Best ramen restaurants

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6 August 2013 5:28 PM Updated 05 Nov 2014

Best ramen restaurants

Photo: Ramen Bar Suzuki

Keisuke Tonkotsu king
Photo: Keisuke Tonkotsu King

Keisuke Tonkotsu King
For heart-stopping bowls of ramen
This capsule shop is where we go when we need a hearty, unapologetic, heart-stopping fix of ramen. Located in a cosy corner of Orchid Hotel, this 1920s-themed ramen shop barely has 18 seats, which partly explains the snaking line outside every meal time. While we're impressed with the all-you-can-eat hardboiled eggs, grind-your-own sesame seeds, and endless supply of marinated beansprouts, it's the artery-clogging bowl of broth that gets us going back. Customise your own bowl – we like to go for broke with the nose-tickling black (pepper) spicy base, medium-hard straight noodles (for some bite) and we check “everything” for toppings on the order chit: pork chashu, seaweed, fungus, soft-yolked egg. All other ramen places pale in comparison, almost
Keisuke Tonkotsu King | Address: 1 Tras Street, Orchid Hotel #01-19 | Tel: 66360855 | Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-3 pm, 6pm-10pm

Ramen Bar Suzuki
For wholesome tonkotsu broth
The ramen-ya that claims to be one of two ramen houses in Singapore to serve the ‘real’ traditional tonkotsu (pork bone broth) is a 30-seat, black-and-blue-fronted eatery at Boat Quay. Verified or not, the lunchtime queues for Ramen Bar Suzuki's unadulterated cream-coloured broth (made by boiling pork bones, fat and collagen for six to eight hours, without the addition of chicken, or vegetable stock and soy sauce) seem to be endless. Three versions – white, red and black – are served here. If you're looking to inhale the wholesome tonkotsu goodness, go for the signature white ramen ($12.90): cloudy and thick broth, and less salty than most other versions found in Singapore. The noodles made from Japanese wheat are thinner than usual and similar in thickness to the local mee kia, for faster cook-to-table service - we don't mind, really
Ramen Bar Suzuki | Address: #01-01 61 Circular Rd | Opening hours: Mon-Thu & Sat 11.30am-3pm, 6-10pm; Fri 11.30am-3pm, 6-10.30pm

Sapporo Ramen Miharu
For your fix of bold Sapporo-style miso ramen
Tucked in the Gallery Hotel, this tiny restaurant looks like it came straight out of a Japanese drama, complete with bar stool counters and tatami-matted tables. This is our hideaway, where we dig into a steamy bowl of miso tonkotsu ramen (noodles in pork bone broth), or the voluptuous scallops and seafood-base gyokai-dashi, a bold, briny broth that hides wavy, medium-thick Sapporo Nishiyama noodles which resemble a hybrid between konnyaku (jelly) and egg noodles. The opening hours are limited, probably explains why it doesn’t take reservations. We tried calling to ask, but were given a rather curt, 'come and see for yourself'. Last time we went down ramen bowls were priced between $12 and $15.
Sapporo Ramen Miharu| Address: GF, Gallery Hotel, 1 Nanson Road | Tel: 67338464 | Opening hours: Thu-Tue 11.30am-3pm, 6-10pm

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