Machida Shoten, dubbed to be the number 1 Iekei Ramen restaurant in Japan, opens its first overseas outlet in Singapore! Originating from the Kanagawa Prefecture, this brand has 45 outlets in Japan and consults over 400 iekei ramen stores. “Iekei” means “home” in Japan and the restaurant hopes to invoke a warm and familiar feeling with its food.
So why is it so popular? Its soup is made from the essence of both pork and chicken bone, boiled over long hours to acquire a creamy, rich and thick soup texture. Combining this with the strong shoyu, you would get the irresistible Yokohama-Iekei ramen.
This Labour Day, Machida Shoten is proud to launch its brand new menu where it features exclusive items such as Miso Tonkotsu Ramen, Garden Veggie Ramen as well as sides such as Homemade Shrimp Gyoza and Seasoned Iberico Spareribs. Furthermore, all are available at affordable pricing!
One of the must-try dish at Machida Shoten is the chef’s recommendation, Shoyu Tonkotsu ($16). This is the signature Yokohama-Iekei ramen. The noodles can be cooked to one’s desired softness or hardness and they are then immersed in a tonkotsu and soya sauce broth. A seasoned egg is added to complement the dish.
Another must-try would be the Miso Tonkotsu Ramen ($16) where the broth is made up of both red and white miso, giving it a very rich and thick flavour. The dish is then topped with sweet corn, cabbage and butter for an extra kick.
For vegetarians, the Garden Veggie Ramen ($15) is the perfect dish for you! It is made up of 12 different fresh vegetables in a bowl and fried garlic is added to enliven the flavour.
To cater to Singaporeans’ taste, the Spicy Shrimp Fried Rice ($10) is fragrant, fiery and simply delicious!
For the sides, the Cha Siew Croquette ($6) was one of the best. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, it is filled with seasoned minced pork and would definitely give you a “wow” factor.
The Shrimp Gyoza ($9.80/5 pieces) is made up of the whole tiger prawn, as well as shrimp, encased in a crunchy texture.
The Mantou with Fried Prawn is also another dish which you must try! The smooth and thick texture of the mantou went really well with the fried prawn fillet stuffed inside! Egg mayo is also added to bring out a sweet and sour taste to the dish!
The Seasoned Iberico Spareribs ($14) is an indulgent offering. The spareribs are first boiled till they are tender, and then seasoned with Machida Shoten’s original sweet soya sauce. The meat was easy to peel off and its soft juicy texture really make you feel as if it was melting in your mouth!
Enjoy the sweet and earthy Burdock Tempura ($7.80), which delight with its crispy texture. It is not too oily and seasoned perfectly. The Celery Kombu ($4.80) is stir-fried with its own unique recipe of sauce and its definitely worth the try!
Lastly, the Garden Salad ($9) really took our breath away! Who would have ever thought of using Japanese curry sauce as a salad dressing? It went perfectly well and gave a flavourful finish! There was also a choice of the non-oily oba leaf vinegar which gave a slightly more sour taste to the dish.
Machida Shoten owes its popularity not just to its delicious ramen but also the work ethics and values of its crew. Seeing how they work together so efficiently and the warm welcome and service they bring to the customers, it is no doubt that a lot of effort is put into ensuring customer satisfaction and the quality of food served.
It is highly recommended to give this place a shot because of the unique and creative taste it brings to Japanese dishes! Stay tuned to this post as well because we would be having a Mothers’ Day Gift Vouchers giveaway soon!
Address: Japan Food Town, 435 Orchard Rd, $04-04 Wisma Atria Shopping Centre, Singapore 238877
Operating Hours: 11.30am-11pm daily
Contact No: 62623214