Invited Tasting: Ramen Champion Competition


Recommended Dish to Try
  • Special Tonkotsu Ramen from Tonkotsu Ikkyu
  • Sapporo Miso Special Ramen from Menya Ryu
Where to Next
  • Shopping at Bugis+/ Bugis Junction
  • Coffee at Coffee Bean at Bugis +
Contact Information
Address:201 Victoria Street, Bugis+ #04 – 10, Singapore 188067, (Near BUGIS MRT Station)
Contact No.: +65 6238 1011
Website : View Website
Price Range (per pax): S$16 – S$30

Opening Hours
(Daily) 11:30 am to 10:30 pm

My Rating: (4 out of 5)

Ramen Champion~ Thank you Komars Group for the wonderful invitation to attend the Ramen Champion Competition 2015. Ramen Champion Singapore has held their Ramen Champion Tasting Competition on 15 Jan 2015 for the 6 ramen brands - Menya Ryu, Buta God, Riki, Menban Yamagishi Kazuo, Shodai Koji and Tonkotsu Ikkyu. I was honored to be invited to witness the competition. Most importantly I get to taste all 6 Ramen Champion Singapore brands and meet fellow food bloggers. Awesome! I really learnt so much more about ramen after this event. ramen_champion_signboards
Ambience
After registration, I was warmly led to the table dedicated for Bloggers. I was early and the restaurant was closed for the private event. That was an indeed wonderful opportunity to go around taking pictures. One of the sections was where the competition going to be held. I like the concept for Ramen Champion as they bring in various flavours from Japan. I think everybody has different wants in their ramen bowl. This place is great for family or friends gathering and even dates as there is a good chance that one of the stalls will be able to satisfy everybody's taste buds. Each of the ramen brand has their own exclusive area and are decorated to their own theme. ramen_champion_entrance ramen_champion_drums ramen_champion_bloggers_table ramen_champion_media_tag ramen_champion_preview-of-ramens ramen_champion_seatings ramen_champion_judges ramen_champion_party
~Sapporo Miso Special Ramen from Menya Ryu - Hokkaido (S$15.80)~
I had 2 favourites after tasting the 6 brands. Sapporo Miso Special Ramen from Menya Ryu is one of them! Firstly it caught my eye with its soft boiled eggs which are cooked to perfection. It was also a bit spicy and there were plenty of sweetcorns. Make me feel healthy. I love the spiciness. I feel this will definitely attract the locals. I understand that miso ramen is invented in Sapporo - Hokkaido. Chef Melvin Yeo's miso is using all 3 red, white and black miso together with the soup base which is made of tonkotsu (pork bone) and chicken. It is not too creamy which I like. The noodles is medium and slightly curly. It reminds of maggie noodles. I am good with it but I think it might not be too appealing to some others. ramen_champion_menya_ryu_stall ramen_champion_menya_ryu_sapporo_miso_special_ramen
~God Ramen from Buta God - Tokyo (S$15.00)~
Next come the God Ramen from Buta God originating from Tokyo! Interesting Powerful Name. I think I never had ramen that is like this. Not that it is not good. It is like ramen in Sukiyaki style. Did you notice the little saucer of chilli paste beside? It was so spicy. Chef Mamoru Kanaya uses thinly sliced pork belly and poached eggs. This is so different from the rest of the ramen. The noodles are thin and the Tonkotsu (pork bone) soup is slightly sweet. I love the usual sukiyaki but this ramen didn't quite appeal to me. However, one of my fellow bloggers totally love it! Everybody has their own preference. Oh I am lucky to catch a picture of their Buta God crew! Nice pose~ ramen_champion_buta_god_crew ramen_champion_buta_god_ramen
~Riki Chashumen from Riki - Tokyo (S$16.00)~
