Calling all ramen fans! Slurp up all the chewy, springy noodles and umami-filled broth you can manage at this year’s Ramen Revolution. Feast on new and adventurous ramen flavours, premium ingredients, and a host of different styles – all for just $10 per bowl! Of course, you’ve got limited stomach space, so you’ve got to be selective about what you eat.
Here are the 7 ramens we’re most looking forward to trying:
1. Kiramekino Shiosoba
The first things on our list are, of course, the stalls that came in all the way from Japan – especially if they’re in the Michelin Bib Gourmand. With very simple toppings and a clear broth, Junk Story’s Kiramekino Shiosoba doesn’t look like much. Don’t judge a soup by its colour though, because their delicious broth is what earned them the Bib Gourmand. The secret ingredient? Hamaguri clam, which gives the broth a layer of flavour that reminds you of the refreshing, salt-tinged sea air.
2. Tori Paitan
Most of us know and love tonkotsu ramen for its rich, bracing broth, but it’s about time you tried its chicken-based cousin, paitan. Paitan is so creamy and thick it almost looks like gravy, and every mouthful is bursting with an intense chicken flavour. The paitan ramen you’ll get at Ramen Revolution is from Men Dokoro Wakamusha, and is made by simmering whole chickens so that the broth is full of collagen and chicken-y goodness.
3. Truffle Ramen
You won’t be able to resist the earthy, fragrant tones of truffle wafting from this stall. Kanshoku’s truffle ramen isn’t just ramen with a bit of truffle oil splashed on top. Every bit of it, down to the last noodle, is infused with truffle. They also use Hakata ramen, which is thinner than regular ramen, meaning a generous truffle-to-noodle ratio that hits the spot in each and every bite. Pair that with the light charring on their blow-torched pork chashu for a dish that’s nothing less than addictive.
4. Ebi Tsukumen
Step out of your comfort zone and try a bowl of tsukemen. Instead of having the noodles and broth in the same bowl, you dip the noodles into a separate bowl of sauce so you can get your ramen fix even on a hot day. The Ebi Tsukumen by Ebi-Tori Menzo is a seafood-lover’s dream come true, with a thick and flavourful sauce made from boiling whole prawns. For some added intrigue, the sauce is Italian-inspired as well, and you even get a piece of bread to complete the European feel.
5. Extreme Black Tonkotsu Ramen
With everything dyed jet black, this is probably one of the sexiest bowls of ramen we’ve ever seen. Its intense colour comes from squid ink and bamboo charcoal, but don’t think they’re just there for the looks! These special ingredients also give the tonkotsu broth a deep, intense flavour, and the charcoal is packed full of minerals as well! And have we mentioned that their noodles are hand-made from scratch every day?
6. Grand Tonkotsu Ramen
Get ready for luxury in a bowl! So Ramen’s Grand Tonkotsu Ramen lives up to its name, with generous slices of three cuts of pork: braised pork cheek, braised pork belly, and of course, chashu. Their black onion sauce is a topping you never knew you needed, fragrant and aromatic so the ramen isn’t too heavy. Even the thin hosomen noodles are made from premium wheat flour!
7. Jiro Style Aburi Chashu Ramen
If you haven’t already tried Jiro style ramen, then it’s high time you did! Named after a shop called Ramen Jiro, this style sparked its very own ramen revolution in Japan, with its very own fan base – the Jirorians. It’s a mega-sized serving, with a huge pile of veggies and meat, finished with a heaping stack of grated garlic. A must-try for the strong of gut, Jiro-style ramen packs quite a punch!
Sadly, Ramen Revolution only lasts for 2 days. If you can’t let go of these soupy bowls of heaven just yet, Chope a seat one of these restaurants whenever you need a ramen fix!
For those of you who fell in love with the slender noodles of the truffle ramen, drop by Burosu Honten Gyoza & Ramen for a taste of Hakata ramen in its traditional form.
Can’t get that rich, flavourful tonkotsu out of your head? Buta God at Ramen Champion has an award-winning tonkotsu broth that’s so delicious, you’ll be slurping it straight from the bowl.
Or, get a taste of the sea at Jimoto-Ya, a quaint ramen joint from Hokkaido boasting delicious broths made with top-notch prawns.
If your favourite part of Ramen Revolution was the new and exciting styles of ramen you got to try, then Sumo Bar Happy is the place for you. The modern ramen bar serves up all sorts of creative fusion dishes, perfect for your adventurous palate.