Ramen Santouka, The Central, Singapore
Someone suggested this place in a comment this morning (thank you!), so I popped on down here on my way home tonight, especially when I realized that this was the ramen shop from Hokkaido that has been creating so much buzz in Southern California lately. This branch in Singapore (The Central #02-76, 6224-0668) was so new that only half of the menu was available today. Fortunately, the item that they seemed to be most proud of, the tokusen toroniku ramen, was available.
What was so special about it? The pork, which arrived separately from the soup. And what wonderfully tender slices they were...I literally stopped eating to say, "Wow." Mind you, this was completely separate from the tonkotsu broth, which was so rich that it was almost like drinking milk. Indeed, some might argue that there was so much flavor that it was overwhelming. I wished there were more of those little red pickles to help cut through all of the grease.
And that, unfortunately, will probably keep me from being a regular here, as the flavors were a bit too intense for me. (Then again, maybe it was because I just ate a full meal about one hour ago, so go ahead and call me a fat pig.) Well, my preference is still for Marutama upstairs, but I will try coming back here on an empty stomach next time (and hopefully when more of the menu is available) to give it a another run.