Great World City has finally undergone a revamp, and looks set to welcome a couple of NEW F&B tenants include Tim Ho Wan, Din Tai Fung, Marvx Coffee Bar, Imperial Treasure Steamboat, Ho Fook Hei Soy Sauce Chicken, Four Seas Fish Grill, and Hototogisu Ramen.
Hototogisu Ramen will probably get some of the limelight, as it is one of the first to open at the new wing.
Its parent shop – Sobahouse Kiniro Hototogisu 金色不如帰 from Tokyo was just awarded a Michelin Star in the Tokyo Michelin Guide.
Its first store in Singapore Konjiki Hototogisu located at CHIJMES, has received quite positive feedback, known for its base cooked using Hamaguri clams and pork broth.
What distinguishes the Great World City outlet is the introduction of “Oyster Ramen”, exclusive to this branch.
There are two versions for this – the clear soup based Oyster Shio Ramen ($15.90) and Oyster Paitan Ramen ($15.90) with creamier broth.
The broth is said to be prepared by slow-cooking oyster consommé at a lower temperature for a number of hours, then added with roasted paprika for a more invigorating base.
When the Oyster Shio Ramen ($15.90) was presented, I noticed many elements going on, from Oyster Paste, Oyster Oil, Wild Rocket leaves, roasted paprika, red onions to garlic lemon butter.
One bowl, many ways of eating.
There are 4 recommended ways of savouring that bowl: from drinking the Oyster Consommé on its own, to trying the Oyster Oil, Oyster Paste, to mixing in the Garlic Lemon Butter.
This is not like your typical ramen, as the soup had varied layers, and indeed quite exciting to the taste buds. Complex yet coming together balanced.
Also, it didn’t feel that heavy, and I had no trouble finishing the entire bowl.
The weakness, as I previously pointed out before, was its Ajitama Egg which could have been more molten and flavoured.
Some diners may find the noodles cooked soft and limp as well, but I didn’t quite mind it.
If you prefer something creamier with more robust flavours, then get the Oyster Paitan Ramen ($15.90), which I suspect is more suitable for those used to Tonkotsu styles.
I also noted a sliced of baked lemon, and it added this interesting zest.
Other ramen items such as the Tonkotsu Original Ramen ($13.90), Tonkotsu Spicy Ramen ($14.90) and Tonkotsu Smoke and Pepper Ramen ($13.90).
In a market saturated with that many ramen stores, I am glad to find a comforting yet unconventional treat of “Oyster Ramen”.
And if you are wondering if there is any of that ‘fishy’ seafood smell or taste, nope there wasn’t.
Hototogisu Ramen – Great World City
1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World City, #01-143, Singapore 237994
Konjiki Hototogisu – CHIJMES
CHIJMES #01-17, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996 (City Hall MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10.00pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 10pm (Fri – Sun)