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March 12, 2012

Yoshimaru Ramen Bar at Holland Village

RAMEN SHOWDOWN PART 1: Yoshimaru Ramen Bar

Ramen love

Ramen is something I rarely order in KL because the broth is often lackluster or full of MSG. But I went ramen crazy in Singapore – trying 8 types of ramen throughout my 10-day stay. Yoshimaru Ramen Bar in Holland Village is famous for its Hakata Ramen, also known as Tonkotsu (pork bone) Ramen.

Grind-it-yourself

Tada!

The pork bones are boiled for more than 13 hours, resulting in a cream coloured stock with a glittering layer of oil on the surface. That alone is reason enough for a revisit. I was given a bowl of sesame seeds to grind while waiting for my noodles; it gave the ramen a fragrant nutty aroma.

13 hours of boiling...

Add in the sesame seed...

Heady deliciousness

I took a few seconds to admire the noodles, breathing in the ramen perfume. The Tonkotsu Ramen was a delicious mash-up of textures and flavours – crunchy cloud ear mushroom, sharp spring onions and meltingly tender pork slices in a tangle of springy noodles. I don’t think I’ve tasted a broth this porky and thick, and enjoyed the heady deliciousness right down to the last drop.

Thin noodles

I liked how the egg was cooked just right – gorgeously runny at the centre. The noodles had a slight alkaline taste but I didn’t mind it so much as the broth was very tasty.

Crisply fried and moreish

My set (SGD16.90) came with a drink, salad and a choice of side dish. I had the Japanese fried chicken – nothing special but crisply fried and oh-so-moreish. If you’re less greedy, you can order just the Tonkotsu Ramen for SGD11.00.

Spicy Miso Tonkotsu Ramen

rif’s Karamiso (Spicy Miso) Tonkotsu Ramen was also very tasty. This broth just as creamy and murky, but the spicy miso helped offset its richness. I liked this, but appreciated the enthralling murkiness of my Tonkotsu Ramen more. His Ramen & Rice Bowl Set (SGD18.90) came with a choice of salmon, unagi or char siu for the rice bowl. He chose unagi.

Generous portion

We were both very full from the ramen – portions in Singapore are larger – and could barely eat the rice. In the end, we ate the unagi and left most of the rice behind. This was nothing great so unless you’re really hungry, stick to the ramen.

Happy!

Yoshimaru was packed that night, so we sat by the bar counter. I didn’t mind as I got to watch the chefs prepare my ramen. This got me started on my ramen craze in Singapore. Will be blogging about my other ramen finds soon.

Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 5/10
Food: 8/10 (very very non-halal)
Verdict: Deeply porky and murky broth…in a good way!

Yoshimaru Ramen Bar
31 Lorong Liput
Holland Village Singapore
Tel: +65 6463 3132


24 Responses

  1. portions are larger cos sgd is strong? hahahaha

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Lol. Maybe one of the factors. But I love a nice big bowl of noodles. :)

  2. Sesame added into ramen? Never try this here b4 :P

    1. Bangsar Babe

      It’s really yummy. Very fragrant!

  3. ooo, grinding sesame for ramen isn’t something i’ve seen in KL. i’ve only done it for pork cutlets so far, like at the tonkatsu outlet at pavilion. but it does sound like it would add something really special to the ramen :D

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yes, they should do this in KL. Speaking of tonkatsu, I think it’s time I pay them a visit. :D

  4. Ooh, a little bit of interactive dining with ‘grind it yourself’.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Nice right? Work for your meal. Hahaha!

  5. Have u tried Hokkaido Santouka Ramen? Is it decent when compared to the SG ramen?

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Not yet. Am planning to try it this weekend just to see. Marutama was no where close to this.

  6. Hey, nice pix!

    Just to let you guys know that if you are coming to Holland V again, do check out what’s here at http://www.holland-village-singapore.com

    Cheers!

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Will do. Thanks!

  7. ulric

    Wan d best Tori Karaage (Jap fried chicken) in KL? Try the ones in Santouka Hokkaido Ramen…served piping hot with an awesome dip…the juiciness just shoots out on d first bite…hehe =)

    1. Bangsar Babe

      This weekend…this weekend! :D

      1. ulric

        Haha…ok…dun forget to order the pork cheeks =)

        Recommended flavours are shio (salt…either u like it or u hate it) n kara miso =)

        1. Bangsar Babe

          Oooo…okok! Thanks for the tips. ;)

          1. ulric

            Oops…forget to ask u to check out Suki-Ya next door while u r there…hehe =)

          2. Bangsar Babe

            Tried already. Love it. Notchet blog about it only…hehehe

          3. ulric

            Haha…I love it too…went there like 10 times aredi :P

          4. Bangsar Babe

            Waaaa….you champion la!!

          5. ulric

            By the time I bosan with them…I aredi super-champion…haha =)

          6. Bangsar Babe

            Farnee la you!!

          7. ulric

            Thanx…I think =)

  8. effendi

    Hi halo bangsar girl from indon here. Did u manage to try the pork cheek ramen from santouka ? ( i like 1 shoyu, shio then miso)how is it compare with yoshimaru ? Which one do u prefer ? Let.me know thx

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