Only place to satisfy a soba craving while in Singapore25 November, 2010 by Chad
While Ramen seems to overtaken Sushi in becoming the signature Japanese dish in Singapore, there are hardly any Soba or Udon shops to be found. Thankfully, there is always Shimbashi Soba at Paragon Shopping Center to fall upon.
Realize that there hasn’t been any food related articles in quite some time. Our resident food writer Yan has been busy saving Azeroth from some evil dragon that still can’t get dressed itself or something so here’s one writeup from myself. We’ve actually got a stockpile of dining experiences that have yet to be covered but will slowly make time for them.
Those that know me are more than familiar with my aversion for ramen, in favor of udon (which together with curry rice, made a staple part of my childhood diet). In the past I had relied on Shimbashi Soba to get my occasional udon fix but had avoided the place in recent years due to the ridiculous queues outside. With the emergence of other popular Japanese dining spots throughout Orchard, the crowds have since died down. Making now as a good as any time for you to check out the place.
Shimbashi Soba’s claim to fame, is their fresh handmade noodles prepared daily. It is one of the few (if not only) places in Singapore that doesn’t serve you supermarket grade soba and udon. There’s an open concept to the kitchen, so you can actually watch the master chefs making the noodles live if you want.
Yan had a soba craving, which was the whole reason why we were here this day. Special seasonal dishes were on the menu and he ordered some sort of duck soup soba. It read on the menu, that wild ducks from France were used in the dish.
It was good. According to him, the wild duck was tougher than your usual farmed counterpart but definitely flavorful.
I decided to get some seasonal soba too. As I hadn’t had any ever since 4 days straight days of eating soba (for a total of 5 times in a week) with Wilson. That man loves his soba. Though 2 of the 5 occasions were due to my own weakness for yakisoba.
My order was a seaweed and egg soba with tempura. The soba was as good as always but the soup was quite a bad idea. The whole bowl was literally saturated with seaweed. And as much as I do like seaweed, its strong savory flavor completely overwhelmed the freshness of the buckwheat noodles.
The tempura was great though, as expected from a shop specializing in soba. Nothing more to be said, except to do give Shimbashi Soba a chance.
The Paragon, 290 Orchard Road #B1-41
Daily: 11.30 AM – 10.00 PM
Tel: 6735 9882
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