Ramen ラーメン - One word but it means so much, my go-to for comfort food. It is very difficult to compare each bowl of ramen because there...

Top 5 Best Ramen in Singapore

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Ramen ラーメン - One word but it means so much, my go-to for comfort food.

It is very difficult to compare each bowl of ramen because there are so many types of ramen from classes to regional. The four classes or "tare" are: Shio (Salt), Shoyu (Soy Sauce), Miso (Fermented bean paste) and Tonkotsu (Pork). However, there are of course many overlaps and outliers. It can also be classified regionally, such as Asahikawa, Sapporo, Kitakata, Tokyo, Onomichi, Hakata and Okinawa ramen. In general, my favourite happens to be Hakata Tonkotsu ramen as I love the pork-bone broth. Tonkotsu ramen is made of pork bone which have been boiled down until they dissolve into a cloudy white broth. The thick and creamy soup is often flavoured with chicken broth and pork fat. Crushed seasame seed and crushed garlic are often served at the table side to be added to the taste.

1. Ippudo Ramen


Arguably one of the most popular ramen shops on the island. The first time I tried Ippudo was when their first outlet was opened at Mandarin Gallery back in 2009. Boasting sleek, modern decor with touches of Japanese influence, it is definitely a great date night option for ramen-lovers!The queue was insane but I knew I had to wait because Ippudo was one of the first few famous ramen chains in Japan and many other countries. Ippudo's Tonkotsu broth was extremely rich in flavour. The noodles were cook to perfection with its right level of firmness, not too hard and not too thick.

For a good start, a classic Hakata-style ramen should be your choice! For who wants to taste the truly original flavour of Hakata-style ramen, a bowl of ShiroMaru Motoaji is an ideal option. The bowl of goodness offers the ballad of tonkotsu broth served with thin noodles, pork loin pieces, cabbage, black fungus and spring onions. Unlike many other ramen, the thick, aromatic and non-greasy broth is super addictive.

Ippudo doesn't take reservations so get ready to be in queue!

[Somerset]
333A Orchard Road, #04-02 /03 /04 Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897 

[Clarke Quay] 
#01-55 /56 (Along Mohamed Sultan Road) 

2. Hakata Ikkousha Ramen



Ikkousha was first crowned the ultimate ramen champion in 2011 and 2012. It then opened its first standalone shop at Tanjong Pagar Plaza, alongside with many other ramen shops. Ikkousha has a variety of tonkotsu broth to choose from, from red to black, and a special god Fire ramen for the spicy-lovers! The broth is derived from the essence of various parts of pork bone boiled in beforehand to remove the strong smell. You can also get to choose your broth variety, noodle texture, broth intensity, oil preference and your toppings.

Ikkousha serves all-you-can-eat hard-boiled eggs. Ikkousha also has all-you-can-eat rice from 11.30am to 3pm everyday, making sure you never leave their shop feeling hungry! With the smooth and creamy broth, they'll certainly be making happy bellies.

[Tanjong Pagar]
Block 7, #01-104 Tanjong Pagar Plaza Singapore 081007

[City Hall]
30 Victoria Street, CHIJMES #01-07

3. Marutama Ramen


Marutama Ramen specializes in Toripaitan-based ramen, its version of which is its own own-made Hakata-style ramen noodles in a pure chicken broth. Unlike other ramen, it feels like you're sinning because its really thick and oily. For ramen lovers who prefer a lighter chicken broth and generous toppings of spring onion, Marutama will be right up your alley. Marutama can arguably serve the best aji tamago (aka half-boiled ramen egg) in Singapore. Its unique texture is fully boiled at the surface but yet still half-boiled on the inside blended perfectly with the seasoning.

[Clarke Quayl]
6 Eu Tong Sen Street #03-90/91 The Central, Singapore 059817

[Clarke Quay]
177 River Valley Road #02-01/02 Liang Court Shopping Centre, Singapore 179030

[Somerset] 
75 Killiney Road, Singapore 239529

[Farrer Park]
180 Kitchener Road,#04-18, City Square Mall, Singapore 208539

4. Keisuke Ramen - Tonkotsu King


Keisuke is a small eatery which only seats 18 people, resulting in long queues. During lunch time, you're guaranteed a 10-20 minutes wait at least and at least 30 minutes during their dinner service every night. Despite the long wait, Singaporean Ramen lovers are aware that Keisuke has one of the best Tonkotsu bases in Singapore. Keisuke is another place that serves all-you-can-eat hard-boiled eggs (both white and brown eggs) and bean sprouts. You can also customize your ramen by choosing the spiciness level of the soup, the amount of oil, the richness of the broth, the texture of your noodles, and your toppings!

Keisuke's tonkotsu soup stands out fro its counterparts because it is really thick in texture, milky in its look and slightly salty in its taste.

[Tanjong Pagar]
1 Tras Link, #01-19 Orchid Hotel Singapore, 078867

5. Chabuton Ramen


If you prefer your bowl of ramen with a serving of bamboo shoots and sesame, Chabuton is definitely your choice. A ramen bowl at Chabuton is also reasonably affordable, with the small bowl at just $8.90 and up to $15.90 for the bigger bowl. Those who prefer a lighter handling for their tonkotsu would love Chabuton as their broth is not intensely rich and creamy compared to many others, but nevertheless, it is still adequately tasty.

[Somerset]
313 Orchard Road B2-01, 313@somerset, Singapore 238895

[Buona Vista]
Star Vista 1 Vista Exchange Green, #01-41

[Tampines]
10 Tampines Central 1 #02-09/10 Tampines 1 Singapore 529536

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