THE NEXT stop on my ramen quest is a place, yet again just a two–minute walking distance from the nearest train station, that it offers yet another clue to my steadily expanding girth.
In an island–state as tiny as Singapore, it is both utmost convenience and the bane of one’s existence that making it to your destination doesn’t offer the prospect of benefitting from at least a 20–minute brisk walk, the daily minimum the cardiologist recommends.
“Be still my heart. Lately it’s mind is all its own.” And head over heels over ramen! Here is the classic one I always order at DAIKOKUYA Ramen Dining.
DAIKOKUYA Ramen Dining at Raffles City Shopping Centre, #B1-13, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore 179103 promises a broth that’s thick and creamy, spiked with special homemade fish spices. Any attempt to keep me from this – including lack of exercise – would be an exercise in futility.
The broth rivaled my forehead as it glistened under the intense table lighting. It was slightly thick, not at all milky white, but quite flavorful, something that could only come from simmering pork and pork bones for hours. The noodles would be what I’d call by now as of medium thickness. I wish they were thinner. I wish I had asked for more bamboo shoots, and had advised that I would be passing up on the flavored egg. I swear, ignoring those egg halves surrounded by ramen noodles, conjured up a 27–year–old cinematic image that nagged inside my head with, “I’m not gonna be IGNORRRED!” (Insert evil laughter here.)
After having consumed bowls and bowls of ramen, it has become necessary to order a side dish – of a less sinful provenance – as if it’s atonement for my gastronomic sins. So I asked for silken tofu doused in a soya–based sauce, and topped with shards – no, pretty ribbons – of yummy bonito. I swirled a little of the sauce in my mouth and espied a slight kick of mirin.
To atone for my sinful ramen cravings, I turn to tofu. The bonito ribbons melt in the mouth into a salty, nutty goodness.
For the tofu side alone, I’ve gone back to DAIKOKUYA Ramen Dining. Clearly, this place was not gonna be ignored. (Cue again the evil laughter.) Sadly, the flavored egg, unlike the dining place, had met a different fate.
Welcome to DAIKOKUYA Ramen Dining!
After a sinful dinner, the vicinity of DAIKOKUYA allows for some leisurely walk (or should it be “brisk”?) to burn some of the calories. This store is a favorite. Haha.
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