I had a take on the ramen served at Shin-Sapporo and trust me, you probably won’t regret trying it. Find out why.
What makes a good bowl of ramen…well, good?
Is it the soup base? Certainly.
Is it the noodles? Definitely part of it.
Is is the ingredients? Well, for sure!
How about a restaurant that delivers all of the above? Kidding? Not.
Located right at a corner of Suntec City mall, this seemingly small ramen restaurant probably won’t catch your eyes even if you might have walked past it everyday. Small it may be but the food being served in this ramen eatery would probably surprise you and by a great margin as well.
When I first tried the ramen here a couple of years back, the restaurant only served 4 types of ramen (yes, just 4 but back then it was considered sufficient by my standards) but you will be glad to know that the restaurant has since expanded its menu to have more items in it. Apart from ramen, there are also various donesets, side dishes, curry rice and even desserts.
It all began from Sapporo, Japan. Touted as the birthplace of Miso Ramen, the signature dish of the restaurant, (naturally) is the Shin-Sapporo Kara Miso Ramen ($14.80).
Shin-Sapporo Kara Miso Ramen ($14.80)
Using authentic Sapporo Miso noodles which is considered to be slightly ﬁrmer and thicker than other ramen. The fuller feel to the bite and the curves of the noodles are deliberate to prevent broth from sliding down from the noodles when you grab them up. Ths Miso noodles are rich in egg content as well.
The soup base can easily be regarded as one of the best ramen soup base I’ve ever tried. Overall, its not overwhelmingly strong but definitely not lacking in taste either. The soup base comes in Spicy / Non-Spicy variants so for those who want’s something that’s kickin’, go for the former.
The Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen ($14.80)
The Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen is served in rich Tonkotsu (pork bone) broth, slowly simmered from white pork bones, with high heat to extract the essences of both the meat and bones. The Hakata-style noodles are accompanied with the restaurants’s famous egg, yakibuta, Japanese leeks, bamboo shoots and vegetables. Similar to the Shin-Sapporo Miso Ramen, it comes in Spicy and Non-spicy versions.
Hakata-style of noodles are known to be ﬁrm, thin straight and almost white in the appearance and that is due to high content of egg white, which helps retain the integrity of the noodle and prevents the rich tonkotsu broth from being absorbed by the noodles causing them to be soggy.
Huge cuts of Yakibuta awaits. It’s not too fatty so for those health-conscious foodies.
What is ramen without the slightly runny tamago?
The side dishes served here are commendable as well.
Chicken Karaage ($4.80)
Crispy on the outside, piping hot and tender on the inside. I recommend that you eat it while its hot. Full of ginger and garlic flavor in these chicken bits.
Gyoza ($5.80) for 5 pieces
One of the restaurant’s signature side dish, the pan-fried Gyoza is not too oily. Handmade from the wrapper to the marinated minced pork with Japanes spices, the Gyoza goes perfectly well with the shoyu, rice vinegar and chilli oil.
Shin-Sapporo Ramen is definitely in the list of being one of my favourite ramen restaurants. I strongly recommend that you reserve a table before dropping by, for the fact that during the course of our dinner there was a small queue by the entrance waiting to be served. That said, service is prompt and food reaches my table rather quickly upon order. If you are looking for some seriously good ramen, this is definitely the one.
Ratings: 4.5 foodiedoos out of 5.0
3 Temasek Boulevard
#01-223 Suntec City Mall, Tower 4
Tel: 6836 3538