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Jan 30, 2012 07:30 AM

Singapore - 2 Ramen Places in Orchard Road/Scotts Road area

Not much luck with my chpice of meal places today - tried two ramen places, found both to be quite standard "mall eateries".

1st stop: Tokyo-based Marukin Ramen opens its first Singapore outlet here, but opted to serve their Hakata-style ramen (thicker/fatter than the ones we're used to) in Muslim-friendly "halal" chicken broth. No pork served in this outlet - rice dishes also come with chicken topping, and the ramen noodles all come with braised chicken (which tasted horribly plasticky and overcooked to me). The potato salad was okay - nothing I can't rustle up myself at home. Miso ramen had the awful chicken pieces on top which I promptly removed and put aside. Sticky, thick soup which were flavorsome, but not the pork tonkotsu taste which I looked for. Not in a hurry to come back here again.

2nd stop: This time, it's Aoba Hokkaido Ramen in ION Orchard. Not really sure if it's related to the old Asahikawa-based Aoba Ramen House. Served various types of ramen, including the ubiquitous Hokkaido-style ramen with corn kernels and slabs of cold butter atop hot noodles in soup. I opted for the miso chashu ramen, in order to compare to Marukin Ramen. In this case, Aoba's pork-based soup was lighter and superior tasting. Ramen noodles were also thinner. Sides of tsukune (minced pork) on skewers were tasty, whilst the agedashi tofu had the requisite texture/taste. Overall, a pretty average bowl of noodles & side-orders. Nothing I'd really go out of my way for.

Address details
Marukin Ramen
6 Scotts Road
#B1-11/12 Scotts Square
Singapore 228238
Tel: +65 6636 3468

Aoba Hokkaido Ramen
2 Orchard Turn
#B3-25 ION Orchard
Singapore 238801
Tel: +65 6509 9394

Marukin Ramen
6 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228209, SG

Aoba Hokkaido Ramen
2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801, SG

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  1. I should have read your post before eating at Marukin Ramen today. Disappointed.

    And what is it about the morbid fascination with the super-expensive and overly-hard breads from Maison Kayser next to it?! Come on, my fellow Singaporeans, don't be a bunch of cattle and follow blindly. Use your own discerning tastebuds!

    3 Replies
    1. re: makanputra

      ive tasted maison kayser's croissant - it is very good. Butter-ly rich - you can taste the good quality butter , well balanced - sugar, flour, butter, milk , very good texturelly - crisp outside and almost slightly moist inside ... also tried their baguette which was pretty good too ... i like hard bread , dont think places in this part of the world serve enough of it. in any case, if you can recommend places better than maison kayser, would love to go try those too ...

      pity about yeoh's poor ramen experience though. go for keisuke's tonkotsu king black spicy ramen !!

      1. re: cyberK13

        Unfortunately for Singaporeans - I'm afraid Maison Kayser's almond croissants may be the best there is in town (the new Patisserie Paul in Ngee Ann City is a let-down). I'd had better ones, but they are all overseas (e.g. Pierre Herme, Laduree and La Badine de Martine in Paris, Patisserie Valerie in London, Tartine and La Boulange in San Francisco, Le Salon De Thé de Joël Robuchon in Hong Kong, Taipei's Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki, and even Maison Kayser's own branches in Tokyo and Paris).

        I loved almond croissants, but I had to agree with Makanputra regarding the less than stellar baked goods coming out of Maison Kayser Singapore: the two occasions I bought them from Maison Kayser, they were over-baked and drier than they should be.

        Thanks for the rec on Keisuke Ramen - yes, I'd tried it before. Loved it.

        1. re: klyeoh

          Hey, I quite like Paul in Takashimaya. I tried their Croque Monsieur and other hot foods during my last few visits. All of them were very nice. But I admit I didn't try their croissants yet.