It was lunch time on Friday at Raffles Place and meeting up with nice old friends always warrant an excuse to eat at somewhere nice, away from the hustle bustle of the crowds at food courts and coffeeshops.
Headed to Far East Square and ventured a little further to the China Square area where there are two rows of restaurants to choose from, with the likes of Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Indonesian etc. We settled for Ichibantei's ramen because they had a good set menu for $20, which comes with a drink, side dish and a main, and we sat inside to hide from the sweltering heat.
They have Black Pork Ramen here! Chose the spicy black pork shabu shabu ramen, cos I love my chili, while my friend chose the non-spicy one. Quite a few choices for the side dish. I chose salmon sashimi.
The salmon sashimi slices came thickly cut and fresh. 3 slices in total. oh and there were Japanese eating here too! Means this place should be up to their standard right?
Finally the main course came!
The noodles was springy and smooth and the soup base was a flavorful, rich and thick cloudy colored broth. The broth is made from boiling pork bones, fats and collagen over high heat for many hours, suffusing the broth with a hearty pork flavor and a creamy consistency which rivals melted butter or gravy.
Needless to say, I finished every single strand of noodle and every drop of soup (same went for my friend). It was a satisfying meal indeed, and I will definitely head back here if I've the time and money to spare.
Location is at 3 Pickering Street #01-32/33 China Square Central - Nankin Row