Hougang Street 21 is quite the hot-spot for foodies, with Chew Chor Meng and Zhou Chongqing owned 888 Mookata, waffles café Hatter Street, popular Thai eatery Nakhon Kitchen, and Japanese izakaya Tachinomiya all in the same stretch.
Gonpachi Ramen has recently gotten into the radar for its $7.80 Nett Ramen. A steal considering that many Japanese eateries are selling ramen in the $12 – $20 range, and that is excluding taxes.
The family restaurant is said to serve up “imported Japan authentic ramen soaked in collagen broth”.
The varieties at this humble shop include Smoked Duck Chashu, Miso Kakuni, Beef Shabu, Sweet Sake Marinated Pork Chop, Seven Wonder Ramen – all priced at $7.80, and a Shoyu “Pai Ling” Mushroom Ramen at $7.00.
I had the Sweet Sake Marinated Pork Chop Ramen ($7.80), and the yellow noodles used were more to the chewy, mildly-curly, medium-thick side.
Not the type that I liked most, but I find that it worked well with the soup which wasn’t too heavily rich.
The soup base said to be enhanced with collagen, was a mixture of creamy Tonkotsu pork bone and Tori chicken soup, most likely modified to use the local taste as it was not overly thick, oily or salty.
I found it a reasonably priced bowl, and decent on the taste factor. The pork pieces were well-marinated and tender.
Another interesting ramen to order would be the Seven Wonder Ramen ($7.80), which came in a separate greenish Thai chilli sauce.
I would suggest slurping up some of the broth first, then add in the sauce later to experience a layered, more tangy flavour.
Did I not mention there is also free-flow bean sprouts?
After an additional side order of a Char-Grilled Lemongrass Chicken Salad ($4.00), the bill for each person came up to less than $10. I was so pleasantly surprised!
212, Hougang Street 21, #01-329 Singapore 530212
Tel: +65 6584 1943
Opening Hours: 11:45am – 3:00pm, 5.30pm – 10:30pm (Sun – Thurs)
11:45am – 3:00pm, 5.30pm – 10:45pm (Fri – Sat)