What? One more. Shortly after Ramen Keisuke Lobster King at Clarke Quay (I hear that there is a queue of hundreds, and my previous post had literally a thousand of shares), Ramen King Keisuke Takeda opens a Crab Broth Ramen shop at Orchard Cineleisure. (The outlet opens officially on 3 March Thursday.)
Crab Broth Ramen can be considered one of Keisuke’s signatures, as he used this particular noodle dish to win the title of Ramen Champion in Japan during 2011.
So we say “Bye Bye” to Pancake House of TOKIO at Orchard Cineleisure, and “Hello” to likely long queues when Keisuke Kani King sets foot at this super convenient location (Level 1 right next to KFC).
Late night supper/KTV/movie goers will be pleased to know that the 40-seater ramen store opens up to 2am during Fridays and Saturdays.
There are five different styles available: Crab Broth Ramen with Clear Soup ($12.90), Crab Broth Ramen with Rich Soup ($13.90), Spicy Crab Broth Ramen ($14.90), Crab Broth with Mixed Fried Omelette Ramen ($13.90) and Crab Tsukemen ($13.90).
Crab Broth Ramen with Rich Soup ($13.90, with all toppings $18.90)
This bowl has a creamy based, cooked with a mixture of crabs, chicken bones, herbs and vegetables, which provides a distinct seafood flavour in the soup.
Okay, between this and the lobster broth, lobster wins hands down. I also preferred the thinner, longer noodles used over there.
Chef wanted to display contrasting flavours in this two newer shops – the lobster having a “stronger, masculine” soup based; while the crab has a more “sensitive and feminine” touch. Thus the heavier use of vegetables, also a sweeter aftertaste in the broth.
Crab Broth with Mixed Fried Omelette Ramen ($13.90)
This gets more experimental, created from the observation that local Singaporeans tend to like eggs that are fluffy and soft.
If that is the objective, this Kani Tama Ramen dish achieves it.
Covered with a layer of fluffy egg containing pieces of sliced pork and crab stick, it strangely reminded all of us of… the local Hokkien mee, wet version. This is okay, if you are bored of the typical soup ramen.
Spicy Crab Broth Ramen ($14.90)
MY FAVOURITE. While I don’t always enjoy the spicy versions of Keisuke’s ramen, this bowl ticks all the right boxes – intense, velvety rich, having a multitude of flavours. I happen to find the golden coloured bowl the most attractive as well.
It comes with a ball of chilli paste on top. My recommendation would be to have a few sips of soup first, then mix it in to savour a different layered taste.
Crab Tsukemen ($13.90)
The dipping noodles didn’t quite work for me. Keisuke uses a mixture of four different breaths of noodle, so that diners can feel varied gratifications in this simple dish. I personally thought that noodles were slightly too thick, and had a strong aftertaste.
So I won’t mind having the Spicy Crab Broth Ramen again for a few more times. This shop also offers a free side accompaniment of Nira Cabbage Garlic other than beansprouts, but emmm, nope.
Anyway, I hear that many diners go to Keisuke NOT only for the ramen. I finally realised why.
Keisuke Kani King @ Orchard Cineleisure
8 Grange Road, #01-¬03 Cathay Cineleisure Orchard Singapore 239695 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm Last Order 9:45pm (Mon – Thurs),
12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 2am Last Order 1:45am (Fri and PH eve),
12pm – 2am Last Order 1:45am
12pm – 10pm Last Order 9:45pm
Other Related Entries
Ramen Keisuke Lobster King (Clarke Quay)
Menya Takeichi (Suntec City)
Kanshoku Ramen (Orchard Central)
Uma Uma Restaurant & Bar (Millenia Walk)
Sapporo Ramen Miharu (Millenia Walk)
* Daniel’s Food Diary went as a plus-one of a VIP member ie super fans of Keisuke. The outlet opens officially on 3 March Thursday.