One thing that we can all agree on is how delicious and affordable ramen in Japan is. It is also one of the main reasons why many would travel all the way there because more often than not, the standard of ramen in Singapore does not match what you would find in Japan. And there is the hefty price tag, too.
Thus as ramen lovers, we are constantly on a search for hidden ramen eateries in Singapore with affordable yet tasty ramen. Alas, for those staying in the East, we reckon that you’ll love Wakon Ramen — a new ramen stall in Coffee Express 2000 — brought to you by the man behind the popular Char Grill Bar, Chef Franky Lee. This is where you can find a bowl of good ramen at a reasonable price and in fact, their most expensive ramen is only S$9.90!
Adorned with elaborate Japanese decorations such as a massive samurai mask and vibrant prints, it is not difficult to spot Wakon Ramen within Coffee Express 2000. With a total of 12 different ramen dishes on the menu, diners should be able to find a ramen suitable to their liking.
But as we all know, old is gold. As such, we decided to order the Tonkotsu Miso Ramen (S$7.50), one of the more common types of ramen that you would find at most ramen restaurants. Priced at S$7.50, the Tonkotsu Miso Ramen comes with a few pieces of chashu, half an ajitsuke tamago, bean sprouts and a portion of noodles in a thick, miso broth.
Out of the entire dish, we were most impressed with the quality and execution of the chashu. Tender and with a melt-in-the-mouth texture, the chashu complemented the sweet miso broth beautifully. Furthermore, the ajitsuke tamago was well-executed and was not over-cooked.
But if you are looking for a slightly fancier ramen, you can consider trying the Volcano Seafood Ramen (S$9.90), one of the signature dishes of Wakon Ramen. Diners will have a say in the spiciness of broth i.e. less, regular or extra spicy.
The Volcano Seafood Ramen came with 2 scallops, 2 baby squids, a prawn and half an ajitsuke tamago atop a generous serving of noodles. And if you are feeling slightly hungrier, you can top-up between S$1 to S$2.50 for additional ingredients which includes squid (S$2.50), scallops (S$1.50) and ramen noodles (S$1).
Unsure of what to expect of the spicy broth, we played it safe and ordered the Volcano Seafood Ramen (S$9.90) with a broth at the regular spicy level. Admittedly, we could not quite appreciate or put our finger on the flavour composition of the broth. Whilst it was somewhat reminiscent of a laksa, fair warning that this dish may not be suited for everyone’s taste buds.
However, the freshness of the seafood ingredients in the Volcano Seafood Ramen should be applauded and it was what we enjoyed the most out of the entire ramen.
Other items on their menu that you can dive into include the popular Hakata Ramen (S$6.50), Tokyo Ramen (S$6.90) and the Shio Ramen (S$6.90).
To sum it up, although we appreciated the price point on all the ramen dishes at Wakon Ramen, it is hard to say if we would travel all the way down again for a bowl of ramen. But if we happen to be in the Pasir Ris area, we would definitely drop by.
443 Pasir Ris Drive 6, Coffee Express 2000,
Daily: 10.30am – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Pasir Ris