7 best ramen places in Singapore

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Ramen shops in Singapore have mushroomed in recent years, serving everything from Hakata-style Tonkotsu ramen to Hokkaido-style miso ramen with butter and corn.

Despite the hot weather, Singapore diners never seem to tire of the piping hot dish.

Tsuta, the world’s only ramen eatery with a Michelin star, opened its first outlet outside of Japan right here in sunny Singapore at Pacific Plaza in Scotts Road on Nov 6, 2016.

The restaurant here will have 18 seats, which is double the number in its Tokyo shop.

If you’re hankering after ramen, be it authentic styles or newfangled versions, there is no shortage here. We cherrypick seven other places for the best ramen in town.

Sanpoutei Ramen

Go for the Niigata Shoyu Ramen ($14).

When the broth arrives, I inhale deeply and am immediately hungry. Sanpoutei uses two kinds of dried sardines in its shoyu broth, alongside pork, whole chickens and vegetables. The dried fish add a deep umami flavour to the broth.

Far from being fishy, it is full of oomph and has an intriguing smoky flavour.

The thin, flat noodles, made on the premises, look rough hewn and have the springy texture that I like. Thick slices of menma are juicy and they take the trouble to torch the charsiu. An excellent bowl.

Where: Sanpoutei Ramen, two outlets – 253 Holland Avenue 01-01, tel: 6463-7277; and Shaw House, 253 Orchard Road, B1-04/05-350, tel: 6836-4644
MRT: Holland Village/Orchard
Open: 11.30am to 11pm, daily
Info: http://sanpoutei.sg/ or e-mail [email protected]

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Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King – Matsuri

Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King – Matsuri in Parkway Parade stands out with its bright decor, which includes a huge, colourful paper lantern featuring Japanese cultural characters in the dining area.

Matsuri refers to events in Japan that celebrate seasonal or cultural highlights with festivals or processions.

The festive mood is reflected in four new ramen creations by Keisuke Takeda, chef and founder of Ramen Keisuke. These are tonkotsu, or pork-broth ramen, with added elements inspired by matsuri in different parts of Japan.

For example, Sapporo, which hosts Yuki Matsuri, is known for its snowscapes and miso ramen. So the chef came up with a ramen named after it ($13.90) that is topped with powdered cheese and miso.

And Tonkotsu Ramen Nebuta ($13.90), named after the matsuri in Aomori, comes with a stock made with sardines that the area is known for.

The Tonkotsu Ramen Sanjya ($14.90) comes with a trio of spicy sauces to represent three prominent figures celebrated in the Sanjya Matsuri in Asakusa.

But if you want just a plain Tonkotsu Ramen, that is available too.

Where: Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King – Matsuri, Parkway Parade, 80 Marine Parade Road, B1-18A, tel: 6440-5548
MRT: Dakota
Open: 11.30am to 10pm daily Tel: (no reservations)

Uma Uma! Original Hakata Ramen

What happens when you do a mash-up of ramen and local tar mee? You get Mazesoba ($16) , a delicious bowl of dry ramen. Toss the noodles – curly, springy ramen, which I much prefer to thin Hakata-style noodles – tender charsiu, bamboo shoots, scallions and leeks together with the sauce, which has zing from vinegar and mellow heat from chilli oil. Then make sure to break the half-boiled egg, so that the liquid yolk coats the noodles too.

The shop’s Spicy Charsiu Ramen ($16), full of oomph from spicy miso paste, has also been tweaked. Its cooks used local chilli powder for the ramen broth but have switched to a Japanese brand. The idea is to give the broth more oomph. Its heat is more mellow and deep, coming not as a shock to the palate but as a warm feeling in the belly.

Where: Uma Uma! Original Hakata Ramen, Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road, 01-41/42/43, tel: 6235-0855
MRT: Orchard
Open: 11.30am to 10pm, daily. Last order 9.30pm.
Info: umaumaramen.com

Related: Review: Michelin-starred ramen eatery Tsuta in Singapore

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