Friday, 6 June 2014

Mia's Review: Keisuke Tonkotsu King Ramen

Once again, it's my favourite food. Japanese Ramen! :) 
This shall be a review of my... 2nd visit to Keisuke Tonkotsu Ramen located at Orchid Hotel, which is within walking distance from Tanjong Pagar MRT station exit A. They do have a mid-day break time, which I'm guessing is between 3-ish pm to 6pm. But you may start queuing as early as 5:30pm, for when we got there at about 5:45pm on a weekday, we were 3rd in line. 
One reason why the queue is (almost) everlasting is because the ramen shop is really, truly, extremely small.

The interior is decorated with poster-plastered walls like so and that's the entire width of the shop, really. Just enough to place 3 sets of tables across. There's another line of table right behind us, and then another 1 or 2 near the entrance and that's it. But fret not, for the queue does move moderately quickly as patrons will never hog the table to chit-chat, it's really the last place one will ever want to chillax over a bowl of ramen. So everyone is basically a eat and go. 

Right in queue, you will be handed the order sheet to make your order first before giving it to the greeter/server located at the entrance. My advice, go for NO oil and light. Less oil is not good enough, remember, NO oil. :)

Upon seated, you shall find 3 items set on your table. One grinder filled with white and black sesame seeds for every seat, one whole basket of hard boiled eggs (they're free flow, yes!), one tub of marinated bean sprouts. The marinated bean sprouts is really good! I'm never a fan of bean sprouts, but for these, I'll gladly go for seconds! 
As for the sesame seeds, you grind them down as fine as you'll like them to be and later on add them to your ramen for extra fragrance. :)

 And here's my red ramen, before and after mixing. In case you're wondering, the 'red' refers to rayu (chilli oil). There's also a black ramen option, which I believe is pepper. 

I first tried Keisuke last year and I checked less oil and light flavour then, it was served with a thick layer of oil over the broth and I was pretty grossed out even before I started eating. Needless to say, I didn't enjoy it at all. But this time, no oil seem to have done the trick. I actually found my ramen pretty yummy. :)
However, as I'm still a sapporo miso ramen lover, it still failed to top my list of favourite ramen in SG.

Even though Keisuke Tonkotsu is a famous Tokyo ramen chain, I find that their noodles resembles more of a Hakata/Kyushu ramen instead of the typical Tokyo style ramen with thin curly noodles and shoyu based broth. The broth is obviously a milky white pork bone broth, and the noodles relatively thin, straight and hard.

Lastly, the most important factor of a ramen. The ajitama (flavoured egg). As you can see, their egg somehow pales in comparison to other chains like Santouka, Ippudo and Marutama, which serves ajitama with yummy runny yolk and whites just done it jiggles.
For Keisuke, the egg is indeed well flavoured, but obviously overcooked.

For more information, visit their FB page HERE

Till then,


  1. looks like a really cozy place to dine. thanks for sharing!

  2. I could eat ramen everyday! I'm always craving it. We have a Japanese restaurant here that specializes in tonkatsu and you can also grind the sesame seeds.

  3. The food is delicious. I love japanese food! Lots of GIG love :)

  4. The food looks so so good!! I feel like eating ramen now =D

  5. I've not sampled ramen before but I'd like to try. I don't think there are Japanese restsaurants near me! Your pictures are great!

  6. Woww I really love ramen and japanese food,it looks yummy but overcook egg is a big no no ,I love the flavored egg too

  7. I love ramen! And gosh this place looks really cool!

  8. I love ramen. And they put grinder on the table? Cool decoration.

  9. This is something really new to me and I'd love to try this place out :-D

  10. Would definitely try this place out. I love ramen a lot. :D

    Gig Love,
    Siew Hui

  11. Ohh the ramen looks super yummy! I love ramen, i can literally live off it :)
    The next time I head to SG, I'll give this a go!

  12. i haven't had ramen for at least a year now :O

  13. I keep on seeing posts about food, it's making me hungry, now I wanna eat ramen too. lol Thanks for sharing!

  14. omg open your blog in the night make my stomach going hungry..
    and my mouth is watering now! lol
    nice review mia :)

  15. urghhh i hate when the egg far i like menya musashi the most for ramen!!

  16. I have never tried Ramen. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

  17. I love bean sprouts as well! The good looks delicious, I would love to try ramen. gig

  18. The food looks delish. I tasted ramen once.. It was so good!

  19. This looks delicious!! So jealous, looks like you had a great meal! <3 GIGLove


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