For a small country like Singapore, we are relatively populated with ramen eateries of all kinds. There are still so many new ramen shops opening up in recent times, and looks like there are more to come.
Two of the newest entries included anticipated ramen shops of Men-Men Tei By Teppei at Marina One, and duck-focused Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke at Holland Village.
Kanshoku Ramen Bar
Northpoint City B1-151 930 Yishun Avenue 2, Singapore 769098
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Last Order 9:30pm Daily
Kanshoku Ramen Bar has opened in the basement of Northpoint City, Yishun’s most happening mall.
It’s NEW Yuzu Ramen ($14.90) contains clear broth made from free-range French poulet, added with Japanese Yuzu for that subtle citrus flavour.
After the first spoonful, I enjoyed that the broth wasn’t heavy, a marked difference from the rich, creamy tonkotsu bases we are used to.
The citrusy-bitter taste of the yuzu came in delicately, okay, almost too imperceptibly if you take bigger gulps. I wished that it could go two-notches up for future incarnations. Kanshoku Ramen Bar (Northpoint City)
Suntec City Tower 2, North Wing, #01-512/513, Singapore 038989 (next to the North Atrium taxi stand)
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm Last Order 30 mins before closing (Mon – Sun)
Black King Ramen
The famed Ramen Nagi from Japan has opened its 1st outlet in Singapore at Suntec City Tower 2.
The Black King Ramen is my second favourite bowl, with fragrant blackened garlic and squid in a silky broth.
Compared to original BUTAO King in which the soup base had a cleaner taste, this was the opposite, especially when you mix the black ball completely in.
You get an irresistibly complex mix of fragrant squid ink, black sesame, silky tonkotsu broth, some minced meaty pork and certain kicks of Nagi spiciness. Ramen Nagi (Suntec City)
(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape)
Hokkaido Marche Gourmet Hall
Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, B2-11 to 29; and B2-44 to 48 Singapore 238896
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm Daily
Hokkaido Miso Ramen
This is from Sapporo Ramen Shirakaba Sansou 白樺山荘. Famed for their miso-based ramen in Sapporo (capital city of Hokkaido) with medium sized, curly yellow egg noodles, the soup is generally rich, thick and saltier, suitable for the cold climate in Hokkaido.
The broth used is tonkotsu pork based with either Miso flavour ($13), Soy Sauce flavour ($12) or Salt flavour ($12).
Each flavour comes with 3 different variations: Original, Karakuchi aka “spicy” (additional $1) or Char-siu (additional $3).
With a thicker and richer miso (fermented bean paste) and a less “porky” taste in the broth, the Karakuchi Miso Ramen ($14) comes with diced meat (instead of slices), bamboo shoots, black fungus, beansprouts and seaweed. Hokkaido Marche (Orchard Central)
Ramen Champion at Clarke Quay Central
6 Eu Tong Sen St, 03-97/98, Singapore 059817
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Pink Ramen? This is offered by Tonkotsu Ikkyu which created this Special Tonkotsu Pink Ramen ($15.80) at Ramen Champion Clarke Quay Central.
And nope, there is no artificial colouring added. The pink comes from addition of beetroot and blueberries in the soup cooking process.
The soup base thus had that fruitiness with slight sweetness. May need some getting used to.
16 Enggor Street #01-01 Altez Singapore 079717
Tel: +65 9066 9448
Opening Hours: 11am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 10pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Despite opening for a couple of months, this ramen shop from Kagoshima remains under the radar.
It serves up Kagoshima Special ($21) at Tanjong Pagar contained thick pork broth, topped with scallions, sprouts, kikurage mushrooms and kurobuta chashu.
A special feature is the soy sauce used which is made in Kagoshima.
To me, the weakest link was the curly and moderately thick noodles though.
I didn’t mind that it was mid-wavy, but perhaps was cooked too soft. Also, it didn’t taste overly fresh (could be imported and refrigerated?), and would have preferred something chewier.
Zamza at FOMO Singapore
38 Sultan Gate #01-01, Singapore 198486 (Bugis and Nicoll Highway Station)
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm Mon – Sun (For Food), Drinks till 12mn Daily
Chicken Based Ramen
A no-pork, no lard ramen stall, featuring Chicken Based Ramen ($10) with either clear or creamy broth.
This is said to be opened by the owner of Jimoto Ya, but I thought Jimoto Ya had more robust broth and springy noodles. Just saying. The chicken slices were tender anyway.
Yaki Ramen at Platform M by MOF
SingPost Centre, 10 Eunos Road Level 2 Singapore 408600
Tel: +65 6747 3585
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun), Last Order 9:30pm
Japanese Specialty Collagen Ramen
A new brand found at Platform M by MOF (Paya Lebar), Yaki Ramen serves up Japanese noodles with tonkotsu soup bases – slowly simmered for the creamy taste, available in original tonkotsu, spicy tonkotsu, miso, and miso spicy.
The recommended are the Pork Yaki ($9.80) and Seafood Yaki ($9.80) which interestingly contain fried ramen, and you can also top up $3 for pork garlic collagen.
I also spotted Maze Soba (dry mixed Japanese ramen) such as the Minced Meat Maze Soba ($8.80) which I would be keen to try the next time. Platform M by MOF (Paya Lebar)
Tempura Ten Ten
252 North Bridge Road B1-13 Raffles City Shopping Centre (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 6336 7457
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, Last Order 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Tonkotsu Chashu Ramen
I thought its Tonkotsu Chashu Ramen ($15.80) tasted familiar. Turns out that the ramen chef used to work at Buta God at Ramen Champion, and was previously the head chef of Menya Takeichi at Suntec City.
Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke
16A Lor Mambong, Singapore 277677
Tel: +65 6463 4344
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 11.30am – 10pm (Sat – Sun), Last Order 30min before closing
Ramen King, Chef Keisuke Takeda has opened his newest ramen restaurant Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke at Holland Village.
This is Chef Keisuke’s 13th restaurant in Singapore, situated within the popular Holland Village food enclave.
The offerings at Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke include Rich Duck Broth ($14.90 base price), Clear Duck Broth ($14.90), Spicy Miso ($16.50), Miso ($16), Tsukemen ($14.90) and Mazesoba ($14.90).
All the ramen is served with slices of premium Irish hybrid duck – similar to the ‘London Duck’ that many other Singapore restaurants are using, chosen for its tender texture, fat content and rich flavour. Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke (Holland Village)
Marina One #B2-28, The Heart, 5 Straits View Singapore 018935
Tel: +65 6282 7280
Men Men Tei has opened at the basement of Marina One.
Two interesting ramen to look forward to include Creamy Sardine Ramen – a combination of dried baby sardine stock and tonkotsu soup; and Red Snapper Ramen – made from Kagawa red snapper’s extracted stock.
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