Not fire ramen this time, Menbaka has launched a limited spring menu with five mainstays which features Hokkaido wagyu beef, truffle and Sakura – to experience Japan right in Singapore.
The famed ramen shop first opened in 1984 near Nijo Castle, by ramen master Masamichi Miyazawa who spent many years learning the ropes of ramen making.
Here’s what so special about Menbaka Fire Ramen: it is piled with abundant Kujo-Negi (green onions). After which, signature negi onion oil will be poured over the ramen bowl, which creates this tall, dramatic fire.
Pouring the burning oil just before eating, apparently helps to bring out the aroma and flavour of the green onions.
Here’s more of the Menbaka Fire Ramen’s Seasonal Menu, available for a limited period:
Aburi Hokkaido-Wagyu Ramen ($24.90)
The Aburi Hokkaido-Wagyu Ramen is cooked in Menbaka’s in-house katsuobushi broth, of which its clear appearance with robust flavours reminded me of consommé.
Accordingly, the dashi soup base is a special concoction of katsuobushi (bonito flakes), Hondashi, sashimi shoyu, and mirin.
Right before serving, crunchy wagyu fat cubes would be added to add more crunch – pop into the mouth and experience the slight burst of flavours.
The highlight was definitely the Japanese Hokkaido-wagyu which would be lightly torched, complete with buttery texture and mouth-watering tenderness.
Truffle Mazesomen ($10.90, $24.90 with Hokkaido Wagyu, $13.90 with NZ Organic striploin)
Served with tobiko, dry salted seaweed, Sakura ebi and negi, this chilled somen teuchifu may remind you of some version of Angel Hair Pasta.
The noodles is drizzled with a generous amount of a white truffle oil secret mix of white truffle oil and shoyu which packed in the ‘aroma’.
Ebi Tempura Organic Striploin Roll ($6.90)
Your Ebi Tempura with a twist. The deep-fried prawn was enveloped with Aburi Organic Striploin drizzled with sesame sauce and specially selected furikake.
Sakura Yoghurt Pudding ($6.90)
Fresh and natural low-fat dessert topped with real preserved Sakura flowers from Japan.
Sakura Milk Latte ($6.90)
A non-caffeinated drink, while it looked pinky-sweet (like Bandung), it was still manageable for me.
The smoothly frothed milk is Infused with organic hibiscus, rosehip and beetroot together with a pinch of chai which added some surprise – for sweet, creamy and delicate ‘spiciness’.
Get the entire Wagyu X Truffle (Sakuru) Set for $59.80 (U.P $66.60) with a bowl of Hokkaido Wagyu Ramen, Truffle Maze-Somen, Aburi NZ Organic Striploin Tempura Ebi ($6.90), Sakura Yogurt Jelly, and two cups of Sakura Latte.
Add $3 for 2 pieces of Sakura Mochi to complete the blossom experience.
Menbaka Fire Ramen Singapore
Cineleisure Orchard #05-03, 8 Grange Road, Singapore 239695
Reservation via WhatsApp: +65 8218 9236.
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 9pm (Mon – Thurs), 11:30am – 3:30pm, 4:30pm – 10pm (Fri – Sat), 11:30am – 3:30pm, 4:30pm – 9pm (Sun)
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Menbaka Fire Ramen Singapore.