Udon has been one of my favorite Japanese food so I was feeling pretty excited when I was invited to a food review at Manmaru Homemade Udon, Mid Valley by Ah Bok. This restaurant has a different concept compared to normal Japanese restaurants as they’re implementing self-service concept just like eateries in Japan.
When you enter the restaurant, you will be greeted by the open kitchen where you can see the process of making and preparing udon while you order. There are 10 different varieties of soup base to choose from, and I’m glad to be able to try all of them (scroll to the end of the post for my top picks)!
For first timers, I’ll recommend you to try Kake Udon, the classic soy udon to get a taste of authentic, basic udon. Although the soup is made from soy, but it isn’t too salty.
The most common variants of udon we can get nowadays are Classic (Kake) Udon and Curry Udon so I can make comparisons between the one in Manmaru and other restaurants. Their curry is thick and a little spicier. Upon asking the owner,, he revealed that he added some spices for the extra kick to cater Malaysia’s market.
I actually like Manmaru’s version of Kimchi Udon. Their Kimchi is milder in the sense that it is not too sourish and spicy, just right for my tastebuds.
Talk about fusion, here’s Cream Corn Udon that tastes just like Udon Carbonara! Highly recommended if you’re a Carbonara lover like me. The sweet corn played an important role in giving it sweet and slight salty taste.
Niku Udon is one of the most popular choices and one of my favorite picks too. Udon was served with hot soy based soup with thin sliced beef and spinach. What I love most is the soup that has been infused with beef taste.
Zaru Udon is an all time favorite cold noodle. Not many are able to accept eating cold udon but I can tell you that it’s really not bad at all.
Bukake Udon is cold udon served in thick fish broth base. Suitable for a light meal.
Kamaage Udon is an “Al-dente” style udon with warm kamaage sauce. Recommended f you want to try the texture of freshly homemade udon. After trying it without the sauce, dip it into the bowl of fragrant sesame sauce and enjoy the rest of the udon. Remember, don’t pour the sauce into the bucket!
Udon is to be dipped in heavenly taste of duck gravy. Love the tender meat!
Refreshing udon served with pickled plum. The soup tastes good and light.
I couldn’t contain my excitement upon seeing their Hanjuku Tamago!! It’s my favorite side dish and a must-have! Thumbs up for the perfectly done smooth tamago!!
Besides tamago, don’t forget to try their tempura items too. There’s a vast variety here, all priced between RM 1.50/pcs to RM 3/pcs.
I’ll surely be frequenting this restaurant for the variety of soup base, great taste and also affordable for a basic Japanese meal to satisfy my udon cravings.
Recommendations: Niku Udon, Curry Udon, Kake Udon
Manmaru Homemade Udon
S-045A, Center Court,
Second Floor, Mid Valley Megamall,
Lingkaran Syed Putra,
59200 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 10 am-10 pm
Facebook Page: Manmaru Homemade Udon