$6.90 Ramen? This shows that it is still possible to look for inexpensive food in increasingly pricey Singapore. You just need to find.
Case in point, local ramen joint 300 Boru 三百碗 located at Burlington Square.
If you are not too sure where that is, it is a building next to Sim Lim Square, and opposite LASALLE College of the Arts. With a sizable student community in the vicinity, perhaps that is one of the reasons why prices of meals are kept low here.
300 Boru itself is found within the premise of Geisha Specialty Coffee cafe, specialising in two kinds of dry ramen, the Mazemen Kuro ($6.90) and Mazemen Shiro ($7.90).
The shop also offers a selection of small bite such as Poke Loop ($3.90) – this is like a poke onigiri; Hirata Buns where you get chashu or smoked duck sandwiched in between; Chashu Don ($6.90); and Poke Donburi ($9.90).
The desserts such as Japanese Pancake ($3.90) and Black Waffle ($3.90) are also affordably priced. If you noticed, all items here are less than $10.
The shop itself has a small space of woody décor, and reminds me of some of the cafes in Taiwan. The one thing that I am not inclined to liking was the strong clashes of aroma, from coffee to food, trapped within a small enclosed space.
For $6.90, the Mazemen Kuro ($6.90) is considered value-for-money with ingredients from onsen egg, scallions, roasted seaweed, special chashu, charred cabbage, and black sauce which you can select the level of spiciness.
I liked that they took the effort to aburi the chashu, and the black sauce palatable with tinge of sweetness and spiciness (which did remind me vaguely of Indomie).
If only the noodles were more al dente, as I thought they were nua nua (too soft) at parts. But maybe that was the style that was intended.
A humble, under-publicised shop of 300 Boru. If you are looking at something more polished, maybe they are still getting a hang of things, but could try if you are in the vicinity.
300 Boru 三百碗
175 Bencoolen Street, #01-55 Burlington Square, Singapore 189649 (Rochor MRT)
Tel: +65 87489676
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 8:00pm (Mon – Sun)