I love all kinds of men, especially raMEN. I think it is rare for any of us to have experienced getting some change back from a $10 bill when having ramen right? Not in Singapore, not in Japan either. Takagi Ramen Shop probably is THE only place you’d be able to get 2 bowls of ramen with that red note in your wallet.
Takagi Ramen Shop – TRS, hmmm.. That acronym sounds damn familiar, doesn’t it? TRS.. TRS… Oh! The Real Singapore. It was not too long ago when there was a big hoo-ha about this sociopolitical website we all loved sharing on Facebook, and now they are back. Back… Selling ramen?
Named after one of the editors of the TRS duo, Takagi, TRS prides themselves in making “Ramen for the Average Singaporean”. It’s probably named after her because her family actually runs a ramen chain in Australia! Wow? Besides the Ang Mo Kio outlet we visited, they’ve got 2 other stalls in both campuses of NUS – the Bukit Timah campus and in Prince George’s Park Residences, or NUS students fondly know as PGP.
With their ramen prices ranging from $4.50 to $6.50, how did they fare? Got standard not? Read on to find out mroe
Nestled within the AMK neighborhood, a 5-minute walk away from Ang Mo Kio MRT lies Takagi Ramen – right at the corner within Broadway coffee shop at Block 721. Block 721 is located just beside the ulu Dijitsun mall.
This is the coffee shop. This is the stall. You know why the picture like so ugly? Cause is not I take one. HAHAHA! But yes, this is how they look like. I heard Takagi draws a long line in both their stalls in NUS! We didn’t encounter any while we were there at the AMK stall though!
We ordered the Takagi Ramen and Black Tonkotsu Ramen with egg, as well as a plate of gyoza! All these just cost us $16! It’s pretty amazing already, because I can only get a bowl of ramen with that price usually! Haha! Did I mention with that price, you still get a one-time noodle refill?!
Takagi Ramen ($5.50)
This is the one with the usual Tonkotsu pork broth! We thought the broth could do better if it was thicker and more flavorful. There was no sweetness from the pork broth cutting through the noodles that is usually the comforting factor in a bowl of ramen, for me. The chashu was not too bad, and rather generous for its price. Not the best but it’s pretty worth it. While the noodles, it’s like meekia lor. A little disappointing but I’d say that’s because my tastebuds have been spoilt by the amount of ramen I ate in Japan. I miss the springy textures that makes you wanna finish the entire bowl even if you feel fat.
Umm also, we were left feeling pretty thirsty after our meal, so by flavorful… We don’t mean MSG.
Black Tonkotsu ($6.50) The egg came out better than I expected. Not bad not bad. Haha! This one was the one with the additional charred garlic oil. Understandably a little saltier as compared to the normal tonkotsu broth. Just didn’t quite like the powdery powdery feeling I get after every mouthful of broth. Otherwise it was pretty okay. Also, they might want to get crunchier bamboo shoots or something, because their black fungus and bamboo shoots all drowned with the broth and the textures in this bowl were just flat.
Tastewise it was okay. More fillings would be appreciated, cause I didn’t quite like biting into just flour. For $3, I really can’t complain much but on the bright side, it’s very crunchy lor. Hahaha!
I guess TRS has delivered what it has promised – Ramen for the Average Singaporeans. Assuming that the average Singaporean doesn’t eat ramen a lot and just want to drink tonkotsu broth with noodles when they crave for ramen. Haha! Honestly, I didn’t think the food was very bad lah. It was really acceptable. If you’re looking for something filling, or craving for ramen, this might satisfy your tastebuds! Save more money than going to some local-ish mehhhh ramen chains.
Somemore this one got ONE TIME free refill of noodles hor. Although I thought the noodles provided were already more than enough! It’s worth a try in my opinion, and maybe even a return visit when the stars align, i.e. I crave for ramen and I’m in the area.
For more budget eats, you guys should check out this post to get more bang for your buck while cafehopping – 11 cafes to go on a BUDGET!
How to get there?
721 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
Daily; 11am to 10pm