I found these photos lying in my album from months back. Not sure why I didn’t post them nor blog about Ramen Champion, when it was quite an experience. The ramen was not the best I’ve had, but they were sure refreshing in a way that showed me ramen is not just soup-based. Yup, there is a type of dry ramen where you dip the noodles into the soup-base before eating.
The interior was very Japanese themed (obviously), but to all that wood situated in a corner of Bugis+ makes it sort of a getaway from surrounding concrete buildings. Ramen Champion is a congregation of 8 best ramen chefs to battle to be the most popular Ramen Chef/Ramen Champion in Singapore. It’s been ongoing since 2011, looks like they are dead serious on this competition!
The stalls are designed to be like individual standalone stalls, where each chef can do his wonder. Sometimes it can turn out to be a popularity contest to see which has the best banners and pictures for luring customers.
Mori Soba; it’s really a cross between soba and ramen! The way you eat it is the same as the way you eat soba. The soup-base is really thick and creamy. A little too rich, I feel. The noodle, thicker than usual ramen, is firm and bouncy. The broth is also very tasty, yet very salty that it is almost impossible to drink it on its own like a soup.
Another acclaimed delectable choice – Black Ramen, casually named after the colour of its broth. It tastes like shoyu (soy sauce), no doubt. Perhaps Japanese find this interesting, but even for Hammy, who is Hokkien (Hokkien people love really salty stuff), finds it a little too weird for his liking. To quote him, it is like mixing soy sauce into soup noodles!
This was what Mei Hung had – a reliable bowl of Special Miso Ramen, cuz she was craving for corn! -_-“‘ But she made a right choice, because I felt the soup base was the best among the 3 bowls of ramen we had. The Chashu is soft and literally melts in the mouth. Everything was just rightly put together.
Ramen Champion serves really big portions, and by the time we were done, we were filled to the brim and sadly could not finish some of the dipping noodles. What a pity, looking at this now makes me salivate. I want to go back there to try the rest of the ramen stalls from the other ramen chefs!
Ramen Champion is located at:
Bugis+ #04 – 10
201 Victoria Street
(Near BUGIS MRT Station)