Buta Kin @ Beauty World – Ramen For Less Than $10
What determines a good bowl of ramen? The noodles? The soup? The ingredients? I think it’s a combination of all that. In Orchard Road, we have got the world’s only Michelin-starred ramen eatery Tsuta. Here in Bukit Timah, we have a new ramen hawker stall Buta Kin selling ramen for less than $10!
Located at Beauty World Food Centre, Buta Kin offers quite a huge variety for a hawker – 5 types of ramen/udon dishes and 4 different Japanese curry dishes. Most of the items are less than $6, it’s really quite a good deal especially for foodies who crave for an affordable bowl of ramen.
We went for the Special Tonkotsu Ramen ($6.90) – the most expensive item on the menu with a choice of ramen or udon. Each bowl comes with 3 slices of pork belly, black fungus, soft boiled egg and seaweed, quite a generous serving I would say. The charred pork belly was pretty good, not meltingly tender but comes with a good bite and marinade. Soft boiled egg was done well too with a custard like egg yolk. However, the pork broth was a little weak on our day of visit and the noodles had a texture that was relatively similar to Chinese la mian. Not complaining hor, just managing expectations here.
We also ordered the Tonkotsu Black ($6) which I thought would be more flavourful because of the garlic oil. But sadly, it didn’t lift up the flavours a single bit. The ingredients here are similar to the tonkatsu ramen. Of course, being a hawker stall, you can’t expect ingredients to be premium nor can you expect noodles to be handmade from scratch. But, I believe they will do better if they can improve on their pork broth (i.e. simmer longer to bring out the rich depth of flavour).
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah, Beauty World Food Centre #04-41, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 11am - 9pm daily
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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