Butao Ramen on Wellington Street in Central

Posted: January 28, 2015 in lunch
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Japanese Ramen in the Central District of Hong Kong.  Butao is located beside Cali-Mex and it would be ideal if you plan ahead and arrive before the lunch time rush of office workers.  There are 5 different varieties of soup base as found below.  You get to customize it to your taste buds.  I can’t tell the difference between thin and thick noodles, we ordered one with each and both types looked identical to me.  The broth is rich, to the point it makes your lips sticky after ingesting.  Part 1 of the order sheet has everything you need except the egg option.  Everything in Part 2 is additional portions of those found in Part 1.

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Butao, menu options

Meat Options – pork belly or pork butt.  I would go with the pork butt so you don’t ingest large amounts of pork fat.  I would imagine the pork belly to be rich and quite tasty.

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Butao, pork butt

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Butao, pork belly

This is the $17 add-on Marinated Japanese Egg.  It’s a cooked soft boil egg.  I rather eat a tea egg for $3.

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Butao, $17 marinated japanese egg

It’s a hearty meal for a cold day.  $100 per person.  It’s not bad for $100 as I have had a lot worse for the same price.  Japanese food has a large following in HK.  HK style soup noodle joints cost $20/bowl so a bowl of ramen is worth 5 bowls of HK style noodles.  I’ll take HK style noodles at the lower price point over ramen any day of the week.

  1. bluebalu says:

    I’m with you – I don’t get why ramen in HK has to cost at least 80$-100$ when other soups (Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese) are often sold for the half the price. Aren’t the ingredients similar and most cuisines involve a lengthy cooking process?!

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