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The Interesting History About Japanese Ramen And Where You Can Find Them In Singapore

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Japanese ramen is a favourite comfort food among many Singaporeans due to its rich aroma and strong flavour. While we all know how to enjoy a hearty bowl of ramen, do you know the interesting history behind this appetising dish?

The concept of eating noodles in soup is believed to have originated from China, when Chinese tradesmen brought this dish to Japan in the nineteenth century. By the 1900s, many Chinese residing in Japan started selling ramen to workers through their portable food stalls. Subsequently, millions of Japanese soldiers who had returned from China after World War II also set up Chinese restaurants selling ramen, having become familiar with Chinese food. Today, ramen can be found throughout Japan and many parts of Asia at affordable prices so that customers from all walks of life can enjoy this tasty cuisine.

A typical bowl of ramen is made up of Chinese style wheat noodles in hot broth, topped with Tamago (an egg that is either marinated, soft boiled, hard boiled or raw) and meat such as pork or beef. The vegetable components may include seaweed, bamboo shoots, corn and shredded leeks. The soup bases of ramen depend on the region of Japan where they are created, with the most common being Shoyu (soy sauce), Miso (bean paste) or Tonkotsu (Pork Bone) flavours. All these ramen types are widely popular in Singapore and here are three restaurants that you should know if you are a fan of Japanese ramen –

1. Tonkotsu King

Singaporeans are well known when it comes to queuing up for delicious food. Tonkotsu King is one restaurant that is no stranger to long queues during its lunch and dinner hours. As the name of the restaurant implies, Tonkotsu flavoured ramen is its pride and speciality. Apart from providing customers with the option to choose their preferred texture of noodles (soft, normal or hard) and the ingredients they will like to add or omit, the restaurant also offers a free flow of hard boiled eggs and marinated bean sprouts to go with their bowl of ramen. Talk about value for money!

Locations:

1 Tras Link #01-19 Orchid Hotel Singapore 078867;
Mon – Sat 11:30 – 3:00 / 18:00 – 22:30
Sun 11:30 – 3:00 / 18:00 – 22:00

60 Paya Lebar Road #01/04 Paya Lebar Square Singapore 409051
Mon – Friday 11:30 – 3:00 / 17:30 – 22:00
Sat, Sun and Public Holiday 11:30 -22:00

Website: http://www.keisuke.sg/

2. Sanpoutei Ramen

Founded in 1967 at Niigata prefecture, Sanpoutei Ramen made its way to Singapore just a few years ago. The restaurant’s speciality is its Shoyu ramen which consists of clear stock slowly stewed for six hours using a variety of ingredients, including two types of dried sardine imported from Japan. Apart from its traditional ramen, the restaurant also offers a small range of sides such as Japanese style deep fried chicken, salad and mini don (small rice bowl).

Locations:

Holland Village, 253 Holland Ave #01-01 Singapore 278382
Mon – Sun 11:30 – 23:00

Shaw House, 253 #B1-04/05 350 Orchard Road Singapore 238868
Mon – Sun 11:30 – 23:00

Website: http://sanpoutei.sg/

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3. Ramen Champion

If you are organising a lunch gathering for family and friends over the weekend, Ramen Champion is a good choice to go for due to its spacious environment and varied selections of ramen hailing from different cities in Japan. Be spoilt for options as you choose from the rich and meaty Yokohama’s style ramen to the saltier Sapporo Miso ramen concocted from three different kinds of miso. Regardless of which ramen flavour you like, it is easy to find one that fits your personal preference at Ramen Champion!

Locations:

201 Victoria Street , Bugis+, #04-10 Singapore 188607
Mon – Sun 11:30 – 22:30

1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World City #01-22 Singapore 237994
Mon – Sun 11:30 – 22:30

65 Airport Boulevard #B2-58 Terminal 3, Singapore Changi Airport Singapore 819663
Mon – Sun 11:30 – 23:00

Website: http://ramenchampion.com.sg/