7 Ramen Places That Originated From Singapore – Support Local
Singapore has quite a few Japanese ramen shops that originated from our country itself – Michelin Bib Gourmand A Noodle Story, Brothers Ramen. Buta Ramen, Kanshoku Ramen, Xin Hao Ramen and Ramen Atelier.
Local start-ups, local chefs.
While the ramen purists may not have a favourable take, I am open to see some interesting synergies, that can well reflect our local culture and tastebuds.
Here are 7 Ramen Restaurants / Stalls That Originated From Singapore. Time to support local
Kanshoku Ramen Bar
ION Orchard #B3-18, 2 Orchard Turn Singapore 238801
Tel: +65 6509 8221
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, Last Order 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Kanshoku Ramen Bar
Orchard Central, 277 Orchard Road #01-06, Singapore 238858
Tel: +65 6384 4770
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily
Truffle Dry & Truffle Broth Ramen Going Strong
Kanshoku Ramen means “to finish eating every last bit of your food’ in Japanese”.
Some may not know this is a locally developed brand. Their broth boiled eight hours with filtered water, no added salt or preservatives, pork marinated for four hours, and Hakata style ramen made in house.
The Truffle Ramen ($16.90) is THE ramen that propelled Kanshoku to further fame. Some friends liked it precisely because the dish of hot, straight, thin noodles reminded them of Truffle Angel Hair Pasta (of this famous French restaurant), except that this is hot.
There is a balanced combination of kombu, shaved black truffle and truffle oil – when tossed would emit that light alluring aroma.
The current incarnation also included an onsen egg and torched caramelized charshu marinated in a slight sweetish sauce. Wonderful additions. Kanshoku Ramen Bar (ION Orchard)
A Noodle Story
Amoy Street Food Centre #01-39 7 Maxwell Road Singapore 069111 (Tanjong Pagar MRT Exit G)
Opening Hours: 11:15am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 7:30pm (Mon – Fri), 10:30am – 1:30pm (Sat) , Closed Sun, PH
Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore Ramen
Opened by young hawkerpreneurs, A Noodle Story serves “Singapore-style ramen” ($7.00, $9.00) that was listed in the Singapore Michelin Bib Gourmand Guide. So proud of these guys.
A bowl with Japanese style charshu, soy-flavoured braised egg, Hong Kong style wontons, potato wrapper prawn fritter for that crunch.
Aesthetically pleasing and well-arranged, for a hawker stall. I like it – you don’t get a bowl like this anywhere else. You understand why there is always a long queue, every bowl was patiently cooked and arranged, and you could feel the pride in their work.
The Ramen Stall
787 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198755
Opening Hours: 5pm – 6am (Mon – Fri), 12pm – 6am (Sat, Sun, PH)
Halal Volcano Ramen
The Ramen Stall is sister restaurant to The Ramen House at Short Street. Two things to note: The Ramen Stall opens till 6am in the morning for supper-goers, and it has been certified Halal.
Their specialty is the Volcano Ramen ($11) with 3 levels of spiciness, and others such as Mushroom Ramen ($11), Beef Ramen ($12.90), Abalone Seafood Ramen ($23.90), and Vegetable Ramen ($11).
My personal recommendation is the Dry Ramen ($11) tossed in a special sauce, complemented with shoyu-marinated chicken cha-shu, braised egg, cucumber strips and dried scallops.
10 Anson Road, International Plaza #01-20 Singapore 079903 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (Mon-Sat), Last order 8pm. Opened PH, Closed Sun
Hunky Brothers Ramen At International Plaza
Run by brothers Cai Weili and Weisheng, Brothers Ramen serve up ramen with a different take, and the owners candidly shared they learnt to cook from YouTube, and fine-tuned the recipe several hundred times.
Selection available included Brothers Ramen ($12.90), Chicken Ramen ($12.90), Spicy Ramen ($13.90), Chashu Ramen ($14.90) and the Supermen ($16.90) which would come with more pieces of pork chashu.
They handmake their own noodles, therefore the strands are more eggy and perhaps less springy, and the soup is cooked with a combination of pork, chicken, fish and vegetables, rather than just pork in the past. The soup has a ‘cleaner’ and more localized taste than the typical tonkotsu broth we would be used to.
Xin Hao Ramen
470 North Bridge Road #03-19 Bugis Cube, Singapore 188735 (Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:00pm (Mon-Sat), Closed Sun
Japanese Ramen At Bugis Cube With A Local Take
Xin Hao’s Miso Ramen ($11.00) is accompanied with grilled meat, flavoured egg, deep fried enoki mushroom and bonito flakes (Okay, I ordered one egg too many, but it was good.)
The grilled meat is the best part, tender with marinate that reminds me of a Chinese-style pork chop.
If you are not into the rich and oily type of soup base, this version which is ‘in-between’, flavourful yet not too creamy, can suit your palate. I wished there was a more distinct flavour of miso though, which did not seem pronounced enough.
Far East Square, 137 Amoy Street, #01-04 Singapore 048775 (Telok Ayer MRT, Raffles Place MRT)
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 6:00pm (Mon – Thurs), 10:30am – 8:30pm (Fri), Closed Sat, Sun, PH
Singapore Style Pork Rib Ramen At Far East Square
Their specialty is pork rib ramen, created as the owners are fans of our local bak kut teh. Their creative juices flowed and experimented to pair our local delight with noodles and soup.
On the menu include Chashu Ramen ($12.90), Boss Rib Ramen ($14.90), Spicy Chilli Chashu Ramen ($13.90), Black Garlic Chashu Ramen ($13.90), Spicy Chilli Boss Rib Ramen ($15.90), Grilled Belly Ramen ($13.90) and Black Garlic Dry Ramen ($11.90).
I tried the Spicy Boss Rib Ramen ($15.90, no GST or service charges), where the ribs are sous vide and cha shu cooked over 24 hours so that they become certainly tender.
2 Science Park Drive, #01-34 Ascent Singapore 118222
Tel: +65 9008 3614
Opening Hours to be updated as they are closed temporary
Ramen Atelier influenced by French culinary techniques
Chef owner Andrew Ng was trained in French cuisine, and his love for Japanese food and ramen has brought him to merge his French culinary know-how with Japanese cooking techniques to create his style ramen.
Ramen Atelier’s interesting menu includes Ramen Rouge, which incorporates tomato and butter, and Ramen Noir which has a squid ink miso soup base.
March 15, 2017