Sapporo Miharu Ramen is one of the oldest ramen joints in Singapore. It's not the flashiest or hyped about of restaurants, but just like the tortoise, its sustainable consistency is key to its longevity in the business. Specializing in Hokkaido-styled ramen, where sweet miso, buttery corn, and thick chewy noodles are distinct features, the eatery also serves up tonkotsu, shoyu, and shio styles of noodles.
One of the 2 most popular options, the Ookara Miso ($14.50) was robust with miso and potent with chilli oil. The broth was thinner and notably more delicate than what you'd expect of a classic Sapporo style, but I suppose it's catered to the Singapore palate. I liked this. I actually managed to finish this without feeling sick like an overstuffed seal.
The other crowd-pleaser, the Tokusen Ton Shio ($14.80) was a creamy but nuanced tonkotsu based broth flavoured with salt and soft ginger notes for a subtle kick. Oddly enough, the spice-loving Hubs preferred this over the chilli miso. "The balance was wonderfully comforting".
No visit to a ramen stall is complete without our favourite starter of Edamame ($4), and these were fleshy and nutty.
An excellent recommendation of the waitress was the Chicken Nanban ($8). The fried chicken cutlet, while oily, was flavoursome. The thick egg mayo, lively with bits of pickle, slathered all over lent a refreshing contrast.
Sapporo Miharu Ramen
9 Raffles Boulevard #01-06
Tel: 6733 8464
Open weekdays from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch; 6pm to 10pm for dinner;
weekends from 12noon to 3pm for lunch; 6pm to 10pm for dinner