Tsuta was first awarded a Michelin star in 2015, arrived onto our Singapore shores in 2016, and subsequently opened up a second branch in 2017. But despite its honourable status, Tsuta has been met with lukewarm reviews. The ramen joint was never meant to be a place for exquisite fine dining, suggested by its rather compact layout that mimics the 9-seater flagship store at Sugamo, Tokyo. Rather, you’re meant to zip in, order a bowl at the DIY kiosk, find a spot, tuck in, and leave—all within 20 minutes.
Yet, despite its lukewarm reception, the Pan Pacific outlet continues to be immensely popular amongst the working executives—judging by the queues during lunch and dinner—and attributed mainly to its quality fuss-free menu at a value-for-money price point.
This month, Tsuta adds chicken ramen (or the Tori Paitan Soba) to its repertoire in both non-spicy and spicy variations. The dashi, made with chicken bones and feet, brims with collagen after being boiled for five hours. The soup is then blended with Chef Yuki’s special shoyu tare to become a creamy piquant broth that coddles the al dente buckwheat noodles, roasted teriyaki chicken thigh slices, and the ubiquitous gooey egg. The ramen is then garnished with sweet corn and shiitake mushroom. The Spicy Tori Paitan is made with the same chicken dashi with the addition of a fragrant chilli oil made with chilli padi, olive oil, and leek.
The dish is accompanied with a side of tomato paste, which can be incorporated into the broth to add an extra tang of acidity. And, of course, no ramen is complete without freshly blanched edamame, lightly seasoned with pepper and Mongolian rock salt, that is plump and supple with every bite. Tuck into a plate of juicy gyozas (panfried or boiled based on your personal preference) filled with seasoned minced pork, shiso leaves, and momen tofu, encased in a piece of delicate wheat flour skin. These pot stickers are accompanied by a dipping sauce of shoyu tare and Japanese vinaigrette.
The new dishes will be launching on 29 June at both outlets at Pacific Plaza and Tai Seng. Tsuta is located at 9 Scotts Road, #01-01, Pacific Plaza, Singapore 228210 and 18 Tai Seng Street #01-01, Singapore 539775.