Monday, September 10, 2012

Ramen @ Menya Musashi, Raffles City, Singapore

Since popular Japanese ramen joint Menya Musashi arrived in Malaysia, I have wanted to get my hands on a bowl of ramen there.  I finally got my first taste, not at the Menya Musashi in Eat Paradise, Isetan 1Utama, but at Menya Musashi in Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore

A piping hot bowl of ramen.. so satisfying!


Set up in the mid-1990s in Shinjuku, Tokyo by Yamada Takeshi, Menya Musashi (which means Musashi ramen shop) is one of the most famous ramen brand in Japan with over 10 outlets in Tokyo.The name comes from the legendary Edo-era swordsman, Miyamoto Musashi, and operates on the five key ramen principles of ‘chi, sui, hi, kaze and ku’ to create an ideal bowl of Japanese ramen. Illustrations of samurai with swords can be found on their bowls, chopstick sleeves and cutlery.


Casual atmosphere




It was not a planned visit, but luckily for us, there was no queue in front of the restaurant when we got there. However, there was a long queue by the time we finished with our meal.

We were seated fairly quickly and I found the menu here pretty straightforward. You can choose either the ramen in broth or their signature dish, the ramen with dipping sauce (tsukemen). Then there is a choice of white, black or red broth/dipping sauce. Hubby went for the white musashi and I went for the black tsukemen, so that we can try both and compare.



Ramen Menu


For the tsukemen, diners can also choose the serving size of the noodles (at time of order) - you can choose up to 5x the noodle portion, which is a whopping 600g of noodles! There is no additional charge for upsizing your noodles but sharing the tsukemen is not encouraged/allowed. Since I was feeling hungry, I went for 3x regular noodles (360g).




Black tsukemen (RM14.90) with 3x noodles


The tsukemen came served in two bowls - one with the noodles and another with the thick black dipping sauce. You pick up some of the noodles and dip it into the black-garlic sauce. The sauce on its own is very salty but with the noodles, it was perfect. I was actually worried I wouldn't be able to finish the noodles but it was so good and I enjoyed this way of eating it so much that I finished it all! The noodle texture suited me too, slightly thick so it absorbs the thick broth well. The cha siu was pretty good too, with melting layers of fat. The flavoured egg was a tad overdone but still decent. The tsukemen is a popular dish during the summer months in Japan.



Thick black garlic broth


Slurp slurp slurp!



Hubby's white musashi is the original tonkotsu flavour. This is the ramen that we're used to, noodles served in a flavorsome pork broth. I have to say the broth was very good, thick and rich... Hubby drank it all up. Diners get to choose kakuni or cha siu with their ramen. Since I was having cha siu, Hubby picked kakuni which literally means "square simmered" and is Japanese braised pork. This was also very good, a bit more lean than the cha siu but still tender with some layers of fat. Hubby gave the ramen a big thumbs up!

White kakuni ramen (S$14.90)


Noodles here are thick and nicely cooked - great texture!


Oh-so-tender kakuni (Japanese braised pork belly)



There is even a samurai at the bottom of the bowl!


This is what you see if you finish all the noodles and soup! 


Busy kitchen


Verdict: Loved the ramen here, will definitely give the KL/PJ ones a try. 

Full set of photos can be viewed on my Facebook page here. 

Price: Total bill for two S$37.50.

Location: Menya Musashi, Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Rd, #01-16, S 179103, Singapore.

Tel: +65 6336 6500

Nearest MRT: City Hall.

30 comments:

  1. 360g of ramen! Way to go... =)

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    1. My stomach was so "bulat" by the time I finished it LOL!

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    1. Yup, it was. Luckily can get my fix in KL too, they have one pork-free and one porky one.

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  3. I want to try their tsukemen next! Good that they open an outlet near my office now, hehehe. :)

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  4. I tried once @ 1U and it is very nice..

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    1. Cool, glad to hear tht. Will visit tht when I have time. There is another one in the city too (pork-free).

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  5. If not mistaken there is one in One U located at Isetan. Must check it out some day.

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    1. Yes! Since it opened I keep saying I wanna go... but ended up trying the one in SG first. :P

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  6. I wanted to eat here but the queue is always so long!

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    1. Really surprising tht after so many months, there is still such a long queue. We went at 5pm, luckily no queue.

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  7. The black broth is my favourite! But if you drink the sauce like that.. damn a lot of MSG ok!! LOL. not thirsty meh?

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    1. Haha nolah, I where got say I drink the tsukemen sauce. But Hubby finished all his ramen soup la... not tht salty ah, SG's one is just nice. ;P

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  8. I have yet try any ramen *cry & run*

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    1. Aiyo must go try! Esp if u love noodles.

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  9. oooh, you're in singapore again! the singapore outlets for menya musashi do seem to have more choices for broth variety and type of meat :D

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    1. Hehe this was back in July, I have this huge backlog of posts. LOL. It was nice to be able to try both the kakuni and cha siu, they're both nice in their own way.

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  10. the black garlic soup may be kinda frightening for some...

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  11. My family love ramen and we have never try with kun lo version with broth. I must try in OneU soon.

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    1. I have also never tried the tsukemen in 1U, hopefully it tastes just as good. ;)

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  13. Singapore even the shops that not nice also got people queue (at peak times) one lor. Kena tipu a few times liao, "got queue means the food must be nice" doesn't apply :D

    Menya Musashi not my cup of tea (bowl of soup?). Tried this outlet and the ION Orchard one, both soups too greasy/thick for me, I prefer lighter broths.

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    1. Haha ok! Must rmbr that next time. I think I've queued to eat in 2 restaurants in SG - Esquina and Saveur. One excellent, one just so-so. Hehe.

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  14. slurp slurp...wanted to try it so long d..no chance yet..

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    1. Got another new outlet in KL city now... I think Jalan P Ramlee.

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  15. I was there too last month .... however the taste is not as good as the one in 1Utama.

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  16. making me so hungry at night =(

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