This week, we introduce yet another new foodie friend – Deputy Features Editor & Food reviewer from TODAY newspaper, Don Mendoza! And while his bio reveals a refined eye and taste for all things delicious, he confesses that he’s all about value-for-money foods that connect you to familiar, comforting flavours (nostalgia is the best ingredient in any dish), that can be enjoyed casually with the whole family. Keeping these points in mind, Don’s first recommendation for us is a big, satisfying bowl of Japanese noodles from Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King — Matsuri.
Ramen King & chef-owner of the wildly popular Tonkotsu King and Tori King brands, Keisuke Takeda, has taken his in-demand noodles and broths to Parkway Parade, so Easties, rejoice! There’s a reason for the ridiculous queues at mealtimes and this few-months-old outlet is no different – fantastic noodles & really tasty broth = long lines!
Now, we could get into a huge debate about where to find the best ramen in Singapore, so rest assured this is by no means a definitive recommendation, but a recent discovery that really impressed. For Don, his favourite ramen are all pork-based – that hits the spot all the time because the fat means flavour! The stock is seasoned and cooked to a rich, thick consistency, resulting in a broth that is slightly sweet and really creamy in texture. Your bowl of ramen noodles is dressed with Sukiyaki pork and raw egg yolk, which you then break and mix into the already creamy broth. What you get is an even richer, thicker, fuller broth that’s just incredible.
This restaurant doesn’t take reservations, so be prepared to queue during peak hours! But we reckon all that waiting will only heighten the anticipation and the eventual reward!
Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King – Matsuri
#B1-18A Parkway Parade
80 Marine Parade Road
Open Daily: 11.30am to 10pm