Is chicken the king? At least at Ramen Keisuke Tori King where chicken broth ramen reigns, the answer is "yes".
Though the outlet at Tanjong Pagar's 100AM has been around for 4 years and is not new anymore (we like to check out new places), it succeeded in tempting us back with a revamped menu that was recently launched on 14th November.
Chicken ramen tends to be lighter in taste, thus making it suitable for diners who are looking for cleaner flavors. The new menu features fresh interpretations of the well-loved dish, from clear to spicy soup base, as well as dry and tsukemen versions.
PinkyPiggu always says RaMen is the best kind of Men. Haha really?
What never fails to amaze is the creativity and drive of chef-owner, Mr Keisuke Takeda.
Always bringing new concepts and bold flavors to a humble noodle dish, the healthy throngs of diners at most of his outlets including Kani King (Orchard Cineleisure), Matsuri (Parkway Parade), and Four Seasons (Bugis Village) is the best testament of how popular his ramen are.
The new menu at Tori King is based on his insights of the local market and customizing it according to customer's taste and preference.
A basic bowl starts from $11, and goes up to $19.90 if you want to add flavored egg or all toppings such as chicken chashu, chicken meatballs and seaweed.
I don't know if it's an age thing or what, but the Tori King Ramen - Clear (from $11) resonated very well with our maturing tastebud's preference for a lighter taste.
Made with Japanese dashi broth, each sip was clean yet flavorsome with hints of refreshing yuzu. The hearty chunk of chicken drumstick and thigh was tender and tasty. Noodles were of just the right thickness for some very enjoyable slurping action.
The Tori King Tan Tan Mien - Standard (from $13.90) uses slightly thicker noodles and is very similar to Chinese Tan Tan noodles. White sesame seed paste and clear chicken soup are blended together with Keisuke's special chili oil for added depth to the creamy broth, while coriander imparted fragrance and an Asian touch. That note of spiciness was ideal in providing a fiery kick without being too overwhelming.
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Pushing the standard tan tan mien to the extreme, the bolder Tori King Tan Tan Mien - Ultra Super Rich (from $14.90) is born.
Intensely rich, creamy, and spicy, it was a tad excessive for us but we were told there are diners who prefer this version. They must be the daredevils. We much prefer the standard bowl which has more balance.
Equally heavy is the spicy Tori King Dry Noodle - Maze Soba (from $12.90). The first thing that hit me was that familiar vinegar aroma reminiscent of our local bak chor mee. The firm, flat and slightly broader noodles are tossed with minced pork and nuts for a pleasing overall textural bite. Utterly strong in flavors, I akin this to mee pok on steroids. Quite a pity PinkyPiggu could not get beyond two mouthful as it was too greasy and surfeit for her liking.
The Tori King Dipping Noodle - Tsukemen (from $12.90) should be another crowd-pleaser too especially on warmer days. Simply dip the dry noodles in the accompanying gravy, or add some chili for more satisfaction.
Ramen certainly makes for a quick and affordable meal, and the offerings at Tori King provided exactly that. Furthermore, it's delicious! With the revamped menu, it gives both regulars and newcomers exciting new items to try.
So is RaMen the best kind of Men? I think I'm better (lol!!!), but Tori King Ramen is definitely one of the best.
Ramen Keisuke Tori King
Address: 100AM, 100 Tras Street, #03-15, Singapore 079027
Contact: +65 6255 2928
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am-3pm & 5:30pm-10pm / Sat & Sun 11:30am-10pm
Prices are (1) Stated in Singapore dollars (2) Subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST (3) Correct at point of published date.
* Written by BFF, a guy who is desperately trying to find a balance while lost in the world of sights, sound and taste.
* Edited with additional inputs by PinkyPiggu
* Photos by PinkyPiggu