Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King is a popular ramen shop located in the same building as Orchid Hotel, Tanjong Pagar, where there will always be lines of people waiting outside the restaurant.

Keisuke Takeda, founder of Ramen Keisuke, also created several other brands: Tonkotsu King, Tori King, Tonkotsu King Four Seasons, Tonkotsu King Matsuri, and Gyoza King. Gyoza King and Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King are located within 2 minutes walking distance.
20150101_113139To compliment the waiting time, Keisuke Ramen offers free Japanese Barley Tea. 

As an addict of spicy food, I was intrigued to try the Black Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen, as it is a quite uncommon menu. 20150101_114014

Each small table is packed with eating amenities and condiments. 20150101_120620

This ramen shop is famous for the free all-you-can-eat bean sprout and boiled eggs. 20150101_120627

Here comes my order:Black Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen with additional Seaweed and Flavoured Egg. The big seaweed sheet makes the presentation of the food nicer. 

The yolk of the flavoured egg 20150101_121635

To accompany my exotic Black Spicy Ramen, I ordered a bottle of Wasabi Ginger Ale. The wasabi was too mild, but I like all kinds of ginger drinks. 20150101_120912


According to the official website, Tampopo literally means Dandelion, which is a strong and resilient flowers that survive in tough environment. Maybe I should create an illustration for my favourite quote using Dandelion flowers.20140721_190035

Tampopo is the pioneer of Kurobuta (black pig), and it is nominated as one of the best ramen in Singapore. 20150102_112459On our first visit, my dad tried the Tampopo BP Koumi Fry RamenIMG_7790My dad ordered another dish of black pig for sharing: Deep Fried Black Pig GyozaIMG_7785 IMG_7786The rest of us also ordered ramen, but I couldn’t remember the specific names. 20140721_191656IMG_7788 IMG_7789There were three big categories of ramen: Black Pig Ramen, Kyushu Ramen, and Hokkaido Ramen. Moreover, there is a very unique ramen, the Triple Black Ramen, with a very catchy name: NIB (Noodles In Black)20150102_112006IMG_7781After spending some time to read the menu over and over again, I finally understood that Tampopo offers two types of noodle: Hokkaido and Kyushu ramen. Hokkaido Ramen is made of imported flour from Hokkaido, which may be the reason why it is $1 more expensive than Kyushu Ramen. However, additional soup for Kyushu Ramen is $1 more expensive than that of Hokkaido Ramen, because Kyushu Ramen uses pork bone that takes 2 days to make. The rich broth of Kyushu Ramen goes along with the noodle texture that is thin and hard.IMG_7779

The Hokkaido Ramen category is further divided into subcategories of Hakodate Ramen and Sapporo Original Ramen. You may easily upgrade the Hokkaido Ramen by replacing the normal BBQ pork to black pig with additional SGD $2.What an extremely complex ramen menu. 20150102_112010

On our next visit, my mum tried the Salmon Teriyaki, and I tried the Chicken Ginger Hotplate20140721_191709 20140721_191524

Everything we have tried in Tampopo tastes good, including the Black Pig Truffle Fried Rice20150102_113254

My brother was curious enough to try the less popular but healthier choice: Less Fat Black Pig Loin Cutlet Set20150102_112344 20150102_113912

Out of all mouthwatering menus here, I wonder which one Riri would pick. Would it be the Foie Gras Tonkatsu? Cannot wait to visit Tampopo with Riri in the future. IMG_7778



My mum was curious to try the ramen at Chabuton, whose chef was the first ramen chef to ever receive a Michelin Star, Mr. Yasuji Morizumi – the “King of Ramen”. I wonder why the word “ramen” is written as “rahmen” on the logo. 20141228_172527 20141228_172536


As stated on the history above, Chef Morizumi opened CHABUYA restaurant in Tokyo in 1996. The saucer used in Chabuton is printed with this information: Chabuya since 1996. 20141229_124855There are four main types of ramen broths: Tonkotsu, Tonkotsu Shio, Tonkotsu Miso, and Shoyu.20141229_12160720141229_121627 20141229_121642My brother ordered the original version of tonkotsu broth, the one with the recommended sign. My dad picked the spicy version of tonkotsu broth: Chabuton Kara Kara Ramen, with an additional of soft boiled egg. My mum selected the shio broth. I wanted to try the difference among the three versions of tonkutsu broth, so I had the Miso Ramen. They offer two portions, small and large, but we all ordered the small size. 20141229_123856The seasonings for the ramen were a bit unusual, as there were black pepper and fried shallots. 20141229_12214620141229_124115

