02 October, 2007

Search for the Best Ramen III


Small Talk: This post is dedicated to my favourite buddy Sharon. Thanks for this birthday treat & fulfilling a wish on my Gastronomic wish List!

After my previous two posts (here and here) on Singapore’s best ramen, many of my friends and readers have came back telling me that I have yet to complete my ramen research till I am done sampling ramen from Sapporo Ramen Miharu and Netsuretsu Ichiban-Tei. Eager to complete my findings, I persuaded my buddy Sharon for a late Sunday lunch at Sapporo Ramen Miharu.

It was said that a good bowl of steaming hot ramen is to be slurped away within 10 minutes – for if it is left too long, the noodles would lose its texture and springy nibble. This is precisely why Miharu does not allow takeaways. Miharu uses fresh Sapporo Nishiyama noodles imported from Hokkaido, which is fatter in texture. Being the first outlet in Singapore - the original shop in Chiba, Japan – the restaurant also made an effort to import stock ingredients from Japan so that their noodles are not localised.

Their popular Miso Tonkotsu is well liked for a reason – the soup broth was rich in flavour from the chicken and pork bones (although I find it a bit oily), and pretty salty – similar to those found in Japan, and the corn and the dash of spring onions was surprisingly delectable. However, the Char Siu was good but not as tender and soft as those from Marutama. I also tried their Gyoza, but I was not overwhelmed with it.

The skin was a tad too dry and many locals would probably find the overpowering taste of the Chives too strong for their liking. Overall, a quality place for ramen especially for the soup broth, but personally I would still prefer the Char Siu and noodles from Marutama.


Food: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Ambience: 4/5
Price: 3.5/5
Total: 15/20
1 Nanson Road
Ground Floor, The Gallery Hotel
Singapore 238909

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