The famous Afuri Ramen 阿夫利 has arrived in Singapore, located at basement 1 of the revamped Funan.
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 water used in Japan’s outlets is said to be from the wells of Mount Afuri in Kanagawa, thus the name of the shop.
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.
The signature Yuzu Ramen available in Singapore include Yuzu Shio Ramen ($15.90), soya-sauce flavoured Yuzu Shoyu Ramen ($15.90), and spicy Yuzu Ratan Ramen ($15.90).
All the ramen dishes come with a sliced for grilled pork, half a seasoned ajitama egg, bamboo shoots, mizuna leaves and seaweed.
The Yuzu Shio Ramen uses “chintan” style broth which is heated at a lower, barely boiling temperature that gives the broth a more nuanced flavour.
The additional of yuzu peel added another dimension to Afuri’s soup.
So if you prefer the full-bodied and rich tonkotsu soup, this may get some getting used to.
The thin noodles used reminded me of the type found at Hototogisu Ramen, to the softer side and could have been more springier.
The weakest link could have been the char siu. While the slice in Japan had a delectable smokey flavour because those were freshly grilled over charcoal, this local version was more ordinary and slightly dry.
A friend who often had Afuri in Japan, remarked it was not too bad and about 60% there.
(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape)
Tsukemen which are typically available during summertime in Japan, is also offered at Afuri Singapore.
The two choices are Yuzu Tsukemen ($15.90) which comes with a citrusy-yuzu dashi and soy sauce-based dip; and Spicy Tsukemen ($15.90) with the addition of housemade chilli oil.
If yuzu is not to your liking, other non-yuzu ramen include Tonkotsu Tan Tan Ramen ($15.90), Tonkotsu Shio Ramen ($13.90); and rice bowls of Kaukini Cha Shu Don ($9.80) and Tan Tan Don ($7.80).
Pair with side dishes of Crispy Gyoza ($5.90 for 4 pieces), Afuri Buta Wings Gyoza ($6.90 for 6 pieces), and Fried Chicken ($6.90 for 4 pieces).
While the Afuri Buta Wings Gyoza sounded and looked promising with the crispy layer and all that, it was as good as an average dish of gyoza.
Afuri Ramen Singapore
Funan #B1-29 107 North Bridge Road Singapore 179105
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