Fans of THIS RAMEN are likely to be ecstatic over this piece of news. Afuri Ramen 阿夫利 is coming to Singapore.
Afuri is known for its light fresh chicken broth with a splash of citrusy yuzu, and I would consider it one of the 10 must-try ramen in Tokyo.
The Singapore location is set to be at the basement of the revamped Funan Centre, though the exact date of operation has yet to be announced.
(Funan Centre is reopening on the 28th of June.)
After having so many different types of tonkotsu ramen in Japan, Afuri’s 阿夫利 lighter chicken based stock with citrusy yuzu may add that blossoming in your mouth, and spring in your step.
Even while I am typically a fan of the rich, creamy tonkotsu based broth, I found Afuri’s soup light and refreshing, with the yuzu adding the delicate-tangy-bitterness to the fresh chicken broth.
While Afuri also serves salt-based Shio and soya based Shoyu variants, you should really try versions with yuzu.
All the ramen dishes come with a sliced for grilled pork barbecued over charcoal, half a seasoned ajitama egg, bamboo shoots, mizuna leaves and seaweed.
The water used is said to be from the wells of Mount Afuri in Kanagawa, thus the name of the shop.
Over in Japan, you would be asked if you want your soup to be ‘tanrei’ or ‘maro’.
The ‘tanrei’ is the Afuri classic base, a full flavoured chicken-based soup infused with various seafood, konbu seaweed and vegetables.
I preferred the ‘maro’ which had more chicken and vegetable oil added, and also more robust tasting.
The “Hoso Men” thin noodles used is a blend of premium Hokkaido whole grain wheat “Haru yo Koi” and rye.
Some of my friends (just some) are not keen on the usual Japanese tonkotsu or miso ramens. The usual gripes are: too rich, too thick, too fat, too much oil.
The additional of yuzu peel added another dimension to Afuri’s soup.
The amount of garnish used might have been little, but it added that layer of part sweet, part zesty subtle taste which was refreshing.
During summer time, you can opt for Tsukemen which comes with a yuzu citrus soy sauce-based dip.
Welcome to Singapore, Afuri! (Look out for DanielFoodDiary.com for more details in time to come.)
Afuri Ramen Singapore
Funan Centre #B1-29 107 North Bridge Road Singapore 179105
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