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March 19, 2012

The Ultimate Ramen Champion 2011: Gantetsu

RAMEN SHOWDOWN PART 4: Gantetsu at Ramen Champion, Iluma

Gantetsu: 3 times winner of ramen champion in Sapporo

Miso soup base. Curly noodles. Ginger paste. Cha shu. Egg. Bamboo shoots. Beansprouts. Seaweed. Spring onions. Combine all the above and you will get the Cha Shu Men (SGD15) from Gantetsu, the winner of ramen champion in Sapporo (the city of ramen) for three consecutive years. Gantetsu means stubbornness in Japanese; the chef’s stubbornness in using only the freshest ingredients for his ramen.

Ramen crazy

Steady following

My ramen, said to be the No.1 most popular item at Gantetsu, was visually pleasing and had me feeling more excited about digging in. Compared to all the six ramen stalls, I found this ramen the most conventional; the miso broth was well balanced with a sharp accent from the ginger paste. The soup – which was boiled for six hours – tasted mildly buttery but like the broth at Ippudo, I wasn’t very impressed.

Nice presentation, tender chashu but sadly...overcooked egg.

The cha shu had very little fat but it was surprisingly tender and flavoursome. I liked that the portion of pork was generous. The curly yellow noodles were cooked just right and had a lovely chewiness in every bite. I enjoyed the textural play from the bamboo shoots, beansprouts and seaweed as well.

Curly yellow ramen

Like the egg from Bario, Gantetsu’s Ajitsuke Tamago suffered the same fate – it was overdone and had no molten centre. Overall, the ramen was decent but it’s not something I’d order again. This would be an ideal choice for those who want a good balanced broth. I like my ramen broth porky so this didn’t fly with me.

Other ramen posts:
Yoshimaru Ramen Bar
Ippudo at Mandarin Gallery
Bario Ramen (contender for The Ultimate Ramen Champion 2011)

Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 5/10
Food: 6/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Good chashu and springy noodles, but the broth was missing the fatty essence from the swine.

Gantetsu
(Ramen Champion at Iluma)
201 Victoria Street
#04-08/09/10 Iluma (near Bugis MRT)
Tel: 6238 1011
Opening Hours: 11.30 am – 10.30 pm daily
Website: http://www.ramenchampion.com.sg/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theultimateramenchampion2011

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19 Responses

  1. ulric

    Did u n Rif managed to try Santouka Hokkaido Ramen last weekend?…

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hehehe….wait for the review! ;)

        1. Bangsar Babe

          Waaaa….!! How was it? Good?

          1. ulric

            Good…their Sausage n Bacon Chunks pasta was d bomb along with the Pork n Pine Nut Sausage Roll in puff pastry =)

            Prices are reasonable, portions are big (for my standard ya :P) and service was excellent…no corkage for wine bought from BIG Independent Grocer :D

          2. Bangsar Babe

            Sounds like I have to go there soon. Better do extra time in the gym first. :P

          3. ulric

            U better as I bet u will order their Hickory Smoked BBQ Pork Ribs rightaway…12-ribs of smoky goodness for RM72..hehe :P

          4. Bangsar Babe

            That’s very reasonable. Now you’re making me hungry. -_-

  2. you call this a champion??? hmmm

    1. i meant “you” as in “they”. sorry

      1. Bangsar Babe

        Yeah…I guess it’s a matter of preference. Wasn’t my kind of ramen. -_-

  3. Yeah the ‘champions’ somehow either when they come to SG the quality drops, or it’s just not quite the same to our taste buds. Not sure if you went to Keisuke over in Parco, he’s supposedly TV Tokyo’s Ramen King but I don’t find the ramen there anything special also.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hmmm…I guess you have a point. But it wasn’t bad ramen. It just wasn’t as great as I expected lo.

  4. Wow how many ramen meals did u have in Sg?

  5. on the plus side, it does look like they’re pretty generous with the cha siu :D

    1. Bangsar Babe

      True! Hehehe

  6. I like d egg too…Perfectly cook….
    I don’t know why tat I m not so fancy of Japanese ramen…
    Mayb is bcoz tat I go to japs restaurant I always go for sushi n sashimi….

    1. Bangsar Babe

      You and me both. I guess that’s because a lot of ramen in KL are pork-free.

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