Ramen Champion Singapore

Six ramen champions battle it out, Singapore style

12 July, 2011 by

Ramen lovers rejoice! Since the start of this month, Illuma Bugis has become the battlefield to the start of the Ramen Champion Singapore 2011. As far as I know, these kind of events are held regularly in Tokyo. But for the first time in Singapore, they have decided to test out if the concept works out for Singaporeans too. Looks like Singapore’s Ramen boom is not going to die down anytime soon.

Battle Royale.

So, what are the choices? Six great bowls of Ramen from various award winning and insanely famous shops in Japan. To keep the introduction simple: Jiro-style Ramen from Bario. Tonkotsu Ramen from Ikkousha. Shoyu Ramen from Menya Iroha. Miso Ramen from Gantetsu. Two different styles of Tsukemen from TETSU and Taishoken.

For one year starting this July, these 6 different Ramen names will each have a stall where they will exhibit and sell their signature Ramens among other Japanese specialties. All diners will cast their votes to determine a winner, which is based on sales takings, vote counts via SMS, Facebook and onsite voting.

Pictures says a thousand words, so I’ll just let the pictures give a more convincing overview.

From top Bario, Gantetsu, Ikkousha.

From top, Menya Iroha, Taishoken, TETSU.

Before you wonder. Yes, all the stalls are opened by the original owners from Japan who have specially flown over to oversee the first few weeks of operation. In fact, almost all the staff working on the food are Japanese, probably the disciples of the Ramen chef. So taste wise, it is a guaranteed 100% authentic Japanese Ramen flavor.

For some it might take a little effort to get accustomed to, but I rather not have it the other way. That is to have the shops alter their recipes to cater to our taste buds.

Ramen Champion Singapore 2011 is housed in the old compound of the now defunct Ebisuboshi-Shotengai restaurant. The place is rather spacious and could accommodate hundreds of people dining at the same time. A great spot for large groups to simply chill and enjoy Ramen. Like Marche, one gets a card when entering the Ramen Champion compound that will be used for ordering any food and drinks inside.

Similar to Marche, a card is used for ordering your food.

Proceed to your favorite store to make orders.

All the staff are Japanese, but there's no problem communicating in ramen-speak.

Beepers are given if there's a waiting time for your ramen.

Collect your ramen, and enjoy your food at either the counter tables or one of the numerous tables.

Having visited the place numerous times and even on the opening day itself. I could see that business is now slowly and steadily increasing. But still, I want to do my part to spread the Ramen love.

This marks the end of a simple introduction to the basis of Ramen Champion 2011. There will be upcoming follow up posts to introduce each different stall with finer details, so stay tuned!

Addicted to film, Yan shoots with a black Nikon Fm3a. For special occasions, Yan shoots with a Mamiya Sekor TLR.