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It’s all about chicken at this small 20-seater ramen shop in Wan Chai, with intensely rich soup bases requiring ten hours of cooking with chicken bones and a variety of vegetables and seaweed; the familiar aroma of ramen permeates through the air, and is evident as soon as you walk into the shop. Not unlike the ramen shops found dotted along the streets of Tokyo, space is a premium, and so, seating is slightly cramped throughout the restaurant, with some bar seating facing the open kitchen area available for diners to enjoy their meals – this is not a place to linger for hours. Bowls of ramen start at HK$76 each, using an array of ingredients imported from Japan, and go up to HK$124 for more premium selections. Diners are given the option to customise their noodles from the flavour intensity of the broth (there’s also an umami-packed spicy version) to how well you want your ramen done, and additional toppings are available at an extra cost. Fresh stalks of sweet asparagus come with each bowl of noodles, which is a nice and unconventional touch. Torihana Tei is particularly popular at lunch time with nearby office workers looking for a quick and easy lunch, and although there are no desserts on offer here, a popular Italian gelato joint is just a stone’s throw away if you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth.