Japan Food Town has opened yesterday! One of the 16 restaurants, Machida-Shoten serves authentic Japanese ramen with a tonkotsu and soya sauce broth that is unique to Singapore. Originating from Kanagawa Perfecture, they are known for their Lekei Ramen, which means that the noodles are cooked to the preferences of customers. It is when upon ordering the ramen, the staff will ask the customer for their preference of noodle texture (soft, medium, firm), thickness of the broth (light, medium, heavy) and the saltiness of the broth (light, medium, heavy). They specialize in Tonkotsu ramen with 3 different flavours; Shoyu, Sio and Spicy.
THE MENU AND PRICING
- TONKOTSU SHOYU RAMEN
This bowl of ramen is ordered with all additional ingredients; 1 extra chashu, 1 seasoned egg and more nori. The first sip of the broth is WOW. You can taste the thick meaty soy sauce flavour instantly spread through your mouth, the kind of flavour that you can only find in Japan. The noodles look similar to the yellow noodles from Chinese dishes, but these are slightly thicker in size and smoother in texture. Biting through the perfectly done seasoned egg reveals the runny yolk in the middle which melts in your mouth with great marinated flavour. The chashu is tender and the fatty parts are quite salty but delicious. When eaten together, the nori in contrast to the highly flavoured broth, provides the dish with a light seaweed taste.
Cost: $17.00 (special version: +1chashu, +1 seasoned egg, +more nori)
Original Cost: $13.00
- TONKOTSU SPICY MISO RAMEN
Again, the broth is just so rich in flavour, and this time when mixed together with the scoop of spicy minced meat, the broth turns reddish with the taste of mild spiciness that is just so delicious to the taste buds. This bowl is ordered with an additional seasoned egg, and it comes with more vegetables and cabbages. The noodles, the slices of chashu and seasoned egg are similar in standard to the shoyu ramen.
Cost: $17.00 (+$2.00 seasoned egg)
- TONKOTSU SIO RAMEN
Sio means salt, and this combination of tonkotsu broth with salt seasoning is as rich as the other ramen in its meaty, salty and creamy flavour. Together with black garlic oil (the dark oily spots), the whole dish is aromatic and delicious. However, this bowl of ramen might be a bit too salty for Singaporean’s taste buds, so some might want to choose the saltiness of the broth to be light. The noodle, chashu and nori are similar in taste and quality with the other bowls of ramen.
- GYOZA FRIED DUMPLINGS
The gyoza is pan fried to a brownish crispiness on the outside, and then steamed for a soft and juicy pork meat on the inside. It is light and delicious, and is a good addition to the ramen.
Overall, the ramen taste is different from many of the other ramen restaurants in Singapore. Since this restaurant chain originated from Japan and they did not alter the flavours of the ramen, it sets a benchmark in the ramen industry. Staff are courteous and patient, and are enthusiastic in their work. It may be the first day of opening, and thus the environment is rather lively.
Overall Food Rating
Wisma Atria Level 4
435 Orchard Rd
Opening Hours: Daily 11AM – 11PM
Directions: Alight at Orchard MRT Station (NS22) and exit at Exit D towards Wisma Atria B1 (do not exit to Ion Orchard). Take the escalator (after OCBC bank) up until level 4, where the Food Court is located. Walk past it and you will see Japan Food Town. At the main entrance, walk further in and Machida Shoten is the second restaurant to your left.