Tori King – New Menu Launched in Celebration of 4th Anniversary
With numerous outlets in Singapore, each with its own specialty dishes, it’s no wonder Ramen Keisuke became the biggest ramen chain here. To celebrate its 4th anniversary at Tori King, chef-owner Mr. Keisuke Takeda has curated a new menu. Chef Keisuke is known to be one of the early pioneers that reinvented and reintroduced ramen with chicken stock base. His new menu is crafted based on his insights of the local market and customized according to his customers’ tastes and preferences.
My favourite is Tori King Ramen Clear Soup (from $11), made with Japanese “Dashi” broth. It is a combination of edible kelp and shavings of preserved, fermented skipjack tuna. The broth harmonizes the flavour and creates the best Unami for a clear soup base. I usually have a heavy lunch followed by a light dinner so Tori King Ramen Clear Soup is perfect for me. The broth is light yet, still so tasty and we slurped everything down, till the last drop. I’m already planning to return for this dish as it’s the rainy season, making the cold weather perfect for ramen.
My dining partner, on the other hand, prefers a heartier meal and he likes a stronger and more flavoursome broth. Needless to say, his favourite is Tori King Tan Tan Mien Ultra Super Rich (from $14.90). Tan Tan Mien is a popular ramen in Japan that is heavily influenced by Chinese noodle. You can expect a rich creamy soup base with white sesame paste and Keisuke’s special chilli oil. Corianders are added as a finishing touch to give the dish an Asian flavour. I found this too rich and too creamy but my dining partner enjoyed each mouthful.
We also tried Tori King Dry Noodle Maze Soba (from $12.90), which is the first dry noodles by Ramen Keisuke. Mixing minced pork meat with different types of nuts gave this dish a different flavour and texture. Chef Keisuke also added a splash of his original spicy sauce and vinegar for a unique touch. If you love spicy food, this fiery bowl is bound to satisfy as it packs a really good punch!
There is also Tori King Dipping Noodle Tsuke Men (from $12.90). You get a bowl of dry noodles served with a small bowl of rich gravy on the side. Simply dip or soak the noodles in the gravy before adding chilli sauce for that perfect finish. You can taste the natural sweetness of the chicken meat and its tenderness from this dish and I really love the flavoured eggs. After trying quite a number of ramen restaurants in Singapore, I feel that Ramen Keisuke’s flavoured eggs are still the best done!
Besides noodles, Tori King has introduced the Roasted Chicken Meat Ball as a topping ($1). Two different types of minced chicken meat are blended with Yuzu skin and roasted at a high heat. Bite into the tender, juicy meat that finishes with a refreshing zing! Chef Keisuke is also passionate about helping the underprivileged, especially the youth. Therefore, he will donate a dollar for every sale of Green Tea Cola from 1 to 30 November 2016. Due to the rainy season, we’re pretty sure everyone craves a comforting, warm bowl of ramen so be there early to avoid a long waiting time.
Ramen Keisuke Tori King
Address: #03-15, 100 Tras Street, 100AM (Amara Hotel), Singapore 079027
Phone: 6255 2928
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am to 3pm (lunch) and 5.30pm to 10pm (dinner). Sat&Sun 11.30am to 10pm. Opens daily except Chinese New Year.
Note: This is an invited tasting.