Quality Ramen

Quality Ramen

Keisuke and Ippudo aren't quality ramen. Less popular gems worth second visits.
Evan Mua
Evan Mua

Unlike the one you had for your asshole spouse. 2010, I wasn't a foodie and ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ramen because of the atrocity of Ajisen; Bari Uma was one of my first favourite "real" restaurants. The last day of 2019, I am still madly in love with this bowl of ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ ๐—ง๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฎ ๐—จ๐—บ๐—ฎ ($16.90).
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The almost bisque-like broth carries a sensual viscosity and creaminess, and explodes in your mouth with an intense umami. The combination of texture and flavour creates an immense comfort, but the broth never gets overwhelming โ€” I practically ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ every drop of it.
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The viscosity of the broth also allows it to cling beautifully onto the noodles, which are always delivered with the perfect bite. Not to mention the perfect ratio of lean meat and melt-in-mouth fat found in their chashu. Maybe these are rose-tinted glasses, but this sentimental romantic remains charmed โ€” and perhaps that's a testament to their consistency.
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๐Ÿ“Tanglin Shopping Centre, No. 19, Tanglin Road, #B1-01/02, 247909
โฑ๏ธ (Daily) 11am-10pm

Forget your Keisukes and Ippudos, this charming nine-seater is the real deal, being a receipent of the Michelin Bib Gourmand in Kobe.
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Their limited time special ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ผ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป ($16.90) was spectacular. The clear dashi broth was brimming with umami and tinged with some sweetness, but still tasted very clean nonetheless. The sharpness of the accompanying onions and negi also blended in well with the robust broth, whilst a touch of citrus added a vibrant spark.
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The buckwheat noodles boasted of an immaculate doneness โ€” springy with bite, and held onto the broth's flavour pretty well. The chashu was also melt in mouth. A bowl of very masterfully-executed ramen.
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๐Ÿ“ 10 Anson Road, #02-85A, International Plaza, Singapore 079903
โฑ๏ธ (Mon-Sat) 11am-2pm, (Mon-Fri) 6pm-9pm; or until sold out (100 a day), closed on Sun

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Their Shio Ramen had an elegantly complex broth with immaculately prepared buckwheat noodles. It carried sweet clam notes beneath a gratifying umami, accentuated by light whiffs of truffle fragrance. A delightful respite from the usual tonkotsu fare.

This establishment deserves the mainstream attention that other slightly worse ramen command.
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This bowl of jet black tonkotsu ramen (13.90). I love their robust tonkotsu base, which had a slight kick added by the fragrant black miso with garlic and squid ink, which didn't overwhelm the base. Ramen is also cooked to perfection, and the ajitama was also perfect with crazy gooey yolk.

The yuzu imbued the soup with a dainty refreshing zest. The result was a depth of flavour in the light broth, with an enchanting mixture of the citric zest and the light saltiness. Each slurp of the thin noodles had a good amount of flavour, but also carried a subtle zing. Very light and wholesome; really enjoyable if you're into lighter broths.
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That said though, noodles were too soft and could be springier. And the chashiu was atrociously dry and tough. Don't expect the best ramen, but something interesting and a solid bowl of ramen.

Honestly, I found the char shiu and egg pretty average, but it had me completely smitten because of the broth.
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The usually domineering uni profile was toned down, but it still possessed an immense depth of flavour and sung with brilliant notes of briney sweetness and umami, finished with a comfortable creaminess. Elsewhere, the broth effortlessly clung onto the perfectly cooked ramen, whilst sharpness from the spring onions helped to cut through the robust flavours.

Flavourful collagen filled broth, with no hint of jelak-ness at all, and in fact tasted quite clean for a such a robust tonkotsu broth โ€” though I'd personally prefer it thicker. Other than that, the noodles were also cooked to the perfect texture, but the pork belly charshiu was slightly too tough and not fatty enough. Definitely one of the better ramen places in Singapore.
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๐Ÿ“ Suntec City Tower 2, North Wing, #01-512/513 โฑ๏ธ (Daily) 11am-10pm

Picky eater looking to force opinions down your throat. Don't worry, they taste up to my standards!

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