I am a big fan of ginger, but the ginger pickles here were not the type I like. It was so salty. 20141229_122059

The ramen didn’t taste as good as we expected, but the Hitokuchi Gyoza was nice. The size of the gyoza is smaller than usual, which is maybe why it is called 一口饺子 (One Bite Gyoza). My mum liked how the gyoza skin is very thin. 20141229_123917The staffs at Chabuton didn’t have good knowledge of the menu, as they mixed up our orders. They couldn’t tell the difference among the tonkotsu, shio and miso broth. They also forgot to ask us to customise the ramen to our own liking, including the hardness of noodles, oil level and saltiness.

Bakmi Bintang Gading


Bintang Gading is one of legendary noodle shops in Kelapa Gading, originated from Ujung Pandang (Makassar). This place is never empty, and I think it is open 24 hours. 20140912_072442 20140912_072738 20140912_072825

The Bakso Goreng (Fried Meatball) was still hot, maybe they just finished frying new batch. Each table has 4 pieces. 20140912_071802 20140912_071849

The condiments on the table (from left to right): salty soy sauce, white pepper and sesame oil. I didn’t know it was sesame oil till I poured some onto my noodle bowl, thinking it was vinegar.  20140912_072717

I didn’t add any chilli since I’m avoiding spicy and acidic food these days.20140912_071920

Bintang Gading offers Ribs and Dimsum menu in addition to standard noodle restaurant menu.   20140912_071732 20140912_071741 20140912_071746


Fortuna Mie Sapi Taiwan


Fortuna is a Taiwanese restaurant that specialises in beef noodle. The owner is real Taiwanese, so the food is very authentic. I took my Taiwanese friends here, and they all said good. I have tried almost all of their menu, and I think they are all good. 

Beef Noodle Soup 牛肉麵 – You may substitute the yellow egg noodle with bihun (thin rice noodle) or kwetiau (flat rice noodle).


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Kwetiau Jajiang 炸醬板條IMG_2063

Nasi Lo Ba 滷肉飯 (Braised Minced Meat with Rice) – Taiwanese most traditional rice dish. I’d like to try to make this dish one day using the recipe from Serious Eats.

Nasi Angsio Sapi 紅燒牛肉飯 (Braised Beef with Rice) 20140427_114633

Nasi Wu Siang Rou 滷味飯 (Chinese Five Spices with Rice) IMG_2061

Nasi Goreng Udang ala Taiwan 台式蝦仁炒飯 (Taiwanese Shrimp Fried Rice) IMG_4808IMG_0575

Kuotie Goreng (Sawi / Kucai) 鍋貼(大白菜/韭菜)Potstickers (Cabbage / Chive)

Ayam Goreng Katsu 炸雞排 (Fried Chicken) IMG_4810

Sup Bakso Ikan 魚丸湯 (Fishball Soup) IMG_2062The octagon glass is beautiful. 20140907_120201

They also sell homemade Liang Teh and soybean milk. 20140427_114001IMG_0570 IMG_0571

Bakmi Ernie

Bakmi Ernie is my family’s favourite noodle shop in Kelapa Gading. It is always crowded in the morning.

Mie Keriting (Curly Noodle) khas Siantar IMG_2318
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This shop has very awesome Lontong Sayur. My foreigner friends wanted me to take them here every morning.  Lontong Sayur

Other than noodle, this shop also offers wide varieties of traditional cakes and snacks. 20140829_074954



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Mie Keriting = IDR 24.000

Mie Sahabat Yun Sin

Mie Sahabat Yun Sin is a legendary noodle shop in Bogor. According to our friend from Bogor, all other outlets already received halal certificate except this one on Jl. Jenderal Sudirman no. 12. 20140819_132355 20140819_132416

I had difficulties understanding the menu. There are so many pairings of noodle. 20140819_132456

Two bowls of Bakso Goreng for sharing. I prefer Bakso Goreng from Bakso Jenggot, Kelapa Gading. 20140819_133646

I ordered Mie Baso Tim (Noodle with Steamed Meatball). There are two kinds of noodle: sweet or salty. I picked salty one. There are also two kinds of meatball: halal or non halal.   20140819_13381620140819_133850

