Monday, May 3, 2010

Santouka Toroniku Char Siew @ Meidi-Ya Ramen Fair

As per my last blog, I went down to Meidi-Ya at Liang Court over the weekend for the ramen fair to take a look.

Right at the door, there is a poster showing the various ramen packs that you can get at the fair.

Ramen Fair!

The fair is basically a sales promotion of the ramen packs of the various famous ramen houses in Japan, including names that we are now familiar in Singapore such as Santouka and Ippudo.

The promotion space is just at the entrance. Easily noticeable by the piles of ramen boxes!

A sea of ramen...

With over 35 types of ramen, its really hard to make a choice. There are ramen of all types - shoyu, pork bone, miso, tsuke-men and shio. All of them are unique in their own right and has their specialty. Its not that cheap too (ranging from $15-22), so I have to make a careful decision...

Two of their special promotion items are ramen from Ippudo ($11-12.5) ...

Red & White

... and frozen toroniku char siew from Santouka ($12)!

Exclusive at Meidi-Ya

Besides the soup, personally I think that the hardest thing to self-make at home for a bowl of ramen is the char siew.

And whats more, its Santouka's toroniku char siew!

I quickly grabbed a pack home to try it out.

129g of toroniku...

The instruction says that we have to put the frozen pack of char siew into a pot of water. When the water boils, switch off the fire and let the pack soak in the hot water for 20-30 minutes, and its done!

Slicing it the Santouka way...

It looks pretty similar to those served in the restaurant, except that the colour looks darker.

Looks like the real thing!

It taste pretty much like what is served in the restaurant too - tender and flavoursome. The only thing is that layer of fat of the piece that I bought seems to be thicker, making the char siew a little fatty. All in all, it was good!

The expiry date of the char siew seems to be a whopping 1 year from the date of manufacture. Ramen fans of Santouka may want to consider stocking it up at home to satisfy the sudden cravings.

I've kept a few pieces for the ramen that I bought from the fair too :)
Will blog about it when I cook it.

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