Another ramen shop with a Michelin-star relation opens in Singapore. Jimoto Ya’s signature ramen is created by Chef Nobumasa Mieda of Michelin-Starred Kaiseki Restaurant MIEDA from Sapporo Hokkaido.
Jimoto Ya Singapore is located at the Nanking Row of China Square Central, right opposite popular Korean BBQ restaurant Wong Dae Bak.
This should make it a popular lunch spot with office workers nearby.
What makes their ramen different from the others is, the broth is made from a special blend of amaebi (sweet shrimp) and tonkotsu.
This explains the distinctive aroma reminiscent of hae mee (prawn noodle soup) upon walking into the eatery.
There are 5 basic types of ramen currently available – Ebi Shio ($16.50), Ebi Miso ($16.50), Ebi Shoyu ($16.50), Ebi Curry ($16.50) and a cold Hiyashi Cyuka ($18.50).
I ordered the Ebi Shoyu ($16.50) upon recommendation of a ramen-loving friend.
True enough, this bowl hits the right notes on almost every level.
I am habitually most particular about the temperature of the broth, because somehow in Singapore many ramen shops serve soups that turn cold too soon, too fast. (And I typically take 3 quick shots, and will go on drinking the first spoonful.)
Jimoto Ya’s sweet prawn and pork bone combination broth remained hot from start to the end, staying flavourful, robust and satisfying. The lightness of the shoyu complemented the sweetness of the prawns well.
In contrast, a rather heavy and partly salty Ebi Miso ($16.50) didn’t seem all that compatible. As though there were occasional clashes from two strong characters.
If I were to nit-pick, it felt that the bowl lacked of a melt-in-your-mouth char siu to feel more complete. It was served with minced meat and cabbage instead.
The richness of the broth somehow reminded me of Keisuke’s first shop in Singapore, which also specialised in ebi ramen. That didn’t last long. I think it just wasn’t the right timing then for local customers to accept something more fanciful.
Jimoto Ya is one of the more promising ramen shops that opened in Singapore of late, and I hope they can keep the standard there.
Jimoto Ya 海老麺総本家 地元家
3 Pickering Street, Nanking Row, 01-44/01-45 (opp Hong Lim Complex) Singapore 048660
Tel: +65 6223 3397
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
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