Despite opening for a couple of months, this supposedly famous ramen shop from Kagoshima remains quite under the radar. (Also read: 10 NEW Ramen Shops In Singapore)

Kagoshima Satsuma Shimuja Ramen has opened at Tanjong Pagar’s Enggor Street, right outside Icon Village.

Perhaps the success of a ramen shop in Singapore is a combination of location, branding, and good marketing. I haven’t talked about taste.

The words “Shimuja” 思無邪 have an interesting connotation of the purity of the mind though, perhaps a reflection of the Japanese’s noodle-cooking process.

Shi = Omoi (Thoughts) Mu = Nashi (Without) Ja = Yokoshima (Evil)
“With no wicked thoughts in mind.”

Ramen offerings in Singapore include the Kagoshima Special ($21), Satsuma Ramen ($15), Tokuaji ($19) which is a tonkotsu and chicken based soup, and Dry Ramen ($17).

The Kagoshima Special ($21) contained thick pork broth, topped with scallions, sprouts, kikurage mushrooms and kurobuta chashu.

A special feature is the Kaneyo soy sauce used which is made in Kagoshima.

Unlike other ramen, there are strips of burdock root, adding some crunch, and sweet-earthy flavours. I was more indifferent to it, though my friend found that distracting.

To me, the weakest link was the curly and moderately thick noodles though.

I didn’t mind that it was mid-wavy, but perhaps was cooked too soft. Also, it didn’t taste overly fresh (could be imported and refrigerated?), and would have preferred something chewier.

All in all, a decent bowl of ramen with unique, rich-tasting soup, but perhaps lacking in the visibility aspect.

Satsuma Shimuja
16 Enggor Street #01-01 Altez Singapore 079717
Tel: +65 9066 9448
Opening Hours: 11am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 10pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun

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