Hoongy ! •
17 Jun 2011 • 1909 reviews • 258 followers
I remembered when Shin-Sapporo first opened in Suntec, the proprietor had just come back from a learning stint in Japan where he was trained on the art of making ramen. Driven by the passion to bring authentic ramen to Singapore, that spurred the opening of the first outlet.
Fast forward a few months later, and that success has led him to open one more outlet at Century Square, and thus people from the east no longer have to travel to town in order to get a taste of the good stuff.
I recently had the chance to visit this outlet and tried a variety of items, including some of their latest offerings.
I started with the pumpkin croquette, which was wonderful. Unlike the usual potato croquette, this one has a slight sweet finish.
I also tried the chicken yakitori. The meat used was very tender although some may find it a tad salty.
Ramen - that was what I came here for, and I had a bowl of the soulful Wakayana Tonkatsu Shoyu Ramen ($14.80). This is a mix between the usual heavy tonkatsu broth and the lighter shoyu flavour, an ideal choice if you are not a person of extremes. As usual, I tagged on an additional egg ($1.50) as the it is the only place I know that is able to do it perfectly - firm on the outside but soft on the insides.
I tagged along the Menchi ($4), which is a salty minced pork that can be consumed with ramen or with rice. Since the last time I visited, there has been a change such that they use a more firmer meat rather than mincing it entirely.
Finally, ended the meal with the Tonkatsu Curry - a very filling curry with a generous portion of tonkatsu. Here, they do it the authentic Japanese style in which there is a layer of fat above the meat. For the healthy eaters, nothing to fret as this can be easily cut off.
There you have it, something for everyone. Many of the additional items, such as the pumpkin croquette and yakitori were added into the menu so that family members (particularly children) who may not want to eat ramen can have something to enjoy. However, if you are going to make the trip down to the restaurant, it is the freshly handmade ramen that is a must try.