UMA UMA (うま馬)
Uma Uma opened a branch at Millenia Walk in November last year, serving as another alternative to Chabuton along the Japanese Food Street. Uma Uma was founded in 1953 as “Wumaru” (五馬路) or (Go Umaji?) in Hakata by the father of Masahiko Teshima (手嶋 雅彦). Although the history of the ramen goes a little bit further to pre-war era from a ramen shop known as “Minmaro” (三馬路). The name was changed to Uma Uma (うま馬) in 1994.
Uma Uma has at least 50 years of history and known for its Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen, the broth was made with pork bones and vegetables. I had the Uma Uma Ramen (14++SGD) which comes with toppings of cha siu slices, spring onions, black fungus, egg and spicy miso. The broth was surprisingly light compared to Ichiran’s, Ikkousha’s and Bari Uma’s. Noodles was smooth and springy and the char siew was tender.
BARI UMA (ばり馬)
The similarly named Bari Uma (ばり馬) is much younger than Uma Uma and hails from Hiroshima in Japan. The ramen chain begun in 2003 and has since opened outlets in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. Their first outlet is at Tanglin Shopping Centre and they have another outlet at United Square which I thought is not as good as the Tanglin one.
Their broth is distinctively thicker and robust compared to Uma Uma and matches the thickness of the broth you might find in Sapporo’s Shirakabasansou (白樺山荘). The broth was prepared with by simmering pork knuckles, chicken bones and herbs for 10 hours and what makes Bari Uma’s ramen special as well is that they use tamari soy sauce to create that creamy texture of their broth. The noodles are made in-house as well.
If you are going for a really thick ramen that would transport you back to Japan, then do give Bari Uma a try, the noodles was excellent and the broth is very flavourful, fragrant and addictive at the same time. They offer a down-sized version of their signature Bari Uma Ramen for less than 13 SGD as well.
583 Orchard Road
Forum the Shopping Mall
19 Tanglin Road
#B1-01/02 Tanglin Shopping Centre