Back in my JC days, there was the Yee Cheong Yuen Noodle Restaurant at Holland Village which served oyster sauce chicken noodles that I particularly enjoyed. Now that people’s tastes are becoming more sophisticated, I wasn’t that surprised that it had to ‘give’ half its space away to Yoshimaru Ramen Bar.
In a ramen craze now, I got my old classmates to try this shop at Holland Village. (I probably ate like 3-4 bowls last week!) Anyway, Yoshimaru serves Hakata ramen. What’s the difference – You may ask. Hakata ramen is usually thin and straight, while using pork-bone for a milky broth. This is usually contrasted with Sapporo’s springy noodles and thick shoyu or miso stock.
Looking at the pictures, you may realize there is something common among all of the dishes. Got it?
Yes, sesame. There would be a little bowl of sesame seed for you to crush, mould, play and garnish over the ramen. Something to play with while you are feeling bored. The Shabu-Shabu Beef Salad and Spicy Char Siu Burger were sesame-covered.
The Spicy Char Siu Burger seemed like a rip-off of MOS Burger. Therefore, I wasn’t particularly impressed as it was visually more exciting in the pictures, and I expected softer bread and juicier meat.
Fortunately, both the pork and beef salads were saving graces, with the sauce having a mustard-sesame taste which was a suitable blend with the thin cold meat. Refreshing. Though I had the feeling I could very well make this at home on my own.
As for the Ramen, it was just ‘like-that’. I won’t say it was particularly good or bad. Perhaps spoilt by the influx of choices, there was not one major selling feature that made it memorable, whether it was the noodles, broth or ingredients.
As for the décor, it attempted to recreate an in-between contemporary-meets-traditional look, resembling Japanese counter bars. If this may interest you, Yoshimaru is started by Jumbo, attempting to diversify from its seafood business. Not particularly exciting, but it will probably ride well on the Ramen wave.
Yoshimaru Ramen Bar, 31 Lorong Liput Holland Village, Tel:+65 6463 3132
Opening Hours: Mon–Fri: 11am–2.30pm, 6pm–10.30pm; Sat–Sun & PH: 11am–11pm