Santouka Ramen

10 04 2010

In sooth, there’s not a single place in Singapore whose ramen I can confidently say is perfect. Nothing even comes close, but that was before I visited Ramen Santouka. Occupying a rather small premise that houses around 25 people at most, a snaking queue at meal times is not uncommon.

3 of us(S, K and myself) had the Combination Set Meals which came with a choice of Small Ramen(add $1 for a regular bowl), Small Rice Bowl and Salad. The salad was not worth mention so I shall skip it. 4 types of tonkotsu ramen stock are served here, namely Miso, Shoyu(Soy Sauce), Shio(Salt) and Spicy Miso.

I had the Regular Sized Shoyu Ramen with Curry Rice Bowl($18.50++). First, the tonkotsu stock taste test. It was Legen…wait for it…Dary! Undoubtly the best tonkotsu stock I have had in Singapore. The ramen was QQ too but still had some room for improvement. The bamboo shoots added a nice crunch and now comes the best part, the melt in your mouth Chashu! Most succulent Chashu I have had in any ramen. I can die without regrets now…swoonz

I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish it but how could I not order the Curry Rice after hearing vivid details of the ones at Curry Favor from E a few days back? Then again, Curry Rice from a Ramen Shop? Don’t you be expecting too much…

K had the Regular Miso Ramen with Grilled Salmon & Salmon Roe Rice Bowl($20.50++). The Miso Ramen looked exactly like my Shoyu one but with an evidently richer taste from the Miso. Anyway, I shall share with you my dummies guide of telling apart Shoyu from Miso Stock. Apart from the richer taste, Miso also tends to stick to your throat while Shoyu stock doesn’t.

For the Salmon Rice Bowl, the Grilled Salmon was utterly dry and tasteless. Don’t let the pictures fool you, I’m just a great photographer :p


S had the Regular Sized Spicy Miso Ramen with Natto(Fermented Soy Bean) Rice Bowl Set($18.50++). I thought that the spiciness didn’t complement the stock at all. It killed off the stock’s flavourful taste and together with the Miso, proved to be very choking(for me at least). Unless you are a true blue chili eater, I suggest sticking to the non-spicy stocks.

I love all Japanese food, or at least I thought I did till I encountered Natto today. Why would anyone eat it? It’s bitter and slimy and looks like cockroach eggs! Ok i sound super unobjective but seriously eeewwww…

Despite the substandard rice bowls, I think Santouka serves possibly the best ramen in Singapore but just to make sure…next stop – Nantsuttei @ Millenia Walk!






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