Chef Hashimoto Kentaro actually worked under the Chef Kazuo Yamagishi "Ramen God" for 3 years. Powerful credentials. First impression is it is very healthy. There is tonnes of bean sprouts and cabbage and it is also served with lots of garlic. So it is the ramen not to be missed if you are a garlic or vegetables lover. A slight disappointment is they don't serve it with the soft boiled egg. The noodles are thick. It reminds of the noodles used with our usual Lor Mee dish. I always prefer thinner noodles for ramen. The soup is made of Tonkotsu (Pork bone). I like the 5 big pork belly char siew which had a good balance of fats and meat. ramen_champion_riki_stall ramen_champion_riki_chashumen
~Original Tsukemen from Menban Yamagishi Kazuo - Tokyo (S$15.00)~
This is the first time I ever tried Tsukemen (dipping noodles). I like the story behind the invention of Tsukemen. It was invented by the Ramen God - Kazuo Yamagishi. It was a way to ensure the ramen is piping hot by keep the broth and ramen separate. So you just need to dip the noodles into the broth before eating. The noodles is of medium thickeness. The broth is made of vegetable & pork soup. I find the broth quite saltish and thick. Perhaps it made that way as the noodles are only dipped inside for a short time before eating. The soft boiled egg was not cut into halves. I would prefer them to cut it though. ramen_champion_tsukemen ramen_champion_noodles_soup
~Triple Chashu Ramen from Shodai Koji - Yokohama (S$16.80)~
Chef Koji Takano is a disciple of Chef Koji Tashiro who is known as the "Son of the Ramen God". Triple Chashu. Sound good that you get to try 3 different kind of meats in 1 ramen bowl. Meat lover should love this. There were some vegetables to go with it. The soft boiled egg were slightly over cooked. The noodles is of medium thickness and the soup is also made from Tonkotsu (Pork Bone). ramen_champion_shodai_stall
~Special Tonkotsu Ramen from Tonkotsu Ikkyu - Hong Kong (S$15.80)~
Last but definitely not least! Infact it is the WINNER! Special Tonkotsu Ramen from Tonkotsu Ikkyu won Ramen Champion Tasting Competition 2015! It is my the other favourite! The place of origin is actually Hong Kong. Chef Koji Tashiro invented it on the request of Eric Tsang (曾志偉) who is a famous Hong Kong celebrity. I also realised that Eric Tsang is the producer of Ramen Champion in Hong Kong. Back to the ramen. The presentation is lovely with the vibrant colours - red, white, green and black. It was a bit spicy as they added a bit of chilli paste to the Tonkotsu (Pork Bone) broth. Woo~ I like spicy ramen~ The noodles were thin and the broth is just right not too creamy. Just as I like. Of course, the soft boiled eggs was cooked just right as well. ramen_champion_tonkotsu_ramen ramen_champion_koji_tashiro
~Summary~
I have tasted the following 6 ramen brands at the Ramen Champion 2015:
- Sapporo Miso Special Ramen from Menya Ryu – Hokkaido (S$15.80)
- God Ramen from Buta God – Tokyo (S$15.00)
- Riki Chashumen from Riki – Tokyo (S$16.00)
- Original Tsukemen from Menban Yamagishi Kazuo – Tokyo (S$15.00)
- Triple Chashu Ramen from Shodai Koji – Yokohama (S$16.80)
- Special Tonkotsu Ramen from Tonkotsu Ikkyu – Hong Kong(S$15.80)
I had 2 favourites (Sapporo Miso Special Ramen from Menya Ryu – Hokkaido and Special Tonkotsu Ramen from Tonkotsu Ikkyu – Hong Kong) Special Tonkotsu Ramen from Tonkotsu Ikkyu – Hong Kong is the WINNNER in the competition. ramen_champion_results ramen_champion_final
What makes a good bowl of ramen for me? Soft Boiled Eggs, Thin Noodles and Broth that is not too creamy and light
Ramen Champion is a great place that serves various types of ramen. Hence, a good chance that you can find 1 ramen that can satisfy your ramen craving. Ramen Champion Singapore have several outlets (Bugis+, Changi Airport Terminal 3 and Great World City).
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