Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Beppu, Suntec City Basement

I've decided that after today, I won't be back here for the ramen again. I first visited this place years ago at the outlet at Far East Square when they were fairly new and the idea of sprucing up the ramen with chilli count was a novelty. I thought they weren't too bad. That was then. Today, they don't seem to be as good as I remember them to be. Things have changed, so it's either their method of preparation or it's me. And I cannot fathom why anyone who wants to enjoy their food would want to opt for the seven chilli option since it removes almost every trace of other flavour and drowns the whole bowl of noodles with chilli powder and it's flavor. It just doesn't make sense to go that far.

They menu has expanded since I last came and now they have beef char siew ramen. Granted that I've only had char siew of the pork or vegetarian variety, I have no idea what beef char siew is like. It certainly didn't turn out to be recognizable as char siew in any form. It's just marinated and sliced cooked beef which while wasn't poor, shouldn't really be called beef char siew. On a positive note, the grilled squid here is still good as I remember it. The slightly crispy charred surface and chewy flesh. Despite that, I'm not sure I'll be back here just for the grilled squid. There're options aplenty and this place just doesn't quite seem enjoyable anymore.

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