Despite opening for a couple of months, this supposedly famous ramen shop from Kagoshima remains quite under the radar. (Also read: 10 NEW Ramen Shops In Singapore)
Kagoshima Satsuma Shimuja Ramen has opened at Tanjong Pagar’s Enggor Street, right outside Icon Village.
Perhaps the success of a ramen shop in Singapore is a combination of location, branding, and good marketing. I haven’t talked about taste.
The words “Shimuja” 思無邪 have an interesting connotation of the purity of the mind though, perhaps a reflection of the Japanese’s noodle-cooking process.
Shi = Omoi (Thoughts) Mu = Nashi (Without) Ja = Yokoshima (Evil)
“With no wicked thoughts in mind.”
Ramen offerings in Singapore include the Kagoshima Special ($21), Satsuma Ramen ($15), Tokuaji ($19) which is a tonkotsu and chicken based soup, and Dry Ramen ($17).
The Kagoshima Special ($21) contained thick pork broth, topped with scallions, sprouts, kikurage mushrooms and kurobuta chashu.
A special feature is the Kaneyo soy sauce used which is made in Kagoshima.
Unlike other ramen, there are strips of burdock root, adding some crunch, and sweet-earthy flavours. I was more indifferent to it, though my friend found that distracting.
To me, the weakest link was the curly and moderately thick noodles though.
I didn’t mind that it was mid-wavy, but perhaps was cooked too soft. Also, it didn’t taste overly fresh (could be imported and refrigerated?), and would have preferred something chewier.
All in all, a decent bowl of ramen with unique, rich-tasting soup, but perhaps lacking in the visibility aspect.
16 Enggor Street #01-01 Altez Singapore 079717
Tel: +65 9066 9448
Opening Hours: 11am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 10pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun