Throw a stone in any direction and you’re bound to hit a ramen shop. From Japan-headquartered eateries setting up outposts here, to homegrown chain restaurants creating their own renditions of the comforting noodle dish, the past few years have seen an influx of ramen shops sprouting up in the Singapore food scene.
Comprising springy noodles covered in a rich, umami-laden broth, each piping hot bowl often includes staple ingredients such as fatty roasted pork, bamboo shoots, spring onions, and a soft boiled egg with a runny orange centre. Tonkotsu, or Hakata-style pork bone broth, is the most common option here, as it’s favoured for its creamy consistency and addictive saltiness. But a number of Japanese restaurants also offer other soup bases such as shoyu (soy sauce) and miso — which features miso paste blended with a chicken, fish or pork bone stock. Some eateries have even put an unconventional spin on their ramen by incorporating premium ingredients like truffle, or preparing it as tsukemen — where the noodles are served dry and meant to be dipped in soup.
If you can’t decide where to go for your next ramen fix, or are simply overwhelmed by the myriad choices out there, we’ve put together a guide to 5 of the best ramen shops in Singapore. Read on for our recommendations.