UPDATE (25/01/2015): The eatery has closed down.
Yayyy, this entry marks the beginning of Hong Kong food reviews! I hope you're not going to throw shoes at me for not reviewing dim sum or something for a start, but anyway, I just want to begin with the first outside school eatery I visited in HK. HKUST canteen food reviews will come at a much later date since I still have to explore the mind-blowing variation of food here.
Hey, where's the ramen? Don't worry, there'll be one after the fried dumplings and the fried rice! Anyway, I dined at the Times Square branch which happens to be the first Ganpachi Ramen branch in HK, established in 2003. Oh, I ordered everything with the name Ganpachi attached :P
Ganpachi Dumplings (6 pcs) HK$27.00 (~S$4.50)
Affectionately known as gyoza, the dumplings were pretty delicious. I love the contrast between the slightly crunchy skin and the tender, juicy pork inside. The black vinegar dipping sauce had the appropriate degree of sourness. Good news: the dumplings weren't too oily.
Ganpachi Fried Rice (Large) HK$59.00 (~S$9.80)
I love the fried rice as it was cooked till fluffy without being too soft. While the dish only had humble ingredients, such as eggs and carrots, it was really scrumptious with the right balance of flavour, spread evenly into each grain of the enjoyable, sticky Japanese rice.
Ganpachi Ramen (Soy Sauce Tonkotsu) HK$54.00 (~S$9.00)
Not to be confused with tonkatsu (Japanese breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet), tonkotsu refers to pork bones which were used to prepare the cloudy broth from the collagen of the bones. While the broth didn't exactly have the creamy consistency that I was looking for, it was really hearty. The thinly sliced chashu (Japanese sliced pork belly), was tender. Another plus point would be the fact that lots of vegetables were thrown into the bowl.
Cold Green Tea FOC
A cup of cold green tea was given for free to each individual. It was a bit diluted, and it'd be great if they prepared it warm, but well, no complains on free stuff! Pika's advice: You can ask them to top up the tea!
The eatery is located within a food court. It has very few seats at the side of the stall. Yup, nothing to talk about ambience and service. Oh, I'd like to try their roasted pork rice ball next time.
1 Matheson Street
Shop 103G, B1/F Times Square
(Daily: 10.30am - 10.00pm)
*Prices quoted are nett prices.
Have a nice meal,