I was talking to a friend months ago about ramen places in Singapore, and he told about this particular one that he swears by, won over by its affordable price and filling portion. He was referring to Noodle House Ken! I really wanted to try it out sooner, but was delayed by the invasions of Ippudo and Nantsutei. Nonetheless, I finally seek it out!
I was warned by its obscure location at Orchard Plaza, but it wasn't that hard really if you walked along the outside of the building. The tiny place reminded of the ramen eateries in Tokyo, tables packed closely together or sitting beside strangers. The local staffs (overheard them speaking in Cantonese) were quick to hand us a laminated piece of menu and promptly took our orders.
Fried Gyoza ($5.00)
I think this really is the standard sharing item in ramen shops. The variant here was slightly more stuffed than elsewere and had a nice crisp for the bottom. Still, I can't help but to compare it to meaty chinese fried dumplings!
Tamago Ramen ($13.00)
I knew that Ken was probably more well known for their dried cold ramen, but I always look forward to the soup stock as a rule of thumb for comparison. Noodle-wse, they used the yellow type which resulted in a smooth texture that was close to slimy. It was also more chewy then I would have preferred, as I tended to lean closer to the al dente Kyushu type.
Soup was rather fragrant and flavourful, but I definitely had richer ones before. The charsiew was a little dry while the egg was also a slight letdown that could be better time-controlled. Portion, on the other hand, was very satisfying with sufficent toppings in a huge bowl. Feeds a hungry one!
Miso Butter Ramen ($14.00)
I liked how well this combination turned out! Melting slowly into the stock, the thick slab of creamy butter felt sinful but oh-so-good, pinching a bit of it to go with a mouthful of ramen. Not forgetting about the sweet corns that gave a refreshing aftertaste! While some ramen soup becomes too heavy by the end of your meal, this one didn't had that problem at all!
Bill for two was $35.20 with no GST. Though it wouldn't be in my top 3, Noodle House Ken did serve ramen that was quite unlike others, with quantity that would keep both you and your wallet happy!
On a side note, I realised that Santouka had opened an outlet very nearby! Time to check if their quality still holds!
Noodle House Ken 150 Orchard Road, #01-17/18 Orchard Plaza Tel: 6235 5540