RAMEN SHOWDOWN PART 5: Ikkousha at Ramen Champion, Iluma
Like Yoshimaru and Ippudo, Ikkousha (the champion ramen chain in Toyama) serves Hakata-style ramen that comes with thin flat cut noodles, cha shu, black fungus, spring onions, egg and pure pork bone soup with no shio, shoyu or miso. The soup is cooked for 12 hours and the pork bones are changed every few hours to achieve a rich and tasty broth.
My bowl of the Hakata Ajitama Ramen (SGD13 – regular) smelt delicious. It looked unctuous and rich, and I knew I was about to enter the kingdom of pork. The claim that the soup had no strong pork bones smell wasn’t exactly true. While it had no unpleasant strong smell, the broth was cloudy and dense from the pork bones; in a good way of course. Each sip had a meaty, smoky and nutty flavour. The egg was nicely flavoured with almost firm whites and a gooey centre.
I liked the thinly sliced cha shu – flavourful, not overly fatty and cooked till tender perfection. The meat fell apart at the prod of my chopsticks. I slightly regretted my decision of not opting for the bowl with more cha shu. The thin noodles were justly firm and springy; a delight to eat. I still prefer the ramen at Yoshimaru to this because the former had ground sesame seeds to complement the porky broth.
That said, this was pretty good and I was undecided on whether I like this or Bario’s thick, manly ramen better.
Food: 7/10 (non halal)
Verdict: I liked the porkiness of the broth and the noodles were perfectly al dente. Go for the version with extra cha shu.
(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