For the longest time, my Singapore-based friends had one craving on their lips. Shin Sapporo this, Shin Sapporo that. I’d hazard they ate more at the Shin Sapporo Ramen place in Suntec City more often than at home. They were that addicted.
That was mainly why the next time we were in Singapore, eating at Shin Sapporo Ramen was on our list of things to do. Armed with a set of instructions that would get us to the said ramen place, we braved the unfamiliar territory with the goal of trying their Miso Ramen.
Shin-Sapporo Ramen takes its name from the city of Sapporo in Japan, credited to be the birthplace of Miso Ramen. This type of ramen became popular in the 60s, mixing together two traditional staples, ramen and miso, to create an interesting twist to the old classic. Because the addition of miso to the ramen broth made the flavor more intense, this particular ramen can stand up to a variety of toppings.
Shin-Sapporo Ramen is a tiny place, fitting perhaps 30 people at the same time, if you count the bar seating. Luckily, we dropped by in the evening, so we were easily accommodated. I’ve been told that the place is packed during lunch.
Following my friend Rabbit’s suggestions, I ordered the set meal, featuring a mini-bowl of ramen and a mini-donburi. This is quite unusual for me, as I don’t believe in pairing starches (Noodles and rice, together? No thank you.) but I’m thankful that I made an exception.
For my set meal, I chose the Shin-Sapporo Miso Ramen and the Menchi donburi. My ramen featured springy, chewy noodles done all curly. The broth was salty and richly flavored, then topped with sweet corn, some veggies, bean sprouts, pork and an insanely delicious egg. Just the egg itself makes me wax nostalgic. Perfectly boiled until the white was set but with a yolk that was still soft and gooey in the center, then infused with a soy-based sauce—the egg almost steals the show from the soup base.
My mini-donburi was quite good as well. Well seasoned minced meat, heaped atop a bowl of freshly steamed, fragrant rice, then sprinkled with chopped green onions and some sesame seeds—it was good that I didn’t skip their rice bowls.
My husband, Pad, had the katsudon and some gyoza as well. Stuffed from all my carbs, I couldn’t even consider grabbing a bite from his food. He deemed his food yummy, and judging by his suddenly energetic demeanor despite all the walking we did that day, it was either delicious or at the very least, nourishing.
While I didn’t find myself addicted to their food, I would definitely want to come back the next time I find myself in the area. The food was filling and comforting, satiating your cravings for delicious flavors while pleasantly warming your insides. Shin-Sapporo Ramen’s Miso Ramen will always be a welcome treat.
Shin Sapporo Ramen currently has two branches, one in the Suntec City Mall and the newer one in Tampines Central. For inquiries, please email them at enquiry@Shin-SapporoRamen.com