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A little hint of Sapporo?


Miharu - Koumi Tsukemen
Originally uploaded by Skinny Epicurean.
I finally tried the ramen of Sapporo at Miharu! Fortunately I was not feeling adversed to a carb-heavy meal when the option was tossed out. When we got there at around 8-ish, there was already a queue forming but typical of a ramen joint, the tables turned around pretty quickly and we were seated in about 15 minutes.

I have a penchant for cold food and naturally the tsukumen (or, cold noodles with hot dipping sauce), called out to me. Between the miso or koumi (or, fragrant) dipping sauce, I had to choose the more exotic and sexy koumi ($11).

A few minutes later, food took stage and honestly, the first sight of the noodles was not very appetizing. The huge portion of noodles looked like a big mangled pile of zero-point rubberbands! The dipping sauce on the other hand, looked rather seductive with the toasted sesame seeds suspended in a visible layer of oil and my pitfall - the biggish piece of nori slowly drowning. I could not wait to eat that.

On first bite, I noted the "cold noodles" were still warm since they were freshly blanched. They were suprisingly chewy, not unlike rubber band but in a good (and yummy) way. I thought they tasted pretty close to Kado Man's, albeit slightly thicker. There was hints of egginess and none of the nasty floury taste. Whether it was meant to be, but that layer of oil sure served the purpose of lubricating the noodle strands so they glided down the throat without much efforts.

The dipping sauce was extremely salty though. I suppose it was neccessary to balance the bland, plain noodles but I was thankful for the big container of ice water on the table as it helped to take sips of water in between. Hidden inside the broth were a few things: a piece of char siu, half an egg, sliced leeks and strips of preserved bamboo shoots. The egg was good; the white absorbing the flavours of the stock pretty well.

The friend had the tonkotsu miso ramen ($12.50), with an extra egg ($?). It looked pretty inviting and the bowl was soon devoided of its content.

Other than the issue with the salt, I actually enjoyed my ramen, given that I polished off the entirety despite my initial reservation and as a result, traded stomach space meant for dessert. (Not to worry though, the tradeoff lasted all but 3 hours and I still got dessert thereafter!)

Sapporo Ramen Miharu
The Gallery Hotel
T: 6733-8464
Opening Hours: 12pm -3pm, 6pm - 10pm
Closed on Wednesdays

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