[Closing] We have to say our temporary “Goodbyes” to Buta God, Don Meijin, Menya Ryu and Ikku Ramen.
Ramen Champion Bugis+ #04-10 has announced that that will be closed with effect from 26 April 2021. The last day of operations will be 25 April 2021 (Sun).
Previously, they were outlets at Changi Airport T3 and Clarke Quay Central, but these had been closed as well.
The concept of “Ramen Champion” has evolved over the years. Basically, various ramen brands are invited to have their stalls in Ramen Champion outlets or “stadiums”. There are 4 quarter finals and the “ULTIMATE RAMEN CHAMPION SINGAPORE” will be determined at the end of June every year.
Judging criteria include sales takings and customer votes via onsite voting.
Over 25 brands have participated, including non-ramen brands (ie Don Meijin) as the concept continues to evolve.
However, this may not be the end of Ramen Champion in Singapore as they are likely to look for a new location.
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[The following Ramen Champion review was written in 2019] What happens when two tsukemen masters join forces for the Ultimate Tsukemen Collaboration?
You get unique ramen dishes that are worth your time, attention and taste buds.
This significant event came about when Ramen Champion invited Chef Nozomi Ohashi and Chef Tetsuya Tomiyama from Japan to create a special set of tsukemen and ramen dishes for the ramen-loving foodies of Singapore.
Tsukemen is a type of Japanese ramen consisting of noodles which are eaten after dipping in a separate bowl of soup. It is a dish invented in 1961 by Kazuo Yamagishi, a restaurateur in Tokyo, Japan. It became a very popular in Tokyo and throughout Japan.
While Tsukemen has not really gained traction in Singapore compared to say Tonkotsu Ramen, I thought that this special bowl is worth a try especially when you have yet to try it before.
Some introduction of the two chefs: Chef Nozomi Ohashi is the owner of popular Menya Sho, a well-loved Tokyo-based ramen house, and the champion of Dai Tsukemen Haku 2015, the biggest tsukemen competition. He’s also part of Menya Koji Group, bringing great ramen to the rest of the world. This is the first time he’s bringing his popular ramen to Singapore.
Chef Tetsuya Tomiyama, likewise a passionate master of tsukemen, joined famous tsukemen ramen shop Taishoken right after his graduation. At age 33, he opened Taishoken Tetsu, which has become a very well-known ramen house in Japan.
For the first time ever, both tsukemen masters team up to present Kani Tsukemen (Swimming Crab Tsukemen), a special item exclusive to Singapore, plus two more limited-edition ramen dishes at Ramen Champion.
Swimming Crab Tsukemen ($17.80++)
A dish originally created in 2016 for Dai Tsukemen Haku, which won 2nd place in this biggest tsukemen competition.
It is a special collaboration of the two tsukemen masters with Ramen Champion’s Head Chef Horikawa, who trained under Chef Yamagishi a.k.a. Japan’s “God of Ramen”.
The Swimming Crab Tsukemen ($17.80++) is made with signature Chubuto-men Straight noodles, a type of non-curly ramen noodle that’s medium thick, with a noodle width of 1.5 mm.
These ramen noodles are served with slices of tender cha shu and a wedge of lemon. Soup is served in a separate bowl, made with a rich tonkotsu base and blended with umami crab broth.
The tsukemen sauce with crab extract is broiled for two days, then enlivened with garlic, sesame and secret spices.
I found the hot tsukemen sauce to be brimming with robust seafood flavours; you just need a light dip with the chewy noodles to experience its deliciousness.
Served with a small amount of spicy paste on the side, which you can add into the broth for that fiery flavour.
Chef Horikawa Maze Soba ($12.80+)
This dish is created after a 3-way collaboration between Chef Tomiyama, Chef Ohashi, and Chef Horikawa from Ramen Champion.
Chef Horikawa uses his original maze soba sauce blend to bring the authentic taste of classic Japanese maze soba.
Mazesoba, which combines “mazo” (mixed) and “soba” (thin buckwheat noodles), is a type of soup-less ramen that’s popularly eaten during summer. (Although there is “soba” in the name of this dish, it technically uses wheat noodles albeit minus the soup.)
This limited-edition Chef Horikawa Maze Soba ($12.80+) comes with a spicy kick, and is available at Teppan No Hoshi.
Accompanied with sliced spring onions, spicy minced pork, matchsticks of nori seaweed, creamy mentaiko, a dollop of mayo, and topped with an onsen tamago.
Break the runny egg yolk to make your maze soba creamier and milder in spice. Toss the ingredients together to create a gloopy mix before you dig in.
Enjoy a generous portion of chewy, springy noodles mixed with the medley of ingredients.
Double Rich Ikkyu Tonkotsu ($16.80+)
The 3rd ramen is co-created by the two tsukemen masters.
The Double Rich Ikkyu Tonkotsu ($16.80+) features the tonkotsu oil used in the original Ikkyu Tonkotsu Ramen, which won over 5 other ramen brands in Ramen Champion’s Tasting Competition in 2015, and was said to be created on the request of Hong Kong celebrity, Eric Tsang.
Thin ramen noodles are generously topped with cha shu made using pork collar cooked in the Western sous vide style.
Made from boiling pork bones over high heat for long hours, the broth has a hearty pork flavour and a rich, milky consistency.
What makes the broth so creamy is that the soup and oil are mixed well and don’t separate.
Ramen Champion – Bugis+
201 Victoria Street, Bugis+ #04-10 Singapore 188607
Tel: +65 6238 1011
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon – Thurs), 11am – 10:30pm (Fri), 10:30am – 10:30pm (Sat), 10:30am – 9:30pm (Sun)
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Ramen Champion.