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Keisuke Tonkotsu King (Orchid Hotel)

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Another Ramen restaurant hitting the shores of Singapore is Keisuke Tonkotsu King – a small and rather space constrained joint which can at most accommodate 20 people has been drawing persistently long queues since its opening.

Keisuke Tonkotsu King

Keisuke Tonkotsu King

Similar to Menya Musashi, orders are taken by the waitress while we were queuing. And another plus point was the provision of free roasted barley drinks for those in line. Basically, there were 3 different choices of soup – Original, Black Spicy and Red Spicy. You could also customized the taste of the soup, noodle texture and toppings/condiments.

Side dishes/Condiments - Beansprouts, hard boiled eggs and freshly ground sesame

Side dishes/Condiments – Beansprouts, hard boiled eggs and freshly ground sesame

Provided on each table was also a free flow of beansprouts and hard boiled eggs. The beansprouts were slightly pickled, resembling the typical Korean banchan (side dish). It had a cold refreshing tanginess, which proved to be a sharp contrast to the salty Ramen. Black and white sesame seeds were also provided, along with the tools for customers to grind the sesame seeds which were then added to accentuate the taste of the soup.

Tonkotsu Ramen

Tonkotsu Ramen

Red Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen with Flavoured Egg

Red Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen with Flavoured Egg

The Original Tonkotsu Ramen ($10.80) came with black fungus, a large slice of chashu and spring onions. The Ramen was springy and chewy, not too soft, with adequate bite in it. The soup was pretty salty, but wasn’t too overwhelming in the characteristic pork taste. While the noodles shone in terms of texture, the chashu was a major disappointment. The chashu, though coming in thin slices, was overly tough, not sufficiently tender and rather bland. The Red Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen ($13.80) wasn’t overly spicy on first taste, but instead had a spicier lingering after taste. The flavoured egg was well prepared, with a moist runny centre.

There is still room for improvement for Keisuke Tonkotsu King, especially in the chashu. It is a fairly decent Ramen joint, with every bit of the Japanese Ramen authenticity.

Keisuke Tonkotsu King
#01-19, Orchid Hotel
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Written by foodphd

July 17, 2012 at 10:59 am

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