Monday, 16 May 2016

Kanshoku Ramen Bar, Truffle Ramen @ Orchard Gateway

With two outlets in Singapore, Kanshoku Ramen is committed to serving fresh, healthy and tasty ramen. Kanshoku in Japanese also means 'to finish eating every last bit of your food', and the folks are serious about making sure everyone finishes their bowl of ramen. Kanshoku is founded in 2014 locally by close friends Melvin and Brendon.



The ramen bar outlet at Orchard Central is slightly smaller in space and displays a shoe-box sized kitchen within. Other than ramen, the local brand serves an extensive menu that offers a range of sides and rice dishes.



We actually tried all the six different types of ramen at Kanshoku and first, here's the Signature Kanshoku Ramen $13.90. Kanshoku produce fresh Hakata style ramen in-house daily which takes about two hours to do so. I personally like Hakata noodles for ramen as it's typically thin and crunchier in texture. This bowl of Kanshoku ramen is tonkotsu broth which requires over 12 hours of work. It wasn't too rich or light for me, just the right taste.


If you like your ramen spicy, the Spicy Tonkotsu Ramen $14.90 could be for you. I personally don't fancy spiciness in my ramen as it overpowers the fragrance of the tonkotsu broth. Nonetheless, some of my homies like it for it adds a fiery oomph to the ramen. Note that all the toppings are the same for all ramen.


One of my favorite broth here is this Black Garlic Ramen $14.90. Folks who enjoy that hint of garlicky flavour will find this bowl of ramen delectable. Finishes with some burnt garlic oil enhance the taste further and it's pretty good.


If the spicy tonkotsu ramen has no kick on you, try the Flaming Hot Tonkotsu Ramen $14.90. This fiery broth kicks in after a few mouthful of soup. Damn, it's flaming for me but quite shiok actually.


For something heavier on the palate, you may consider the Shoyu Ramen $13.90. This brown broth is flavored with soy sauce (shoyu) and usually made of chicken soup. The toppings and noodle used here are the same on all ramen.


Truffle Ramen $16.90 for the hipsters and all you people who loves all things truffle. The hakata ramen noodles are serve chilled and tossed with truffle oil, then topped with shaved black truffle, slices of torched char shu and egg. This bowl of rendition brings ramen to a whole new level and interestingly I love the overall combination. While some may find the truffle aroma overwhelming to difficult to enjoy.


Besides ramen, they have rice options too such as this Char Shu Donburi $13.90. Besides the ramen, I would highly recommend this dish. These slices of char shu were nicely torched and marinate, then topped on a bed of savory-sweet rice. Honestly, it was almost a perfect bowl of donburi, would love to have an onsen egg though 🍚 


We tried some of the sides that is available here at Kanshoku, such as Black Truffle Edamame $5.90, Prawn Gyoza $5.90, Chicken Karaage $6.90, Nagoya Chicken Wings $6.90 etc.


Kanshoku is located in the hearts of Orchard Road if you wish to have a bowl of hearty ramen. The portion is just right for one, not too jerlat towards the end. I will be back for the truffle ramen and char shu donburi actually, the sides on the other hand need more work though (besides the truffle edamame). Some truffle madness going on here.


Kanshoku Ramen Bar
277 Orchard Road
#01-06 Orchard Gateway
Singapore 238858
Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm
Tel: 6384 4770


*This was an invited media tasting.
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