Truffle ramen. This is something new. Truffle edamame. Okay, I see where you are getting at. (Read: 15 Must Try Truffle Dishes In Singapore)
Kanshoku Ramen means “to finish eating every last bit of your food’ in Japanese”. This is their 2nd outlet, the 1st at Metropolis.
The Truffle Ramen ($16.90) is a dry version, somewhat reminding us of angel hair pasta with truffle. Kanshoku wasn’t stingy with the truffle oil and black truffle bits AT ALL.
“We were inspired by this French restaurant.” Quipped owner Melvin, who spent some time R&Ding till he got the right formula.
The table of us knew exactly which one he was talking about, and we were right. However, we had varying opinions.
One thought it was nowhere close to the said French restaurant, the other said “too jelak (rich)” and gave up after two mouthfuls, while another was impressed enough to ta-bao another packet back home.
The Truffle Ramen could do better with more varied ingredients, perhaps with a bowl of accompanying soup to balance out the taste. I also suggested for a slice of char-siu, which I found out was added (after my initial truffle blog post went out). The price by the way, went slightly up north too.
I did think that the Black Truffle Edamame ($4.90) was worth a try, for novelty factor. We did wonder what should we do with the pod since we couldn’t exactly eat the skin. Lick the truffle off?
Kanshoku Ramen is a locally developed brand. Their broth boiled eight hours with filtered water, no added salt or preservatives, pork marinated for four hours, and Hakata style ramen made in house.
I am a fan of their noodles, though I would have still preferred it to be a tad harder. Also, there might have been some consistency issues.
Their noodles are worth a try, though I think the weakest link would be their sides.
Their gyoza ($5.90) were limpy, Chicken Karaage ($6.90) slightly soggy (could be the watermelon – why that anyway?) and chicken wings unevenly marinated ($6.90).
Service was friendly, owner extremely receptive to feedback, and this location is much more centralised than the previous. With more exposure, Kanshoku could be that local ramen brand that we can look out for.
Kanshoku Ramen Bar
OrchardGateway, 277 Orchard Road #01-06, Singapore 238858
Tel: +65 6384 4770
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily
Other Kanshoku branches:
9 North Buona Vista Drive, The Metropolis #01-18, Singapore 138588
Tel: +65 6684 4033
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun, PH
ION Orchard #B3-18, 2 Orchard Turn Singapore 238801
Tel: +65 6509 8221
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, Last Order 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
* Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise indicated.