While we are very used to ramen in hot flavourful broth, the Maze Ramen offered at Daikokuya is another attempt to be different and unique in this country sprouting up with many ramen eateries.
The dry ramen noodles is seasoned with aromatic garlic sauce and topped with corn, wood ear mushroom, sliced char shu, bean sprouts and chopped scallions. The egg was hard boiled, and I would have preferred the usual soft egg with creamy yolk.
Imagine eating Tah Mee at the hawker centre, with a contemporary and cosy edge. While the ramen is still evenly tasty, it is hard to visualise if people are willing to pay for dry ramen, Would you? Then again, there are people who pay more than $20 for noodles that they taste like instant mee.
Another surprise find at Daikokuya was the Tokyo-style Ramen. While the ingredients were the usual char naruto fish cake, spinach, bamboo shoots and a dash of dashi, the winning formula was the chicken broth. Inspired by the ramen stalls found along busy streets of the Tokyo city, this soup is refreshingly light and delicate and would appeal to those who is not keen on thick salty broths. Sipping the soup, it reminded of how I would sip a fragrant cup of tea.
If you find the texture of the Sapporo Ramen vaguely familiar like I did, that is because the Head Chef Lee Teck Kheong used to work with Bishamon Sapporo Ramen and he brought his years of experience to Daikokuya.
And when I asked if the broth was indeed boiled for 12 hours, he said that his cooks would come in during midnight to prepare for the next day.
Good location, good ambience and good Tokyo ramen. Now what this place needs is perhaps the most important – a good word of mouth.
Daikokuya Ramen Dining, 290 Orchard Road #B1-47 Paragon Shopping Centre Tel:+65 6737 5416
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10.30pm Daily