a mixture of pork broth and soy sauce with dried seaweed. You should also try the miso ramen, which has a rich soybean taste, and the karamiso ramen if you love a bit spice. These dishes start at Rp 73,000. Other than ramen, Santouka's side dishes are delicious, try the pork aburi char siu, roasted pork cheeks, pork gyoza and char siu pao. Ikkudo Ichi Ikkudo Ichi is one of the first ramen restaurants in Jakarta to adjust its dishes to suit Indonesian taste. While other ramen houses in Jakarta offer mostly pork, Ikkudo has the tori kara as one of their signature menu. It tastes lighter than the pork ramen, which makes you want to eat more. The restaurant has several branches including at Pantai Indah Kapuk and Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta; Puri Indah and Centrak Park Mall in West Jakarta; Grand Indonesia in Central Jakarta; and Flavor Bliss Alam Sutera in South Tangerang. Hakata Ikkousha The original restaurant is from Fukkuoka, Japan, opened in Jakarta in 2011. Now the brand has chains in Pantai Indah Kapuk and Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta, Senayan City in South Jakarta and Gading Serpong in South Tangerang. Each branch has its own Japanese in house chef who will prepare your order “the Japanese way”. A bowl of ramen starts from Rp 62,000. Like other ramen houses, Ikkousha serves pork and chicken ramen, which are equally delicious. The additional spicy minced meat in the tamtam ramen adds an extra soul to the already delicious broth. Another great thing about this ramen house is that you can choose the type of noodles; small, big, curly, or the Japanese thick noodle.