11 Sin Ming Road
#01-13 Thomson V Two
Singapore 575629f

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11:30am - 10:00pm

11:30am - 10:00pm

11:30am - 10:00pm

11:30am - 10:00pm

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πŸ₯’ Covered with Bonito Flakes, Chashu, Cabbage, Spring Onions, Black Garlic Oil and Egg

🧾 SGD$9.90

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πŸ’¬ A mountain of wiggling bonito flakes on top of my ramen was a sight to behold. It did set off an umami bomb but as the tonkotsu soup base was too light, I was not sure they blended well together (also might have been better if it was a tonkotsu-fish based broth instead). With the broth on the blander side and the garlic flavour slightly mild, the noodles naturally tasted bland as well. Grilled chashu was kinda tough but had a nice crisp with a high fat to meat ratio. There were also added cabbages for their crunchy texture. Overall I felt that it lacked the richness that is characteristic of a good tonkotsu, but forgivable at the price point. Not the best but for about $10? Sure why not if I am in the area.

*ramen priced ≀$10 are awarded with a bonus β˜… for affordability

πŸ₯’ Swimming with Asari, peeled Prawns, sliced Kikurage and Spring Onions

🧾 SGD$8.90

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πŸ’¬ I did not feel like having chashu that day so the seafood bowl caught my eye. Since it was priced relatively cheap, the seafood were understandably not fresh but most likely frozen. However they completely made up for it by being very generous with the toppings. I had plenty of asari and prawns left after finishing my noodles. The prawns had a nice crunch to them, similar to those you would find in chinese dimsum. The broth came in a light tonkotsu soup base; so if you are looking for something rich, this is not it. The noodles were not very springy but not too bad nonetheless.

*ramen priced ≀$10 are awarded with a bonus β˜… for affordability

Buta Kin is probably a name that should ring a bell for those who are pretty familiar with the F&B scene in Singapore β€” having first opened at the food court at Beauty World Centre, they have also since opened a new outlet at Thomson V Two, taking over the former premises of now-defunct Edwin & Cooks (also the same unit where now-defunct Chicken Clinic and OZ Specialty Coffee used to be).

Serving up a wider variety on the menu, more versions of their Original, Red and Black Ramen are served here, alongside some side dishes as well as Japanese Curry Rice if ramen is not quite your thing. Went for the Special Red Ramen; the Red ramen being the variant to go for it one fancies having something spicy. Thought the broth felt a little bland here; despite being a Tonkotsu broth, it seems to be lacking on the richness and savouriness of the broth β€” rather subtle with the spiciness also being pretty mild. That being said, the noodles are pretty β€œal-dente” here carrying a good bite, while the Cha Shu came with in a thick cut that thankfully did not carry a porky stench. Liked how the sheets of seaweed came crisp; some places tend to serve them a little limp, as though they had been aired out for too long, while the ramen egg comes flavoured β€” slightly savoury with a molten yolk that is oh-so-satisfying.

Not the best bowl of ramen out there, but at the price point of S$8.90 for this β€” it’s probably still a good deal after all. For those looking for the most basic bowl to satisfy their ramen cravings, the most basic Tonkotsu version (i.e. Original Ramen) only costs S$5.90, while the Vege Ramen is their cheapest offering at S$5.50. An option worth considering for pocket-friendly ramen at Upper Thomson!