Friday, 24 January 2014

【Penang Restaurant】Okonomiyaki + Ramen = Okomen | Queensbay Mall Penang

Queensbay Mall Okomen
Okomen at Queensbay Mall


When talking about okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake), most local people will treat it as a side dish. However, this does not apply in Japan. Okonomiyaki is actually a main dish for Japanese.

Okomen is the first Japanese restaurant that serve okonomiyaki as a main dish in Malaysia. The name 'Okomen' is the combination of 'Okonomiyaki' and 'Ramen'. The prices of Okomen's food is a bit higher compare to the food in regular Japanese restaurant, but it is still reasonable. Okomen pays very high attention to the quality of foods and they make sure it is good for customers health. Besides, they also try to make the foods taste as original as possible. As for the chefs, they have undergo some strict and professional training.

Queensbay Mall Okomen

The first thing that attracted my attention is this Japan's night view wallpaper. There are two Japan night view wallpapers in the restaurant and this one is the Osaka night view.

Queensbay Mall Okomen
Queensbay Mall Okomen

While waiting for the food, it is not a bad idea to enjoy yourself with the beautiful night view of Japan.

Queensbay Mall Okomen

If you wish to have some private space, you can have your meal at the inner part of the restaurant.

Queensbay Mall Okomen

Green Tea - RM1.80

Okonomiyaki and ramen are considered the heavy foods, so most people will prefer to order green tea as their drink.

Queensbay Mall Okomen
Queensbay Mall Okomen

Pork Oko - RM16.80 (chef recommended)

Honestly, this pork oko does not just taste nice but it's appearance has also earned my compliment. The pancake is pretty soft and you don't have to chew much before swallow it.

Queensbay Mall Okomen
Queensbay Mall Okomen

Mochi & Chess Oko - RM18.80

Another nice looking okonomiyaki. This okonomiyaki is mainly made of mochi and cheese, it is most suitable to serve those who likes mochi and cheese. When slicing off the okonomiyaki, cheese can be seen sticking on the okonomiyaki, just like when we are slicing off pizza.

Queensbay Mall Okomen
Queensbay Mall Okomen
Queensbay Mall Okomen
Queensbay Mall Okomen

Seafood Modanyaki - RM26.80

Upon serving, the shavings of smoked bonito is put separately in a small bowl. Customer is then add in the shavings of smoked bonito onto the okonomiyaki according to the customer's preference. Beside seafood alone, this modanyaki also has vegetables being mixed inside.

Queensbay Mall Okomen
Queensbay Mall Okomen

Pork Omu Soba - RM16.80

The fact is, omu soba is actually one of the family members of okonomiyaki. Without omu soba, the okonomiyaki family cant be said complete. Though the pattaya fried rice (fried rice wrap with egg) has always been my favourite, yet this is the first time I have tried fried noodles wrap with egg. The taste of this pork omu soba didn't let me down even a bit and what's more is it is even nicer that many pattaya fried rice.

Queensbay Mall Okomen
Queensbay Mall Okomen

Buta O Nankotsu Ramen - RM20.80 (chef recommended)

The Buta O (pork flavoured soup) is Okomen's 'source of life'. The soup is boiled over 18 hours which makes it's flavour and fragrance incomparable. Most importantly, the soup is 100% without Ajinomoto. Therefore, it is a healthy food indeed.

Note : The original Buta O Nankotsu Ramen is without egg, the egg in the photo is for photography purpose.

Queensbay Mall Okomen
Queensbay Mall Okomen

Gekara Cha Shu Ramen - RM18.80

The Buta O soup, cook with a special kind of miso and selected spices, dazzling your eyes become excited soup base! The secret sauce in the soup, is developed from sesame oil into spicy flavoured sauce. This spicy sauce, mixed with cooked miso soup, creating different layers of flavours.

Note : The original Gekara Cha Shu Ramen is without egg, the egg in the photo is for photography purpose.

Queensbay Mall Okomen
Queensbay Mall Okomen

Aka Oni Tontoro Ramen - RM20.80

Upon the Buta O soup, season with aromatic red miso, which become the original Aka Oni soup. In the secret of red miso, flavour with red and black fragrance oil, is another secret from Okomen red source, and then it is carefully mixed with the fresh vegetables of the day.

There are five toppings available for these ramen, the toppings and the prices are as follow :

Tamago Ramen - RM15.80
Cha Shu Ramen - RM18.80
Taro Ramen - RM18.80
Tontoro Ramen - RM20.80
Nankotsu Ramen - 20.80
Special Ramen - RM25.80

The supervisor recommend us the tontoro and nankotsu ramen. She said that each pig has only 300 grams of tontoro, so it is very valuable. If you wish to try all the four types of meat, you can order special ramen.

Queensbay Mall Okomen
Queensbay Mall Okomen

Unagi Hot Stone Rice - RM24.80 (chef recommended)

Beside offering okonoiyaki and ramen, Okomen also offers rice. As for this unagi hot stone rice, there is only one thing I want to say. That is, for those who like to eat unagi, you will definitely love it! And for those who don't usually eat unagi, you should try this once and you will love unagi afterwards! This unagi hot stone rice comes with soup.

The following are side dishes and ala carte.

Queensbay Mall Okomen

Gyoza (5 pcs) - RM12.80 (chef recommended)

Queensbay Mall Okomen
Queensbay Mall Okomen

Fried Gobo - RM9.80

Queensbay Mall Okomen

Soft Shell Crab - RM26.80

Queensbay Mall Okomen

Mentai Mayo Takoyaki - RM14.80

This is my second time attending a food review, please pardon me bad writeup.

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Address
Queensbay Mall, 100, Pesiaran Bayan Indah, 11900, Bayan Lepas, Penang.

Business Hour
11AM - 10PM, opened daily

Contact
604 - 646 8828

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This post was originally written on 24th December 2013

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