Since October last year, I've decided to go out and try out more Japanese Restaurants in Singapore. Coincidentally, there is an ongoing boom in Japanese Restaurants. Within the past half a year or so, there should be at least 50 new restaurants that had opened. Personally, I think I have tried about 50 restaurants myself.
Miharu (Gallery Hotel) - Hokkaido ramen: Tokusei (special) Tonkotsu Miso & Tonkotsu Miso flavors
Ichiban Tei (Robertson Quay) - Hokkaido ramen: Tonkotsu Miso flavor
Marutama (Central) - No idea (chicken based soup): Basic, Karashi, & Tokusen Aka (red) flavor
Santouka (Central) - Hokkaido [Asahikawa] ramen: Tonkotsu Kara (hot) Miso flavor
Bishamon (Bugis Junction) - Hokkaido ramen: Tokusei (special) Tonkotsu Miso flavor
Yoshimaru (Holland Village) - Kyuusyu ramen: Tonkotsu flavor
Baiohken (North Canal) - Hokkaido [Asahikawa] ramen: Syoyuu flavor + extra Chasyuu
Menya Manpei (Iluma) - Hokkaido ramen: Tonkotsu Miso flavor
Notice that most ramen shops in Singapore are of the Hokkaido version. I wonder why this is so. While it is true that Hokkaido is Ramen Country, I would have thought that ramen from warmer parts of Japan would be more of more easy sell to tropical tounges.
Shigemi Kawahara is better known in Japan as the King of Ramen: the restaurateur and chef is the only person to have won, three times in a row, a nation-wide competition testing the skills of ramen experts.
Singapore, April 18, 2009
Ippudo (Mandarin Gallery) - to open in October
Menya Kaiko (ION) - hope chef sticks around
Aoba (ION) - before the chef returns to Japan!
Noodle House Ken (Cuppage)
Menya Shinchan (Robertson Quay)
Tanpopo (Liang Court)
Ohsho (Cuppage) - although I heard their Cyahan is better than the ramen...
My current favorite ranking:
Noodle overall: Marutama (I am not really partial to Hokkaido style noodle)
Tonkotsu Miso: Bishamon
Tonkotsu Syoyuu: Baiohken
Gyouza: Miharu (only tried at few shops)