I am always up for a good bowl of ramen! A combination of two things I really like–noodles and soup. So when I received an invitation to try the new black garlic ramen at Shin-Sapporo Ramen, I did not even hesitate.
Shin-Sapporo promises consistency in the smoothness of broth, texture of noodles and richness in Japanese tradition. The chain has three outlets in Singapore, namely Orchard Gateway, Alexandra Retail Centre and Century Square. We had our dinner at the Orchard Gateway branch which is their newest restaurant (opened in 2014).
While waiting for the rest to arrive, I had the Calpis Jelly ($4.80). The drink is light, milky and tasted kind of similar to Yakult. The little bits of jelly reminded me of agar agar!
Potato Salad ($5.80). Traditional Japanese cuisine which is made slightly sweeter by their secret ingredient.
Menchi ($5.80), one of the chef’s recommendations. If you prefer a stronger tasting broth, add this to your ramen!
Tonpei Yaki ($6.80), aka pork and cabbage omelette. The sad thing about this dish is that the pork and cabbage are exactly the same as the ones in the previous dish. The only significant change is the layer of egg on top.
Pumpkin Croquette ($4.80), one of their more popular dishes, which came in a set of three.
Shin-Sapporo Gyoza ($6.80 for five pieces). You can choose from either minced pork or shrimp.
Butter Hotate ($8.80). Scallop cooked with butter and served on hot plate.
Introducing one of the two new items on the menu… Kuro Tonkotsu Ramen ($14.80). Shin-Sapporo’s signature ramen with fragrant black garlic oil, served with Hakata noodles and egg.
Hakata Tonkotshu Ramen ($14.80), a favourite of people who like full-bodied soups. It is a creamy rich pork bone broth that is cooked over high heat to extract the essence of meat and bones.
Hiyashi-Chuka Soba ($13.80). This is served cold and a popular dish in Japan during summer. Great for Singapore’s hot and humid weather!
Chicken Ramen ($14.80). Shin-Sapporo’s signature shoyu broth topped with chicken chashu, bean sprouts and egg.
Katsu Fried Rice ($16.80), comes with a choice of pork or chicken). The katsu is deep fried till golden brown and then served with fried rice.
The second of the new items… Abura Soba ($14.80). Dry curly ramen dressed with flavoured oil and tare topped with poached egg, bamboo shoots and vegetables. I like the egg but I am not much for cold noodles.
Oyako Don ($10.80). Tender chicken pieces, eggs and onions simmered in Shin-Sapporo’s special light savoury-sweet sauce, and served over a bowl of steamed rice.
Chocolate Lava Cake ($8.80). Warm chocolate cake with molten lava chocolate inside. We ordered two of this and only one arrived molten. That said, while the recipe for this is same as the one we had at Atmosphere Bistro, I found the latter more memorable.
Shin-Sapporo Ramen @ Orchard Gateway
277 Orchard Road #B2-04A/05
Tel: 6702 4906
Opens daily from 1100-2100hrs