It was love at first bite: a spoonful of broth hits your tongue, and a lifelong affair with ramen begins. Being one of gastronomy’s most alluring temptress, ramen’s unpredictability and creativity never fail to turn ravenous gourmets into devoted pursuers. Lucky for us, numerous ramen chefs – among which the following are some of the best – have deemed Singapore worthy of its beauty.

1. Ippudo

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Ippudo is a high-profile ramen chain with a multitude of awards and recognition under their belts. The founder Shigemi Kawahara is a three-time winner of the Ramen Masterchef Championships by TV TOKYO. Global standard Hakata style ramen featuring rich, silky Tonkotsu brothFounded in 1985 by Shigemi Kawahara or better known as “Ramen King” The brand boasts over 200 restaurants worldwide, while flagship outposts in New York and Hong Kong have been listed in the critically acclaimed MICHELIN Guides in their respective countries

The chef believes in keeping himself on his feet to continuously prove the worth of his brand. Most recently, he revamped his signature dishes “Shiromaru Classic” and “Akamaru Modern” in conjunction with their 30th anniversary in 2015. Nonetheless, the ramen at Ippudo commonly feature-rich broths, springy noodles and fork-tender chashu. The latter even takes centerstage in Ippudo’s Pork Bun, sandwiched in a fluffy bun with lettuce and mayo.

Highlights

  • Prestigious ramen chain
  • Rich broth and fork-tender chashu
  • A variety of sushi and other sides
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2. Konjiki Hototogisu Singapore

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If you’re impressed by Ippudo’s achievements, you’ll gradually come to realize that the land of the rising sun has a lot more to offer in the ramen department. Case in point, Konjiki Hototogisu has been the proud recipient of a Tokyo Michelin Star for two consecutive years since 2019. It was also listed on the Tokyo Michelin Bib Gourmand from 2015 to 2018.

The ramen group is renowned for pioneering the shellfish broth, which elevates the irreplaceable flavours of pork with the sweetness of fresh clam. Seafood lovers on a hunt for the famed soup base could also get the Sawara Oyster Ramen, which is exclusive to the 100AM outlet. The new item adds oyster and Spanish mackerel to the concoction, further enhancing the addictive umami flavour.

Highlights

  • Michelin one-starred restaurant
  • The original creator of shellfish broth
  • Affordable prices
AddressCHIJMES: 30 Victoria St, #01-17, Singapore 187996
100AM: 100 Tras St, Singapore 079027
Contact numbersCHIJMES: +65 6256 3155
100AM: +65 6694 7002
Business hoursCHIJMES:
12 PM – 2.30 PM, 5.30 PM – 10 PM (Mon – Fri)
12 PM – 10 PM (Sat – Sun)
100AM:
11.30 AM – 3.30 PM, 5.30 PM – 9.30 PM daily

3. Ramen Keisuke

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Ramen Keisuke boasts a mind-boggling number of outposts on our crowded island nation. In total, there are 21 outlets, each characterized by one of 17 unique concepts. The mastermind behind it all is celebrity chef Keisuke Takeda. The Hiroshima-born founder worked for 12 years as a chef at a French restaurant, then five at a Japanese one before moving on to start his own. Taking advantage of his early footing in the scene in 2005, he experimented with the boundaries of ramen, which eventually culminated in a vast range of renditions.

Among the outlets, there is Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke, dedicated to duck cuisine enthusiasts. There is also Keisuke Kani King for the champions of crabs. But, none commands as much respect as the Tonkotsu King, where the Tonkotsu Ramen rightfully put a crown on Takeda’s head, paving the way to his sprawling ramen empire.

Highlights

  • Biggest ramen chain in Singapore with 21 outposts
  • Different concepts at every outlet
  • Superb Tonkotsu Ramen at Tonkotsu King
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4. Marutama Ramen Singapore

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Marutama may not have been blessed with the many haloes its contemporaries tout, but it still beat the others to an impressive feat. The joint spearheaded a chicken broth that could undermine the longstanding superiority of Tonkotsu. The poultry-based Paitan soup packs a bunch of flavours and is considered first of its kind in Singapore.

Besides, Marutama believes in the virtue of labour. As a result, they like to do things in-house. This includes importing the best wheat flours from Japan to be made into chewy, firm noodles by hand. They also marinate their charsiew in a special soy sauce, before braising them for hours to ensure maximum tang.

Highlights

  • Chicken-based Paitan soup
  • Handmade wheat noodles
  • Specially-marinated charsiew that is braised for hours
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5. Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen

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The term ‘volcano ramen’ sparks endless imagination: is it perhaps a flaming ramen with a kick? Or a gimmick to send ingredients erupting and flying about chaotically? Well, at Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen, volcano ramen simply alludes to the effect of steam flowing out from the tip of a reversed funnel, which covers your bowl after soup is poured over its content at your table.

