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Ramen fans, good news!

A new ramen place is in town!
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Jimoto Ya, the new ramen kid on the block will excite your taste buds with a new ramen broth- sweet prawn (amaebi) + pork bone!
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Expect to savour a bowl of springy noodles in a super flavorful and aromatic prawn broth that will be kept warm throughout the meal due to the layer of ebi oil on top.
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Instead of cha shu, the ramen will be accompanied by minced meat that has been fried in its own fat and a perfectly cooked Japanese onsen egg.
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Featured: Shio (white bowl), Curry (black bowl) and Miso Ebi Ramen (red bowl)
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Where to find this?
Jimoto Ya @jimotoya
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3 Pickering Street, Nankin Row L1-44, S048660
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Mon to Sat: 11.30am to 10pm; Sun: Closed
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S$16.50++ (ala carte), S$19++ (ramen+side+tea)

Using a blend of japanese sweet prawns and pork bone, the broth base is thick, sweet and robust in flavour, and gives the sticky gleam of gelatin on one's lips as one slurps the broth.

Adding soya sauce seasoning to it gives this delish shoyu ramen (pictured). Simmered in it is the hokkaido-styled ramen that is springy and delightful with each bite.
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What's notable is that this bowl of goodness stays warm throughout my meal, due to the layer of oil however that also adds flavour to the broth.
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Created by the Chef Mieda of Michelin-starred Kaiseki restaurant, it officially launches on 27 March.
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Thank you @jimotoyasg for hosting us and @justinfoodprints for extending the soft launch tasting invite to me. Great company, great food!
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Pictured: Ebi Shoyu Ramen $16.50 ala-carte / $19.50 set (comes with side & tea)
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🍜Jimoto Ya
3 Pickering St, Nanking Row #01-44/45
Singapore 048660
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Created by Chef Mieda of Michelin-starred Kaiseki restaurant, not only does Jimoto Ya serve up deletable ramen, they also keep firm to not adding charsiew/bamboo shoots and just focusing on the ramen though minced meat is served in the bowl too.

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Uncommon in Singapore, they use a unique blend of japanese sweet prawns and pork bone broths for the ramen. The prawn flavour, reminiscent to that in local prawn noodles, stays strong and evident such as the shio ramen I had as only salt is added to the broth base, thus retaining the full prawn flavour. I'll recommend this to the first timers here.
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Thank you @jimotoyasg for hosting us and @justinfoodprints for extending the soft launch tasting invite to me. Great company, great food!
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Pictured: Ebi Shio Ramen $16.50 ala-carte / $19.50 set (comes with side & tea)
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🍜Jimoto Ya
3 Pickering St, Nanking Row #01-44/45
Singapore 048660
(Official launch on 27 March 2017)
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French dining and wine bar with a good selection of rare fine wines said to be found only here πŸ‘‰ click active link in bio for full review.

Have a wonderful day my dears πŸ’‹

The Beef Bourguignon was lovely and dainty - red wine braised tender beef rolled up artfully, served with mashed potato and vegetables. Flavour was not too heavy like the usual French dishes - it was lovely, and easy on both teeth and palate.

Corn Croquette

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The dark horse at tonight's tasting was the corn croquette. It was initially ignored in favour of the more glamorous looking dishes when it arrived at our table. But once we took a bite of the croquette, all of us were wide-eyed with awe at how good it was.
The deepfried battered coating was light, crunchy and amazingly grease-free, while the filling was ultra smooth and creamy with a subtle sweetness. Nestled in there were a few golden-yellow corn kernels that further enhanced the sweetness.
Regardless of the ebi or sweet prawn-based ramen you decide on, this is a side dish you should not miss.

"Ebi-body's prawn to talk about that base." πŸ¦πŸ¦πŸ¦πŸ˜†

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Sorry for the bad puns (I couldn't resist 😜) but seriously, the star at Jimoto-Ya is the sweet prawn-based stock. With the exception of the cold noodles, it is the foundation from which all their bowls of ramen rise.
They've got a unique process in-house to ensure every bowl tastes the same at any time of the day or night: they actually have two pots of stock. One contains the prawn based one and the other, the pork. Whenever an order comes through to the kitchen, many things happen simultaneously. As the ramen is being cooked, the two stocks are scooped out in the correct ratio for that particular order and brought together to a boil before vegetables are thrown in. Then into that goes the cooked ramen for a quick simmer before the dish is ready to be served.
I chose the Ebi Shoyu tonight and loved its robust flavours. Those of you who like a lighter taste may find it a bit salty, so the Ebi Shio would be a better choice then. Don't panic about the layer of oil in the bowl. It's made with ebi and besides giving the ramen intense umami-ness, it helps to keep everything hot for longer.
The noodles are springy, which suit the liveliness of the soup well. And I found the sweetness of the cabbage welcoming. Last but not least, the egg was perfectly done with an almost-liquid gold yolk.

