What do Naruto and I have in common? Both of us eat ramen after training. After an evening workout session, my friends and I decided on the newly opened ramen restaurant in Seletar Mall, Ramen Hitoyoshi. Opened by 2 locals, who have plied their trade in the Keisuke franchise before, Ramen Hitoyoshi puts their cooking to the test and came up with 2 variation of Tonkotsu, along with the classic Tonkotsu, as well as serving dons.
The interior is rather modest, a modern ramen bar decoration without excessive suggestion of an imitation of the old Japanese ramen bar look. The table side is filled with condiments of sorts, commonly found in any ramen restaurants. But they retained the usual bean sprouts as found in Keisuke and even add-on a side of free flow corn.
It shouldn’t be much of a surprise to order with the custom order sheet but one interesting fact I noticed was that there was an option for thick or thin noodles. I had no idea, there were different thickness of ramen noodles but still, I ordered the thin version.
First, Tonkotsu, ($10.90, $12.90 – with egg, $14.90 – with all toppings) the classic pork bone broth that produces the elegant, silky smooth texture that sooth the throat. As with all ramen broths, I took a sip of the soup and could almost immediate feel the gelatinous broth encapsulating my throat as if hugging it, and keeping it warm.
Second, the Garlic Tonkotsu, ($11.90, $13.90 – with egg, $15.90 – with all toppings) with all the harmonious ingredients added, a dash of pepper and garlic oil sealed the deal. It is basically an intense bowl of broth, with fragrance of roasted – almost burnt – garlic. A tad too much for my taste.
Thirdly, the Spicy Tonkotsu, ($11.90, $13.90 – with egg, $15.90 – with all toppings) a heap of spice seasoning and a splash of chilli oil made this bowl of ramen one of the more memorable ones. The spiciness from the chilli oil cancels out the clinging feel of the soup, making the broth a bit more palatable.
We ordered the ramen with all toppings, and the one I loved most was the thinly sliced pork belly. Marinated to perfection, the pork belly is then charred and added to the ramen. The charring gives the pork belly an enhanced smoky flavour, a bit of crisp and definitely the texture was melt-in-your-mouth tender! Little should be said about the bigger slice of Chashu served. It was thick and tough, not really something I appreciate yet the charring of the Chashu did make a similar impression on my tongue as the pork belly.
The Pork Gyoza ($9/10pcs) were decent, not really a big wow but the vinegar served tasted a little different from the usual vinegar. It tasted a little sweet, and not as acidic as other vinegar which was quite nice as it cut through the fatty flavour of the dumpling and cleanse the palate just right!
I would really recommend Ramen Hitoyoshi, and in the foreseeable future go back for more! A pity I don’t have a bigger stomach to sample their Donburi. Maybe next time I will have a go at their rice bowls and make a choice whether the donburi is worth it. The broth is really something else, with the broth more gelatinous compared to Keisuke, I think there will be a lot of people appreciating the texture of it!
33 Sengkang West Avenue #02-K6
11.30am-2.45pm, 5pm-9.30pm, Monday-Friday
11am-9.45pm, Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays