Bari Uma Ramen can be considered one of the most under-the-radar ramen eateries in Singapore, though it has found regulars amongst tonkotsu ramen fans.
Its first location is at Tanglin Shopping Centre hidden in the corner of the old mall which may be hard to find if you are not familiar with the place.
While it closed its United Square Shopping Mall outlet, it has opened a new branch nearby at Novena Gardens. (There is also Menya Kanae which is nearby at Novena Regency.)
First established 2003 in Hiroshima, it is known for its rich soups that they send directly from Japan, noodles made fresh in each shop, and well grilled char-siu.
Items on the menu include Nori Tama Uma ($16.90), Ajitama Uma ($14.90) and Kara Tama Uma (16.90) which is a spicy shoyu flavour.
To make their Tonkotsu soup, ingredients including pork bones, chicken bones, chicken feet and vegetables are simmered over more than 8 hours. Accordingly, the residues are also skimmed off to minimise any ‘porky’ odour.
The soup is then mixed with high quality soy sauce to achieve the sharp and distinct flavour, along with creamy texture.
Most Singaporeans have a preference for milky tonkotsu soup, partly because our taste buds tend to gear towards the thick and flavourful.
While shoyu based ramen typically has a clear brown broth which is light on the palate, Bari Uma’s version is a richly flavoured tonkotsu shoyu soup.
Compared to all the other ramen in in Singapore, the broth here was considerably rich, layered with flavours and you may not be able to help slurping away.
Their noodles also have strong ‘koshi’ which means it is chewy and has a good bite.
Pair your ramen with some of their sides including Gyoza ($6.90, $12.90), Chicken Karaage ($6.90, $12.90) which also comes with spicy and tartar versions.
Bari-Uma Ramen Novena Gardens
273 Thomson Road, #01-03/04 Novena Gardens, Singapore 307644
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
No. 19, Tanglin Road, #B1-01/02, Tanglin Shopping Centre, Singapore 247909
Opening Hours: 9am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)