Thursday, June 05, 2008

Ramen Santouka, The Central

We seem to be getting lots of chain outlets from Japan that are opening their branches here. Bypassing the option for Marutama first which I'm positive that everyone knows at least a someone whom has tried it, I've decided to give Ramen Santouka (6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #02-76 The Central, tel: 6224 0668) a check out; decked in a hype dampener. The premise itself turned out a little different from what I had in mind after hearing numerous comments on the place. Apparently, many people have different concepts of what a small place is and most of them have navigation issues to think feel that the unit is cloaked in any level of obscurity. And for those of you out there who're doling out helpful commentaries on the accepted mode of payment, I paid by Mastercard.

This turns out to be pretty good, and despite the fact that the noodles didn't floor me in any sense, I found them to be enjoyable enough that there's a good chance that I could be back again when I feel like having more ramen. What was distinctively appreciable about them is the ultra tender pork cheeks from their toro niku ramen which I had in the shio option for soup. The thin slices of very soft pork cheeks which are served separately from the ramen are saltish and flavored in an appetising manner. There wasn't anything really special about the ramen which I thought were a little too soft for my liking. The oily rich broth was decent, but tends to sit in heavily after a while. I must say that I'll be hard pressed not to order the toro niku again should I re-visit.

This charhan shoyu set (fried rice and shoyu broth ramen) did come with noodle texture that was less soggy than the toro niku bowl. I found this shoyu broth to be more enjoyable in comparsion with the shio which became quite flat tasting after a while. The soft slices of fatty pork here was in it's own ways, pretty delicious and left behind an enjoyable smoky aftertaste. The charhan wasn't anything special, but I tend to be favorably disposed towards fried rice. I thought it was quite decent.

I like eggs as well and the komi tamago on the side order wasn't too bad despite the fact that I was really hoping for a runny yolk. I guess I can forgive that since it was a dollar which was half of what I was charged at Ken's which also, didn't have a runny yolk.


HisFoodBlog said...

I have tried the eggs and it was as bad as yours - for a dollar - its not even worth it!!

Maratuma, which in my opinion serves one of the better renditions, sells their Tamago for $1 as well.

Nic (KHKL) said...

for me, santouka's ramen sorta fall on the saltish side. am looking forward to tampopo soon! woohoo!

ice said...

hisfoodblog: yeah, but you wouldn't want to be slurping ramen coz of the ni-tamago. It's the ramen that ramenistas go for. :) For that, Sautouka triumphs.

HisFoodBlog said...

I prefer Marutama's noodles that come with an "al dente" bite. Coupled with the fact that their egg is runnier and the Char Siu that melts in your mouth, Marutama is still my preferred ramen place.

No doubt their soup base is not as flavoursome as Santouka, I feel that Santouka's soup based is heavier and oily and one will get "geluk" at the end of it.