Snuggled in the corner of level 2 at Central, is a small Japanese restaurant specialising in authentic Hokkaido style ramen. Santouka has most of its restaurants based in Japan, and only a handful of overseas branches in Asia. There are two branches in Singapore, and i usually go to the one at Central, where the small cosy restaurant overlooks the river at Clark Quay. Central is a fantastic place to go to if you’re in search for authentic Japanese food, and Santouka is one of these restaurants.
When at Santouka, i usually go for the set meals. Apart from getting an additional bowl of rice (i usually go for the one with salmon and roe) and a plate of salad, you get a choice of three soups to go with your ramen, either the Shio (Salt), Miso (Soy Bean Paste) or Shoyu (Soy Sauce). If you’re up for something spicy, you can opt for a spicy version of the soups. For me, i’ll usually go for the Miso soup, becuase i find it richer and creamier. What i love about Tonkotsu ramen is the richness of the soup. Hours of boiling results in the flavours from the pork bones and vegetables to infuseinto the soup, making it a milky white broth of intense flavours.
It’s only recently that i tried their signature dish, the Tokusen Toroniku Ramen. I have no idea why i’ve never bothered to try it during my previous visits, but i think i’ll be doing so for the subsequent ones coz it’s soooooooo goooood! What you’re ordering is essentially a plate of pork cheek and a bowl of ramen. The pork cheek is the real star of the dish.
It’s limited in stock so come early or make a reservation! You can imagine how much cheek you can actually get from one pig; to be exact, only 300g of cheek per pig! The cheek is so tender and juicy, and delicious to the point my words can’t do it justice. I mean, pigs practically just eat and sleep right? So the cheeks must be THE MOST excercised portion of the pig’s body, resulting in its tenderness. The fat here is so finely streaked between the layers of meat that the slices of cheek literally just melts in your mouth.
The side dishes like the Gyoza (fried dumplings) are worth trying too. These golden crispy pouches pack a mouthful of juciy pork filling that goes very well with the soy sauce and ginger slices.
Address: 6,Eu Tong Sen Street #02-76,The CENTRAL,Singapore 059817
Opening Hours: 11:00am～10:30pm (Last Order 9:45pm) Open 7 days/week
- Tokusen Toroniku Ramen – $14.90 ++ (M)