Usually it's always crowded in the evening time, for this place seatings are quite limited. For me, I always tends to go early evening or afternoon, that will guarantee me a seat & no need to pack with others.
The noodles texture was soft and tangy, my preferance. And the spicy miso is a good soup broth to me. That is why if I happen to be around that area, this is another choice that I can think of.
Weekends. Post-drinks. Had a bad day. This used to be the place I come to for comfort food for the past decade.
Sadly, I have to say I've lost one of my favorite ramen joints after tonight. We had the Chasyu Ramen and Kyushu Tonkatsu Ramen, and both were bad. It wasn't even mediocre, just plain bad. The noodles were tasteless as were the stock. It was like a crappy bowl of oily wanton mee except 3 times the price. if the stock tasted like anything, it would be milk and oil. Upon paying, we learnt that the Jap head chef has left the restaurant. Well I guess we won't ever come again. Sayonara, my fav ramen joint.
This (literally) hole-in-the-wall shop in front of Cuppage Plaza surprisingly offers a delectable array of Japanese Food - well, not so much Japanese, but it's nicely done at least. I was there twice. However, there's less-than-stellar consistency when it comes to the performance of the food
I forgot the exact name of the food - but this is basically a generous portion of stir-fry veggies, meat (pork I think, to add a certain savoriness), and shrimp on top of rice. Not really Japanese in nature, I guess - But it is certainly delicious. There's a strong wok-hei flavor in my dish, which is rare and appreciated. The rice was fluffy on my first visit. However, on my second visit, the rice was lumpy, and I need to mash it with the sauce on top to make it "passable" - consistency is badly needed. I suggest to mix this dish with a generous dollop of brown sauce, chilli powder, and pepper for good measure. Definitely a must-order.
so-so only, the gyoza on my second visit was a bit charred, if not pan-fried too long. The filling is rather juicy and succulent, but I feel it lacks a certain oomph - passable
Overall, this hole-in-the-wall place is indeed cheap. I like that is is not pretentious, and serves a nice Chinese stir-fried style rice - If I want to eat cheap in Orchard, I now simply know where to look - but...the place is rather small and cramped - and I believe you'll leave the place with a pungent aroma of food - but that's a small price to pay for an above average food - They also have affordable bento, but only for takeaways (kinda puzzled me, but that's the policy anyway)
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Probably better known as Ohsho, the simple little Ramen stall has a setting which is similar to a coffee shop. As we had encountered the dinner crowd then, we had to wait for a while before we could settle down for our simple meal.
I was initially a little skeptical when my friend decided to order their Han- Chahan; Half- Portion of Fried Rice with Chicken but I must admit that I was slightly impressed with the dish’s preparation. The ‘Yao Wok Hei’ (wok-fried) relish was rather strong and there were generous servings of egg and chicken within the rice. The other dish, Tenshinhan; Crabmeat and Egg with Thickened Sauce on Rice, was quite delectable, mainly due to its flavorsome thickened sauce and well-prepared egg omelette which was wrapped around the rice.
We chose the Grilled Gyoza over the Raw Gyoza as it was the popular choice most would prefer. I would feel that the culinary team could be more generous with the meat fillings and each dumpling had a very thin skin as to what I have experienced. The Gyoza might be too greasy for some and as such, I might have preferred to opt for the Raw Gyoza since it might have eliminated the oily texture and in comparison, they might have tasted better since the skin is rather thin.
The Tamago Ramen was rather decent; the curly noodles had accommodated the soup well and the broth was somewhat flavorful, with a tinge of saltiness. I was however, disappointed with the preparation of their Komi-Tamagos (Flavored Boiled Eggs) as I believe that they were overdone. The Pork cheeks were a little chewy but they did not particularly lay a significant impact on my taste buds and I feel that they could be better prepared.
The broth was neither heavy nor oily, though I had the impression that the concoction of the Spicy Pork- Stock Soup might have been from the use of Chilli flakes. I would prefer this dish as I felt that the noodles went better with the spiciness of the broth. The bean sprouts and corn bits did accompany the noodles well though I believe that the vegetables would be subjective to one’s preference.
I would personally feel that the Ramen noodles were not really that fantastic as claimed by a few; though the dishes were nonetheless satisfying. Prices are slightly cheaper than the leading Ramen restaurants within the local scene though Ohsho offers a rather extensive variety of other main dishes and sides. Not only were the seats limited but I had also felt uncomfortable, having to sit so closely to a group of strangers since tables were situated almost side by side. Then again, I should not really expect so much since Ohsho is a mere simplistic Ramen store offering their dishes at no additional surcharges. Is this place worth the try? If you are expecting a quick and fuss-free meal, why not?