Authentic Japanese ramen is like instant noodles on crack. Those flaccid strands in MSG-filled broth that you find at shopping mall food courts are cheap, but far from good.
So where do you find the best ramen in Singapore? Well, it’s really a matter of taste, but at these 8 ramen restaurants in Singapore, you can find decent ramen without breaking the bank.
Top 8 budget-friendly Japanese ramen restaurants in Singapore
|Ramen restaurants||Price of a bowl|
|Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King||$11|
|Ikkousha Hakata Ramen||$11.50|
|Tsuta Japanese Soba Noodles||$20|
*Prices are exclusive of GST and service charge.
Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King (from $11)
Those who are familiar with Tonkotsu King might think of it as a generic lunch destination for CBD workers.
Well, turns out it’s actually good, and probably the best Tanjong Pagar ramen option. As the name suggests, they specialise in tonkotsu ramen, and their black spicy and red spicy varieties are particularly popular. If you’re willing to brave the lunchtime queue, you’ll discover that their prices are also some of the most reasonable.
Address: 1 Tras Link #01-19 Orchid Hotel Singapore 078865 / 60 Paya Lebar Road #01-04 Paya Lebar Square Singapore 409051
Phone: 6636 0855 / 6341 6123
Ikkousha Hakata Ramen Singapore (from $11.50)
Ikkousha Hakata Ramen Singapore was opened after being crowned ramen champion twice, so you can be sure their food will be a crowd pleaser. They specialise in the Hakata style of ramen from Fukuoka, which features thick and creamy soups.
Address: Blk 7 Tanjang Pagar Plaza #01-104 Singapore 081007 / 30 Victoria St #F1-07 Chijmes Singapore 187996
Phone: 6538 1880 / 6338 8460
Marutama Ramen (from $13)
This ramen restaurant specialises in chicken paitan soup rather than the usual tonkotsu pork-based soup that most ramen restaurants serve. Their Hakata-style noodles are made locally in Singapore, and each bowl of noodles purportedly takes five hours to put together.
So far, diners seem very happy with Marutama’s tasty chicken broth, which is a good sign, since Singaporeans are pretty discerning when it comes to ramen.
Marutama Ramen has 5 outlets, but most of them are located within the downtown core.
Addresses of outlets:
5 Stadium Walk #01-33/34/35 Leisure Park Kallang Singapore 397693
6 Eu Tong Sen Street #03-90/91 The Central, Singapore 059817
177 River Valley Road #02-01/02 Liang Court Shopping Centre, Singapore
75 Killiney Road, Singapore
6A Shenton Way #03-25 Downtown Gallery, 068815
Phone: 6534 8090
Santouka Ramen (from $13.50)
Hokkaido isn’t just for skiing, okay? Santouka Ramen’s specialty is Hokkaido ramen, which includes cold ramen that looks more like a salad in the addition to the usual hot, soupy variety.
Their food is popular amongst the Japanese community in Singapore for its authenticity, as well as the hordes of Singaporeans who have been flocking to Hokkaido on holiday and have visited the original Japanese branch.
Address: The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #02-76 / 21 Cuppage Road, Cuppage Terrace Singapore 229452
Phone: 6224 0668
Ramen Champion (from $14)
Ramen Champion isn’t a single ramen shop, but rather a collection of ramen vendors located in a food court-like setting. They hold quarterly ramen competitions, and each year a ramen champion will be announced based on customer votes. They’re basically the go-to destination for ramen at Bugis after Ajisen Ramen, which true ramen fans know isn’t legit.
While some stalls are obviously better than others, the real strength of Ramen Champion’s concept is that you gain access to a generous variety of different ramen styles in one place. And if you want to play it safe, just go for the reigning champion.
Address: 201 Victoria Street, Bugis + #04-10 Singapore 188067
Phone: 6238 1011
Sanpoutei Ramen (from $14)
This ramen shop has been quietly operating at Holland Village for a couple of years and has since opened another branch at Orchard. They specialise in Niigata shoyu ramen, and their rich broth is purportedly stewed for 6 hours.
Address: 253 Holland Ave #01-01 Singapore 278982 / 253 #B1-04/05 350 Orchard Road Singapore 238868
Phone: 6463 7277 / 6836 4644
Ippudo Ramen (from $15)
Ippudo has become a household name in Singapore, with branches springing up all over the place. They also offer some of the best ramen at Orchard, so shoppers take note.
They now have seven at Mandarin Gallery, Mohamed Sultan, Shaw Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Tanjong Pagar Centre and even heartland malls Westgate and The Star Vista.
Just like the rest of Singapore, you have probably already tried their ramen, and know that it’s a consistent crowd pleaser.
Address: 333A Orchard Road #04-02/03/04 Mandarin Gallery Singapore 238897
Tel: 6235 2797
Tsuta Japanese Soba Noodles (from $20)
Singaporeans are all about the Michelin stars these days thanks to the hype surrounding the Michelin Starred hawker stalls. Well, Tsuta has received one Michelin star, which means it’s pretty legit in the eyes of local foodies.
While Tsuta actually specialises in soba, it’s their ramen that has the distinction of being the first Michelin-starred ramen outside of Japan.
Address: 9 Scotts Road #01-01 Pacific Plaza Singapore 228210 / 18 Tai Seng Street #01-01 Singapore 539775
Phone: 6734 4886
Where’s your favourite place to have ramen in Singapore? Share your recommendations in the comments!
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