Author: Alex Chua
The first Michelin-star ramen in Japan has opened its 2nd outlet in Singapore. This time, they have introduced a new flavour – the Miso Soba – which is only available at the new 18 Tai Seng building. Hatcho miso, a red kind of miso, is specially imported from Tokushima Prefecture to create the broth. Thicker, flatter noodles are used, together with porcini mushroom oil, bean sprouts and watercress to accentuate the miso flavour.
The outlet’s nondescript entrance, with its subtle calligraphic letters and monochromatic wooden door grills, is tame compared to its neighbours. But behind the door lies a space that is both alluring and endearing to the diners. Epitomising the millennial aesthetics, with its sleek clean lines and minimalist décor, this simple 18-seater eatery will prepare up to 250 bowls of soba per day. The kitchen is helmed by a Japanese chef who has trained under Chef Yuki, so rest assured that you will taste only the authentic flavours just like the flagship restaurant in Sugamo, Japan!
Soba noodles are highly regarded in Japanese culture, and are deemed more superior to ramen. Tsuta’s soba noodles are expertly and freshly made – four types of whole wheat flour give the noodles’ a firm bite and smooth texture. Equally noteworthy are the accompanying corn, which is pan-fried beforehand, playing up on its smoky flavour and crunchy texture. A dollop of hot sauce rests on the char siu, and it punctuates with a lingering spicy note. All the ingredients harmonize together and bring out the earthy miso flavour. A traditional dish modernised to zen-like perfection. This Miso Soba is definitely a dish not to be missed!
Tsuta @ 18 Tai Seng
18 Tai Seng Street, #01-36/37/38/39
Operating Hours: 11am – 9pm Daily (Last Order 8.30pm)
Author: Alex Chua