Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Battle Continues : Ramen Champion at Bugis+

I've been bitten by the ramen bug! 

It has been months and every now and then I'd continue to crave of a bowl of piping hot, al dente ramen noodles! Guess this ramen craze of mine will go on for a little while longer... after all, Singapore is literally bursting is a lot of good ramen shops and it's just so hard to say no to all of them. As they say... if you can't beat them, join them! So, here I am spreading the ramen love to one and all. ♥

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When our friends J and A came to visit us a month ago, Paul and I excitedly met up with them at Ramen Champion in Bugis+ Mall. It's just perfect that J and A are such fun foodies to be with so we happily tried a couple of bowls of ramen that evening until we finally declared the winner.

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Ramen Champion is a cool restaurant concept wherein it has a number of ramen stalls inside one main establishment. As you enter, you are given a card which you'll have to present upon ordering your choice of ramen. The payment will then be done at the exit after you've enjoyed your meal. The one in Bugis+ has about 6 ramen stalls so we carefully went around before making our individual choices.

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As I was going around, I spotted Buta God which specializes in pork ramen. What makes it so unique is that instead of serving the regular melt-in-your-mouth chasiu, its ramen bowl comes with thinly sliced pork belly and poached egg bringing up its umaminess to a whole new level. All it took was a quick glance at the menu and I was sold! I got the Pork God Ramen (S$15) which had sukiyaki-like pork slices served with ramen noodles.

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Oh, it was h-e-a-v-e-n-l-y. The pork belly strips were so tender and sweet, the soup broth was so creamy and rich and the ramen was perfectly al dente. I happily shared this with Paul, J and A and they all gave their two thumbs up too. I'm definitely going back for more.

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A tried the Tonkotsu Butter Corn Ramen (S$13.50) from Gantetsu. This was delicious too and perfect for those who wants the traditional creamy and buttery taste of tonkotsu ramen.

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J, on the other hand, went for the Ajitama Ramen (S$14.50) which was Bario's specialty. I have to say, they were very generous with their serving of chasiu as you can see if basically covers half of J's huge ramen bowl.

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Paul also went for Buta God after having a slurp of my soup broth and tried the Special Chicken with Ramen (S$15). It's an interesting creation of thinly sliced pork strips with chunks of Chicken Karaage. A bit too oily for my taste but it was quite good, nonetheless.

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I also made sure that our guests are really filled to the brim with all the yummy dishes so I also got a couple of plates of Deep Fried Crispy Gyoza (S$5) from Buta God for us to share. Sadly, I wasn't too happy with this one as I'm not a big fan of deep-fried dumplings or gyoza. I would have preferred that they served this pan-fried or steamed instead.

Ramen Champion is such a fun place to go to for all ramen fans out there. Since these 6 ramen stalls are competing against each other, patrons are then asked to submit their vote at the exit. Of course, my vote went to Buta God for this particular visit. I'll be back to try more!

Ramen Champion is located at the 4th level of Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street, Singapore (MRT Station: Bugis). Call them at 6238-1011. They also have a branch at Great World City and Changi Airport Terminal 3. 

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