”Isn’t this Bak Chor Mee, but Japanese style?” Well, technically, you can say that.
Mazesoba can be explained as dry Japanese ramen (or Japanese gan mian), in which “maze” means “to mix”, and “soba” means “noodles”.
Kajiken at Orchid Hotel is the first shop dedicated to selling just Mazesoba in Singapore, and has opened its 2nd outlet at Novena Square 2.
Its signature dish is Mazesoba Nagoya Style ($12.80), in which dry ramen noodles is mixed with spicy minced pork, soft boiled egg, seafood and chopped vegetables.
No wonder people call this the Bak Chor Mee, which essentially means “minced pork noodles”.
There is a “20 seconds rule” in eating the Mazesoba:
1. Mix the ingredients for 20 seconds.
2. Want more kick? Add vinegar or chili oil!
3. Finish eating? Ask for “Oimeshi” and the staff will give you a small portion of rice to mix with the remaining sauce.
The mix of sauce reminded me of the Taiwanese style of Dan Dan Mian, with a mild level of spiciness that doesn’t overpower the other ingredients. Yet added with that umami mouth-feel as you take bites.
I liked the addition of chopped vegetables and egg – one provided the occasional crunch and refreshness; the other a layer of stickiness between the noodles.
Even though the wheat noodles seemed moderately thick, the combination was well-balanced and didn’t feel too heavy.
If you would like a variety of ingredients, you can have the Mazesoba with all toppings ($15.80) which would include char siew, soft boiled egg, deep fried chicken and bamboo shoot.
I wished there was some of that signature spicy minced pork there to add a lift.
If this is your first time to Kajiken, go for the Nagoya style if you can take spiciness because this is not commonly found in Singapore.
Kajiken 油そば専門店 歌志軒 – Novena
10 Sinaran Drive #02-03 Square Two Singapore 307506 (Novena MRT)
Tel: +65 6904 4714
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm Daily
Kajiken – Tanjong Pagar
Orchid Hotel #01-07, 1 Tras Link Singapore 078867 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 82260199
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:30pm, 6:00pm – 9:30pm (Mon – Fri), 11:30am – 9:30pm (Sat – Sun)