Menya Musashi opens another branch at Ion Orchard, replacing the lackluster Aoba Ramen, with a lot less fanfare as the Raffles City outlet.
For those new to the name, Menya Musashi exploded in the ramen scene in 1996 Tokyo, and have been called “pioneer of the Japanese ramen boom”. Their food and décor is inspired by legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi, and therefore continue to challenge themselves every day, creating up to 140 ramen ever since.
Their first shop in Shinjuku Tokyo has only 20 seats, but can sell 750 bowls of ramen daily. For all the ramen I have eaten in Tokyo, Menya Musashi ranks as my Top 3, with an unforgettable Tsukemen (dipped noodles).
Menya Musashi at Ion Orchard is called the Kodou, meaning ‘tiger’s cave’, with the special begin the Kodou Tsukemen ($15.90) which comes in white (original), red (spicy), or black (fried garlic and onion) soup stock.
I noticed many customers around not knowing how to eat the dipping noodles, or they would finish drinking the soup and then complain it’s too salty! This is NOT Bak Chor Mee.
So here are some tips on how to eat Tsukemen
- Lift a small portion of noodles
- Dip the noodles into the bowl of thick soup
- Slurp up the noodles from the bowl of thick soup
- Don’t just drink the soup!
While this Kodou Tsukemen with slightly overcooked noodles and uninspiring stock is nothing compared to the one I had in Shinjuku, it still beats several of the other tsukemen I had in Singapore. Oh, skip the gyoza ($5.90) too. They taste like out-of-the-supermarket.
Instead, I found the seasonal special Tokyo Akiba Curry Ramen ($14.90) rather refreshing and tasty. The ramen comes with a thin curry soup based, topped with a half-cooked egg, and tender slices of beef cooked shabu-shabu style. Let this noodles stay on the menu.
(Just in case you do not know, Menya Musashi is brought to Singapore by Japan Foods Holding who coincidentally owns Aijisen and Aoba.)
Menya Musashi Kodou 麺屋武蔵 虎洞 (Ion Orchard)
2 Orchard Turn #B3-25 Ion Orchard (Nearest MRT Orchard, one floor above Muji, next to Bali Thai), Tel: +65 6509 9394
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm