Le Shrimp Ramen – Chinese La Mian at Paragon with Specialty Shrimp Broth
Paradise Group has just opened Le Shrimp Ramen, a new Chinese La Mian concept at Paragon. Specialising in shrimp broth, Le Shrimp offers noodle dishes ranging from S$6.50 to S$19.90.
Inspired by a specialty ramen stall that sells shrimp-based broth in Japan, the culinary team has managed to create an aromatic broth with premium ingredients that bring out the natural sweetness of the big prawns. Fresh big prawns are baked at 180°C for 45 minutes, handground to a fine texture, and simmered for more than eight hours with premium conpoy for more umami. Also added to the luscious stock is a blend of spices giving the broth a piquant oomph.
Do not miss Le Signature Trio Shrimp Ramen (S$19.90). This is a comforting bowl of la mian topped with fresh big prawns, handmade ebiko prawn paste, and prawn dumplings. I find the ebiko prawn paste very familiar because I always have it at Beauty in the Pot (by the way, Beauty in the Pot is opening a new outlet in VivoCity!) But this version is softer, and equally tasty. It is moulded out of 100% prawn meat, and the ebiko lends a nice juicy crunch.
What impressed me was the prawn broth. I thought that it would be light and sweet, as with many other prawn broth. But Le Shrimp’s version is rich, flavourful, and has a distinctive smoky aroma. This is the ultimate comfort food!
Other highlightst Le Shrimp include Big Prawns and Braised Pork Rib Shrimp Ramen (S$17.90), and Ebiko Prawn Paste Shrimp Ramen (S$13.90).
Another of my favourite is the Prawn Dumpling with Chilli Vinaigrette Ramen (S$10.90). The prawn dumplings are handmade by the chefs daily, with a huge prawn encased in soft pastry skin. The al dente ribbons of noodles are tossed with moreish chilli vinaigrette and prove to be extremely addictive. The portion of noodles is too much for me, or I would have slurped up every last drop of broth, and strand of noodle.
If you prefer a lighter la mian, go for the Red Garoupa with Pickled Vegetables Tonkatsu Ramen ($18.90). Served with large slices of fresh Red garoupa, the ramen has a lighter broth which is armed with a mild spicy kick. I wished that the pickled vegetables had come with more zing, so as to brighten the dish further.
Of course, there are some side dishes you can choose from — Twister Prawn Rolls, Braised Beancurd in Tonkotsu Broth, Chilled Silken Tofu with Century Egg, and Long Jing Tea Lava Egg. These appetisers are priced from S$1.90 to S$17.90. Complete your meal with an appetiser and a drink for S$3.20.
In celebration of the grand opening of Le Shrimp Ramen, the restaurant will be offering 1-for-1 noodle ALL DAY from 7 to 9 December. The promotion is only valid for dine-in at Le Shrimp Ramen Paragon.
Le Shrimp Ramen
Address: 290 Orchard Rd, Paragon #B1-42, Singapore 238859
Opening Hours: 10.30am to 10.00pm daily (last order 9.30pm)
This is an invited tasting.
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