Menya Kokoro

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Menya Kokoro, one of Tokyo’s most popular Maze-Soba (Japanese dry ramen) restaurant chains is coming to Singapore! Since its establishment in 2013, Menya Kokoro has opened 27 outlets worldwide in Japan, Indonesia, Spain, Thailand and Vancouver in just 4 years. Showing no signs of slowing down, Menya Kokoro’s latest Singapore outpost will be launching at Suntec City! Menya Kokoro is helmed by founder Chef Takuma Ishikawa, who trained under the original masters and creators of Maze-soba – Menya Hanabi – the restaurant known for introducing Maze-Soba to the world. In 2014, Chef Takuma won the highly acclaimed Best 2014 Maze-Soba Award in Japan!
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3 Temasek Boulevard
#03-313 Suntec City Eat at Seven
Singapore 038983

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Thursday:
11:00am - 10:00pm

Friday:
11:00am - 10:00pm

Saturday:
11:00am - 10:00pm

Sunday:
11:00am - 10:00pm

Monday:
11:00am - 10:00pm

Tuesday:
11:00am - 10:00pm

Wednesday:
11:00am - 10:00pm

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Had a quick dinner at the new Menya Kokoro at Eat At Seven. I love Kajiken’s maze soba, so I’ve been really keen on trying this newcomer’s rendition.

Kinda like bak chor mee, mix everything up well and give it a taste before adjusting with the chilli flakes and kombu vinegar. Theirs is intensely flavoured; the meaty chilli sauce is quite salty but almost balanced out by the minced garlic, spring onion, chives and seaweed. You’ll find the noodles here thick and chewy too, making for a really nice bite. Overall though, still prefer Kajiken as this did feel a tad overwhelming.

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Had the original mazesoba with gyoza, pork and chicken wings side!

The more accurate description should be dry thin udon in zha jiang mian style~ it’s not as jelat as I thought. Halfway through, I added the vinegar for a different flavour and I could finish the whole bowl comfortably. I prefer the original version as the spiciness from the spicy version seems to cover the taste of all the other ingredients.

The queue starts after 7pm so arrive early to beat the queue! Bonus! The staff were also really nice and friendly.

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There we have, the original Tokyo Maze-Soba from Japan’s largest Maze-soba chain, Menya Kokoro. You’d probably have eaten such Maze-soba from Kaijiken or Ramen Matsuri, so what’s different about this from Menya Kokoro?

🍜 Thankfully for people like me who don’t really enjoy cold noodles, this is a dry ramen although it’s called “soba”. Each bowl comes with heaps of various ingredients; chopped garlic, green onions, chives, nori, ground Saba fish, minced meat and a poached egg to top it off. The noodles here are different from the rest that I have tried before, in terms of thickness. It’s thicker, made with whole-wheat flour, thus giving its chewy texture and I am not kidding that you gotta chew it longer. Honestly, I still prefer thinner noodles for my Mazesoba because such thick ones get too sticky and starchy with the thick meat sauce.

🍜 They have a friendly step-by-step guide to teach you how to enjoy a bowl of Mazesoba. Break the poached egg and give it a good mix! You can already smell an explosion of flavours, coming especially from the minced meat sauce. Then, add in some vinegar (they actually soak kelp in it) and chili powder. Vinegar is highly recommended by their chef, and indeed, its acidity cuts through the heavy meatiness which reduces the jelak-ness. The meat sauce is originally spicy even though they don’t state it explicitly; for those who can’t take heat, feel free to request for non-spicy. Slurp up the noodles but do keep some ingredients till the end, because each maze-soba bowl comes with a small bowl of umami-filled mushroom kombu soup (there’s mushroom bits!) and a spoonful of Oimeishi, high quality Japanese rice to toss in the meat sauce.

🍜 Some recommended side dishes are Takoyaki that were really crispy on the outside with fresh octopus meat ($4.80/4 pieces), Gyoza ($4.80/5 pieces) and Chicken Karaage ($4.80/4 pieces). Queue can go crazily long after 7pm, so do keep in mind to go early!

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