Ramen stalls and bak chor mee (minced meat noodles) stalls are a dime in a dozen here in Singapore but put two and two together and you’re basically set to wow the crowd. Dwelling within double-storey Amoy Street Food Centre are a number of new-age, ‘hipster’ hawkers who offer modern hawker nosh and one fairly new addition is Daily Noodles.
Specialising in maze soba, which by definition, basically means Japanese dry ramen or ramen without soup, their offerings are limited to 4 varieties— Nagoya Dry Ramen, Chashu Dry Ramen, Daily Dry Ramen and Laksa. Indeed, maze soba is a unique rendition of traditional soba but if we were to better elaborate, it’s essentially next-level bak chor mee.
Upon the stall owners recommendation, we got the Daily Dry Ramen (S$7) that comes topped with three slices of cha shu, seasoned minced pork, an onsen egg, chopped scallions and a teaspoon of their housemade chilli powder blend.
The trick to achieving maximum enjoyment with maze soba is to mix everything up and so we did. The runny egg yolk provided a nice creaminess and richness to the ramen noodles, serving as a good, hearty base to complement the savoury pork mince and chashu. The portion was small but not that it was necessarily bad too given how rich the individual components were.
The Nagoya Ramen (S$5) is pretty much similar to their original version but with the absence of pork chashu. Instead, a larger portion of minced pork is ladled over. While it didn’t particularly taste any more different, it did boast a much meatier appeal.
Is it worth the trip down just to try this? Yes. But would we come back again specifically for this? Probably not.
For what it’s worth, the flavours in both dishes sung of a peculiar vibrancy and we liked that operating within a hawker centre makes this unique style of ramen approachable. However, we probably wouldn’t find ourselves craving this on a regular.
7 Maxwell Road,
Amoy Street, #02-130 Food Centre,
(Closed on Sundays)
Mon to Sat: 10am – 3pm
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer