Another good news for ramen lovers. Ramen Keisuke Tori King has just opened at the newly renovated Amara Hotel Shopping Mall. This time, the Ramen King is bringing yet another spin to the traditional ramen – chicken thigh with chicken stock!
Keisuke Tokyo Ramen is already well-known for its creative take on ramen, having won the title of Ramen Champion at Tokyo Ramen Championship 2011 in Japan. Founder Keisuke Takeda was also selected as the top ramen chef in Japan and crowned as Ramen King. Singaporeans have also shown Keisuke lots of love with the snaking queues at Orchid Hotel. (Read: Keisuke Tonkotsu King at Orchid Hotel and Keisuke Ramen Millenia Walk)
You may wonder, why are the branches so close together?
Keisuke Takeda made the decision to open his third restaurant at Amara Hotel (which is totally different inside now) because Tonkotsu King has been receiving an average of 350 customers since its opening, drawing huge crowds of locals during both lunch and dinner time. He feels the need to have Tori King within the Tanjong Pagar vicinity just so the loyal diners of Keisuke will have more than one option.
My recommendation is the Black Spicy Tori King Ramen Special with All Toppings ($16.90) which includes an amazing tender chicken thigh with a huge slice of pork loin, tamago and seaweed.
The evenly grilled chicken thigh is indeed the show-stopper, with meat coming off the bones so easily, extremely tasty as it is simmered and submerged in premium soy stock overnight. Eating it at some point does remind me an Indonesian ‘ayam panggang’. It is HUGE.
The chicken stock is really warm, thick and flavoursome, yet not overly salty. I would say try not to take your time to savour or don’t finish the stock as it may become over-powering and heavy-going towards the end. For the adventurous, you can also try their green spicy stock which contains wasabi. If not, the original is very safe.
I was asked by Mr Keisuke Takeda which was my preference. It still has to be Keisuke Tonkotsu King at Orchid Hotel because the pork stock feels more authentic, ‘cleaner’ and lighter to me.
Fan photo with Ramen King Mr Keisuke. I was so happy, but I kept my excitement.
Fans of Keisuke will be glad to know that the hard-boiled eggs, beansprouts and sesame seeds remain complimentary. And it does not take a fortune teller to predict that Ramen Keisuke Tori King is going to attract a long long queue as well. Don’t wait – just go!
Ramen Keisuke Tori King
Amara Hotel #03-15, 100 Tras Street , (Tanjong Pagar MRT) Tel: +65 6604 6861
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm