Afuri Ramen + Dumpling – If You Love Ramen, Yuzu Totally Check Afuri at Funan Out!
Afuri Ramen (阿夫利), the famous Japanese ramen stall, has opened its first outlet in Singapore in the basement of the refurbished Funan Mall! Finally, Singaporeans no longer need to travel all the way to Japan for a taste of their irresistible ramen.
Warning! Fans of the creamy and rich Tonkotsu ramen widely enjoyed in Singapore may not be used to the citrusy tang of Afuri Ramen’s Yuzu-scented broth.
There are two soup options offered when it comes to their signature Yuzu Ramen: Shio (salt) or Shoyu (soy sauce)!
First, I tried the signature Yuzu Shio Ramen ($15.90)! The light broth is made up of seafood and chicken stock, and comes with a slice of pork, seaweed, bamboo shoots, mizuna leaves, ramen noodles, and half an onsen egg. The first taste of the broth dazzled me, and changed my entire perception of ramen. I’m used to the tonkotsu broth so this intensely citrusy broth was a very refreshing change. It is very appetising and makes you want to reach for more. Even though it doesn’t have the creaminess and richness that so often is present in tonkotsu broth, the yuzu ramen holds it own and proved to be an exceptional creation.
Next, I tried their signature Yuzu Shoyu Ramen ($15.90)!
To make this unique broth, shoyu is mixed in, before fresh and fragrant yuzu peel is sprinkled over! It was saltier, and had a slightly less pronounced citrusy taste, than the shio rendition
From what I heard, unlike in Japan where the pork slices are grilled over charcoal, the ones in Singapore are grilled over lava stones. Maybe that’s why the pork slices tasted a little ordinary in a sense because they lacked a smoky flavour.
You may also like to pair your main course with some side dishes! They have Crispy Gyoza ($5.90 for 4 pieces), Afuri Buta Wing Gyoza ($6.90 for 6 pieces), Fried Chicken ($6.90 for 4 pieces), and Aburi Cha Shu ($3 per piece). The Aburi Cha Shu is basically the meat you get in your Ramen but on a plate all alone.
While I was there, I ordered their Afuri Buta Wing Gyoza because it seemed like the most unique side dish available. It was not crispy all over, but was only crispy and slightly charred on the bottom.
I found the extra crispy layer enticing but, overall, there’s nothing to shout about.
Their other signature yuzu ramen which I didn’t try is the Yuzu Ratan Ramen! It’s spicy apparently. Apart from their soup-based ramen, they also have dry ramen — Yuzu Tsukemen and Spicy Tsukemen. If you can can’t wrap your head, or tongue, around their Yuzu-infused dishes, fret not, as you can go for their Tonkotsu Tantan Ramen and Tonkotsu Shio Ramen too!
Oh did I mention? At Afuri Ramen, orders are placed on an iPad that’s kept under the table, making the process of getting your food very efficient, despite the huge crowd. They also serve free ice-water! I guess it’s the little things that leave a lasting impression.
Address: Funan #B1-29, 107 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 179105
Phone: 6970 1386
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily.
MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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