Jimoto Ya – Ramen with Ebi and Tonkotsu Broth at China Square

The latest ramen to hit the shores is by Jimoto Ya, created by Chef Nobumasa Mieda. The Japanese chef helms the Michelin-Starred Kaiseki Restaurant MIEDA from Sapporo Hokkaido, bringing another Michelin-related establishment to the F&B scene in Singapore. Locating this place is a little challenging if you don’t know the exact location and Google Maps isn’t exactly accurate. If you are coming from Chinatown, cross the overhead bridge from Hong Lim complex and you will be able to spot this ramen restaurant located right opposite Wang Dae Bak Korean BBQ. If you are coming from Telok Ayer mrt, cross the zebra crossing near Ya Kun and walk all the way towards the end

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The place is small and cozy, with a bar area mainly for dinner crowd I supposed. Not your typical hole in a wall kind of ramen place

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Ebi Shoyu Ramen Set $19.50

Comes with choice of drink and Fried Chicken Karaage

Decided to go with the set since I was ordering a drink. They don’t serve green tea here, but roasted barley tea instead. Hmm, reminds me of Tsuta

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The shoyu broth was delicious. It was deep and flavourful. The soya sauce was balanced with the sweetness of the sweet ebi shrimps and earthiness of the pork that gave a very lovely combination. Suitable for people with a preference for heavy palate

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Ebi Shio Ramen $16.50

The friend really enjoyed her shio ramen. I tried the soup as well. Comparatively lighter but still distinct with the hei bi taste. It reminded me of typical chinese cabbages that were cooked with superior stock in an instant

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Chicken Karaage

The fried chicken was decent with fried breaded crumbs and juicy, succulent chicken meat within

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Love the noodles that were chewy and easy to please, and also the addition of cabbages to give that sweetness. We both agree the vegetables were well-cooked without the heavy vegetable taste. The choice of protein is a little different here, with more minced meat-like than slices of char siu which you typically find in ramen places. Not a bad combination for something different, in fact, it turned out pretty well

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It was a pretty satisfying lunch with the broth served so piping hot we scalded our tongues in process. I was joking with the friend, I think I have enough time to take pictures and insta-story and the broth hasn’t even turn cold

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The entrance isn’t obvious. Look for the door on the right with a ‘push’ sign on it and you will find the surprise within

Jimoto Ya will easily be one of my all-time favourite ramen if they maintain the consistent standard. The experience was delightful, from start to finish. If you would like to try something different, they serve rice dishes as well. With prices affordable and a location in the CBD, I hope I manage to get a seat the next time I return

Jimoto Ya

3 Pickering Street, Nanking Row,

#01-44/01-45 (opp Hong Lim Complex)

Singapore 048660