If you order any Hot Stone dishes, said bowl would be a hefty stone container preheated to 300°C. So, do be mindful of coming in contact with it. The portion is generous enough to be shared between two diners of moderate appetite. The soup is of a thick consistency that would cling to the noodles to infuse every bite with rich flavours.

Highlights

  • Thick broth and rich flavours
  • Soup is poured at your table, resulting in a volcano effect
  • Hot Stone dishes allow food to be served at high temperatures
AddressNorthpoint City: 930 Yishun Ave 2, #B1-188/189, Singapore 769098
Bukit Panjang Plaza: 1 Jelebu Rd, #01-64/65, Singapore 677743
Square 2 @ Novena: 10 Sinaran Drive, #02-68/69, Singapore 307506
Liang Court: 107 North Bridge Rd, #B1-23 Funan, Singapore 179105
JEM: 50 Jurong Gateway Rd, #03-09 Singapore 608549
Century Square: 2 Tampines Central 5, #B1-10, Singapore 529509
Contact numbersNorthpoint City: +65 6265 5112
Bukit Panjang Plaza: +65 6767 2675
Square 2 @ Novena: +65 6397 6636
JEM: +65 6694 1221
Century Square: +65 6782 7389
Business hours11 AM – 10 PM daily

6. Sanpoutei Ramen

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Sanpoutei Ramen has a history that traces back to 1967, when a modest ramen joint was established in the city of Niigata, Japan. The Shoyu broth builds upon a vegetable, tonkotsu and whole chicken stew, and derives more flavours through six hours of boiling from two different Japan-imported dried sardines.

The result is a clear, light stock that deviates from the familiar creaminess of other tonkotsu broths. The noodles swimming within are manufactured by a specific machine, set to produce the carbs at a slower-than-usual rate to maximize moisture. Menma, or bamboo shoots, provide an interesting texture to the ensemble of mushy components.

Highlights

  • More than 50 years of history
  • Clear, light Shoyu soup base
  • Noodles made at a special rate to maximize moisture
AddressHolland Village: 253 Holland Ave, Singapore 278982
Shaw House: 350 Orchard Rd, #B1-04/05, Singapore 238868
Contact numbersHolland Village: +65 6463 7277
Shaw House: +65 6836 4644
Business hours11:30 AM – 9:30 PM daily

7. Uma Uma Ramen

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The story began with Wu Maru, a ramen shop owned in 1953 by the father of Uma Uma Ramen founder Masahiko Teshima. Teshima carried out a reform when he took over the business. Located on the fringe of Millenia Walk just off Marina Square, Uma Uma Ramen is an izakaya ramenya – a bar and ramen shop in one. Governed by the izakaya concept, it has plenty of bar snacks and alcoholic beverages.

Uma Uma Ramen has a handful of premium ramen recipes, including the Alba White Truffle Ramen. It consists of Hakata noodles, flame-grilled chopped charsiew and onsen egg, with exotic Alba White Truffle chunks to put things over the top. Other than that, there Creamy Spinach Ramen observes a Western twist with baby spinach, parmesan and Uma Uma Special Cream Sauce.

Highlights

  • Bar concept incorporated
  • Islandwide delivery available
  • Premium Alba White Truffle
AddressForum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road #01-41, 238884
Contact numbers+65 6235 0855
Business hours11.30 AM – 10 PM (Mon – Sat)
11.30 AM – 9.30 PM (Sun)

8. Ramen Santouka

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Ramen Santouka’s founder Hitoshi Hatanaka approaches his food with the fervent and commitment of a mad scientist on the brink of a discovery. Through trial and error, Hatanaka crafted a white tonkotsu broth that constitutes its signature Shio ramen. It tickles your senses mildly at first, before evolving into a sumptuous taste once the layers of flavour unfold. The temperatures are kept at an optimum in specially-designed donburi bowls that delay cooling with their thick sides.

The toroniku ramen, ahighly sought-after item, are served in limited quantities daily. The tantalizing pork cheeks are obtained from quality black pigs to present a distinguished edge that sets them apart. Each slice is composed of the perfect fat-to-lean meat ratio and braised patiently to achieve an unparalleled tenderness.

Highlights

  • Limited daily servings of toroniku (pork cheek) ramen
  • Use of kurobuta, premium black pig
  • Special donburi bowls to keep food at optimum temperatures
AddressThe Central @ Clarke Quay: 6 Eu Tong Sen St #02-76 Singapore 059817
City Square Mall: B2F, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539
Contact numbersThe Central @ Clarke Quay: +65 6224 0668
City Square Mall: +65 9673 1083
Business hoursThe Central @ Clarke Quay:
12 PM – 3 PM, 5.30 PM – 9 PM (Mon – Fri)
11 AM – 9 PM (Sat)
11.30 AM – 9 PM (Sun)
City Square Mall:
10 AM – 10 PM daily

9. Chabuton

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Before Konjiki Hototogisu, there was Chabuton. It was founded by the first Michelin-starred ramen chef Yasuji Morizumi, who happens to be fellow alumni of the TV TOKYO Ramen King contest that propelled Ippudo into stardom. Chabuton first made waves in Japan and Thailand, and the ripples eventually reached the shores of Singapore.

