The mostly-Malaysian servers are friendly; we like their affability.
You order at the counter, take a number, take a seat and wait for them to serve you.
Pick from four soup bases: shoyu (soya sauce) chicken white soup; shoyu chicken clear soup; shio (salt) chicken white soup and miso chicken white soup. While it is not halal-certified, there is no pork.
On the recommendation of the server, the miso issai-gassai ramen ($17.90) is like the Earthquake of Ice Creams; it has everything in it. Chicken Chasyu (or char siew), tsukune (chicken meat ball), chicken wing, shrimp wanton, a molten-yolked egg (nitamago), kukurage mushrooms, green onions, toasted nori seaweed and a dash of sesame seeds.
A localized version of ramen, the chili–we stirred it in–makes the broth taste like exceptional mala soup. Delivers a kick and a punch in the soup while at the same time, you can still taste the sweetness of the broth. The noodles are done in an al dente style, retaining the bite. The shrimp wanton is awesome; thin-skinned and a full bouncy prawn. However, the egg could be tastier and the meat ball powdery.
The place may not be pretentious, but the price of the ramen costs as much as ramen in restaurants. Overall, this really is quite a good option for ramen at Orchard. We were sweating as we were eating the steaming hot, spicy soup. Very shiok.
Marukin Ramen Tokyo
6 Scotts Road
Daily: 11am – 10pm
Rating: 3.401/ 5 stars