The biggest celebration of ramen in Singapore; Ramen Revolution ’15; has begun!
With the objective to commemorate and bring awareness to the different kinds of ramen available across the island, 24 brands have participated and are vying to be YOUR top choice.
By voting, you also stand to win amazing prizes. You can read on how to vote in our previous entry.
“Who are these participating brands?” you ask?
Here’s a quick list to help you out.
Who’s Who in Ramen Revolution ‘15
Entry #1: Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
What to try: The defending Ramen Revolution winner from 2014, their Shio Ramen is a terrific balance of a broth made from boiling and simmering pork bones for up to 17 hours, vegetables, dried fish, kelp and salt, and topped fresh ingredients like crunchy bamboo shoots and their signature Japanese pickled plum. Their Toroniku Ramen with its slices of Iberico Pork Cheek Chashu is also not to be missed.
Entry #2: Hakata Ikkousha
What to try: Their Ajitama Tonkotsu ramen is the definitively authentic Hakata-style ramen which uses ingredients handmade in store every morning. Look for the bubbling foam in the broth – it’s an indication of its high collagen content, and a sign that it’s the real Hakata deal.
Entry #3: Menya Musashi
What to try: A mind-bogglingly immense number of options are available for you to let you tweak your ramen as you see fit. Give their Yakibuta Sword Ramen a try, with its massive portion of tender Kamiyama chashu.
Entry #4: Hokkaido Roasted Miso Ramen Daikokuya
What to try: For a taste of a truly excellent miso ramen experience, their Siganture Sapporo Miso Ramen. Utilising Hokkaido Miso along with several other different kinds of miso blended together to create their own original base and secret spices to further enhance the flavour, this offering mustn’t be missed.
Entry #5: Ramen Matsuri
What to try: The Mazesoba literally lets you create your very own personalised dish with dozens of different toppings for you to pick and choose from. What’s more, once you’re done with your noodles, you can mix in a complimentary serving of rice into your remaining broth for a tasty finishing dish.
Entry #6: Buta God (Ramen Champion)
What to try: Love pork? Then you’re in luck, as their God Ramen offers huge servings of marinated pork belly in a mildly-sweet tonkotsu broth, topped with a poached egg. Tasty and satisfying!
Entry #7: Butaou (Ramen Champion)
What to try: Their signature Sukiyaki Ramen is a uniquely sweet tasting broth (much like its original namesake), filled with pork marinated in soy sauce, sugar and sake.
Entry #8: Keishoken (Ramen Champion)
What to try: They offer 5 unique ramen in a variety of colours, namely white, black, red, curry and orange. Each of these ramen offers a completely different flavour and experience.
Entry #9: Menban Yamagishi Kazuo (Ramen Champion)
What to try: Named after the creator of Tsukemen (Dipping noodles), their signature dish follows the classic recipe with a few new twists. Chewy noodles are served together with a spring onion and pork-flavoured dipping broth for a remarkably balanced taste.
Entry #10: Menya Ryu (Ramen Champion)
What to try: The Sapporo Miso Special Ramen features 3 kinds of miso blended together to create the authentic flavours of Sapporo, Hokkaido.
Entry #11: Miyamoto (Ramen Champion)
What to try: Try the double-boiled chicken and pork ramen; which is topped with pork belly chashu, giving it a light, yet full flavour.
Entry #12: Riki (Ramen Champion)
What to try: The signature Chashumen promises exactly as its name implies – an immense ‘power boost’ of milky-white broth, massive helpings of vegetables and meat, topped with a hint of garlic and shoyu.
Entry #13: Shodai Koji (Ramen Champion)
What to try: Their Triple Chashu Ramen is a must try for lovers of meat; featuring chicken thigh, pork belly and pork collar.
Entry #14: Tonkotsu Ikkyu (Ramen Champion)
What to try: Give their Special Tonkotsu Ramen a try. A vibrant mix of chillies, black garlic oil, spinach all in a white tonkotsu base, this is a dynamic dish that’s a must try for everyone.
Entry #15: Ramen Bar Suzuki
What to try: With training from a coveted Michelin-star restaurant, the chefs at Suzuki love creating ramen dishes that are practical works of art. Give their Pure White Tonkotsu Ramen; with its smooth, aromatic pork soup and irresistibly springy noodles made from scratch in-house.
Entry #16: Sanpoutei
What to try: If you’re looking for a different sort of ramen experience, their Niigata Shoyu Ramen, with its light broth flavoured by Japanese sardines and served together with stewed aburi chashu, will do the trick!
Entry #17: Takumen
What to try: This unique ‘ramen gallery’ brings us 6 different brands from Japan. Each of them offers classic recipes given amazing new twists, and come in both an authentic Japanese version as well as a less-salty version made specifically for Singaporean tastes.
Entry #18: Bariuma Ramen
What to try: The Noritama Ramen uses a tonkotsu soup base that is blended with a secret shoyu concoction and imported directly from Japan. This allows you have the pure, uncompromised Japanese flavour, along with juicy slices of seared chashu for maximum satisfaction.
Entry #19: Baikohken
What to try: Using natural, preservative-free noodles imported from Hokkaido and topped with Spanish pork chashu, the Miso Ramen further innovates by mixing in pork, chicken and seafood bases for a full flavour.
Entry #20: Tampopo
What to try: The pioneers of using Kurobuta (Black Pig); famed for its succulent texture; in their dishes, Tampopo’s Kurobuta Koumi Fry Ramen adds a perfectly-grilled piece of marinated pork rib to compliment your meal.
Entry #21: Menya Sanji
What to try: Here’s a meal that’s fit for a warrior – the Sanji Ramen. What we have here is a base made from several Okinawan salts, together with a soup featuring konbu seaweed and fresh seafood, topped with 2 types of chashu and yuzu-chili garnishing.
Entry #22: Menya Samurai Zin
What to try: A relative new-comer to the scene, this establishment from Osaka makes an explosive impression with their Mabo Ramen – a brilliant fusion of tonkotsu broth topped with Sichuan-style mabo tofu. Spiciness at its best!
Entry #23: Shin-Sapporo Ramen
What to try: Boasting one of the largest menus in the island, Shin-Sapporo Ramen has a multitude of dishes for you try. Their Kuro Tonkotsu Ramen offers a yummy tonkotsu broth topped with fragrant black garlic oil, served with Hakata noodles, yakibuta (barbequed pork), and more.
Entry #24: Sapporo Ramen Miharu
What to try: Regarded as one of the champions of ‘legitimate’ Sapporo-style ramen, their Tokusen Miso Ramen uses chewy Nishiyama Special Ramen imported from Japan along with a chicken & tonkotsu broth augmented by Rausu konbu seaweed, vegetable stock, and a secret miso blend.
That’s a lot of ramen; but only ONE can be the winner of the Ramen Revolution.
Remember, the voting period is from 1st May – 31st May 2015, so it’s time to get VOTING now!