Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King, Orchid Hotel

What a beauty; I couldn't stop taking photos even whilst halfway through the bowl!

I am finally back with a post. It’s been a crazy past two weeks, I can’t even begin to describe.

Quick update: I am about to leave my job (yay!), so starting next week it’ll be back to the kitchen for this home girl. I cannot be more elated. Oh joy!

Today’s feature is about a restaurant my girlfriends and I visited earlier this week. This dinner was just what we needed to perk up a Monday to chase away those blues.

While it was pouring heavily outside, we were huddling comfortably in a little bustling eatery at Orchid Hotel — slurping down what I’d like to call “artisan Maggie mee”.

Oh yes, it’s time to say amen to ramen!

Reminds me of the little ramen places I visited in Japan.

Relatively new, this ramen place has seen its fair share of success. Evident from the notoriously snaking queue and equally many raving reviews, I would say the food delivers in terms of quality.

Order forms are issued to customers in the queue so as to speed up the ordering process. With a limited menu featuring mainly their signature tonkotsu broth, placing orders really couldn’t be much simpler.

Amused by the order forms that had the Japanese translation as well!

But there’s a catch. The restaurant holds a policy whereby all orders have to be placed before seating, and groups will only be shown to a table when the whole group is present.

After waiting for slightly more than half an hour, we were ushered to a cosy corner in the far end. Our bowls of ramen came within 10 minutes — impressively efficient — and made up for the longer wait outside.

As portions are rather huge, we shared four bowls amongst the seven of us.

I personally recommend the flavoured egg option as the egg truly packs a punch. Done perfectly with a slightly runny centre, it’s almost a necessary accompaniment to the meal. All ramen bowls are served with spring onion, generous pieces of pork chasyu and black fungus, all of which you can opt out from.

The Tonkotsu Ramen with Flavoured Egg ($12.80) had a broth with a light, clean taste while the Black Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen with Flavoured Egg ($13.80) had the same broth as its base with an additional paste that adds stronger taste. I prefer the pungent one 😀 You can also choose your noodle texture preference (hard, normal and soft); normal is just right for me.

Tonkotsu Ramen with Flavoured Egg ($12.80)

Black Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen with Flavoured Egg ($13.80)

If you’d like, they also provide sesame seeds upon request. The seeds come with a little mortar so you can add ground sesame to your ramen. Other free-flow side dishes included on the tables are seasoned tow gay (bean sprouts) and hard-boiled eggs.

Ground sesame!

With a seating capacity of less than 20 pax, don’t expect to be able to stay for long. I repeat: this place is by no means your “chill out” go-to; customers patronize (almost) purely for its food! About twenty minutes into our meal, the waitresses approached us at least three times to subtly signal “time’s up” for our table space. Yet, we took no offense at this hurrying as it makes only perfect business sense.

Despite our brief stay there, the food was certainly worth the wait. Especially now that my work place is at Tanjong Pagar, I’m sure I’ll be headed back again really soon 🙂

Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King
1 Tras Link
#01-19, Orchid Hotel
Open daily 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10.30pm
Tel: +65 6636 0855


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