Are there really that many new ramen places in Singapore? Apparantly yes. While searching for the Best Ramen in Singapore, it’s time to look beyond the usual favourites of Ippudo, Keisuke and Santouka, to check out some of the newcomers.
From Niigata styled fish soup base, localised ramen with pork ribs to sukiyaki ramen, it is not just about tonkotsu and miso any more, but every bowl a distinct flavour and character.
Here are 10 New Ramen Places in Singapore:
#01-01, 253 Holland Avenue (Holland MRT), Tel: +65 64637277
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11:00pm Daily
Sanpoutei, probably the ‘hottest’ new ramen shop at Holland Village, is known for its classic Shoyu ramen ($14.00) which originates from Niigata (north of Tokyo) since 1967. Its broth is boiled for six hours using vegetables, chicken, pork bone and 2 types of dried sardine all imported from Japan – one of the few ramen shops in Singapore with fish base in its soup. One of the most promising new comers with authentic taste and prompt service. (Read: Sanpoutei Ramen Holland Village)
Ikkousha Hakata Ramen Singapore 博多一幸舎
Block 7, #01-104 Tanjong Pagar Plaza Singapore 081007 Tel +65 65381880
Opening Hours: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm (Mon – Sat), 11:30 am – 9:00 pm (Sun)
Ikkousha Hakata Ramen 博多一幸舎 by Kousuke Yoshimura won the Ultimate Ramen Champion twice in a row, and now has his own shop at Tanjong Pagar (surrounded by Keisuke Tonkotsu King, Menya Sanji, and Tori King). He held his own with the signature two types of ramen – the original Tonkotsu Ramen ($12.00) with thick pork broth with thin long noodles, or the God Fire ($13.50) spicy ramen specially created for the Singapore market. This is, the champion of the ramen champions. (Read: Ikkousha Ramen Tanjong Pagar Plaza)
#03-04 Westgate, 3 Gateaway Drive (Jurong East MRT)
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Ramen only available during lunch)
Beauty pot ramen! Tsukada Nojo famous for their Bijin Nabe (I know it may sound like a bad word) collagen beauty hotpot.has already been getting long queues at its Plaza Sing and Chinatown Point outlet. Few may know that they opened another branch at Westgate (good news for westies) and actually serve ramen for lunch. Their version of ramen comes with 3 choices of thin egg noodles (take this please), thick mochi-mochi and rice noodles, with soup bases of shio, curry and shoyu. The toppings come separately so you can add them on your own. I can assure you that the chicken soup broth is very very intense and rich. (Read: Tsukada Nojo Chinatown Point))
7 North Canal Road Singapore 048820 (Behind Boat Quay), Tel: +65 65330845
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm (last order 9:45pm), Closed Sun, PH
Ramen Matsuri’s Chef Ikehata was previously from Marutama Ra-Men, and created this Sakura Chicken Ramen (ie chicken is bred without antibiotics and growth hormones, contain less fat and cholesterol, and listen to Mozart). The Sakura Chicken Ramen Rich Super ($16.90) is a hearty bowl containing 3 slices of chicken, 2 slices of pork char siew, 1 egg, 2 pieces of seaweed, black fungus and spring onion. For once, I preferred the chicken soup base than its pork. (Read: Ramen Matsuri Boat Quay)
Ramen Bari-Uma ばり馬のらーめん
101 Thomson Road #B1-08 United Square Singapore 307591 Tel: +65 6354 3711
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 9.30pm (Mon – Sun)
While shoyu based ramen typically has a clear brown broth which is light on the palate, Bari Uma’s version is a richly flavoured tonkotsu shoyu soup. Hailing from Hiroshima, the recommended ramen is the Ajitama-Uma ($15), with thick cut flamed chashu, uncut egg and shoyu soup. The soup is cooked for 6 hours using both pork and chicken bones with various vegetables. This is Bari Uma’s newest and second branch at United Square. My personal take? The Tanglin original branch feels better. (Read: Bari Uma Ramen Tanglin Shopping Centre)
Far East Square, 137 Amoy Street, #01-04 (Raffles Place MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm (Mon-Fri), Closed Sat, Sun, PH
Buta ramen at Far East Square, already quite popular with the office crowd, is developed by 3 local guy friends – Chris Tan, John Ng and Sandy Yeo. Their specialty is Boss Rib Ramen ($13.90, no GST or service charges), created as they are fans of our local bak kut teh, where the ribs are sous vide and cha shu cooked over 24 hours so that they become certainly tender. This is ramen with a local twist. (Read: Buta Ramen Far East Square)
Butaou by Chef Toshikazu Yoneda at Ramen Champion
1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World City #01-22, Singapore 237994 Tel: +65 6235 1295
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm
This is my champion from the newest Ramen Champion Great World City. Ramen meets Sukiyaki? Win already. Butaou’s Special Sukiyaki Ramen ($16) has a sweet Sukiyaki-ish taste, coming mainly from the sliced meat (pork or beef) and is quite addictive. Love the thin noodles, but not so much of the slow boiled egg and spiciness which went slightly over-powering.
Ramen Kagetsu Arashi
2 Handy Road #B1-01/02/03 The Cathay Singapore 229233 (Dhoby Gaut MRT), Tel: +65 6736 3055
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Ramen Kagestsu Ramen is supposedly one of Japan’s top ramen chain, though did not receive much fanfare with local ramen lovers. It opens a 3rd branch at The Cathay Orchard, and the outlet seemed rather quiet. Its newest offering, the Ginjiro ($13.90) scores on its broth, being thick, rich and flavourful with an aftertaste of bonito. The char siew was thin and tender, no major complains. Actually can give it a chance if you are nearby.
Tonkatsu Kazan Ramen
Liang Court, #01-09/10 Tel: +65 6397 6636
Opening Hours: 11am – 10:30pm Sun-Thurs, 11am – 3am Fri-Sat
This whole idea of Volcano ramen is quite gimmicky. Ramen soup is poured into a preheated 300 stone bowl with noodles and ingredients inside, and then covered with a conical lid. Then hot steam would come out from the top of the lid, thus the ‘volcanic eruption’. There are four basic flavours: Shoyu, Kaisen-shio, miso and curry ($15.00 for small, $18.00). Get the large and share with a friend (unless you came alone). It even comes with a bowl of rice, so don’t finish all your broth yet. (Read: Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen Liang Court)
[Closed] Ramen Mitsubachi
150 Orchard Road #01-018 Orchard Plaza Singapore 238841 (Somerset MRT), Tel: +65 62353503
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm (Mon-Fri), 6:00pm – 1:00am (Mon-Sat), Closed Sun (cash only)
This location at Orchard Plaza is where Noodle House Ken (owner fled the country) and Kitakata Ramen (short-lived stay) used to be. I worry about Ramen Mitsubachi’s fate. Only two customers during lunch, and one of them is me. The shop is small and cosy, and service sincere. The Tonkotsu Ramen ($12) while at a wallet-friendly price, had bland stock which was in between thick and thin. The texture of the noodles did not work for me as well. Let’s hope they can continue to fine-tune.
Note: The author ate every single bowl of ramen featured in this entry, sometimes more than once. He is still in a search for the Best Ramen in Singapore. Please keep him updated if you see a new ramen shop that is worthy of his calories and time. Arigatoo Gozaimasu!
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