After reading seeing ravishing reviews online but getting less than glowing feedback from friends who went there, this place piqued my curiosity. For one, I have not tried crab stock based ramen soup before, and wondering how it would compare vs my favorite black pork ramen. Secondly, why the less than enthusiastic response?
We went down around 1pm at lunchtime. The place was mostly packed with younger customer types and the queue can take a while. You place your order by checking off your options on a food order form. I decided to go for the crab broth ramen (with strong flavor and normal texture noodles).
It was was a good thing that I decided not to add an egg as we soon found out there is free flow of hard-boiled eggs (white & brown) at each table. Lovely! The eggs are pretty cold, but that’s alright since it’s probably been sitting around for a couple of hours. Dunk in the soup to warm them up.
Having the tubs of marinated bean sprouts and garlic cabbage got me pretty excited too. But maybe that was because I was too hungry by then. The sprouts was a tad tired looking and soggy. I liked the garlic cabbage much more. Crunchy and full of garlic taste. Thankfully I didn’t knock my colleagues down with garlic breath after that, although I wished there was chunks of garlic for me to fish out. Thumbs up for this appetizer!
Here we go, the crab broth ramen with additional seaweed (which is high in all kinds of good stuff for your body). I got the heavy flavor of the sea with lots of crab shells all infused into the soup. Definitely an interesting change from pork broth. The thick slice of seawood, when soaked into the broth, had a nice bite to it. The char siew was smooth, but not much flavor. The noodles, somehow didn’t quite go with the rest of the dish. I don’t know if it was too thick, or lacking in texture, it just didn’t compel me to finish the meal.
Overall, it was a an experience to try it, but I think I’ll still stick to my favorite ramen places for a fix if ever I need one.
Keisuke Kani King
Address: 8 Grange Road, #01-03 Cathay Cineleisure.
Phone : +65 6262 6968
Web : http://keisuke.sg/