Thursday, January 3, 2008

Miharu Sapporo Ramen

Nope, this is not what I had for the new year celebration but a gathering that took place 2 weeks back.

When Michael suggested Miharu for a gathering of ex-colleagues, I was elated. This is, afterall, one of the most famous Japanese ramen shops in Singapore. Marutama fared just alright (for me) and I was eager to make comparisons.

Since it was a working Tuesday, we expected some latecomers. To keep our mouths occupied, we had Gyoza (S$6.00 - 6 pcs). Despite the crisp skin, I thought the pan-fried dumplings tasted rather generic and bland. To enhance the taste, we had it with a soya sauce/chili oil mixture dipping. A more generous pork filling would be appreciated too.

Next up was a cold side dish called Cha Shu Sumiso-Ae (S$7.00 - 4 pcs) which was basically sliced cooked pork drizzled with mustard/miso (fermented soya bean paste) dressing and sprinkled with sesame seeds. The meat was tender and the dressing tasted rather interesting as it combined the sharpness of the mustard and the sweetness of the miso. Sesame seeds added aroma to the dish.

Another side dish that we had was the savoury Manju (S$7.00 - 4 pcs). The skin of this Japanese pancake resembled that of the previous gyoza's, only thinner. I enjoyed the gooey (melted mozzarella-like) texture of the skin. The outer layer was crisp. The filling consisted mainly of chopped chive, which was fresh and aromatic. A much better alternative to the gyoza.

The last side dish for the night was the Kakuni (S$8.00) or boiled pork belly. The rather fat cut was adequately soft but not as good as the ones at Marutama. The soya/mirin sauce was rather sweet. A touch of mustard added edginess to the taste.

The star of the night arrived looking rather appetising with that rich brown broth. The Miso-Tonkotsu Ramen (S$12.50) consisted of Sapporo Nishiyama noodles topped with halved hard-boiled egg, nori (seaweed) sheet, char shu (roasted pork slice), bamboo shoots, scallions, sesame seeds and corn. The flavouring ingredients for the broth included tonkotsu (pork bone) and miso. I enjoyed the al dente ramen, which has a slightly curled structure. The tonkotsu and miso provided the soup with a rich, creamy taste while garlic added aroma. This restaurant also proclaimed that they use the best kelp from Japan as a flavouring ingredient for the broth. As flavourful as it was, I wished the savouriness was kept minimal.

Others had the Tokusen Miso Ramen (S$12.50), which was similar to the Miso-Tonkotsu Ramen. The only major difference was the broth where a special miso paste was used instead.

I have a soft spot for Japanese beer. So, how could I leave without having a pint of Sapporo beer (S$7.50)? I like the smoothness of the body, a very different "lager" altogether. However, I still prefer Asahi.

The bill came up to S$193.62 for 6 pax. Service was pleasant, to say the least.

The menu was quite extensive, as compared to Marutama's. Taste-wise, I prefer Miharu for it's rich broth and springy noodles. I'll be back to sample more ramen. In the meantime, if you know any good Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen shops, please let me know. It's my favourite ramen of all time.

We had so much fun poking at each other while reminiscing those on-job training days in Japan. Let's do this more often, guys!

Miharu Sapporo Ramen
76, Robertson Quay,
#01-11, The Gallery Hotel,
Singapore 238254.
Tel: +65-67338464


"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

wow..i prefer sapporo for being smooth..asahi is rather dry..

the ramen is making me saliva despite finishing dinner..u evil evil man..

Jackson said...

wow... the ramen look so delicious! But the price is rather expensive!

Kenny Mah said...

The Miso-Tonkotsu Ramen looks like something I don't mind snuggling up with one a cold, rainy afternoon... *sleepy Kenny*

~Christine~Leng said...

oo.. Japanese beer.. as nice as German beer? ;P

Big Boys Oven said...

This food look so gorgeous.... but not that cheap eh!

Jason said...

The first few dishes (except the gyoza) looks like Chinese dishes! Heh.

Nic (KHKL) said...

joe: no evil man lar...the broth is such a teaser, right? haha!

jackson: yeah, it's a little expensive but i guess it's difficult to find a good ramen shop these days...once in a while is ok lar..hehe

kenny: oh yes, especially when the broth is warm...throw in a pint of beer too! nice!

christine: i prefer japanese beer cos i think it's smooth and rich...for me, german beer will be good for a fried meat meal! yum...

big boys oven: yupe, definitely not cheap...but i guess the quality is there...not easy to get a good ramen shop..hehe...

jason: my thoughts exactly! haha! that pork belly and gravy will go well with fried rice..oooo, salivating!

Alexander said...

Wow! the food sure looks mouth watering. Wonder photos!

I'll be dying to try them.

Alex's World! -

ai wei said...

definately not a cheap meal. but i would love to try out that manju! dunno where can i get them in kl? next time da bao us some from singapore. k? hehe

Nic (KHKL) said...

alexander: you should try them out the next time you come back to singapore! i would say the quality is there...

ai wei: haha...da bao not good cos it will lau fung (wind flow)..haha! well, do visit singapore and i'll bring you guys there, ok? :)

tigerfish said... ramen in thick rich broth. Thanks for the recommendations. Maybe I can try when I'm in Singapore.

I only tried Ramen Ramen's (Bukit Timah) ramen before.