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[FOOD REVIEW] Ramen Champion

Hi!

Was invited to a food tasting at Ramen Champion at Bugis+, to specially try the competitive ramens prided by two Japanese ramen masters. They fought, they battled, and competed - all the in the will of winning the Tonkotsu Ramen Champion title. Contenders are Mendokoro Aoi, headed by chef Kazuo Sakuraoka - with his weapon of springy ramen in his special broth that it light and does not contain the smell of pork bones, and Tonkotsu Itto, owned by Tokyo's number 1 ramen shop Menya Itto (this is the first branch outside Japan, btw!) - which stands by the traditional recipe of Tonkotsu ramen. Customers were given the power of a vote in deciding the fate of the titans, so who will emerge champion?

P/s: I don't know how to take nice pictures of food. Please do not mind :/ I have no sense of angles and like getting straight to the point :P


We were served an appetizer first, which is the Prawn Dipping Sauce with Crackers ($4) from Mendokoro Aoi. I loved it! Japanese crackers go really well with this prawny mayo-ny onion-y sauce. I loved how the different ingredients inside provided an explosion of textures too :)

Special Tonkotsu Ramen ($16.50) from Tonkotsu Itto! Idk but I didn't have much feels towards this. It tasted normal like other ramens, and I was hoping that there would be a better flavour to the broth or special texture to it. Still a good dish, but not as good as what I'm about to show you :P

Tonkotsu - Ramen Champion ($16.50) from Mendokoro Aoi! I love this! The meat slices are lovely and tender and the broth is super flavourful! The broth is probably flavoured by boiled pork and bones but it does not taste overly salty or thick - it was the right amount of thickness and fragrance a soup base should have. Everything goes well together, and is truly to my taste. And the egg! Loves! Okay, this is a very sinful dish with the generous succulent fatty char shu and thick fragrant broth, but it was well worth the calories! Why didn't I feel an ounce of guilt at all? >:)

I think both the ramen contained the same ingradients (noodles, bamboo shoots, char shu, an egg and some spring onions) but the broths made a world of difference. My opinions are judged from my tastebuds, and it you may have a different opinion. I'd still recommend the Tonkotsu - Ramen Champion from Mendokoro Aoi :P

Ramen overloaded

We also had gyoza ($6) from Tonkotsu Itto! An absolute must-try when you dine there, because it is one of the best dishes that night. I think it was pork inside. Japanese love their pork huh? Its okay, I love my pork too :3

Char shu Carpaccio ($7) from Mendokoro Aoi. To begin with, I can't take very spicy food so yeah, I don't eat Carpaccio dishes at all after trying it once. This was pretty spicy but my friends seemed to love it. I took a small bite in fear of the spice :P

Garlic Butter Potato ($5) from Mendokoro Aoi. This was yums!!! It is fragrant, buttery, garlicky potato wedges topped with fish flakes. The potatoes were boiled I think, very soft and well marinated. Definitely a party-pleaser dish for sharing among friends.. or you can have it all by yourself if you aren't full with the ramen yet.

Deep-fried tofu with Japanese sauce ($4) from Mendokoro Aoi. Frankly, it tastes just like all the other fried Japanese tofu out there. Not better and definitely not worse. I liked how the skin absorbed the sauce, makes every mouth very flavourful :D

And lastly, Sukiyaki Bun ($3 each) from Buta God. Thank you Buta God, for such an amazing dish. You are truly the Buta God. This was my favourite side dish of the night! *confetti* the pork was so succulent like no other I've tried. Even without the need for much sauce or garnish, it tastes so good. The bun is sweet, just like all the other mantou buns. How can pork taste so effortlessly awesome?! I must go back for this! Must!

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Ramen Champion is a restaurant a la foodcourt style that houses the most popular, delicious and authentic ramen and other Japanese food from Japan. I like the style this restaurant operates - you get to savour the best of Japan in one place! They are currently one of the largest ramen operations in Singapore, satisfying over a million customers in its two branches at Bugis+ and Changi Airport. They are opening a new branch at Great World City to spread more ramen goodness to you! Are they really that awesome? I tried it and I believed it. You should too!


Interior was designed like Japan's traditional ramen houses.

For more information, visit Ramen Champion Singapore at www.ramenchampion.com.sg or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RamenChampionSingapore. P/s. they are running a big-eater contest too. Check out their site for more information!

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