Ramen lovers whom been to Japan, or even the popular destination Bangkok Thailand, you probably would have tried or heard about Chabuton.
Chabuton created a big hit in the Thai market in 2010, with 14 outlets in Thailand, making it one of the fastest growing ramen chain there.
This Prestigious Chabuton from Japan, has arrived into our shores and opened its first outlet at Somerset 313 #B2-01.
The brand of Chabuton Singapore shares the same formula and original secret recipes as the other outlets in Japan and Thailand.
I was excited and privileged to be invited to savour the ramen dishes created by the Michelin starred chef, Mr. Yasuji Morizumi, the first ramen chef that achieved such honour and also named as the “King of Ramen” from TV Champion, TV Tokyo Station.
The bright coloured entrance was welcoming, with many wooden wall panels and brown tables it gives off a clean, spacious and Japanese vibe upon entering into the restaurant.
All the ingredients used are imported directly from Japan, or sourced from specially appointed companies by the Japanese team, and ensured that well-balanced and authentic bowls of Japanese ramen are being produced.
Chabuton will continuously localise flavours and create unique offerings at reasonable price that appeal to the Singaporeans.
I shall start off with some side dishes. These bite-sized dumplings Hitokuchi Gyoza ($5 for 8 pcs) served as a perfect side dish to Chabuton‘s ramen. The dumpling skin was crispy and the pork meat filing was juicy. I would be pleased if they were more generous with the meat filling.
Ika Karaage (Fried Squid $5), was deep fried to a good texture and it wasn’t oily at all so that everyone can enjoy without feeling guilty.
Soup Gyoza ($5), the soupy version of their signature dumplings in chicken collagen broth. The soup was light yet flavourful, it will be an enjoyment having this on its own and I will not mind requesting for extra soup if I could.
Out of the 12 ramen dishes, I picked Tonkotsu as this is Chabuton‘s signature dish. The rich and creamy broth is the culmination of many hours of simmering pork bones. A slice of char skew rests atop the noodles, with abundance of Japanese leek and white sesame added to enliven the overall taste.
Small portion are priced at $8:30; while the standard hearty size are at $11.90 for Tonkotsu Ramen. Diners can customise the ramen to your own liking, by choosing the noodle texture from soft to hard, as well as the saltiness level of your soup.
I like my noodles rich and with a little bite, so I opted for hard noodle texture and level up the saltiness.
An extra $3.00 will give you special add-on of a Ajitsuke Tamago (Soft Boiled Egg) and Buta Kakuni (Braised Pork Belly). I was a little disappointed when I was told that the pork belly was sold out in store, but glad that the egg made up for it.
For those who prefer their soup to be more flavourful with a spicy kick, you can add Kara, spicy minced pork for just a dollar.
Chabuton Shoyu Zaru Ramen ($11.90), thin-style Japanese cold noodles served on a bamboo tray and a bowl of Japanese soy sauce soup. Made to be eaten cold, it is great to have this dish during our hot weather in Singapore. After finishing the noodles, diners can ask for the Wari Soup to be added to the bowl for an extra enjoyment.
Do take note of the weekday lunch special where you can get a junior bowl of ramen of your choice with a side, dessert and beverage at only $12.30. This is such good deal that you should not miss.
Thank you Chabuton for the invite to savour your signature dishes. I will definitely head back for your gratifying bowls of ramen.
Chabuton Singapore Outlet (Somerset 313)
Address: 313 Orchard Road #B2-01 Singapore 238895
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm