Will Singaporeans ever get tired of ramen? The answer looks to be a loud slurpy NO, going by the snaking queues that continue to spill out of ramen restaurants like curly noodles from a bowl.
Besides the fact that ramen is comfort food to many of our internationalised palates, one main driver of this craze is a constant stream of fresh openings, each peddling a more special version than the next to feed foodies’ insatiable appetites for the next new thing.
Case in point: These three joints that opened over the past couple of months. Each specialises in a style of the popular dish that’s far from plain ol’ chashu ramen. Weird or wonderful? You be the judge.
#03-313 Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 6235-3386
This chain from Tokyo opened in January and claims to be the “No 1 Hot Spot Ramen Shop for Chicken Paitan Ramen in Tokyo”. (Who’s going to dispute that very niche title?) What it specialises in is chicken paitan ramen, a sort of broth made by simmering fresh chook and the bird’s feet for hours until it becomes a creamy, collagen-rich soup. Pile in some house-made chicken balls and juicy chicken slices and you’ve got yourself a pretty delish dish. If chicken’s not your thing, there are other items on the menu too, like gyoza and grilled prawns.
#01-07 The Cannery, 3C River Valley Road. Tel: 6255-2928
Forget bak kut teh and Maggi mee goreng if you’re looking for a bite after drinks at 3am. The way to go is with a piping hot bowl of lobster ramen - and this week-old 10th outlet in the Ramen Keisuke chain will happily serve you one till 5am nightly. The broth - made with crushed rock-lobster shells that are first pan-fried then simmered for six hours - takes inspiration from lobster bisque and tastes like rich prawn mee soup, and your noodles come topped with tender pork belly, chicken chashu, black pepper prawn wantons and crunchy bamboo shoots. Not enough for that late-night blowout? You can customise your bowl with add-ons too.
#01-03 Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Road. Tel: 6262-6968
The 11th restaurant in the Ramen Keisuke chain, this 40-seater that will open on 3 March specialises in ramen with a crab-based broth, made using swimming crabs. Four different styles are available, including one with a fried omelette and a “dipping noodles” version. There’s also a menu of side dishes that are available only at this outlet.
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