RamenPlay: Shabu Shabu @ BreadTalk IHQ | Tai Seng, Singapore

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

RamenPlay is a collaboration between Singapore's BreadTalk Group Limited and Sanpou Co Ltd, which has had decades of experience in the Japanese food and beverage industry. At RamenPlay, you you can enjoy quality Japanese food at affordable prices, plus points! It's more than just ramen at RamenPlay! Though they are known for serving ramen, but they have expanded its range of gastronomic offerings comprising of ramen, donburi (rice bowl), and the steamy Shabu Shabu.

Featuring Toroniku Uobushi Tonkotsu Ramen (Pork Cheek Double Soup Ramen) and  Butariki Ishinabe. Read on to find out about these delectable mains!

Super Yuzu [$4.80] - concocted with premium yuzu juice, soda, and yuzu peel. This zesty drink is the ultimate palate-refresher. For those who preferred more kick, asked for the alcoholic version which is spiked with 15% of soju into the glass cup. The kick only comes at the end or even after your second glass.

For those who dislike fizzy drinks, you can also opt for Hot/Iced Green Tea [$1.50] (not in photo).

Crispy Chicken Gyoza (3pcs: $3.60, 5pcs: $5.80] - these Japanese dumplings stuffed with juicy minced chicken thighs are pan-fried till crispy, then garnished with fragrant goma (sesame) sauce. A different texture as compared to the pork dumplings, and is so deliciously paired with the goma sauce.

 Crispy Dango [3pcs: $3.60] - breaded then deep-fried to a tantalising golden-brown, these mouth-watering chicken meatballs drizzled with mayonnaise and plum sauce. At a glance, you may actually thinks it looks like takoyaki, but a fried version. Of course, the texture and taste are totally not alike.

Similarly, these are also made with minced chicken thighs :) These dango are so addictive!

 Bamboo Chicken [1pcs: $3, 2pcs: $5.80] - yet again another minced chicken thigh goodness! It flavourful and is good enough to be eaten as it is. Definitely a side dish to order, great for pairing with any bowl of rice or ramen.

It is equally good when you dip it into the raw egg.

 Toroniku Uobushi Tonkotsu Ramen (Pork Cheek Double Soup Ramen) [$11.80] - thin and firm Kyushu ramen in a comforting broth of smoked fish and pork bones. Not forgetting the highlight of seared pork cheek. If you can't get enough of them, you can use to choose to top up the toroniku from 3pcs to 5pcs, priced at $14.80 for a bowl of ramen. The soup is very different, it is light yet flavourful and is not as oily/fattening as compared to the usual tonkotsu broth.

 Butariki Ishinabe [$13.80] - served in a heated stone pot to ensure that it is best enjoyed at the optimum temperature, this satisfying meal-in-one combines pearly Niigata Koshihikari rice with ribbons of pan-fried and barbecued pork, spring onions, seaweed, raw egg, and lashings of RamenPlay’s secret sauce. 

The rice is harvested in Niigata, Japan, and brought back to Singapore for polishing. I can't tell the difference with the rice, as it looks like normal Japanese rice but it sure taste yummy! Mix well and enjoy the myriad of flavours.

 Shabu Shabu Pork/Beef Set [$13.90/$14.90]all set comes with a generously portioned of assorted vegetables, tofu, and three types of mushrooms (hon shimeji, shiitake and enokitake aka golden mushroom). It is also served with a raw egg, sesame sauce and pickles.

Not only that, you can personalise your own set with a selection of staple, meat and soup base.
Staple - to complement the nourishing pot, there is a choice of Niigata Koshihikari Rice or Thin Udon. Both are equally good, if only I can have the best of both worlds!

Meat - sliced of premium Australian Striploin Beef or Brazilian Pork CollarI am usually a beef lover, but after trying both, Pork Collar over Striploin Beef for me as it is softer and less tough.

Soup base - Clear Soup: made of simmering chicken bones and shoyu (Japanese Soy Sauce). For those seeking a spicier alternative, Kimchi Soup: made from Korean-imported kimchi with clear chicken soup. I preferred the Clear Soup, especially if I were to pair it with the thin udon.

Last but not least, Warabi Kinako Matcha Mochi Ice Cream [$6.80 ala carte / $4.80 with order of any main course] - be delighted in matcha ice cream with azuki beans and soy bean mochi. It would be perfect if the matcha flavour would be more defined, whereas I am loving the chewy pillows of soy bean mochi to bits!

Note: The Shabu Shabu set is currently available at the four restaurant: BreadTalk IHQ (from 5pm onwards), Nex, Jem and Velocity @ Novena Square, and will be introduced at Bedok Mall by June 2015. 

RamenPlay @ Nex: 23 Serangoon Central, #B2-58, Singapore 556083

RamenPlay @ JEM: 50 Jurong Gateway Road, #B1-10, Singapore 608549

RamenPlay @ Velocity @ Novena Square: 238 Thomson Road, #01-10, Singapore 3007683

RamenPlay @ Bedok Mall: 311 New Upper Changi Road, #B1-09, Singapore 467360


RamenPlay @ BreadTalk IHQ
30 Tai Seng Street,
Singapore 534013

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun: 11am - 10pm (L.O. 9:30pm)

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