I made a new friend recently and she brought me to her favorite ramen bar, Yoshimaru.
Yoshimaru serves hakata ramen, which got its name from its place of creation, a town in Fukuoka prefecture in Japan named Hakata.
It is a small and cosy little shop.
The interior is well-lit and clean.
Moridakusan Hakata Ramen is the signature here so this is what I ordered. Moridakusan means “everything” which translates to “all toppings” when it is used in ramen. Hakata signature thin ramen is served in tonkotsu broth, and topped with chashu, flavored egg, menna (lactate-fermented bamboo shoots), wood ear fungus, nori (seaweed) and chopped scallions. Hakata ramen is served with karashi takana (spicy pickled mustard greens). Everything else is quite alright, the flavored egg is actually one of the better ones I have eaten, my only complaint is the broth is not thick and crazy enough. I am sorry but when it comes to tonkotsu ramen, my first choice is still Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King.
Goma Ice-Cream is freshly-made in-house everyday. It’s not exceptionally good, but it works if you want to end your meal on a sweet note.
The challenge has already ended when we visited, but at least I know that Yoshimaru holds such a challenge and I shall be ready to take up the challenge when it returns.
Yoshimaru has 13 outlets in Japan but there is only one outlet in Singapore, so do drop by if you want a taste of traditional hakata ramen.
Yoshimaru Ramen Bar
Address: 31 Lorong Liput, Holland Village
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm; Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 11am – 11pm