I love all types of ramen but I especially like the renowned miso ramen from Hokkaido so it’s no surprise that I’ve visited Santouka on numerous occasions, both here in Singapore and in Japan. For Santouka’s 11th and 8th anniversary in Singapore, for their branches in The Central and Cuppage Terrace respectively, they have launched some new menu items and I was delighted to be given the opportunity courtesy of JPassport to try them out, so last Sunday I headed to the branch in Cuppage Terrace with my hubby for lunch.
The Cuppage Terrace branch is small and cozy, big enough to seat around 22 people indoors as well as tables outside. They have their usual menu which consists of several different types of ramen, side dishes, sets and even sushi as well as their new menu items namely Spicy Shio Ramen ($16.50++), Kaisen-Hiyashi Mazesoba ($16++) and Strawberry Parfait ($13.50++) for dessert.
We got one of each new menu item to try. The Spicy Shio Ramen is a spicy version of their bestselling Shio Ramen. It has the same rich and creamy tonkotsu pork broth base lightly seasoned with salt and just a hint of spiciness from the tiny strands of fresh red chilli in it. The ramen noodles were as usual cooked to perfection with a bite to it and they were topped with two tender pieces of char siu (roasted pork fillet), onions, spring onions, crispy fried onions and sesame seeds. Delicious and flavourful, I like my food spicy and would definitely choose the Spicy Shio Ramen over the original.
The Kaisen-Hiyashi Mazesoba is a cold, dry ramen noodle topped with prawns, salmon sashimi, pieces of scallop, salmon eggs, broccoli, frisée lettuce leaves and cherry tomatoes. Normally you can choose either char siu, roast beef or unagi (eel) as a topping as well as two other toppings from either aji-tsuke menma (flavoured bamboo shoots), coriander, mixed vegetables, kikurage (black fungus), cheddar cheese, broccoli and mah-rah negi (sichuan and red pepper flavoured onions in oil), but we were kindly given all the toppings to try. You can then mix your chosen toppings with the noodles which has a sesame sauce as well as a fish sauce that the waiter pours over the noodles for you. Spicy sesame oil is also provided on the side so that you can spice things up if you wish. I really enjoyed this dish, it was really tasty at the same time as being healthy and perfect for eating on really hot days when you just don’t fancy a piping hot bowl of soup noodles. All the seafood and vegetables were really fresh and well prepared and the toppings perfectly complemented the noodles too. I especially liked the tender, succulent slices of roast beef which came with an onion jam and the spicy mah-rah negi.
The Strawberry Parfait was a nice sweet ending to the meal. It consisted of creamy vanilla ice cream and sugary corn flakes drizzled with strawberry syrup and topped with juicy strawberries and whipped cream. It was a generous portion, great for sharing.
Service at the branch in Cuppage Terrace was efficient and polite as usual and I’ll definitely be back again soon for their new menu items and of course their miso ramen!
Santouka are having a special promotion for their anniversary where if you visit the branch in Cuppage Terrace between the 26th and 29th April or the branch in The Central from the 24th to the 27th May, you can get a Matcha Latte for just $1.10 plus a chance to enter their lucky draw!
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka (Cuppage Terrace branch)
Address: 21 Cuppage Road, Singapore 229452
Tel: 6235 1059
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 3pm, 5.30pm – 11.30pm, Friday: 12pm – 3pm, 5.30pm – 12am, Saturday: 12pm – 12am, Sunday: 12pm – 10pm
Hope you’ve enjoyed my review of Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review of the restaurant or if you have any questions!