I'm thrilled that there's another place to get Jiro-style ramen besides Ramen Champion at Iluma and T3. Jiro-style is characterised by a light but fatty broth (with some, you can even see little cubes of fat floating in the broth), a mountain of cabbage and bean sprouts, and a heaping spoonful of chopped garlic.
I fell in love with Bario's version at Ramen Champion, though some have criticized their thick, chewy noodles. The one at Daikokuya then, at the basement of Raffles City, seems to strike a good balance.
Their Jiro-style ramen (called Stamina Ramen on the menu) comes in two flavours - a miso broth and a shoyu one. I feared that the miso would be too overpowering, so I opted for the shoyu instead. Good call - the broth was quite light, notwithstanding the fatty bits, and didn't mask the flavour of the garlic and vegetables like the miso may have had. The noodles are a regular thickness, so this may appease the Bario detractors.
I also like that they offered white vinegar to go with the ramen; it really helped to cut through the fatty, garlicky broth.
A ordered the Spicy Maze Ramen, which was essentially a dry noodle with a spicy bean paste - think a really good version of Indomie Mi Goreng. If I weren't so enamoured with the Jiro-style ramen, this would be my new favourite. Instant noodle afficionados out there will completely understand.
In addition to the usual Sapporo miso ramen and Kyushu ramen, I like that they have some interestingly different varieties here, that you don't find in many ramen joints. Purists may argue that a true ramen-ya should only offer one style, and while I generally agree, I don't mind variety if they get it right.
Not the best ramen, but with the wide selection here, there's easily something for everyone. Don't go with high expections and you won't be disappointed.
Daikokuya Ramen Dining
252 North Bridge Road
#B1-13 Raffles City
Sun - Thurs 11.30am – 10pm
Fri, Sat 11.30am – 10.30pm