Upon the restaurant’s launch, Chef Morizumi put together a recipe tailored for the Singaporean palate, which yields the Kurobuta Ramen. It comes with a sizeable slab of black pork that shows no resistance to sinking forks. The broth possesses strong notes of ginger, tainting the velvety liquid with an uncharacteristic piquancy.

Highlights

  • Broths possess strong notes of ginger for extra heat
  • Recipes tailored for the Singaporean palate
  • Founded by the first Michelin-starred ramen chef
AddressMillenia Walk, 9 Raffles Blvd #02-15 Singapore 039596
Contact numbers+65 6837 0335
Business hours11.30 AM – 10 PM daily

10. Bari-Uma

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Bari-Uma is unabashedly cheeky and confident about their food – the name literally translates to “super tasty”. The Bari-Uma ramen – the golden goose, of course – is constantly revised to live up to its title. The method to this perpetual refinement is rather fascinating: Bari-Uma acknowledges and gladly accepts the competition from their rivals to keep them on their toes.

It’s precisely this humility and self-awareness that enabled Bari-Uma to whip up bowls of outstanding ramen with ordinary ingredients. Their efforts pay off handsomely, too. Among other accolades, the brand bagged Singapore’s Top 25 Prestige Award, as well as the Food Excellence Award in 2014.

Highlights

  • The restaurant constantly improves their recipe
  • Simple ingredients, outstanding taste
  • Juicy, crispy gyoza
AddressTanglin Shopping Centre: No. 19, Tanglin Road #B1-01/02 Singapore 247909
United Square Shopping Mall: 101 Thomson Rd #B1-08 Singapore 307591
Contact numbersTanglin Shopping Centre: +65 6887 4484
United Square Shopping Mall: +65 6354 3711
Business hoursTanglin Shopping Centre:
11.30 AM – 9 PM (Mon – Thu)
11.30 AM – 9.30 PM (Fri)
11 AM – 9.30 PM (Sat)
11 AM – 9 PM (Sun)
United Square Shopping Mall:
11 AM – 10 PM daily

11. Kanada-Ya

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Kanada-Ya takes wherever they go by storm. In 2014, it was voted Best Ramen in Fukuoka, which is literally the birthplace of tonkotsu ramen. It was subsequently named the No. 1 Ramen Restaurant in London in a 2015 poll by The Telegraph London. When the chain set foot in Singapore four years later, it was their first attempt to penetrate the Southeast Asian market. Well, Kanada-Ya, colour us honoured.

The original signature is the Kotteri Tonkotsu Ramen, which is a Kyushu ramen with a milky, luscious tonkotsu broth. For a limited time, there will also be a Truffle Ramen, which is a favourite of Londoners. The tonkotsu soup is suffused with opulent black truffle oil, topped with truffle marinated belly chashu and truffle jelly.

Highlights

  • Limited edition Truffle Ramen
  • Voted Best Ramen in Fukuoka in 2014
  • No. 1 Ramen Restaurant in London in 2015
AddressPLQ Mall, 10 Paya Lebar Road, Paya Lebar Quarter #03-30 Singapore 409057
Contact numbers+65 6966 0505
Business hours11AM – 10 PM daily

12. Ramen Bar Suzuki

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The menus at Ramen Suzuki Bar are dominated by three contrasting shades we have come to associate with Japanese establishments: black, white and red. Respectively, they are the Jet Black Ramen, the Pure White Tonkotsu Ramen and the Cardinal Red.

The first dish houses the potent pungency of garlic in a broth tinted by squid ink. The second is the restaurant’s forte, which highlights carefully simmered broth and thin, bouncy wheat noodles. The third is a fiery miso ramen. In addition, there is the Emerald Green with basil and cheese, as well as the prawn-based Sakura Pink. A common trait shared by these selections is the imbuing of a secret sauce, which adds a well-balanced sweet and spicy blend to the flavourful ramen.

