October is a great month for ramen lovers! Not only do we have the legendary Ichiran Ramen’s pop-up stall and an abundance of other famed ramen booths setting up shop at Takashimaya’s Japan Food Matsuri, there is also the new “Ichiran-inspired” Gangsta Ramen at Tanjong Pagar Plaza.
What sets Gangsta Ramen apart from the usual ramen restaurants in Singapore is that they are the first place in Singapore to emulate Ichiran Ramen’s private ramen dining concept! Their prices are also NETT, with no GST or service charge.
They offer 12 single-pax booths, separated by wooden dividers for you to eat in isolation and peace. They also have sharing tables for those who prefer to dine with friends.
We tried their Original Ramen (S$10), which had a classic pork bone broth. The noodles were springy and quite firm.
The tonkotsu broth was light—bordering on bland—on the palate and it was not as creamy and rich as we expected.
We also had the Signature Ramen with Cheese (S$12). All the soups are simmered in the same tonkotsu broth, so taste wise, it was not that much different from their original ramen. The cheese was a let-down; it only coated the first few noodle strands, and the broth did not have the richer, cheesier taste as claimed.
We did like the pork belly slices though; they had a well-balanced meat to fat ratio and were melt-in-your-mouth tender! The hanjuku egg was also runny, and the yolk was slightly sweet, complementing the savoury soup. The ingredients were generous in portion as well, with thick slices of pork belly, bamboo shoots and wood ear mushrooms.
If you’re alone and in the area looking to have a peaceful lunch, you can consider dropping by Gangsta Ramen! We will visit here once for the experience, but we won’t return for the ramen.
1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza
Mon to Fri: 11:30am – 8:30pm
Sat: 11:30am – 2:30pm
(Closed on Sundays)
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar