Menya Shinchan Japanese Noodle Restaurant
I never even knew that these guys existed until it was pointed out to me some time ago. Tucked away from sight inside the Riverside View courtyard (30 Robertson Quay #01-05, 6732-0114) sat this little ramen shop with an extensive menu, not to mention a very well-stocked selection of condiments at every station. After looking through everything that they had to offer, I finally settled on the "Soya Sauce Pork Bone Ramen Super Rich Sinjiro with Vegetables," which is only available on weekdays.
I wasn't too impressed at first. This thing was loaded with so much cabbage that it reminded me a bit of champon, something that hasn't necessarily been one of my faves. It took quite some time to clear all of the cabbage and bean sprouts on top before finally reaching the noodles underneath, by which point I was a bit stuffed. The gyoza was a bit soggier than I was hoping for too, despite coming out with a potentially exciting skin from the bottom of the pan connecting all the individual units together.
The funny thing is though that I can't stop thinking about this place. Maybe it was those delightfully firm and thick noodles, or maybe it was those peculiarly placed drops of soy sauce on top of the cabbage. Maybe it was those tender chunks of chasyu, or maybe it was that surprising gyoza stuffing (was that some kind of fish or even bonito inside that I detected?). So despite not really liking it when I ate it, I want to go back for it again (yes, I'm puzzled too). They had some kind of cheese gyoza on the menu that sounded particularly interesting too.