Uma Uma Ramen (Forum the Shopping Mall) – I will go back for their Chasiu Rice!
Hello everyone! It is my last day in Chiang Mai and I am going to board the plane soon and come back to my chicken rice in a few hours’ time. I am feeling very insecure for not blogging for so many days (usually you will get to read a new post everyday), so I thought I will give up some sleep and do a simple blog post.
A day before my trip, I met up with my friends for lunch at Uma Uma Ramen. Jackson happened to post a picture of Uma Uma’s Char Siew Don on Instagram and I fell in love just by looking at the photo. So lunch location was confirmed immediately.
Uma Uma Ramen’s name stems from “Wu Maru”, a Ramen shop established in 1953 by the father of Uma Uma Ramen’s current President, Masahiko Teshima. Upon taking over the business in 1994, “Wu Maru” was renamed “Uma Uma Ramen”; a play on the original name of the restaurant as well as a pun on the Japanese word for “tasty”.
I have zero expectation when I reached Uma Uma Ramen. Neither do I know that this famous Fukuoka ramen chain is brought to Singapore by Iggy’s. All I knew was, they have Cha Siew Don and I want to try it.
But well, being a fickle minded lady, after looking at the menu, the restaurant seems to be more famous for their ramen, hence I ordered a bowl of Uma Uma Ramen ($14) instead. They have a lunch ramen set special (only for weekdays) which allows you to choose ONE topping, ONE side dish and ONE non-alcoholic drink for an additional $4. So I added a tamago to my ramen and ordered a plate of Gyoza.
The right noodles are a necessary element of a perfect bowl of ramen. As per Japanese tradition, the basic thinner, clear souped ramen is paired with thicker, curly noodles. The thicker soup base is better suited to the thinner noodles. If you like your noodles thin, non-curly and springy, you will like Uma Uma Ramen which serves Hakata-style ramen.
Of course, the usual ramen we had in Singapore is much thicker, so it may not suit many tastebuds, but the ramen I had that day, still retains a good bite. The egg is runny and the stock may be a tad too oily for my liking but it is truly flavourful. The ramen is served with charsiu, spring onions, black fungus in spicy miso.
Frankly, I kinda regret for not ordering their Chasiu Rice ($5) but the kind friends offered me some of it and I totally fell in love with it. Lovely torched flavor, nicely fat-lined. Portion was adequate for me, and I will go back to eat a bowl of Chasiu Rice all by myself.
Uma Uma Ramen
Address: #01-41/42/43 Forum the Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Rd
Tel: 6235 0855
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30-9:30pm; Sun 11:30am-9pm
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