Did you know that RamenPlay is actually a collaboration between BreadTalk Group Limited and Sanpou Co. Ltd which is founded in 1967 in Kamikido Niigata? Sanpou Co. Limited has decades of experience under its belt and is famous for its quality ramen.
The broth here is prepared daily by Sanpou’s master chefs with top grade quality ingredients and a secret recipe of spices. As for its rice dishes, they are made with premium Niigata Koshihikari rice.
We were here to try RamenPlay’s new Shabu Shabu sets which are priced from $13.90. The sets are currently only available at four of their restaurants: BreadTalk IHQ (from 5pm onwards), Nex, JEM and Velocity @ Novena Square.
Super Yuzu ($4.80), which is made with premium yuzu juice, soda and yuzu peel. You can opt for 15% of the drink to be filled with soju (20% alcohol) for some kick for the same price! This was so good that I ended up having two glasses.
Crispy Chicken Gyoza ($3.60 for three pieces and $5.80 for five pieces). This is probably the crispiest gyoza I have ever had (can be a good or bad thing), but the centre is still juicy.
Crispy Dango ($3.60). I love these meatballs, which are deep fried (never had a deep fried meatball before) and then drizzled with mayonnaise and plum sauce.
Bamboo Chicken ($3 for one piece and $5.80 for two pieces). Another chicken dish that hits the spot. I was quite apprehensive about dipping it into raw egg, but it was not as revulsive as I thought it would be.
Toroniku Uobushi Tonkotsu Ramen ($11.80) aka Pork Cheek Double Soup Ramen. One of the best sellers at RamenPlay. The soup is a combination of pork bones and smoked fish, lending it a bonito flake kind of taste. the other impressive part of the dish was the tender slices of seared pork cheek. By the way, you can top up $3 for two more pieces of pork cheek.
Butariki Ishinabe ($13.80). This dish is served in a heated stone pot and we could not wait to burst the yolk and mix it in!
And finally the item that we were here to try… Shabu Shabu Pork ($13.90) and Beef ($14.90) with Clear/ Kimchi Soup. The sets are served with a raw egg, three kinds of mushrooms (hon shimeji, shiitake and enokitake) and come with a choice of soup and rice or udon.
Some of us preferred the kimchi soup which was slightly spicier, while the rest liked the lighter clear soup. Both soups are made from simmering chicken bones and shoyu (soy sauce). As for the meat, I preferred the Brazilian pork collar to the Australian striploin.
Warabi Kinako Matcha Mochi Ice Cream ($6.80). This green tea ice cream with azuki beans and soy bean mochi will cost only $4.80 if you order it with any main course.
Ramen Play @ BreadTalk IHQ
30 Tai Seng Street #01-03
Tel: 6444 5516
Opens daily from 1100-2200hrs