I was eyeing Nao Japanese Restaurant for quite some time as I stayed next to it in Miss Maud's, I didn't try it out until recently. Arrived on a hot afternoon and was ushered to a table after waiting in queue for around 20 minutes by the friendly staff and we started ordering.
The noodles came in three types - your average plain egg noodles, spinach-infused noodles (+$0.50) and red chili-infused noodles ($0.50) - and there were 4 soup bases to choose from - Shoyu (醬油), Shio (塩), Spicy (辛い; +$1) and Miso (味噌). I ordered the large bowl of Spicy soup base with red chili-infused ramen.
Being accustomed to spicy food in a multi-cultural society like Singapore, I thought the spiciness was very acceptable - may not turn out similar for some people though. The soup base was lovely with a slight kick. Noodles were springy, although I would say the taste didn't differ much from the original egg noodles.
What I really liked was the fact that, unlike many other ramen stalls, the soup was NOT chock full of MSG that would make the soup taste very artificial, neither would it make you very dehydrated afterwards. The noodles did not bloat my stomach up as well.
At the price of around $13.50, I thought it was a rather affordable meal as well.
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