As you can already tell from the name – no ramen shops come close to being as cute as this.
I mean, the logo is literally a cute pouting cartoon shiba inu.
Ramen Shiba is a surprise find down at West Coast Plaza. In their own words, they are the new top dog in town.
They do authentic Japanese tonkotsu ramen, using a mix of pork bone and parts like trotters and neck to give the broth a silky texture.
The collagen-rich soup, in its final form, is milky and rich.
Ramen Shiba transforms the broth into four types of ramen – Signature, Original, Black Garlic, and Spicy.
For each flavour profile, the options are to get the ramen with seaweed, with a flavoured egg, or with all toppings.
The way to go to start is the Shiba Signature Butabara Ramen with All Toppings ($20.90). The basics are all there: rich soup, large sheet of nori, a whole ramen egg, and three large slices of chashu.
I had the Shiba Signature Butabara Ramen with Flavoured Egg ($18.90).
What makes the ramen the Shiba Signature is the heap of stir-fried ginger pork sitting in the center of the bowl.
Either devour it immediately, or stir it into the soup to infuse the broth with a soy taste.
I would say this was a credible-decent bowl of ramen to be found in the West; though I found it slightly on the salty side. As there is an option to pick the level of saltiness, I would go for “less salt” rather than normal.
Customers can also pick from “normal noodles” or “thin noodles”. Usually I would personally prefer thinner noodles, but happened to find their “normal noodles” having a better QQ chewy bite somehow.
The humble Original Tonkotsu Ramen ($12.90) is the cheapest choice there is, although a slice of chashu is all there is.
If a smoky and charred flavour is your taste, the Black Garlic Tonkotsu Ramen with Seaweed ($14.90) with the drizzle of black garlic oil will suit it better.
Or else, the Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen with Seaweed ($14.90) is popular.
Some sides to go with the ramen include their Chicken Karaage ($8.90), Pork Gyoza ($7.90 for 5pcs, $14.80 for 10pcs), and Pork Shogayaki ($9.90).
As far as your humble neighbourhood ramen shop goes, Ramen Shiba is cute, homely, and good for any casual day.
West Coast Plaza B1-09, 154 West Coast Road, Singapore 127371
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
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* Written by Daniel Ang and Dean Ang. Follow @DanielFoodDiary on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube for more food news, food videos and travel highlights. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.