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The Japanese fever that gripped us may have long since subsided, but our love (and voracious appetite) for ramen has prevailed. With so many joints serving up a wide miscellany of authentic ramen, it would not be misplaced to say that ramen has noodled its way into our pantheon of indispensable dishes. We’ve scoured Singapore and narrowed your choices down to the following essential and unpretentious ramen places that have the broth, toppings and noodles to meet all your ramen requirements.

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Ippudo

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Founded in 1985 in the ramen capital of Hakata, Ippudo consistently delivers a reliably authentic bowl of ramen that hits the spot. Go for the Shiromaru Motoaji, which consists of traditional Hakata thin noodles luxuriating in the restaurant’s original creamy tonkotsu broth. Don’t miss their melt-in-your-mouth signature pork buns as well.

333A Orchard Rd, #04-02/03/04, Mandarin Gallery, 238897. Tel: 6235 2797

 

Santouka Hokkaido Ramen

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Nestled in the bustling stretch amongst the bars and diners along Cuppage Terrace, Santouka stands out for more reasons than one. The aroma, the crowd and the helter-skelter service all point to something good simmering (pun-intended) behind their kitchen doors. Tuck into their specialty Tokusen Toroniku ramen, which replaces typical chashu slices with delightfully tender and juicy slices of roasted pork cheek.

21 Cuppage Rd, Cuppage Terrace, Singapore 229452. Tel: 6235 1059

 

Ramen Keisuke

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At Ramen Keisuke, their delectable bowls of ramen are matched only by the irresistible dose of Japanese hospitality and thoughtfulness. Toppings of hardboiled eggs, beansprouts, bonito flakes and even a mortar and pestle of sesame seeds are provided to ensure you have the perfect bowl before you. Sitting in their small, well-decorated store, you are instantly transported to the cosy roadside ramen joints along Shinjuku. Check out their Kani King and Lobster King concepts for other delicious variations.

1 Tras Link, #01-19 Orchid Hotel Singapore, 078867. Tel: 6636 0855

 

Sapporo Ramen Miharu

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If you are looking for a place to satiate your craving for Sapporo-styled ramen, Sapporo Ramen Miharu does a more than decent job. The yellow Nishiyama noodles they use come directly from Hokkaido, and are cooked to al dente perfection. The miso-based soup is also rich with the goodness of well-simmered pork bones.

9 Raffles Boulevard #01-06/07/08 Millenia Walk, 039596. Tel: 6733 8464

 

Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen

A personal favourite, Tonkotsu Kazan has been a mainstay of Liang Court, serving its eye-catching volcano ramen to night owls and hungry clubbers (they close at 3am on Fridays and Saturdays). The kazan cooking style harks back to the traditional Osaka method, in which the broth is poured over a hotstone bowl of ingredients and covered with a conical lid. You are also encouraged to finish off your volcanic experience by eating the remaining soup with rice. Proceed to erupt with joy.

177 River Valley Road, #01-10 Liang Court, Liang Court, 179030. Tel: 6336 8698

 

Chabuton

Opened by Michelin-starred chef Yasuji Morizumi, Chabuton is amongst the trailblazers to bring a ramen tsunami upon our shores, and they have not withered in the face of competition. Add their succulent and thick slabs of buta kakuni (braised pork belly) to your tonkotsu ramen, which uses ingredients imported from Japan.

1 Vista Exchange Green, 01-41 The Star Vista, 138617. Tel: 6339 0335

 

Sanpoutei Ramen

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Mouth-watering aburi chashu, crisp menma (bamboo shoots) and springy noodles immersed in a bowl of comforting shoyu broth containing two different kinds of dried sardines—just another serving of quality Niigata ramen at Sanpoutei Ramen. The restaurant even uses a special in-house ramen bowl that helps to keep the ramen and its piping hot contents warm for a longer time.

#01-01, 253 Holland Ave. Tel: 6463 7277

 

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