I was most excited to finally visit homegrown casual Mexican restaurant Chimichanga, especially after hearing about the launch of their latest dish. Hint: there’s birria (the spicy and savoury slow-cooked Mexican stew that has taken all of social media by storm) involved.
And no, it’s not birria tacos we’re talking about — Chimichanga has birria ramen.
Exclusively available at the Little India branch from now till 4 June 2023, the restaurants very own take on birria ramen — the Ancho Beef Birriamen (S$16) — pays tribute to the OG dish that was first created in Mexico City in 2015.
Ramen and shredded ancho beef in a smoky birria broth (that’s more of a luscious sauce, rather than a soupy broth), alongside negi, bird’s eye chilli, pea sprouts, corn, and an egg yolk — every bite was rich, intensely savoury, and oh-so enjoyable.
Honestly, birria stew and ramen alone are a match made in heaven, and so I would’ve preferred for each portion to be served without the extra trimmings. That didn’t deter my dining partner and I from slurping up the entire bowl, though!
Moving on, the regular menu features an array of burritos, loaded nachos, rice bowls, quesadillas, and tacos, which I eventually settled on.
If you can’t decide, look no further than the Borracho Fish (S$18) — beer-battered white fish, crema, and red cabbage on soft flour tortillas, balanced out by invigorating mango salsa, pickled shallots, and jalapeño mayo. Delish.
When at Chimichanga, you’ve obviously got to order its namesake dish, the Chimichanga (from S$16).
It’s essentially an incredibly hefty deep-fried burrito stuffed to the gills with Amarillo rice, cheese, and your choice of protein (we opted for shredded Ancho beef), topped with salsa verde, creme, and pico de Gallo.
Bring more friends with you and get this to share — everyone will leaving feeling extremely satisfied.
Sides include the likes of Loaded Nachos (from S$13), Papas Salad (S$8), and my personal go-to, Elotes (S$14), or corn-on-the-cob dressed with house aioli and cheese.
It ain’t a Mexican feast without a round of refreshing Frozen Margaritas (from S$16), although I was perfectly happy to nurse an extra boozy Classic Margarita (S$16).
Otherwise, try one of the cocktails exclusive to the Little India outlet, such as the rum-based Boozy Mango Lassi (S$18), or a pint of Neon Donkey Cerveza.
And of course, if you have room for dessert, the crunchy, piping hot cinnamon sugar-dusted Golden Churros (S$10), paired with a housemade sea salt dark chocolate dip, will be a welcome sight.
All things considered, we highly recommend heading down to Chimichanga for birria ramen, alongside some of its hearty “Sing-Mex” signatures, before they take it off the menu (please don’t)!
Chimichanga Little India
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📍 36 Dunlop St, Singapore 209364
🕒 12pm–3pm, 5pm–10.30pm (Daily)
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Photos by Christabel Tan