When you talk about inexpensive ramen in Singapore, Takagi Ramen would most likely come to mind.
The casual local ramen chain has opened its 9th outlet in the island, located at ARTRA which is just steps away from Redhill MRT (it replaced Hayashi Ramen Singapore).
Their motto is to serve “Ramen for the Average Singaporean”, keeping prices low enough just for the generation population.
A bowl of ramen starts from $6.90 (that’s the Takagi Tonkotsu Broth Ramen without egg) in an air-conditioned setting, can be said about half the price of most other ramen restaurants in Singapore.
Plus point: prices are nett.
With inflation driving food prices up all around Singapore, it is indeed harder to find such affordable Japanese ramen at such a price anymore in a fully air-conditioned restaurant environment.
There are now 9 Takagi Ramen outlets in Singapore, at Ang Mo Kio, Pasir Ris Close, Jurong West, Clementi (Tic Tech Center K2), Woodlands (Woodlands Square), one-north, Chong Pang, and Simei.
Quite a number of them are opened 24/7.
The new Redhill outlet is a fuss-free eatery and you order via a vending machine, with a seating capacity of approximately 40 pax.
Signatures include the Butashoga Ramen ($9.90), Takagi Tonkotsu Ramen ($6.90), and Chashu Ramen ($9.00).
Crowd favourite dishes are their popular seasonal Chilli Crab Ramen ($14.90) and Salted Egg Crab Ramen ($14.90) featuring a whole Hokkaido soft-shell crab.
The classic Takagi Ramen ($6.90, add $1.50 for ajitama egg) featured Japanese Tonkotsu (pork bone) broth enhanced with a light shio seasoning infused with the subtle aroma of kombu and bonito.
The bowl was further topped with slow-braised chashu pork slices, thinly sliced green scallions and blanched silver sprouts.
The tonkotsu broth would be considered on the lighter side (as contrasted with some of the others which are richer and more heavy-bodied).
If you enjoy something not too heavy or greasy, this can be a good option for a decent ramen.
I also had the Black Tonkotsu ($8.50) served with slow-braised chashu pork slices, premium, crunchy black fungus strips, sweet braised bamboo shoots, thinly sliced green scallions and blanched silver sprouts.
Quite generous ingredients with a moderately creamy-rich soup, and I would have enjoyed it better if the black garlic aroma and flavours were stronger. But still considered not bad.
If you prefer something spicier, there are the Tantanmen ($7.90), Devil Lips Ramen ($8.50) and Karaka-men ($8.00).
Takagi Ramen – Redhill
ARTRA #01-11, 12 Alexandra View, Singapore 158736
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Takagi Ramen – Ang Mo Kio (Open 24 hrs)
51 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #01-01C, Singapore 569922
Takagi Ramen – Jurong West (Open 24 hrs)
Jurong West Street 41, #01-74 Block 492, Singapore 640492
Takagi Ramen – SIMEI (Open 24 hrs)
3 Simei Street 6, #01-31, Eastpoint Mall, 528833
Takagi Ramen – One-North (10am – 9pm)
1 Fusionopolis Way, #B1-12 Connexis, Singapore 138632
Takagi Ramen – Yishun (Open 24 hrs)
101 Yishun Ave 5, #01-27 Chong Pang City, Singapore 760101
Takagi Ramen – Pasir Ris (11am – 10pm)
1 Pasir Ris Close, #02-316, E!Avenue@Downtown East, Singapore 519599
Takagi Ramen – Woodlands (Open 24 hrs)
6 Woodlands Square, #01-04, Singapore 737737
Takagi Ramen – Marine Parade (Open 24 hrs)
86 Marine Parade Central #01-670 Singapore 440086