At a time when food cost and everything else is going up, it is indeed slightly surprising to find a ramen in Singapore priced at $6.80 (onwards).

Kumamoto Ramen got into the limelight with its affordable bowls of Japanese ramen noodles, opened with four outlets (and possibly counting) at Serangoon North, Jalan Bukit Merah, Ang Mo Kio, and Tampines.

The brand is opened by owner of the You Ma You La chain – known for its Mala Xiang Guo which had 14 outlets around the island at one time.

The pandemic caused his Mala business to fall due to the lack of communal dining, and therefore he pivoted to sell something else with recipes from a Japanese chef-friend in Tokyo.

The Bukit Merah outlet I visited was very close to ABC Brickworks Food Centre, reasonably almost full during peak dinner hours.

This outlet decorated with Pokemon characters on the wall, opens till 2am on Fridays and Saturdays; 12am on Sundays.

On its menu are items of the classic Kumamoto Ramen ($6.80), Spicy Tonkotsu ($7.80), Tonkotsu Black Garlic ($7.80), Itsuki Prawn Paste ($9.80), Beef Shoyu ($8.80), Awabi Hotate ($9.80), Chashu Jumbo ($.80), Miso Tonkotsu ($7.80), Hot Tan Tan ($6.80) and Tom Yum ($9.80).

All below $10.

You can also pair the ramen with a side for $9.90, with a drink at $11.90, making this value-for-money.

The wait was considerably long though, slightly more than half an hour for me, especially when ramen is seen as a quick-eat-and-go type of meal. Everyone around were seen waiting for their bowls as well.

When I got my ramen, I was surprised to see a layer of film on the soup already, which indicated that it has probably been left there for a while.

To no surprise, the Tonkotsu broth wasn’t as warm as I would have liked.

It was fairly flavourful, and decent for its price, though lacked the rich, creamy full-bodied texture that some customers would have preferred.

For a black garlic soup, it seemed to have a faint fragrant punch.

The long and thin straight Hakata-style noodles which tasted similar to some other ramen stores in Singapore, could fare better if it was less soggy.

The Itsuki Prawn Paste Ramen ($9.80) was a more special bowl to have, with the pieces of prawn paste (five pieces) reminding me of what a particular Yong Tau Foo stall offered.

Could do with a better crunch, but I am not complaining much for its price.

The Gyozo were the generic supplier type, deep-fried.

It may be slightly far-fetched to described this ramen as “authentic”, but it is what it is… affordable, decent-tasting noodles at $6.80.

Kumamoto Ramen
11 Jalan Bukit Merah, #03-4458, Singapore 150011
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 10am – 2am (Fri – Sat), 10am – 12am (Sun)

153 Serangoon North Ave 1, Guan Hock Tiong Eating House 源福中餐室 #01-512, Singapore 550153
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

711 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, 01-4458, Singapore 560711
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Blk 201, Tampines Street 21, Gongxi Coffee Shop 01-201, Singapore 520201
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

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