I like ramen noodles, it makes for an efficient meal, quick, filling, and tasty. I certainly don’t eat ramen frequently enough to distinguish subtle differences in tastes, but I’d like to believe I can, at least, tell when a bowl of ramen does not suck.
Fuji Expert Noodle is yet another Tainan’s successful food joint, branched out in its neighboring bigger city. Like the name says, the noodle master comes from the Japanese city Fuji, and when coming back to Taiwan in 1998, he opened his first ramen joint in Tainan, followed by two other branches in the same city, and finally also opening in Kaohsiung.
When you enter, the space feels pretty small, but there’s also seating upstairs. In the open kitchen, you can see some huge pots where they cook the broth, well, I didn’t peek into it, but I doubt it’s there as props.
Ordering is pretty straightforward, menus have English translations, and ordering sheets (just in Chinese), are present on each tables, so you just check whatever entices you. I usually just get one of their six choices (kimchi, soy sauce, miso, sesame, pork, kyushu) of ramen, small cold dishes are also available, but I’ve never bothered with them. If hungrier than usual, don’t forget to check the second row from the right, 加麵, for complimentary extra noodles.
When all is checked, go to the counter and pay first, needless to say, there’s no service charge.
I’ve had the soy sauce and miso ramen, which did not disappoint since I finished the broth. On my last visit, I thought I’d kick it up a notch with the spicy-from-hell Kyushu ramen, though I doubt spiciness is an authentic trait of Kyushu-style ramen, and quickly regretted my choice upon the first sip of broth. Not that it tasted bad, but with all my taste sensors numbed out from the spiciness, it made it hard to enjoy the broth, one of the main element of a bowl of ramen. I am a huge fan of hot-spicy food, but since then, I’ve realized that Japanese ramen and spicy are just a match made in hell! I won’t fool myself again, or at least get a spicy-level below medium. As for the noodles, they have consistently turned out with a good texture, a good bite and not mush, mmmhh, is there a Japanese equivalent to the Italian word “al-dente”?1
All in all, for a good bowl of ramen with not too much frills, Fuji Expert Noodle should not disappoint.
1 Though if you’re really serious about noodles, I’ll suggest checking out the Lanzhou hand-pulled noodle style at Yao Lanzhou Noodle House 姚家蘭州麵.
Name: Fuji Expert Noodle 富士達人
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Address: No. 472-1, Zhōngshān 2nd Rd, Xinxing District Kaohsiung City (高雄市新興區中山二路472-1號)
Price: 140-170 NT for a bowl of ramen
Atmosphere: chill place
Reservations available? Yes