October 04, 2014

Shin-Sapporo Ramen ~ More Than Just Ramen, The Seasonal Menu Delights!

Ooh yes I finally made it before it's gone!!! Talking about none other than Shin-Sapporo Ramen's seasonal menu which has already been launched since 1st August, and is available till end of this month, 31st October 2014, at all their outlets at Orchard Gateway, Akexandra Retail Centre, Century Square and Changi Business Park.

Serving more than just miso ramen which they're best known for, Shin-Sapporo presents a trio of summer specials which deviates from the usual traditional Japanese dishes, delivering light and healthy options that are perfect for battling the perpetual hot weather in Singapore.

Notably so is the Ebi Tofu ($6.80) which combines silky beancurd and crunchy fresh prawns with an aromatic homemade sesame sauce. Nicely chilled, it makes a refreshing and appetizing start to any meal.

I thought the heavier tasting Miso Tofu Steak ($6.80), served sizzling hot in a heated plate, doesn't really fit into the summer menu theme which should focus on a lighter deliverance to the palate. But when the unlikely party of deep-fried beancurd, potato slices (hidden beneath the tofu) and saltish homemade miso paste actually worked deliciously well together, who cares? Just eat lah!

My favorite item from the seasonal specials is undoubtedly the Tenchirashi Ramen ($15.80). Unphotogenic as it may be, the haphazardly plated medley of crispy tempura prawns, ladyfingers, shiitake and shimeji mushrooms bites over strands of al-dente noodles tossed with dashi broth wins for its utterly clean and balanced taste. Give the poached egg a gentle poke and let its gooey loveliness slither all over the mixture, adding just a bit of mustard for an invigorating jolt to the senses. Highly slurpilicious!

Why do we have only a few more weeks to enjoy it? This chilled ramen should be made available all year round!

Shin-Sapporo serves up a huge variety of ramen with soup bases ranging from tonkotsu, spicy tonkotsu, shio to shoyu, with noodles of varying thickness complementing it. Of course, we couldn't leave without trying their signature Miso Ramen ($14.80, add butter $0.50), a hearty marriage of rich creamy miso tonkotsu broth and thick curly noodles with generous toppings of sweet corn, stir-fried cabbage, tender chashu and ajitama (marinated lava egg). Flavors were robust, yet of an acceptable level of saltiness which will suit most tastebuds.

Gyoza, what I always feel to be the quintessential side dish to ramen, is unfortunately a neither crisp or juicy letdown here. What was more memorable is the Gyu-Yakiniku Don ($14.80), a luscious bowl of sauteed beef slices over Japanese white rice, aced with a runny egg. Yummy!

The extensive food items which Shin-Sapporo carries can rather mind-boggling which made us all the glad that "friends" and "family" set menus (suitable for 2-4pax, comprising of ramen, side dish, appetizer, dessert and drink) are available to aid us in ordering. While the dining experience might not be earth-shattering or life-changing, it would certainly be one which would satisfy a general need for a pleasing meal.

Shin-Sapporo too deserves an encouraging applause for keeping our gustatory sense excited with their seasonal delights. Let's all enjoy the season while it lasts :)

Shin-Sapporo Ramen
Website: http://shin-sappororamen.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shinsappororamen

UE BizHub East
Address: 6 Changi Business Park Ave 1 #01-31, North Office Tower, Singapore 486017
Contact: +65 6702 0130
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-9pm / Closed on Sat, Sun & PH

Century Square
Address: 2 Tampines Central 5 #B1-10/11, Century Square, Singapore 529509
Contact: +65 6783 6304
Opening Hours: Daily 11am-10pm

Alexandra Retail Centre
Address: 460 Alexandra Road #02-23, Singapore 119963
Contact: +65 6276 5708
Opening Hours: Daily 11am-9pm

Orchard Gateway
Address: 277 Orchard Road #B2-04A/05, Orchard Gateway, Singapore 238858
Contact: +65 6702 4906
Opening Hours: Daily 11am-9pm

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