Just a short post this time! Well, I went to Marutama Ramen at Central a few days back because I had this ramen craving and my friend recommended this shop because it was in the area. So we both went to fufill my ramen needs :3
I ordered the Marutama Ramen, which is a toripaitan (鶏白湯) ramen. It uses chicken broth with Hakata-style noodles. There were others choices on the menu such as Tan men and aka ramen but since it was my first visit I decided on the ramen that was named after the shop. Or is it the other way round..?
Anyway, you could add extra toppings to your ramen! Such as extra kakuni(角煮), cha shu(チャーシュー), aosa(アオサ), ajitsuke tamago(味付け卵) and even kaedama(替え玉), which means a ramen refill. I got mine with the soft boiled egg, because I love soft boil eggs in ramen. I think ramen has made me grown to love soft boil eggs because previous I really hated them. Perhaps it’s because in Singapore, egg yolk has this really strong taste but in Japan I have never experienced that before. Something to do with the freshness of the egg? I’m not too sure.
Marutama Ramen with ajitsuke tamago (まる玉らーめんと味付けたまご)
Verdict: The ramen broth was not bad, albeit being a bit too light for my taste. The char siew was a little saltier than expected, but I loved the negi and the aosa. The noodles were typical Hakata-style, yellow thin noodles that were firm. And the egg was absolutely gorgeous ♥. Maybe it’s just my newfound love for soft boil eggs. But this egg wasn’t just a typical throw-in-the-pot kind of soft boil eggs, I think they might have been marinated afterwards, which explains the slight saltiness that came along with each bite of the egg.
My friend said that the standard that day dropped from that when she first tried Marutama though, so maybe it was just an unfortunate day for us. On that day, the cooks happened to be Chinese and Indian and the service staff was Japanese. O: Kind of gyaku (逆) from what I expected it to be (Gyaku means the opposite or reverse!)
In conclusion, I would say it’s worth a try, but I personally don’t think it’s worth the price. The good thing is that they have quite a few outlets in Singapore, like Liang Court, United Square and Suntec, so it is rather convenient. Maybe I’ll pop by again to see if that was just an off day for them, but with so many other ramen places in Singapore, it may take a while. ^_^