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Kanshoku Ramen Bar
There are plenty of food outlets in Northpoint City at Yishun, so it can be a daunting task at times to scout something that can please everybody’s palate. After a few rounds around the mall, we finally settled down at Kanshoku Ramen Bar – a Japanese restaurant. The big banner highlights their unique dry Truffle ramen which attracted our attention and we decided to give it a shot.
Kanshoku Ramen Bar utilizes an old bus shell for their kitchen operation and obviously part of the marketing gimmicks to attract the attention of the customers. An old big bus inside a shopping mall is definitely catchy.
Truffle Ramen Dry ($16.90)
Hakata style ramen is tossed in shaved Italian truffle and truffle oil, and you just can’t ignore this signature dish here. The whiff of truffle aroma filled the air when the dish arrived on the table, topped with Truffle, onsen egg and slices of torched char siew. The dry ramen was adorned with lusciously truffle pate on top of the al-dente ramen. The flavour of the truffle was phenomenal and the beautifully blow-torched char siew helped to heighten the ramen in both the taste and flavour. (4.5/5)
Spicy Tonkatsu ramen ($14.90)
Specially imported chilli from Japan is blended with Tonkotsu broth to create this ramen. The spicy Tonkotsu ramen is my son’s favourite, the orange-red chilli-infused Tonkotsu broth can be intimidating at first sight with its fiercely hot appearance, but it turned out that the spiciness was well within the tolerable level. Unfortunately, the broth was fairly ordinary in taste and can’t really impress our taste buds.
The ramen was topped with seaweed, slices of char siew and Soft Boiled Egg (Ajitsuke Tamago), the egg has a perfect custard-like yolk texture and was well-seasoned to bring you the best flavour. However, the slices of char siew were just missing the right flavour. (3.0/5)
Signature Tonkusu Ramen ($13.90)
Topped with the soft boiled egg, black fungus, seaweed and slices of char siew, the ramen is similar to the spicy version just without the chilli added. (2.5/5)
Pork Gyoza ($6.5)
The Pork Gyoza was pan-fried to a crispy skin, the filling was flavourful and juicy. (3.0/5)
The Truffle ramen dry is definitely worth a try at Kanshoku Ramen Bar, the rest of the ramen tasted ordinary and were nothing to shout about. If you have only one choice, it is fairly clear what it is.