So I’ve been slowly working my way through the six “Ramen Champions” at Bugis+. Second on the list (after Aoyama) was Bario Ramen from Tokyo, which serves Jiro style ramen. The Guardian UK recently listed Jiro in its “50 best things to eat in the world” list. “Ramen of the man, by the man, for the man.”
And I think it absolutely delivers on that promise.
The first thing you notice from Jiro-style ramen that differentiates it from other ramen is the noodle. It’s thick and chewy. Piled on top is a mountain of bean sprouts. And the chasu is also not the traditional round thin slices. It’s chunky and meaty slices of tender pork belly. And the tonkotsu stock is rich and flavoursome.
There’s a lot in to the bowl to eat, and Bario offers an almost ridiculous choice to double your noodles.
It’s a go-to favourite of my hubby’s for all the reasons above. For me, the first slurp/spoonful was delicious, but by the third or fourth, I was pretty much done. Perhaps the richness of the stock, or the stodginess of the noodle – it lived up to its infamous resistance to digestion.
And so I continue my quest to try all six chefs’ ramen and make my decision as who would be my ramen champion. Stay tuned for more…and the final verdict.
April 8th, 2013 at 12:13 am
“Bario offers an almost ridiculous choice to double your noodles”
I would be glad to take that offer !
Great looking soup.
April 10th, 2013 at 7:56 pm
It would double again in size in my belly Matthew – you’d have to roll me out of the dining area haha
April 8th, 2013 at 5:02 pm
Wow that ramen looks amazing, I can see the flavours in the soup
April 10th, 2013 at 7:57 pm
You can watch them stir massive pots of stock with pork bellies – it really is delicious Ray 🙂
April 9th, 2013 at 3:41 am
Mmmm something so delicious about ramen 🙂
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April 10th, 2013 at 7:58 pm
Agree CCU! Fortunately Singapore has a current obsession with ramen so where there used to be only a few places to get ramen, now there are lots of places to get really really good ramen yay !
April 9th, 2013 at 5:24 pm
Carolyn you are really making miss the “Ramen man” (one man show in Yokohama, it is not the name of the restaurant it is just the nickname we gave him) we used to go to this restaurant under the Yamate Station in Yokohama and it used to only seat about 7 customers and it was to die for. Your photos are amazing and you are making me really hungry.
April 9th, 2013 at 5:28 pm
I think I saw a documentary about this guy ! Oh man, you are so lucky I love love love anything in Japan, especially the food !
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April 15th, 2013 at 11:09 am
Ramen noodles is definitely a soul-comforting food. For me!