Recently, a lot of food lovers (including me) in Singapore are rejoicing after hearing the news “Ichiran Ramen shop will be opened on the Japan Food Matsuri Festival at Takashimaya Orchard”.
I believed they say “Yippie, finally we will have a chance to try Ichiran ramen without going to Japan”. Ichiran is a famous ramen shop in Japan.
But…., don’t be happy too early. Even though you don’t have to fly to Japan, it’s also challenging to try this ramen in Singapore, especially if you plan to visit during dinner time. My advice is that you should go from 10:00AM onwards. I am 99.9% sure that Ichiran booth will be closed a.k.a ramen is sold out during dinner time.
Don’t believe me? Wanna try your luck? Well, you can try it at your own risk. Hehehe…
If you are not lucky during dinner time, you may considering to try Tantan Men Dry Noodles at 175Degrees Deno Ramen.
175Degrees Deno Ramen is located on the opposite side of Ichiran Ramen.
This ramen booth offer two different type of noodles: dry noodles and noodles with soup.
I tried the dry noodle as a recommendation from the seller. He said “even though many people prefer noodles with soup, I will recommend you the dry one.” They were originally focusing on selling the dry noodle and just recently added the noodle with soup.
Their version of Tantan Men Dry Noodles is considered as a fusion style food between Chengdu Sichuan and Japanese Ramen. It has minced pork, cashew nuts and mala spice (a popular spicy and numbing Chinese spice) to mix with the noodles.
They claimed that their noodle is made of 100% Hokkaido wheat and no MSG added.
They were very considerate by asking us before hand whether you prefer spicy or not. Even though we ordered the spicy one, they didn’t mix the mala spice with the noodle (They put the mala spice beside the noodle). I believed that they understand that some people don’t really like mala spice because mala spice will make your tongue numb.
I ordered spicy one because I thought they were using regular chilies. After the first bite, I realized they were using mala spice instead of regular spices. But not to worry, they didn’t put so much mala, so you would not feel numb on your tongue or a little bit numb only.
The taste itself (without mala) was very rich and savoury. People who have heavy tastebud will love this noodle more (including me).
Mala spice will make this noodle perfect for mala lovers (not me), while non mala lovers will prefer to eat without it (including me also).
Fyi, Tantan Men Dry Noodles is only available until 12 October 2019.
Will I go there again? Maybe yes in another event. For this Japan Food Matsuri Festival, I would prefer trying another food booth.
Name: 175Degrees Deno Ramen
Address: Takashimaya’s basement
Japan Food Matsuri Event Date: 3 October 2019 – 20 October 2019
175Degrees Deno Ramen only available until 12 October 2019
Opening Hours: Daily 10:00AM – 9.30PM
Nearest MRT: Orchard MRT