Talk about Japanese food, one of my favourite would be ramen! I have cravings for ramen once in awhile and when there is good tasting ramen, I’ll be there! Today I’m here at Ramen Bari-Uma, 2nd outlet located at United Square and it’s been here for 2 years. Tucked around a corner and you’ve got to be familiar with this place and the layout of the mall in order to find in without any efforts.
Met up with the Assistant Manager, Mr Shuya Arai to show me the restaurant and we had a short chat about the restaurant, their service and of course their food. Originated from Hiroshima, this restaurant takes pride in their famous Aburi Chashu (stew pork) and their Gyoza, a must have as a side. The interior of this restaurant is nicely decorated with their brand theme and it’s well maintained and clean. All thanks to Mr Shunya, he handles every aspect of the restaurant, from the service flow to the quality of the ramen served; making sure that everything is of required standard.
Bari-Uma Nori-Tama, pork flavoured shoyu soup with the Aburi Chashu, the usual seaweed sheets, braised bamboo shoots, spring onions and of course, the lava egg! Thick pork broth in shoyu and you can really feel the thickness as you drink the soup. Little bits of pork lard (might be from the piece of chashu) can be seen floating in the soup and you know that this broth has been cooking for hours and hours, yummy! Home-made noodles timed perfectly as it soaked in the boiling water for cooking, and comes the chashu! Braised for at least 5hours the day before and a thick slice is being grilled before serving to give it a little crisp and taste to it and it actually does make a difference. The fat in between the meat just melts in your mouth but I find it a bit too thick, if they can slice it thinner, I would be perfect and I don’t mind having more slices of it since its thinner. :P
Bari-Uma, the simplified version with the famous yummy chashu and braised bamboo shoots, topped with generous amount of cut spring onions.
Gyoza, pan fried gyoza similar to our Chinese Guo Tie 锅贴, filled with chives and goes very well with vinegar if you want and you can order this as a side in a set during lunch and for 5 pieces, it’s a good deal which comes with a hot/cold green tea (which is non refillable).
Spicy Chicken Kaarage, deep fried chicken bits drizzled with their signature spicy chilli. If you’re a fan of chilli or anything spicy, you should try this and you can have it in your soup as well for your ramen. Eat this while it’s hot, crunchy but yet tender juicy meat.
Still not enough? You can order a small bowl of Chashu with rice and mayonnaise on top. Same meat but without the grill and get this in your lunch set too. I would love that the rice be the Japanese uruchimai rice. I still prefer the chashu grilled before serving, adds a unique taste to it.
Overall this is a decent ramen joint and I would come back again for the Aburi Chashu, their signature chilli and maybe their hot stone rice. Do come over and give it a try and if you have tried this before, do share with me your views on the dishes mentioned or what would you recommend me to try. Value for money if you have it during the lunch hour with the sets and I hope you will enjoy it! Cheers!
Ramen Bari-Uma ばり馬のらーめん
101 Thomson Road
#B1-08 United Square
Tel: +65 6354 3711