Fun fact: Ramen first showed up in Yokohama, Japan, from Shanghai, China. The name given to it then was Chuka Soba (meaning Chinese Soba). Soba was a popular noodle dish back in the old days and so the name Chuka Soba was given to this new and rising popular noodle dish.
Guess what? Menya Sakura offers the same Chuka Soba in Singapore. Menya Sakura also serves 4 other types of Ramen dishes – Tonkotsu Ramen, Tsukemen, Aburasoba, and Taiwan Mazesoba. Menya Sakura originates from Nagoya. The business was started by ramen specialist NAKATANI who manages and owns more than 20 shops in Japan and overseas.
Of the five, my favorites are the Tonkotsu Ramen and Aburasoba. For the Tonkotsu Ramen, I really enjoyed the high concentration broth mixed with thick juicy slices of cha shu and a really flavorful flavored egg. I ate that twice in the same week. It was really delicious. I recommend trying the Tonkotsu Ramen.
The other one would be the Aburasoba. Aburasoba is almost like the Taiwan Mazesoba, with the Taiwan Mazesoba being a lot spicier. You have the option of making your Aburasoba spicier if you like it spicy. Aburasoba is like Mazesoba, it is dry ramen, with a little bit of broth at the bottom to keep it wet. A simple way to explain Mazesoba is the Taiwanese version of Singapore’s Minced Pork Noodles. Aburasoba is basically similar in that it is not spicy and instead of minced pork, it is served with more thick slices of cha shu. When it comes to dry ramen, the concentration level of the broth cannot be too high, which makes it too salty and overpowering. The Aburasoba had some of the broth at the bottom to keep it slightly wet and flavorful. It was well-balanced and I enjoyed every bite of it. I am actually salivating while writing this. It does leave an impression.
Of the five served, these two are my favorite choices simply because of the balanced combination of flavors in both bowls of ramen. Everything tasted really good. If my office were in the vicinity, I wouldn’t mind eating there once a week. If you are in the area, why not give it go? Try out their Tonkotsu Ramen and their Aburasoba.
Menya Sakura, 69 Boat Quay, Singapore 049857
Telephone: +65 9469 3366
Opening Hours: 1130am-1030pm (Mon-Thu, Sat; Last Order at 10pm) and 1130pm-1am (Fri; Last Order at 1230am). Closed on Sundays.