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Tale of Two Hiyashi (Chuka) Ramen

Hiyashi ramen, a Japanese cold noodle salad, is such a refreshing and appetizing dish to have when the weather is unbearably hot, like a few days ago. Hiyashi chuka ramen is made with raw ramen noodles or chukamen, and is served with lots of toppings usually in julienned form. The flavour that binds everything together comes from the dressing and there are basically two types: soy sauce and sesame.

Kadoman - Hiyashi chuka ramen
Kadoman's hiyashi chuka ramen ($15++) is served with a soy sauce dressing, flavoured with sesame oil and seeds. The toppings were rather sparse -- omelette, cucumber, pickled ginger, wakame -- and made more so because I requested for no char siew. But I was happy to find the noodles were pleasing to eat, with a chewy bite. Unfortunately, the dressing became overwhelmingly saltish very quickly and I had to have a drink of water every so often until I got rather bloated.

Do take note that only 10 sets of this cold ramen is served each day and it would be best to call ahead to reserve. Personally, I don't think it's worth the price, and all that trouble plus attitude from the lady waitress really. I would come back for their miso yasai buta ramen though.

Noodle House Ken - Hiyashi chuka ramen

On the other hand, Noodle House Ken's hiyashi chuka ramen ($12+) had a sesame dressing. The noodles were slightly thicker than the former, but no less tastier thanks to the savoury, thick and fragrant dressing that did a good job of coating each strand of noodles with a luscious sheen. The toppings were also very generous -- fishcake, spinach, cucumber, omelette, menya (preserved bamboo shoot) -- and I really appreciated that Ken-san replaced my char siew (I requested for no char siew as well) with spinach without me asking for it.

Miharu and Noodle House Ken remain my top ramen joints.

10 Coleman Street

Grand Plaza Parkroyal
Open everyday
11:30am - 2:00pm
6:00pm - 10:00pm

Noodle House Ken
150 Orchard Road
Orchard Plaza
Tel: (65) 6235 5540
Weekdays: 12 noon to 2 pm, 6 pm to 2 am
Sunday: 12 noon to 10 pm


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