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Chewing on Singapore's ramen obsession

With more than 100 ramen restaurants here, noodle lovers are spoilt for choice

Published on Aug 17, 2014 11:15 AM
 
Ramen. -- PHOTO: WEECHEOW

Singapore diners old and young have an insatiable appetite for ramen. In fact, the Japanese one-dish wonder, which consists of noodles in piping hot broth and various toppings, has become increasingly popular here in the last two years.

Over the past two months alone, no fewer than five new-to-market brands have opened in Singapore. These add to the growing number of shops here. There are more than 115 islandwide, a SundayLife! check has found.

Ramen restaurants here serve everything from Hokkaido-style miso ramen to Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen served in a rich and creamy pork- based broth.

Newcomers include offshoots from Japan such as Chabuton at 313@Somerset and Sanpoutei Ramen in Holland Village.

Ramen Champion, a chain of restaurants that features clusters of ramen stalls, also has new entrants at Bugis+. Among them are Menya Ryu and Shodai Koji. Other new players include Ramen Isshi at One Raffles Place and Ramen Mitsubachi at Orchard Plaza.

Chabuton, which opened last month, was founded by Japan-based Michelin-starred chef Yasuji Morizumi. The chain, which has been brought into Singapore by the Suki Restaurant Group, is hoping to make waves here after its successful foray into Bangkok, where it opened 14 outlets in four years.

 
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