Ramen restaurant Menzo Butao operates within Singapore’s Marina Square shopping centre, at 6 Raffles Boulevard.
Established by Yasuhiko Kurata in 1936 in Japan, Menzo Butao specializes in colourful variations of Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen with a range of more than 20 ramen dishes to choose from.
Menzo Butao dishes feature three delicious soup bases – Butaõ (White), Kuroõ (Black) and Akaõ (Red) – each of which appeal to a wide audience from young customers to adults and families alike.
Of these, the Butaõ soup base consists of pork broth made from boiling pork bones and sinews for over 14 hours that extracts all the natural flavour of the bones. This soup base is direct-flown to Singapore and then prepared by simmering for hours to reach the correct consistency & flavours. The pork bones come from Japan’s Kagoshima prefecture, an area famous for high quality pork meat.
The Kuroõ broth, meanwhile, is an emulsion of burnt white onions and vegetable oil, giving it an iconic dark colour.
Finally, the Akaõ broth is slightly spicy, containing chilli oil and obtaining a red hue from the Gochujang (Korean Miso) and Doubanjiang (Chinese Miso).
In addition to Singapore and Japan, you can find Menzo Butao ramen restaurants in mainland China, The United States, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, as well as Taiwan.
Menzo Butao Marina Square
6 Raffles Blvd, #02-180, The Dining Edition, Marina Square
Hours: Monday-Sunday 11:30am-10pm
In Singapore, Japanese Food Holding operates a chain of more than 40 restaurants featuring Japanese fare under various franchises as well as self-developed brands such as Ajisen Ramen, Menya Musashi, New ManLee Bak Kut Teh, New ManLee Bak Kut Teh, and Aji-Tei.