Keisuke Tonkotsu King

September 12, 2012 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Keisuke Tonkotsu King
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#01-19 Orchid Hotel

60 Paya Lebar Road
#01-04 Paya Lebar Square


http://www.keisuke.sg/


Decent Ramen But Slightly Overpriced

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 6
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 6
Service: 7
Value for Money: 6
Spent about SGD $20 per person.


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Keisuke Tonkotsu King is a niche store, specializing in Japanese Ramen... And they only offer 1 type of soup base for their Ramen, which is Tonkotsu. In other words, no Miso, Shoyu or Shio. However, Keisuke Tonkotsu King does allow you to customize your Tonkotsu Ramen in a few ways.

Keisuke Tonkotsu King allows you to choose types of ingredients to include (Egg, Seaweed, Cha Shu), noodle texture (Soft, Normal, Hard), amount of oil (Less, Normal, More) and soup strength (Light, Normal, Strong). Be warned that the tonkotsu soup base is already quite salty, with bits of pork fat floating within. I personally prefer 'Light' for soup strength and 'Less' for amount of oil.

Keisuke Tonkotsu King also offers to additional option of 'Black Spicy', which is black pepper, or 'Red Spicy', which is chili powder. Beyond this, Keisuke Tonkotsu King also offers diners complimentary bean sprouts, sesame seeds and hard boiled eggs to add into your Tonkotsu Ramen, as well as water / green tea.

I find the Tonkotsu Ramen at Keisuke Tonkotsu King to be just decent, although the soup is tasty. I think it's slightly overpriced, and the ambience is terrible during peak periods... Definitely not worth queuing for.


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Keisuke Tonkotsu King Banner


Keisuke Tonkotsu King Menu



The Tonkotsu Ramen soup base is quite tasty and savoury, but has bits of pork fat floating within. The noodles seem to be quite ordinary, although it's nice to choose the doneness. The egg is nicely half-cooked, similar to what you'll get elsewhere. The 2 slices of Cha Shu were quite large, but thinly sliced. Overall, quite decent, but not worth queuing for.

Tonkotsu Ramen Special


Tonkotsu Ramen Special With Sesame Seeds



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Update Jun-2016: The little ramen stall founded by Japanese Chef Keisuke Takeda is still going strong, and Keisuke Tonkotsu King now has expanded with 11 different concept restaurants across Singapore. Their core business however, still remains, and their ramen is as good as ever.

Keisuke Tonkotsu King Exterior


Keisuke Tonkotsu King Interior


Seating



Returning after 4 years, I'm glad that Keisuke Tonkotsu King is still consistent in the quality of their food, though prices have risen. Ambience at Keisuke Tonkotsu King is less cramped, and is now more bright and airy, though the quick casual dining concept is retained. Wooden furniture is packed closely in the small floor space, while Japanese posters and banners adorn the walls. Service at Keisuke Tonkotsu King remains partial self-service, as payment is over the counter, though ordering is done tableside. Staff are helpful and informative, able to answer questions on the various dishes. Food remains focused on tonkotsu ramen, though the range of soup base has since expanded. They now offer a greater variety of dishes on the menu. However, prices have also risen accordingly with inflation.

Menu


Menu


Menu


Menu


Table Salt, Chili Powder



They offer a variety of condiments on the side, including a small dish of sesame seeds you have to grind on your own, which releases an addictive aroma! They even have free-flow, complimentary Sauteed Bean Sprouts and Hard Boiled Eggs!

Sesame Seeds, Fried Onions, Bonito Flakes


Sauteed Bean Sprouts


Hard Boiled Eggs



The Soft Drink Wasabi Ginger Ale (SGD $3) is rather interesting, with its fizzy, carbonated, light texture, and a mostly sweet and ginger spice flavour, with a hint of sharpness from the wasabi infusion. Decent beverage.

Soft Drink Wasabi Ginger Ale (SGD $3)



Got the Tonkotsu Ramen Special King (SGD $16.90) with the normal Tonkotsu soup base, which is savoury and robust, yet not overly salty, being quite well balanced. Garnished with a large sheet of crunchy, mineral-tasting seaweed; bouncy, chewy ramen noodles; crunchy, earthy cloud ear fungus; fatty strips of savoury grilled pork yakiniku; a lean and meaty pork cha shu slice; and a wobbly eggy ajitsuke tamago / marinated soft boiled egg. Add on your own condiments, and enjoy! Good!

Tonkotsu Ramen Special King (SGD $16.90)


Tonkotsu Ramen Special King


Tonkotsu Ramen Special King



The only difference between the Tonkotsu Ramen Special King Black Spicy (SGD $17.90) and the normal version, is the addition of mayu / black roasted garlic oil, and chili. This lends the dish an incredibly fragrant, herbal garlic flavour with notes of savoury sour spicy, and a matte black colour. Slight more pricey though. Worth ordering!

Tonkotsu Ramen Special King Black Spicy (SGD $17.90)


Tonkotsu Ramen Special King Black Spicy


Tonkotsu Ramen Special King Black Spicy



The only difference between the Tonkotsu Ramen Special Red Spicy (SGD $15.90) and the normal version, is the addition of chili oil. This makes the dish fiery red in colour, and is a lot more savoury spicy and punchy, though the dish also becomes a lot more oily. Burns with good heat.

Tonkotsu Ramen Special Red Spicy (SGD $15.90)


Tonkotsu Ramen Special Red Spicy


Tonkotsu Ramen Special Red Spicy



The Gyoza (SGD $3) is supposed to be a house speciality here, but I find it to only be decent. While the dumpling skin is crisp, and the minced pork filling nicely savoury and juicy, it's not tightly packed, with small air pockets within. Worse, it's overly oily, and I feel the taste is just average, not memorable. Also, it's expensive, at SGD $1 per gyoza pork meat dumpling. Will not order again.

Gyoza (SGD $3)


Gyoza






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