When I heard of a new ramen shop at Chinatown Point basement, I chiong-ed (rushed) down to have a go at the Truffle-flavoured Mazesoba. Perhaps it was the rain that made me crave for noodles.
Kaneta Shoten is the 2nd shop opened by the team Otoko Ramen, who has more than 10 years of experience in Japan making traditional style ramen.
Otoko Ramen located at Alexandra Central Mall might have ‘suffered’ in terms of lack of publicity and awareness, so hopefully Kaneta Shoten would have a better draw.
Compared to the first outlet, this shop provides a wide variety of ramen type and Japanese rice bowls, and signatures include Kaneta Mazesoba ($13.90); Tsukemen ($14.90), Clear Shoyu Ramen ($10.90~$16.90), and Tonkotsu ramen ($11.90-17.90), Kaisen Don ($15.90) and Unagi Don ($12.90).
This is probably to cater to the family-type crowd that frequent Chinatown Point.
Their top recommendations are the Shoyu (soy sauce) Ramen which follows a traditional old Kyoto style, with a brown and clear tonkotsu broth with special tamari soy sauce added; and Tonkotsu (pork bone) Ramen made from boiling bones and collagen over heat for more than 20 hours, creating a creamy consistency.
As I was in a “Mazesoba” mood, I went for the signature Kaneta Mazesoba ($13.90) – a truffle scented dry ramen with special sauce. Some people call this the Japanese ’Bak Chor Mee’.
I find the pricing reasonable (some ramen are quite ridiculously priced nowadays), especially when this comes free up size, free eggs and free flow pickled spicy pineapple.
There was a good mix of flavours and texture, from the spicy minced pork and soft mushrooms. The truffle does not ‘hit’ you immediately, but comes as a subtle aroma upon every bite.
Compared to Kanshoku Ramen Bar, this uses thicker noodles and has a more ‘complicated’ overall taste. Think each will have their own following.
On the first look, Kaneta Shoten seems quite promising, and I will probably return to try the broth versions.
133 New Bridge Road, B1-44/45 Chinatown Point Singapore 059413 (Chinatown MRT)
Tel: +65 6443 8366
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 10:00pm (Mon – Fri), 11:00am – 10:00pm (Sat, Sun, PH)