Got selected for complimentary Santouka new menu tasting and went down to try the ramen. They are having two new upcoming ramen which is the Spicy Shio Ramen and Kaisen Hiyashi Mazesoba.
For the spicy Shio ramen, I must say that it is not spicy at all. Even my friend who don’t take spicy food also don’t feel it is spicy at all. So don’t be cheated by the name. You got to add more chilli powder to make it more spicy. The soup is kind of thicker texture than the normal Shio ramen and it tasted milky in my opinion. It has a strong taste, 不难吃但不和我的胃口. I am not a fan of those garnishes which makes it look like Vietnam or Thailand style noodle. The piece of pork is ok, not tough but don’t have the 融在嘴里的感觉. The noodle is also not Q. Would have been better if there’s the option of choosing the hardness of the noodle.
The Kaisen Hiyashi Mazesoba is like Japanese 干捞面 with not sure if is peanut or sesame sauce. Gives me a feeling like China 担担面. This one suits my liking more as the ingredients got broccoli, prawns, salmon sashimi and scallop too. The scallop is pretty small size so your eyes got to be sharper to spot that.
Didn’t know that this ramen you got to choose toppings. You can choose 2 toppings from the left and 1 from the right as shown in the picture. The staff is so nice to give us to try all the ingredients. The 3 meat options are unagi, pork and beef. For beef lover like me, I will recommend to choose the beef. It is not bad. Mai Hiam Buay Pai feel. The other 7 side dishes which you can choose only 2, I personally feel to go for the bamboo shoots, black fungus or the cheese since the noodle itself already have vegetables. My friend, M, is like a hardcore fan of Santouka and recommended other food at there. Her love for Santouka just gives me this imagination of her singing “对你爱爱爱不完” towards the ramen as I kept hearing she loves Santouka.
Tried other ramen over there and I do Like it more than the new menu. The pork gyoza is very nice. 够juicy and I love that they have the white vinegar and chilli oil for me to dip my gyoza. My recommendation is pour the white vinegar first on the sauce plate and then mix in chilli oil. Proportion can be 3 vinegar: 1 chilli oil. I don’t know why but in my mind I will always feel that whenever there’s white vinegar and chilli oil, the gyoza is usually not bad.
My friend also recommended me to the pork cheek. Semi-halal me is not a fan of pork but the pork cheek there is really not bad. It got a slight 融在嘴里的感觉, 很嫩 and is not dry at all. So is really quite shiok! But it may also be considered salty to people who don’t take high dosage of salt level. I would definitely come back for the pork cheek and gyoza next time.
A meal should always end off with a dessert to have a 完美结局. Tried the strawberry parfait and it is like ice cream with added strawberry and cornflakes at the bottom. 不会不好吃 but 没有满足感. Firstly the look itself is not very wow wow wow and is really hard to scoop out the cornflakes at the bottom to eat together with the ice cream. So I do have the Pek Chek feel while eating it. Overall Santouka is still a place with decent ramen and I would recommend to order the pork cheek and gyoza if you ever go there.
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