[Updated Nov 2016] Ramen Keisuke Tori King has expanded its menu at 100AM Shopping Mall (Amara Hotel). This particular ramen shop is known for its Japanese noodles with creamy chicken stock, seen with a large chicken thigh laying across.
Other than a “soup upgrade”, meaning the broth is supposedly more flavourful, new additions include Tsukemen ($14.90), Clear Soup option ($13.00), Tan Tan Mien ($13.90), Ultra Rich Tan Tan Mien ($14.90), and Maze Soba ($12.90).
Top up $2 for flavoured egg, and $5 for the Special all-in.
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 all their various branches.
(Read: Keisuke Tonkotsu King at Orchid Hotel
Ramen Keisuke Lobster King at Clarke Quay
Keisuke Kani King at Orchard Cineleisure)
Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King Matsuri at Parkway Parade
Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King at Paya Lebar Square
Keisuke Tonkotsu King Four Seasons at Bugis Village
(Older photo, last time got large pork loin)
Keisuke Takeda made the decision to open his third restaurant at 100AM then 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 felt the need to have Tori King within the Tanjong Pagar vicinity just so the loyal diners of Keisuke will have more than one option.
At Tori King, chicken is the main attraction.
My recommendation is the Black Spicy Tori King Ramen Special with All Toppings ($17.90) which includes an amazingly tender chicken thigh with slices of cha siu (used to be a larger pork loin during openings days), flavoured egg 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 did remind me an Indonesian ‘ayam panggang’. It was HUGE.
The chicken stock was 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.
For the newer offerings, while the server recommended that the Ultra Rich Tantan Mien version was popular among local customers, I liked the ‘normal’ Tantan Mien ($18.90 for all toppings).
The former was well, too rich, heavy and was to the oily side to my liking. Having a few spoonfuls have a greasy feeling.
The Tantan Mien, said to be inspired by Sichuan’s Dan Dan noodles, contained a ball of minced chicken, Sichuan pepper and chili oil added, and should please Singaporean customers loving that spicy touch. The ‘mala’ didn’t kick in that obviously, so the balance was just about righ.
Perhaps it is an age or health thing, I also gravitated towards the Clear Soup ($16 for all toppings), which had hints of yuzu in the broth.
Fan photo with Ramen King Mr Keisuke.
Fans of Keisuke will be glad to know that the (normal) hard-boiled eggs, beansprouts and sesame seeds remain complimentary.
It does not take a fortune teller to know that Ramen Keisuke Tori King will continue to attract a long queue, especially with the nearby office crowd.
Ramen Keisuke Tori King
100AM #03-15, 100 Tras Street Singapore 079027 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6604 6861
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 5:30 – 10:00pm (Mon – Fri), 11:30am – 10:00pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
Other Ramen Entries
Tsuta Singapore (Pacific Plaza)
Nantsuttei Ramen (Orchard Central)
Kanshoku Ramen (Orchard Central)
Ramen & Tonkatsu Ma Maison (Capitol Piazza)
Uma Uma Restaurant & Bar (Millenia Walk)