The first time I went to Kinton Ramen was one year ago in the summertime. I remember that it was a Friday night, and despite the claims that you usually have to wait up to 30 minutes for a table, my friend and I were seated within 2 minutes of walking in. We were very lucky that time (probably unheard of to not have to wait) and I’ll always remember the first time we ordered ramen and slurped the delicious noodles under a very hot and humid evening. I chose the cheese noodles and I shared the tofu nuggets with my friend. The cheese noodles was a bowl of ramen noodles covered under a huge mountain of mozzerella cheese which melted immediately as you dig into the bowl from the hot soup. The tofu nuggets were unexpectedly delicious — it was a little hard on the outside shell and the inside tofu was soft and flavourful.
Fast forward a year from that first encounter with Kinton and I visited the establishment again a few days ago. This time, a few friends and I stopped by on Sunday and during lunchtime; around 1 p.m. and the place was packed. We left our name with the patient guy and were called around 20 minutes later. The place wasn’t as hot as I remembered the last time I was there and unfortunately, the noodles also weren’t as good as I remembered them to be.
This time, I chose to try the Shoyu Ramen. It included a seasoned egg and nori on the side which I had always wanted to try but wasn’t able to since the cheese ramen didn’t have it. The noodles were harder than I liked and the soup base was also so-so. The pork belly also wasn’t soft or tender. The seasoned egg was very good and perfectly soft and gooey on the inside.
I ordered the tofu nuggets again to share and they were just as good as the first time I had them. Mandy who had the cheese ramen this time said the tofu nuggets redeemed the restaurant for her as she also was a little disappointed with the ramen. My two other friends also found the noodles a little subpar. I guess I won’t be visiting this ramen place too soon in the future anymore. I did enjoy watching the cooks flame the pork bellies and shoulders and put on a show when they were making the noodles. It was nice to get a seat right in front of the kitchen. 🙂