Do you love it? Or you hate it07 December, 2010 by Yan
Being among the very first wave of Ramen shops to bring forth a huge boon to the Japanese Ramen culture in Singapore, Marutama Ramen brings yet a very debatable experience to all who’ve managed to dine there. Most impressions fall into 2 distinct categories. They either love the Marutama Ramen experience, or they hate it. But why such a huge difference in opinion against this ramen shop, when most other ramen shops have successfully conquered Singaporean tastebuds easily?
No doubt, Marutama Ramen is another ramen store that originates from Japan. In this case, it hails from Saitama prefecture (which slightly north of Tokyo). Getting the facts down, Marutama serves serves a shio (salt) based chicken stock ramen, in which the soup is boiled for long hours in order to extract the essence and collagen that is paired with the thin noodles. While most people will be more familiar with the usual shoyu, miso and tonkotsu broth ramens, Marutama offered a chicken-based one that admittedly most Singaporeans weren’t huge fans of.
To give a nice and clear example, one of Singapore’s most popular food bloggers, ieatishootipost gave a not so positive feedback on his views on Marutama’s ramen. However the claims are backed by sound reasoning and his personal philosophy of enjoying food.
Nothing wrong about that. While ieatishootipost belongs to the “hate it” side, I clearly belong to the “love it” supporters of Marutama Ramen. But I’m not going to go through the facts and start a debate or promote people into pledging their allegiance in support of Marutama Ramen, it is up to the diners to decide for themselves.
The menu is rather simple. The basic Marutama Ramen is thin noodles served in a savory chicken soup, paired with a single piece of char siew, some nori and scallions. Patrons also have the options to choose between having it normal or spicy.
There’s also the aka ramen, which rich broth is apparently different from the usual broth. It’s supposedly brewed from seven different kinds of nuts and paired with different condiments from the usual Marutama Ramen.
Besides that, there’s also an array of side dishes ranging to order from extra char siew for your ramen, gyoza or even lemon wedges to tang up your soup. Do yourself a favor and make sure that you order an aji-tamago while you are enjoying your experience.
The concept of kaedama is also available here (or in any ramen shops worth their salt), which basically is a means for you to order a refill of noodles for just $1++. The condition is that you must have some broth remaining in your bowl, as the noodles come simply boiled and are thrown into your bowl.
Since their humble openings at The Central@Clarke Quay years ago, Martutama Ramen has been mostly successful in their conquest of conquering the taste buds here. If not, they wouldn’t be able to open another 2 stores in such a short time frame. So it seems that while there are still people who find it too normal, there’s still a sizable population who like what Marutama Ramen has to offer.
Marutama Ramen offers an authentic Japanese ramen experience which one can savor in Singapore, regardless of their preference in the dish itself. If anything, I’ll recommend trying out what they have to offer before making a conclusion on whether you like it.
6 Eu Tong Sen Street
#03-90/91 The Central@Clarke Quay
177 River Valley Road
#02-01/02 Liang Court Shopping Centre Singapore
101 Thomson Road
#B1-07/08 United Square Singapore
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