Originating from the Kanagawa Prefecture of Japan Machida Shoten is the ramen specialist restaurant at Japan Food Town. Given the high concentration of ramen shops in Singapore, many of which also originate from different parts of Japan, the question in our mind was how would Machida-Shoten Ramen compare with the competition. There was only one way to find out.
The decor of Machida Shoten Ramen was simply laid out. Two rows of tables and a small counter seating area around the glass enclosed kitchen. An interesting wall mural depicting scenes from Singapore, but drawn in Japanese caricature style, provided relief from the otherwise serious interior.
The options available for the noodles at Machida-Shoten Ramen are quite straightforward. Just choose from the three types of broth (Sio, Tonkotsu and Spicy Miso) and select the types of toppings (leek, cha shu, egg etc) desired. Further customisation of noodles is available in the form of choosing the desired hardness of noodle and the heaviness and oiliness of the broth. Here are pictures of some pages from the Machida Shoten menu. They also serve side dishes like gyoza.
One of our dining party had dined there previously and advised against the SIO broth as he thought it was too plain. We ended up with one bowl with Spicy Miso and two with Tonkotsu Shoyu. We selected medium hardness for all the ramen, which all of us were happy with.
The Tonkotsu Spicy Miso Ramen with Leek ($17.5) was ordered with low oil and strength of broth. It still turned out be be very flavourful. The spiciness can be distinctly felt but was not too strong. It was like laksa with mild chilli levels. This was the most expensive bowl of ramen that day but it had the least cha shu and seaweed and also no egg. The extra cost must have gone into the leek toppings. I must say that the leek tasted very good and added an extra dimension to the taste.
The Tonkotsu Shoyu Seasoned Egg Ramen ($15) was the lowest priced ramen of the meal. We selected average strength and oiliness for the broth. We could tell that it was slightly more salty and heavy. The general consensus was that we would stick to low levels should we visit again. The shoyu sauce was good but not as distinctive as the spicy miso version.
The Tonkotsu Shoyu Special Ramen ($17) was pretty much the same as the previous one except that the Special had more toppings of cha shu and seaweed. If your appetite permits, we think it is worth the extra $2 for the added frills.
How does it compare with other ramen shops in Singapore? Overall, we thought that Machida-Shoten Ramen serves a decent bowl of ramen, but we think there are others we would like slightly more. The spicy miso was our favourite and Machida Shoten would be one of our top choices if we crave the spicy version of ramen in Singapore.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Japan Food Town
4F Wisma Atria
435 Orchard Rd
Tel: +65 6262 3214