This is my third visit to Wakaba Japanese Noodle Restaurant (若葉日本料理) at Elit Avenue. During this visit, I learned that Wakaba used to operate in Cenang Beach, Langkawi several years ago. However in 2015, the restaurant relocated to Penang and embarked on a journey to specialize in homemade noodles.
previous visit, Wakaba has made incremental changes to its menu. The revised menu still revolves around its signature udon, soba and ramen noodles, which are made fresh in the kitchen. In addition, the menu also includes nabemono (鍋物), donburi (丼), curry rice (カレーライス), sushi (寿司), sashimi (刺身) and set meals (セット).
Kurobuta Toubanyaki (黒豚陶板焼き, RM45.00) is another new dish on the menu. The centerpiece is kurobuta pork, one of the most prized pork selections in Japanese cookbooks. This exquisite pork is taken from Black Berkshire, a unique swine breed from England. Taken from the shoulders, kurobuta pork is very expensive because it has to be specially imported from Spain.
nabemono, the pot is heated by a gas-powered stove. As kurobuta pork is renowned for unusually high fat content, the flesh remains juicy and tender despite being cooked for nearly 10 minutes. As soon as the succulent pork starts to cook, it emits buttery aroma to the immediate surroundings.
sesame version which I tried before, Yuzu Ice Cream (ゆずアイスクリーム, RM4.00) has proven to be very popular. This homemade ice cream is made from yuzu (柚子), a citrus fruit originally grown in East Asia. I love the ice cream's pleasant sweetness and creamy consistency. The ice cream is also littered with occasional bits of yuzu fruit.
localized ones that cut corners when you can enjoy authentic dishes that are prepared by an experienced chef from Japan?
Name: Wakaba Japanese Noodle Restaurant (若葉日本料理)
Address: 1-1-31, Elit Avenue, Jalan Mayang Pasir 3, 11950 Bayan Baru, Pulau Pinang
Business hours: 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm, closed on Mondays
Coordinates: 5.32277 N, 100.28198 E
Directions: Wakaba is located at the western side of Elit Avenue in Bayan Baru. Roadside and garage parking are available.