Ebi Shio

Ramen Set A/B comes with your choice of Ramen, deep fried chicken/ white prawn tempura, and house tea for $19.50.

The white prawn tempura was surprisingly good with light batter embedding the very crunchy juicy prawn.

No char siu but loads of sweet, chunky minced meat with thicker noodles, ajitama and I actually liked how crunchy cabbage was used, giving a break from the robust flavours. Pretty damn good, rich broth of amaebi/ tonkotsu blend; with the ebi shio bringing out the intense flavours much better than the miso. Go for the ebi shio for a guaranteed Umami party! Very enjoyable bowl but my only gripe is that it was too salty - left us thirsty for quite awhile.

Jimoto-Yaaaaa

$19.50 for the ramen + kaarage + tea set

Had the ebi shio ramen. The broth was intense. According to one of my friends it tastes like a toned down version of the lobster ramen so it isn't that jelat (which I've never had, so I can't really comment). I thought it was basically just an amped up prawn mee.

There was cabbage, some minced pork and the egg in the ramen. No char siew. Get your meat fix from the kaarage or tempura (which were really good!)

They mentioned that today was their fourth day of operations - business was brisk but it wasn't full house - so maybe go soon before the queues start building!

[New Restaurant by Michelin Starred Chef Mieda] Amaebi Shio Ramen ($16.50).

This restaurant hasn't been officially launched, but be prepared that I'll rave about this. I love prawn noodles, tasted many famous ones in Singapore, and this has the most robust soup I've tasted.
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The clear soup was intense in its prawn taste, made by boiling premium amaebi heads in stock before crushing all of them to fully extract every umami juices out from them. The result was clear, *PIPING HOT*, prawn broth so strong and sharp that I wonder how many prawns went into boiling each bowl.
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Even though no char siu was added, I respect that they held firmly to Chef Mieda's view that char siu distorts the taste of the soup and do not go well with prawn broth. The minced meat aren't shabby either, try tasting the bits of them and you'll find that they're soft and sweet.
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If you love prawn noodles like me, aren't stubborn on having tonkotsu or other creamy types of broth, do not mind Hokkaido ramen as opposed to the more popular hakata ramen, and need a bowl of hot and robust prawn stock with noodles, this could be for you.
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This is taken during a tasting invited and hosted by @eunicestagrams and @jimotoyasg. You may drop by now and be amongst to first to try their ramen during this period of soft launch, or wait till everything is stable after they're officially opened on 27 March.

Ebi Shoyu Ramen Set B [$19.50]

Dropped by the 3 day old Jimoto-Ya and got a bowl of the Ebi Shoyu Ramen - Signature Japanese Sweet Prawn and Pork Bone Broth Ramen with Soya Sauce Seasoning. Set B came with 2 pieces of White Prawn Tempura and refillable House Tea. You can also opt for the ala carte at $16.90.

Stole a sip of my friend's Ebi Shio Ramen and between the 2, it's hands down what I would prefer to order in future! The Shio bowl had a rich yet lighter tasting broth, which helped to skillfully bring out the sweetness of the amaebi (sweet prawn) a lot more than the Shoyu. The Shoyu wasn't bad either with a strong and flavorful base, but for a ramen joint specializing in a sweet prawn broth, the distinctiveness of it in the Shio was much more attractive to me. The ramen noodles were cooked al dente with the accompanying ajitama executed well. Also, instead of the usual slice of chasiew, you'll find minced meat and a generous portion of crunchy cabbage. One thing though, I'm not sure if it's the saltiness or whether there's a presence of MSG here, but I was really thirsty for quite a long period of time after the meal. Service was super attentive and the space was lovely to dine in!

Ebi Shoyu Ramen

As I was quite tired of tonkotsu ramen recently, I began the search for alternative ramen choices. Here I found a newly opened stall at China Square Nan Kin Way (I think?). I took some time to find the location of the place due to the renovations in the area, but to my surprise it's just behind the bus stop opposite Hong Lim food centre... anyways I tried re Shoyu one and my friend ordered the Shio version. Mine tasted really like a fusion between prawn mee soup, bak chor with egg and ramen noodles while the Shio version tasted more like hokkien mee broth! It was a refreshing taste from the start but it gets really salty at the end due to the rich shrimp flavors it had. Their tempura was really good (in my Singaporean standards). The place is pretty small maybe fit around 30+ people? But it was surely a great find and I have a feeling it's gonna be really crowded soon with such a unique taste for a ramen place! *service was really ups there, every 3 minutes they refill my tea to make sure it's hot!

Seafood Pancake ($19) @wangdaebakbbq it's still one of the best Korean seafood pancakes I hv had in Singapore.

Although their prices for the other Korean fare like their army stew is rather ex ($34), their pancake is quite worthwhile considering it's size (it's about twice the size of my head) with generous servings of seafood and ingredients, and stays crispy over the meal which other places tend to fail at being too doughy. #burpple @burpple @that_dex