Eat your way to Japan in central Aalborg: Sanwe Ramen impresses
Can you find authentic Japanese ramen in Aalborg?
The answer is yes – or hai in Japanese. A new ramen restaurant opened two weeks ago, close to Tyren (the bull), right across from Netto on Vesterago.
We have dropped by Sanwe Ramen and tasted three of their ramen, combined with various starters.
And our judgement was unanimous: It is impressively delicious.
Japan inspires both the food and the restaurants’ cozy decor.
Tonkotsu, Wantan and Shio
Ramen is a large bowl of intense soup, filled with meat, egg, fresh vegetables and herbs – typically kimchi (fermented cabbage), mushrooms, spring onions, bean sprouts and wanton (small dumplings). And of course ramen noodles made with wheat flour.
The slowly simmered soup gives a deep umami taste. The handmade noodles and filling provide richness for the eyes, mouth and belly.
We tried out three different ramen dishes.
Tonkotsu is based on a light creamy pork bone broth with large slices of tender pork, mushrooms, pearl onion, garlic oil, egg and spring onions. It is the most classic type of ramen in Japan.
Wantan and Shio are both based on a solid chicken soup, each with a different array of fillings – including small soft dumplings and a separate bowl of crispy fried chicken strips that can be dipped in or added to the soup.
The Japanese starters are also a must-try.
Wakame-seaweed salad, edamame and the spicy kimchi in chilli give a lovely fresh kick.
The crisp tempura tiger prawns, steamed dumplings and fried gyoza (dumplings) are delightfully filling and can make up a lunch-time meal of their own, when you just want a little bite.
And then there is Bao. The classic Asian “sandwich” made on a steamed bun with roast pork, pickles, peanuts and hoisin sauce. Hai, hai. Try it.
Japanese folk food with Chinese roots
Ramen noodles originate in China, but were incorporated into the Japanese kitchen in the 1800s, and have since become a national dish.
Experts in ramen noodles
The married couple, Haiying Yang and Weihe, opened Sanwe Ramen because they felt that there was a lack of authentic ramen on offer in Aalborg.
Both have extensive experience in the restaurant branch in China, and Haiying Yang is educated as a ramen chef, so they are a little bit of a specialist in the field.
The noodles are made from scratch and are always fresh.
Look forward to a bite of Japan when you head to Sanwe Ramen on Vesterbro to enjoy a meal.
A portion of ramen costs between 105 kr. and 120 kr.
Sanwe Ramen embodies authentic food culture.
Read our article on San We Ramen from their opening day here.
What: Sandwe Ramen, new Japanese restaurant
Where: Vesterbro 74
When: Open every day 13.00-20.45