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Singapore - 2 Ramen Places in Orchard Road/Scotts Road area

klyeoh | Jan 30, 201207:30 AM

Not much luck with my chpice of meal places today - tried two ramen places, found both to be quite standard "mall eateries".

1st stop: Tokyo-based Marukin Ramen opens its first Singapore outlet here, but opted to serve their Hakata-style ramen (thicker/fatter than the ones we're used to) in Muslim-friendly "halal" chicken broth. No pork served in this outlet - rice dishes also come with chicken topping, and the ramen noodles all come with braised chicken (which tasted horribly plasticky and overcooked to me). The potato salad was okay - nothing I can't rustle up myself at home. Miso ramen had the awful chicken pieces on top which I promptly removed and put aside. Sticky, thick soup which were flavorsome, but not the pork tonkotsu taste which I looked for. Not in a hurry to come back here again.

2nd stop: This time, it's Aoba Hokkaido Ramen in ION Orchard. Not really sure if it's related to the old Asahikawa-based Aoba Ramen House. Served various types of ramen, including the ubiquitous Hokkaido-style ramen with corn kernels and slabs of cold butter atop hot noodles in soup. I opted for the miso chashu ramen, in order to compare to Marukin Ramen. In this case, Aoba's pork-based soup was lighter and superior tasting. Ramen noodles were also thinner. Sides of tsukune (minced pork) on skewers were tasty, whilst the agedashi tofu had the requisite texture/taste. Overall, a pretty average bowl of noodles & side-orders. Nothing I'd really go out of my way for.

Address details
Marukin Ramen
6 Scotts Road
#B1-11/12 Scotts Square
Singapore 228238
Tel: +65 6636 3468

Aoba Hokkaido Ramen
2 Orchard Turn
#B3-25 ION Orchard
Singapore 238801
Tel: +65 6509 9394

Marukin Ramen
6 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228209, SG

Aoba Hokkaido Ramen
2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, SG

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