Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ton Chin Kan Ramen @ Sukhumvit 22, Bangkok

Cuisine: Japanese (ramen / noodle)
Price: THB200 per person without alcohol (what we paid for)
Visited: 9 August 2013
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Value for money: 9/10
Services: 5/10

It has been several years that I am a regular customer at this local brand ramen store called "Ton Chin Kan". Ton Chin Kan is, of course, a place that offers really delicious ramen at the level comparable to those famous Japanese chain such as Ramen Tei. This ramen store is famous for its delicate pork broth base ramen which offers rather dense texture and packed flavour. Though during the past years, the place was encountered with moving of location (4 times as of my knowledge but all in Sukhumvit 22 and 24 areas) from really tiny store to large format and now a more practical size, it still survives the crisis. It has even expanded the second store in Soi Aree which I will review some other time.

The place itself is not large but it does give somewhat comfortable feeling for me. Simple as in typical ramen stores. The open kitchen is right in the middle of the floor. You can watch chefs perform while waiting for your orders.

Ton Chin Kan @ Sukhumvit 22

small but comfortable

can I have all these so tender pork (~.~)

Many dishes of Ton Chin Kan are splendid. But there is one exceptional that I personally like so much that I have to order every single time: Kara Negi Chashu - หมูชาชูต้มกับซอสโชยุและต้นหอมปรุงรส (8/10). It is basically tender pieces of pork belly slice, the same as in ramen, that are seasoned with chopped spring onion and herbs. Fantastic, I have to say. It looks really simple but it tastes just so yummy. However, the taste can be strong for some people though. Highly recommend!!!!!

For ramen, this time we had Shio Ramen - ราเมนซุปใสปรุงรสด้วยเกลือ (6/10) and Tonkotsu Ramen - ราเมนซุปกระดูกหมูข้นปรุงรสด้วยเกลือ (7/10).  Both types use salt as the key ingredient for flavouring. Nevertheless, Tonkotsu Ramen uses pork broth as the base soup to bring up denser texture and natural sweeter flavour of pork. I feel that Shio Ramen is more popular amongst oldies like my parents as it is more refreshing. Whilst, youngsters do tend to go for pork broth base ramen which is rather exciting and fuller on the palate.

Anyway, there are still many other dishes that are nice but we could not review this time. We sure would do next review of Ton Chin Kan at Soi Aree branch to compare. Definitely, we would show different dishes. Well, try it yourself, if you have a chance, to see whether you would agree with me.

Kara Negi Chashu (THB80)

Shio Ramen (THB160)

Tonkotsu Ramen (THB170)

one more closer look

Ton Chin Kan Ramen @ Sukhumvit 22, Bangkok
553 Soi Sukhumvit 22
Sukhumvit Road
Khlong Toey, Wattana
Bangkok 10110

Open Hours: Tue - Sun 11:30am - 02:00pm for lunch and 05:00pm - 11:00pm for dinner
Tel: +66 (0) 81 160 7738, +66 (0) 81 687 7932

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