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March 20, 2012

The Ultimate Ramen Champion 2011 – Ikkousha

RAMEN SHOWDOWN PART 5: Ikkousha at Ramen Champion, Iluma

Enter...the kingdom of pork

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.

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Hakata Ajitama Ramen

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.

Springy ramen noodles

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.

I didn't waste a drop!

That said, this was pretty good and I was undecided on whether I like this or Bario’s thick, manly ramen better.

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

Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 5/10
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.

Ikkousha
(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


12 Responses

  1. wow can you eat any more ramen after all that!!

    1. Bangsar Babe

      I couldn’t eat more ramen after that dinner. But I went back for more two days later! :D

  2. I wish we could have such place with so many choices of ramen restaurant under one hub and if the prices all is in RM, I can have ramen everyday =.=”. I think that pay RM20+ for a ramen here is quite overpriced >.<

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Me too. Ramen is expensive here and the portion is smaller. :(

  3. i’m sure that after these challenges, you won’t want to go near any ramen already…

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Actually no lor. I went for ramen in KL 2 days after this. Lol

  4. I like the smoky flavour in a soup.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      You’ll like this too! :)

  5. i think i’d be slurping the entire bowl up that way too! but gosh, it’s so painstaking to prepare ramen broth, eh. imagine having to do all that boiling for 12 hours at home. wonder how the housewives a century ago had the patience for it! :D

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hence the reason why people dream of marrying a Japanese wife. rif included. :P

  6. am freezing my very cold aquarium and the bowl of ramen is so delightful. the soup…i would happily down the whole bowl. *grrrr i am so cold*

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Aiyo…poor you! Cannot switch off the AC ah?

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