Durian Ramen Bowl: A Malaysian Restaurant’s Adventurous Take on Fusion Cuisine

by Ronette Tibay
Photos from Menya Shi Shi Do
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Malaysians once again showcased creativity with another ramen variation following the controversial, Croissant Ramen. The mastermind? A ramen place in Petaling Jaya, Menya Shi Shi Do!

A quirky combination almost no one could’ve thought – Ramen and Durian, caused the rage of divided opinions from ramen lovers and spectators. Durian Ramen is a limited dish offering ramen placed in a durian shell, with a piece of durian on top.

Photos from Menya Shi Shi Do

Photos from Menya Shi Shi Do

Some praised the boldness of Menya Shi Shi Do for pushing culinary boundaries, while others were skeptical of its taste quality. They argued that the creamy and pungent nature of durian could potentially complement the savory broth and noodles of the ramen while critics believed that the overpowering aroma and distinct flavor profile of durian could overpower the other ingredients.

But as news of the Durian Ramen spread like wildfire through social media and food blogs, lines began to form outside Menya Shi Shi Do. Content creators who tried the dish had some promising remarks, saying that it does not taste bad and the ramen soup has a thicker, and slightly sweeter flavor.

And recently, the ramen place announced that they will be limiting the orders of Durian Ramen to only 20 bowls per day, as it is difficult to find suppliers. “We’re having a hard time finding a supplier and also it’s not easy for us to cut and standby, we got a lot more orders than we expected so we decided to sell 20 bowls a day only, Hope you Understand Us,” it states in a Facebook Post.

This is not the first time Menya Shi Shi Do made headlines because of its bizarre takes on Ramen. Just last April, the ramen place introduced Boba Cold Tsukemen, a soup with a harmonious blend of the place’s renowned Signature Tonkotsu soup infused with the richness of Milk Tea and our special Boba recipe topped with Wild Rocket leaf, Japanese Cucumber Strips, zesty Lemon, fragrant Ohba Leaf, succulent Charshu Strips, a perfectly cooked Egg, delightful Strawberry, and of course, our unique Boba.

Menya Shi Shi Do’s Boba Cold Tsukemen Bowl. Photo by Menya Shi Shi Do

Menya Shi Shi Do’s Boba Cold Tsukemen Bowl. Photo by Menya Shi Shi Do

The ramen place is also the brainchild of the controversial Croissant Ramen, born from the fusion of two beloved culinary traditions: France’s iconic croissant and Japan’s renowned ramen. A delish blen od Black Garlic Curry Soup, tender Char siew slices, and a delightful assortment of toppings, including Brown Shimeji mushrooms, Bean sprouts, Cabbage, Egg, all served atop a buttery croissant.

Menya Shi Shi Do’s Croissant Ramen Bowl. Photo by Menya Shi Shi Do

Menya Shi Shi Do’s Croissant Ramen Bowl. Photo by Menya Shi Shi Do

But the craze of bizarre ramen variations started with the Chocolate Ramen which has already become a phenomenon in Tokyo during Valentine’s Day. It combines the rich, sweetness of chocolate with the savory elements of ramen, creating a contrast that can be both intriguing and indulgent.

                                                     

Menya Shi Shi Do’s Chocolate Ramen Bowl. Photo by Menya Shi Shi Do

Menya Shi Shi Do’s Chocolate Ramen Bowl. Photo by Menya Shi Shi Do

It’s time to take on an adventurous gastro-journey and visit Menya Shi Shi Do. No need for any reservations and try its limited Durian Ramen by visiting their website here.

Have you tried any other bizarre food combinations? Share them the comments section below!

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