Ichiran to serve famous ramen at pop-up stall in Japan Food Matsuri
Slurping a bowl of tonkotsu-based ramen is just an hour-flight away as cult ramen chain Ichiran will be setting up a pop-up stall at the Japan Food Matsuri event at Takashimaya Square in Singapore from October 3 to 20. But be prepared to brave the crowd – only 700 servings will be sold daily, each priced at S$12 (RM37).
There’s a small caveat though. The ramen will not be quite the same as what is offered at its restaurants. The ‘New York Limited’ instant ramen – consisting of noodles, green onions, kikurage (wood ear) mushroom and the brand’s signature spicy seasoning – will be served instead. We’re also sad to report that there will be no chashu added to the mix.
To replicate the famous solo-dining experience pioneered by the ramen chain, the pop-up will set up a similar setting with individual seats and side shutters in case you want to dine or appreciate your hard-earned noodles privately.
Those who missed out on the experience can purchase its ramen kit instead. Ichiran has allocated 200 boxes for purchase every day, with each box containing three packets of noodles at S$35 (RM106).
Started in Fukuoka in the 1960s, Ichiran now boasts 75 locations in Japan, with a handful of outlets in New York, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The Singaporean outing at the Japan Food Matsuri is part of the third edition of the annual ramen festival Ramen Revolution.
Sample the award-winning Ramen Keisuke, even while you’re in the air
Passengers on Singapore Airlines’ (SIA) Business Class and First Class will be able to enjoy Ramen Keisuke’s special offerings on selected flights starting October 1 via 'Book the Cook'.
Founded by celebrity chef Keisuke Takeda, the restaurant is known to have revolutionised the traditional ramen scene in Japan and Singapore. He was also named Ramen Champion at the 2011 Tokyo Ramen Championships.
The following speciality dishes will be available on rotation:
Keisuke Tonkotsu Ramen: Creamy pork broth with sliced pork, cloud ear fungus and spring onion.
Keisuke Lobster Ramen: Rich lobster broth with sliced chicken, bamboo shoot, cloud ear fungus, leek and yuzu.
Keisuke Miso Ramen: Hearty miso flavoured pork broth with sliced pork, cloud ear fungus and spring onion.
Keisuke Niboshi Ramen: Smoky dried sardine and pork broth with sliced pork, fish cake, bamboo shoot and spring onion.
Keisuke’s noodles are famous for its chewy texture, which is achieved from perfect blanching time. As for the meat, the chicken remains tender by using the sous vide method, while its high quality pork is sourced from Spain.
“For the first time, Ramen Keisuke’s signature ramens will be served to customers at 30,000 feet, bringing the taste of authentic Japanese comfort food from the ground to the air,” says Takeda.