Saturday, February 20, 2010

RAMEN, you so fine

Whats not to love about Ramen. The thick broth, cold egg with runny yolk, the aroma, the pork, green tea is enough to leave you begging for more. HAH! I have succumbed to the ramen chase since eons ago. 3 ramen places in 2 weeks. 

The thing about ramen is when it hits you, it hits you hard. That's from the perspective of a hardcore ramen eater. Anyways, headed down to Central for our nightly doze of heavily goodness. Hilariously, my stomach reacted in a good way ( consisted of 4-5 trips to the toilet) to prepare for the glorious evening at :

Restaurant: Santouka Ramen- Voted best for egg and pork according to 8 days :)
Location: The Central #02-76, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street

Line forms up pretty quickly during dinner time so be there early but nonetheless you won't end up waiting ridiculously for like 3-4 hrs --> remember the donut craze. The ramen wasn't served quickly compared to  Ippudo, Tampopo or Marutama but wasn't slow enough to make me annoyed.

We ordered their famous Tokusen Toroniku ramen. Everyone's been talking about their pork cheeks so I was extremelly excited to taste it for myself.

Got the shoyu based ramen. PLAIN NOODLES?

 Nah. It came with a generous serving of pork cheeks that melts in your mouth like instantly. Now I see what the rave is all about. Good stuff indeed. Check out that layer of fat beneath the pork cheeks.

 More pics to drool at!

 Save the best for last! EGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG A peek at the hidden treasure.

The treasure exposed!

 8 days was spot on the pork cheeks and eggs. So were the many reviews by fellow ramen lovers. However, I thought the soup was still a little too salty for my liking and after eating the ramen halfway, it got pretty bland. Noodles were fine, comparatively better than those at Marutama but we came to a consensus that Ippudo's springy noodles won hands down. If only there's the perfect combi of Marutama's broth with Ippudo's ramen and Santouka's pork cheeks and egg = I would be there every weekend.

Cost: Btw $14 per bowl, $19 for the ramen + pork cheek set and abt $22-$24 for ramen+rice. Our total bill amounted to $50. We ordered 2 ramen+ pork cheek set and 3 eggs ($1 each). Better to order the set because  it cost $9 to order the pork separately. I would revisit the place!

If you have any recommendations on other good ramen places, please kindly let me know ;)

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