Highlights

  • Jet Black garlic ramen coloured with squid ink
  • Secret sweet-and-spicy sauce
  • Interesting selection of ramen
Address61, #01-01 Circular Rd, Singapore 049415
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Business hours11 AM – 3 PM, 6 PM – 10 PM (Mon – Thu)
11 AM – 3 PM, 6 PM – 10.30 PM (Fri)
11.30 AM – 3 PM, 6 PM – 10 PM (Sat)
Closed on Sunday

13. Ikkousha Hakata Ramen

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The word ‘Ikkousha’ in the restaurant’s name is compounded from three characters: ichi (one), ko (happy) and sha (space). The ramen joint strives to bring happiness to their customers through bowls of hearty ramen. The chefs oversee every part of the cooking process to fulfil this vision. They check on the soup several times a day to monitor the taste. Apart from that, the noodles are made in-house to complement the sauce, which is a combination of three Fukuoka shoyu varieties, five types of fish mix, and more than 20 kinds of spices.

The restaurant allows you to fully customize your bowl of ramen based on personal preferences. While all dishes by this two-time Ultimate Ramen Champion winner are equally appetizing, adventurous gourmets can spice up their dining experience with the ultra-spicy “God Fire” ramen.

Highlights

  • Two-time winner of the Ultimate Ramen Champion
  • Customizable ramen bowls
  • Special sauce to complement housemade noodles
AddressTanjong Pagar Plaza: Apt/Blk 7 #01-104B Singapore 081007
CHIJMES: 30 Victoria St #F1-07 Singapore 187996
Contact numbersTanjong Pagar Plaza: +65 6538 1880
CHIJMES: +65 6338 8460
Business hoursTanjong Pagar Plaza:
11.30 AM – 9.45 PM (Mon – Sat)
11.30 AM – 8.45 PM (Sun)
CHIJMES:
11.30 AM – 10 PM (Mon – Sat)
11.30 AM – 9 PM (Sun)

14. AFURI Ramen

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AFURI ramen is known foremost for its unusual broth, which is a chicken stock instilled with the zesty and refreshing flavours of yuzu. Ease into the novel pairing with the signature Yuzu Shio Ramen. Once you’re accustomed – and possibly addicted – to the citrusy notes of the soup, graduate to the bolder Yuzu Tsukemen. It is a dipping ramen where thick noodles are dunked in a cold, dashi-based tare.

Another notable quirk of AFURI ramen is that they roast their gorgeously-charred cha shu on natural lava stones. Other proteins, such as soft-shell crab and kakuni (braised pork) can be found wedged between pillowy buns imprinted with the chain’s logo. It represents Kanagawa’s Mount Afuri, the wells of which their outlets in Japan supposedly obtain water from.

Highlights

  • Cha shu roasted on lava stones
  • Unusual chicken-based yuzu broth
  • Mouthwatering buns with soft-shell crab, spicy chicken and kakuni
AddressFunan Mall, 107 North Bridge Rd #B1-29 Singapore 179105
Contact numbers+65 6970 1386
Business hours11.30 AM – 10 PM daily

15. Ha-Oh Hototogisu Ramen

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By the same brains behind the acclaimed Konjiki Hototogisu, Ha-Oh Hototogisu Ramen has come a long way from its humble eight-seater tucked away in the alleys of Shibuya. With an outpost in the heart of Singapore’s retail paradise, it is the third venture of chef Atsushi Yamamoto. A resolute and meticulous man, the chef’s skills are commended by a Michelin star in 2019 and four consecutive Michelin Bib Gourmand wins from 2015 to 2018.

Shellfish takes the spotlight at Ha-Oh Hototogisu Ramen. The briny flavours of Japanese blue crabs are distilled through hours of simmering, while the tanginess of lemon and sour cream permeates the soup. Tomato paste further contributes to the flavour profile and tinge the delectable fare with a fruity saccharin.

Highlights

  • Michelin-starred ramen restaurant from Tokyo
  • Awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand from 2015 to 2018
  • Broths made of Japanese blue crabs
AddressParagon, 290 Orchard Road #B1-47 Singapore 238859
Contact numbers+65 6262 1304
Business hours11.30 AM – 10 PM daily

16. Ichikokudo

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Hailing from Hokkaido, Ichikokudo specializes in Hokkaido ramen. It differs from the Hakata ramen that we’ve grown accustomed to with creamy, shoyu-based broths instead of tonkotsu. Apart from ramen, the restaurant also has an extensive range of donburi and sides.

Ichikokudo is the first ramen and donburi restaurant with a Halal certification. Omitting the use of pork and lard, the broth is prepared primarily with fresh chicken and vegetable. On top of that, bonito, mackerel, kelp and Hokkaido-imported butter are used to inject the soup with a dose of Hokkaido flavours. The noodles are made of Hokkaido wheat to achieve a distinct elasticity.

Highlights

  • First Halal-certified ramen and donburi restaurant
  • Hokkaido ramen with strong umami flavours
  • Extensive range of ramen and donburi
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Our love for ramen is often all-encompassing. It easily extends to the family of cuisines where ramen was born, namely Japanese food. Check out some of the best Japanese restaurants in Singapore here.

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