One ramen shop which I have been wanting to try since it opened in July 2012 is Uma Uma Ramen in Orchard Road. News of snaking queues, being sold out within hours and crazy waiting times kept me away until recently when I mustered up the courage to embark on my gourmet pilgrimage. Its popularity is no surprise since the famed Fukuoka ramen chain with 60 years of history was brought in by the people behind one of Singapore’s top restaurants Iggy’s. They also own the high-end Kaiseki restaurant Yoshiyuki just below Uma Uma Ramen.
Uma Uma Ramen’s menu is far from superfluous – they have a succinct list, and do every dish well. They have a kind heart too – the noodle house recently celebrated their first anniversary by donating S$2 for every bowl of ramen sold to ABLE (Abilities Beyond Limitations and Expectations) for a month.
Hakata is a city in the Kyushu region of Japan which has since been renamed Fukuoka. Two key characteristics of its ramen are thin-style noodles which are boiled very quickly (claimed to be created for the impatient Hakata child); and a soup made primarily with pork bones cooked over a long time (tonkotsu) to release the bone marrow into the broth, giving it its richness. The customer can also choose the hardness of the noodles according to one’s likings.
A 3rd characteristic of Hakata ramen is the practice of Kaedama (替え玉) where still-hungry customers can order a second serving of noodles for the same bowl of soup. Noodle portions are kept small so you can eat them with the optimal hardness. I wasn’t able to order Kaedama because…
Uma Uma Ramen
583 Orchard Road #01-41/42/43
Forum The Shopping Mall, Singapore 238884
Nearest MRT: Orchard
Tel: +65 6235 0855
Mon: 11:30am – 3:00pm
Tues to Fri: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Sat, Sun and PH: 11:30am – 10:00pm