19 August 2013

Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King Four Seasons @ Bugis Village

Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King Four Seasons Ramen, located at Bugis Village, is one of the four ramen joints opened by Chef Keisuke Takeda, the 2011 Tokyo Ramen Champion. It's located at one of the shophouse unit located at Bugis Village along Rochor Road, also same stretch as McDonald's and KFC.

I went there during the off peak hour 3pm plus on a Sunday. The restaurant only had three other group of customers. Hence, I could get a seat immediately. Nevertheless if you need to wait, Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King also offers some ice barley tea while you wait outside the restaurant. So thoughtful!

Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King was so elaborately decorated. I like the spring flowers hanging.. My mum would approve this place immediately (and at the same time ask me to bring her on Japan trip).

The theme of the restaurant is in its name, four seasons. So there were 4 different ramens: 
- Spring (with basil and Parmesan)
- Summer (spicy)
- Autumn (mushroom and bonito flavor)
- Winter (original pork broth)
- and one additional ramen that is the king of them, named King (with sliced pork ginger)

Quite a smart marketing strategy .. so that the customer can come back to try all the flavors. As you can see from the picture above, their No. 1 is King, followed by Summer and Autumn. 

How to order? We were given this slip of paper which we tick against which ramen we want, topping, and down to the taste of the soup, chicken oil and noodle texture. The "all topping" contains seaweed, flavored egg and ginger. For the Step 3, I ticked all normal. However I was wondering why someone tick "no pork chasyu"? They can give me their Chasyu.. yumms..

While we were waiting, we chomped on some beanspouts provided as a side dish. The beanspouts were crunchy and marinated with a sauce. My friend who is a lover of beanspouts claimed it's the nicest beanspouts ever. To prove that, the picture below shows how we finished half a bottle of the beanspouts. 4.5/5

Not sure if it was because we went during the off-peak timing, our Ramens came very fast... My King Ramen ($16.90, below) which I topped with soft boiled eggs and seaweed for $3, really made me felt like a king instantly. The pork slices were damn nice, thinly sliced and savory. Despite the description being pork slices with ginger, the ginger taste was subtle which was good because it would be weird if the ginger taste was overwhelming. The eggs were sweet, runny and melts in the mouth. Noodles were chewy.. and the most important was the soup base.. an instant umamni kick.. the soup is thicker than normal soup which was due to the pork bones being boiled for 11 hours instead of the normal 8 hours. Does that translate to more collagen? Because I felt my complexion was better the following day. 4.5/5

The Summer Ramen ($15.90, below), which we topped with eggs of $2, was also equally good as the King Ramen.. The soup base was rich and full of umami taste.. The chilli is made of three types of chilli: Japanese Chilli, Szechuan Pepper and Cayenne Pepper. Sounds lethal.. the soup was spicy but we can still handle it. 4.5/5

And we found this on the drinks menu.. and we just had to try it! Green Tea Cola ($3.80, below).

The green tea cola was very addictive.. Sweet, fizzy and refreshing.. Hmmm tastes like drinking Coke + 7 up + sweet lemonade? However, we could not taste the green tea though the content label stated green tea is included. Nevertheless, a very special drink and a must try! I forgot to ask them if they sell it as takeaway because I would definitely stocked them in cartons in my fridge. 4.5/5 

Also this place allows you to have the Kaedama option.. whereby you can ask for additional noodles if you are still hungry.. The Kaedama option costs $2.

Tip: There is an ongoing promotion whereby you can join as Keisuke member and get 7% discount on the spot. 

Overall, I am happy that I found a new favorite place to get my ramen fix.. This is a Must Try :)

158 Rochor Road
Bugis Village

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