Yoshimaru is one of the traditional places one goes to seek out a satisfying ramen meal. Tucked in one corner of Holland Village, this little ramen bar is also well known for its Ramen Challenge, which now returns from now till June 22.
I was invited to try out the challenge: finish the challenge ramen, which is triple the regular sized ramen, including soup and all contents, and you get the meal for free, enter into a draw which may win you some Lenovo tablets.
Quite huge, weighs about 3kg of food...and the soup is hot...but to win, you need to finish this in 12 minutes. If you don't you will need to pay the $35 for this huge portion.
But I chickened out...I went for the regular and traditional Hakata ramen, in tonkotsu broth...the very same as the challenge ramen, but in a regular portion.
Rather good, I must say. The soup is thick, full of collagen, and very tasty. The egg was very nicely done...firm whites, and nearly runny yolk, and flavoured. The chasiu was good, but in my view not quite exceptional, but on the whole, the ramen is quite good.
And instead of testing myself with the challenge, we had fried chicken.
I found this rather good, not greasy. The batter was light, and crispy. And the chicken within was still quite juicy.
And added gyoza
These were quite good. The browned side was not quite super crisp, but does the job...and the filling was rather tasty...filled with chicken and prawn meat. I really liked the taste of the gyoza, and would rate this as one of the better ones I have eaten.
Overall, nice ramen place. And with the ramen challenge, makes quite an interesting outing for groups.
As mentioned, this is an invited tasting. Thanks to Ann for invitation.
Yoshimaru Ramen Bar