Shin-Sapporo Ramen welcomes the auspicious year of the Fire Monkey and introduces a special avalanche of fire ramen that literally is worth every bit of praise.
If you want to try the Shin-Sapporo Fire Ramen, you have to sit at the counter and observe the guidelines below.
- Do not attempt to take photographs by yourself. Get your dining partner or the staff to assist in taking photos or video for you.
- Put on an apron to avoid staining your clothes and stay seated at all times.
- Keep a distance from the fire ramen as advised by the staff until the fire has ceased.
- Avoid touching the hot ramen bowl even after the fire has ceased.
- Enjoy the freshly fired ramen.
Shin-Sapporo Fire Ramen ($15.80)
The Moment of Truth
In case you are wondering, the Fire Ramen isn’t spicy at all. The ramen soup is made with Shin Sapporo‘s signature Tonkotsu broth and a blend of stock from pork bones and meat. In it are thin, firm and straight Hakata style noodles topped with Japanese leeks, green onions, bamboo shoots and delicate slices of tender yakibuta (pork charsiu).
The trick of lighting the entire bowl of ramen on fire is by heating vegetable oil to possibly over 450 fahrenheit before igniting it. The fiery waterfall (oil) from the pot hits the soup in the ramen bowl which spontaneously combusts to create the flame. The blazing fire isn’t just for show, it slightly charred the charsiu, green onions and Japanese leeks – giving it a subtle smoky taste and I think this is the brightest and best ramen Shin-Sapporo has introduced.
Shin-Sapporo Sake Ramen ($15.80)
Another bright creation is Shin Sapporo Sake Ramen – launched in 2014, makes a comeback to complement the winter season in Japan. The dose of alcohol wasn’t as strong as what I had before during the launch. I was told that the current sake ramen recipe has been refined to suit local palates, as many customers have reviewed the taste of the sake ramen was too rich and overpowering. But overall, the quality of the noodles and ingredients were still good.
The Sake Ramen also comes in a “dry” version ($14.80) dressed with the usual suspects and the addition of a flavoured oil. The overall taste is much more subtle than the former, I would prefer to go for the original Sake Ramen.
Shin-Sapporo Fire Ramen and Sake Ramen will be available at Orchard Gateway and Century Square outlets for a limited period (seasonal) till end of March 2016.
277 Orchard Road
Phone: +65 67024906
Daily : 11:00am to 9:00pm
2 Tampines Central 5, #B1-10/11
Phone: +65 6783 6304
Daily: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Alexandra Retail Centre
460, Alexandra Road, PSA Building, #02-23
Phone: +65 6276 5708
Daily : 11:00am to 9:00pm