Keisuke Tonkotsu King – 3 words.
First word, creator ‘Keisuke’ Takeda was selected as the top ramen chef in Japan in the Ramen Champion Series which gathered over 30,000 ramen chefs. Second word, ‘Tonkotsu’ represents one of the most popular ramen broth form, cooked with pork marrow bones and fat for hours till it is milky white and thick. Third word, Keisuke Tokyo Ramen was crowned the ‘king’ with the the title of Ramen Champion at Tokyo Ramen Championship 2011 in Japan.
Do you know that there are two Keisuke shops in Singapore – Keisuke Tokyo Ramen at Millenia Walk and Keisuke Tonkotsu King at Orchid Hotel?
Keisuke Takeda is precisely known for his creation of very unusual soup bases cooked with prawns and crabs, not the usual classic soup bases like shio, miso or shoyu. Ironically, Keisuke Ramen in Singapore which initially started selling only the very unique prawn based flavour, switched to selling the usual after customers’ feedback.
Keisuke Tonkotsu King, the little ramen shop at Tanjong Pagar, goes back to the basics.
There is always a queue here, for the reasons that the ramen is really quite authentically delicious, and the shop can only sit about twenty.
You can choose between the basic Tonkotsu Ramen ($10.80), Black Spicy ($11.80) or Red Spicy ($11.80). I would suggest a Tonkotsu Ramen Special All Toppings ($14.80), and you can also indicate if you want your soup to be light, normal or strong.
While I may have preferred the noodles over at Ippudo or Marutama, the char siew at Santouka, and the tamago at Miharu, the Tonkotsu soup at Keisuke is the best – thick, milky, tasteful, flavoursome and slightly salty. I finished till the last drop. The soup wins, hands down (you may still argue it is too salty).
Plus, there is free beansprouts and eggs! The free eggs are not the soft yolk kind, but still can see my neighbouring table busy eating all the egg white.
Loved the very traditional cosy ambience with retro posters pasted all around, and excellent service from the Japanese staff. My only complaint: they don’t accept NETs or cards, so you better come with extra cash.
I would rank Keisuke Tonkotsu King the King of the Japanese Ramen Broth. How about you? Which ramen broth beats this soup in Singapore?
Keisuke Tonkatsu King
1 Tras Link, #01-19 Orchid Hotel, Singapore (5 min from Tanjong Pagar MRT), Tel: +65 6636 0855
Opening Hours: 11:30am-3pm, 6pm-10:30pm Daily