Tonkotsu

Tonkotsu

Featuring Ippudo (Mandarin Gallery), Ramen Champion (Bugis+), Hokkaido Ramen Santouka (Clarke Quay Central), Den Ajisen (Plaza Singapura), Hajime Tonkatsu & Ramen (Thomson Plaza), Tonkotsu Hototogisu (Causeway Point), Buta Kin (Thomson V Two)
Jared (sendjapnoods)
Jared (sendjapnoods)

๐Ÿฅข Drizzled with house special spicy Black Oil, sous vide Cha Shu, Black Fungus, White Leeks and Spring Onions

๐Ÿงพ SGD$13.90

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๐Ÿ’ฌ Oh man I usually do not factor in the customer service into my ramen experience but this particular store was horrible. The staff were rude and simply gave off vibes that they did not want to be there. They were busy chatting out loud while we were eating and the dining experience was just terrible. Okay sorry let us get back to the ramen: The peppery black garlic oil on top was not spicy or garlicky and did not really do anything to elevate the broth. The tonkotsu soup was not hot, felt kinda just lukewarm which was very off-putting. I had doubts if the broth was even brought to a boil before serving. And the cha shu although sous vide-d was not any more succulent or tender than other regular cha shu. The only saving grace were the ramen noodles having a nice and firm texture, cooked al dente. Overall, a rather underwhelming bowl for a Michelin star brand; both taste and service.

๐Ÿฅข Swimming with Asari, peeled Prawns, sliced Kikurage and Spring Onions

๐Ÿงพ SGD$8.90

โœ๐Ÿป โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†โ˜†ใ€˜6/10ใ€™*

๐Ÿ’ฌ 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 โ‰ค$10 are awarded with a bonus โ˜… for affordability

๐Ÿฅข Soaked in a sweet tonkotsu broth paired with marinated Pork Belly strips, an Onsen Egg, Scallions and Bamboo Shoots

๐Ÿงพ SGD$15.00

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๐Ÿ’ฌ The combination of sukiyaki marinated pork belly slices and poached egg complemented the slightly sweet tonkotsu broth really well. Breaking the poached egg and stirring it into the broth makes you salivate in anticipation for a good rich slurp. The pork belly slices were tender and well flavoured. It was my first time having a sweeter broth and I was enjoying it. The tinge of sweetness hovers on top of the tonkotsu porky-ness, slightly masking it. However, it does get a bit surfeiting nearing the end of the bowl. The noodles were thin but cooked al dente. A decent bowl but rather expensive considering the fact that this was not a restaurant.

๐Ÿฅข Embellished with a Tonkatsu sitting crispy on top of a bowl of mildly spiced Tonkotsu broth alongside shredded Cabbage, Bamboo Shoots and Spring Onions

๐Ÿงพ SGD$15.90

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๐Ÿ’ฌ For once the broth is not the star of the show. The noodles and tonkotsu soup were flavourful but not impressive. What stole the show was obvious: the tonkatsu! It was crispy and succulent, leaving you wanting more with every bite. A great play with texture when you crunch down the breaded pork with some ramen. Tonkatsu Tonkotsu ramen hmm we've got a tongue twister here!

๐Ÿฅข Served with Pork Belly Chashu, Black Fungus, Egg and Spring Onions

๐Ÿงพ SGD$18.00

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๐Ÿ’ฌ There are a lot of bias-ness surrounding IPPUDO as it is one of the more popular ramen chains around. It is a decent bowl of ramen, sure, but this particular branch lacks consistency. I have had disappointing experiences here before. That being said, their worst is still the minimum gauge of what I feel a standard tonkotsu ramen should taste like. Their Hakata-style noodles were on point with an easy-to-drink light pork bone broth. The pork slices however had no wow factor and tasted as it is. All in all, you cannot go wrong with IPPUDO!

๐Ÿฅข Served with Scallops, Beansprouts, Scallions, half an Egg and a dash of Black Garlic Oil

๐Ÿงพ SGD$11.00

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๐Ÿ’ฌ Ajisen ramen is a household name. It has been around even before the ramen craze invaded Singapore. The standard has fallen over the years (or maybe my standard has risen) and with it tasting comparable to instant ramen, I cannot justify its price point. I am shocked that there are still people dining in here when they can get better tasting ramen, usually even within the same shopping mall. The tonkotsu broth was bland and the noodles were a lackluster. The scallops were not too tough but definitely heading towards the chewier side. The only plus point for me was the reminiscence of my earlier ramen days.

๐Ÿฅข Served with tender Pork slices, Bamboo Shoots, Narutomaki, Woodear Mushrooms, Scallions and topped with a Red Pickled Plum

๐Ÿงพ SGD$13.50

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๐Ÿ’ฌ The chashu pork slices here were considerably tender. The broth was light on the palate but the saltiness sort of lingers around for a bit; great for shio ramen lovers. Noodles were springy but nothing to shout about. I love the addition of their red pickled plum though, a great palate cleanser given its tartness. Give it a bite at the end of your meal and you will be ready for another bowl.

can you tell that i like ramen

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