My brother ordered Mie Baso Pangsit (Noodle with Meatball and Wonton). The noodle is the same as mine, plus a bowl of baso and pangsit.  20140819_133845

My coworker ordered Mie Ayam Jamur, which is a bit different from my noodle. 20140819_133913

They sell so many kinds of snack. I bought Kerupuk Petis Udang since the colour is very pretty – pink pastel. 20140819_13311320140819_13312320140819_13305120140819_140138

The view of Bogor city from the back side of the restaurant. 20140819_132859

Bakmi Karet Foek

Kelapa Gading is called “The Kingdom of Food”; “noodle” is one type of dish that Kelapa Gading is well known for.

Consider yourself lucky if you go to this noodle shop and it is open. Consider yourself blessed if you go to this noodle shop, it is open, and you immediately get a seat. Here is a common busy scene at this shop.


There are two types of noodles in this shop: bakmi karet (rubber noodle) and bakmi halus (soft noodle). I picked the bakmi halus (soft noodle). There are two options of meat: chicken and pork, or you can mix the two.



I added a piece of bakso goreng (fried meatball). I didn’t like the fried meatball; it was cold and not crispy.



I did not try their famous jumbo size pangsit goreng (wonton skin).


I bought a portion of Suikiauw Kuah (Wonton Soup) for my boyfriend who was sick last time. Do not confuse when looking at the picture below, only the wonton soup is bought from Bakmi Karet Foek, and the rest of the dish is from another shop.


I similarities in all noodle shops I visited:

  • There are usually more than one type of noodles.
  • If it is non halal, you have option to choose either chicken or pork, or both.
  • You may order additional items to add to your noodle main dish, such as bakso (meatball), bakso goreng (fried meatball), pangsit goreng (fried wonton skin), suikiaw (wonton).

Hokkien Lo Mie Abeng & Sayangan 88 Palembang

Hokkien Lo Mie Abeng is originated from Palembang, just like Bakmi Aloi. It is located on the same street as Bakmi Asiong and Bakmi Khek. 20140818_072814


There’s a bell hanging on the roof with automatic sensor (see the pink circle on the picture below), which rings whenever a customer walks in. I think this is a very good idea. 20140818_073355The owner displayed pempek (traditional Palembang snack made of fish) and homemade soymilk on the table near the entrance. 20140818_072944

I wanted to try Mie Celor, but this menu is only available on weekends. 20140818_072958

I ordered a small portion of Lomie. The noodle tasted very rich, the soup is thick and condensed, and it contains many ingredients, including chicken, chasiu pork, shrimps, mushroom, bean sprouts and morning glory veggie. I prefer thin noodles to thick ones, but I managed to finish this bowl.

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There are old pictures and newspaper articles on the wall near the cashier table, which portrays the long history of this noodle shop back in its original city, Palembang.




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Lomie porsi kecil = Rp 26.000

Teh Tawar Hangat =  Rp 2.000

Total = Rp 28.000

Ramen Nagi

My brother and I had dinner at Ramen Nagi in Kelapa Gading. 20140818_192702

The main entrance looks very attractive. The red entrance door is in the shape of Chinese Traditional Character 門 (read as “men“) that has meaning of “door”. 20140818_192716

They offer many variations of toppings for ramen and for curry rice.


There are options for halal nor non halal ramen. There are many unique ramen flavours, such as Italian herbs, curry, grilled chilli, Chinese herb (bakuteh).

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The curry menu look very tempting. I will take my boyfriend who is a curry lover next time.

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I wanted to try the Japanese homemade sausage, but it wasn’t available. 20140818_185308

I was confused what to order since they offer so many kinds of Japanese food, from ramen, yaki ramen (hot plate), soup gyoza, tsukemen, udon, soba, karaage, yakitori, tebasaki, chicken katsu, tonkatsu, steak, salad, chawan mushi, miso soup, hotplate rice like Pepper Lunch, and many more dessert choices. Finally, I decided to order original omelette. 20140818_190711

There were crews from MNC who did shooting for a TV program. 20140818_185536

Apparently, this ramen noodle brand has spread all over the world – you can find Nagi Ramen in Tokyo, Nagoya, Hongkong, Taipei, Hawaii, Manila. 20140818_185529