Where to Find the Best Ramen in Singapore

If Ippudo and Tampopo used to be your go-to ramen joint, it’s time you paid a visit to these new hunts. Here’s a list of the best ramen in Singapore, for whichever option rocks your boat.

Buta Ramen – Best Ramen in CBD

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Since the emergence of Tonkotsu King Four Seasons, our loyalty never swayed—until now. We’ve found reason in Buta Ramen (conveniently located in the heart of the Central Business District at Far East Square), with its delicious silky smooth and springy ramen noodles (specially made for Buta Ramen) in rich Tonkotsu broth, and attractive prices to match—expect to pay an average of $15 for a bowl of ramen, a side dish and a soft drink. Now, that’s what we call ‘value-for-money’. Read the full review here.

Buta Ramen, #01-04, 137 Far East Square. Open Mon-Fri 11am-7:30pm.

Ramen Matsuri – Best ‘Healthy’ Ramen

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Hailing from the famed Marutama Ramen is Japanese chef-owner Kenichi Ikehata, introducing the use of Kami Sakura chicken in ramen. Bred without the use of any antibiotics or growth hormones, these chickens are instead fed with lactobacillus, a (good) bacteria that combats harmful bacteria to naturally enhance their immune system and reared in an open environment that allows them to roam about freely to the sound of Mozart. Apparently the music keeps the peace, helping to result in flavorful meat that contains less fat and cholesterol. As we usually try to steer clear of fat and oil, we welcomed the sweet tenderness of this wholesome chicken meat with open arms. A whole Kami Sakura chicken is used in its broth and takes four hours to cook. For ramen lovers who are looking for healthier options, we reckon the original Sakura chicken ramen ($16.90) would be well-worth a try. What’s more, ladies get a complimentary cube of collagen (to mix into the broth) that aids in youthful-looking skin!

Ramen Matsuri, 7 North Canal Rd., 6533-0845. Open Mon-Sat 11:30am-3pm, 6-10pm.

Shin-Sapporo Ramen – Most Unique Ramen Broth

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A recognized name in Singapore, Shin-Sapporo Ramen has recently launched its fourth outlet, offering an exclusive sake ramen ($15.90) as part of their seasonal specials, available till June 30. The sweet and unctuous broth has a slightly dry alcoholic taste to it from the addition of Kiku-Masamune sake, a result of over eight hours of an elaborate broth-brewing process. Its signature yakibuta (sliced roast pork) and Hakata-styled noodles make an appearance here; Wakayama Tonkotsu-shoyu ramen ($14.80) features rich and tender slices of juicy roast pork in a creamy and intense Tonkotsu broth with mild flavors of shoyu seafood. Great with this is the age kinoko ($6. 80 for three); breaded and deep-fried shiitake mushrooms stuffed with minced crab and prawn—crisp yet moist.

Shin-Sapporo Ramen, #B2-04A/05 Orchard Gateway, 6702-4906. www.shin-sappororamen.com. Open daily 11am-10pm.

Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen – Best Value-for-money Ramen

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Liang Court’s newest addition Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen is out to give ramen houses a run for their money with its uniquely different special handcrafted ramen that’s made fresh daily. Its firm texture and tenacity is a warm welcome to the soggy noodles most ramen houses in Singapore showcase. The Tonkotsu broth is simmered using quality pork bones at high pressure for ten hours, before skimming off unnecessary oil and residue. The result is a thick and creamy broth rich in collagen and protein that isn’t overly dense. Read the full review here.

Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen, #01-10 Liang Court, 177 River Valley Rd., 6397-6636. www.Tonkotsukazan.com. Open Sun-Thu 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11-3am.

Tonkotsu King Four Seasons – Best Ramen Noodles

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Don’t judge its hole-in-the-wall appearance; this cozy 56-seater boasts five rich and creamy ramen creations—Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, and King ($10.90-$17.90). Using one and a half times more pork bones and slaving over the stove for 12 hours, you’ll be able to taste the natural sweetness of its flavorful and aromatic broth. Each seasonal dish has its own unique characteristics. The Tonkotsu Summer ramen is served with a special blend of spicy meat miso, Sichuan pepper and Cayenne pepper to signify its heat during summer in Japan, while Tonkotsu Spring ramen evokes spring colors with the use of basil and Parmesan cheese—expect robust lasting flavors with this one. Read the full review here.

Tonkotsu King Four Seasons, Bugis Village, 158 Rochor Rd., 6333-5740. www.grandcuisine.jp/keisuke. Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm; 5-10:30pm, Sat-Sun 11:30am-10:30pm.

Tori King – Best Chicken Broth Ramen

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Owner of wildly successful Keisuke Tonkotsu King, 43 year old Keisuke Takeda decided to open his third outlet featuring chicken bone broth ramen instead of the common Tonkotsu (pork) bone broth ramen. Incredibly flavorful and delicious, the chicken broth is made by boiling chicken bones and feet, stewing and reducing them for eight to nine hours—it’s no surprise the broth is extremely unctuous, indeed. Specially made to complement the soup, the ramen is smooth, silky, and chewy—exactly how we like it. Completing the dish is a piece of tenderly grilled chicken thigh, marinated for ten to eleven hours to achieve its succulent full-bodied flavor. Read the full review here.

Tori King, #03-15 100AM, 100 Tras St., 6604-6861. www.facebook.com/KeisukeTokyoSG. Open daily 11:30am-10pm.

Uma Uma Ramen – Best Dry Ramen

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60 years of ramen-making experience backs up this winner. Stemmed from ‘umami’, the Japanese word for ‘tasty’, its moniker couldn’t be more apt. Incredibly tasty is their mazesoba ramen ($14), a vegetarian dry ramen that consists of springy Sapporo ramen noodles—we adore its firm tenacity—tossed in light chili oil, spring onions, and bamboo shoots (that attracts even the biggest meat-eaters). Best known for its family recipe of original Hakata ramen, Uma Uma ramen (original; $14) features firm and thin noodles in a rich yet light aromatic broth with a dab of chili paste, accompanied by a perfect soft boiled egg, and lusciously fragrant char siew slices. Executed with laudable finesse are the one-bite gyozas ($8 for 10) that show off moist and substantial pork filling encased in a beautifully crisp thin skin.

Uma Uma Ramen, #01-41/42/43 Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Rd., 6235-0855. www.umaumaramen.com. Open daily 11:30am-10pm.

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3 Comments on “Where to Find the Best Ramen in Singapore”

  1. July 27, 2014 at 12:46 PM #

    I like Ramen Matsuri, they are quite under-rated.

    • Mandy Lynn [Gourmet Adventures]
      July 29, 2014 at 9:47 AM #

      Hi Daniel! Yes, it’s not too shabby, and much less oily than most!

  2. October 19, 2014 at 2:51 PM #

    Such a great post, I am going to try the vegetarian ramen Uma Uma Ramen! Thank you ❤

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