Come a rainy day and all your mind can think about is a comforting bowl of ramen to warm your bellies and satisfy you. However, not everyone can afford S$20 bowl of ramen, especially on a frequent basis.
Let’s face it—to find ramen that is affordable is a feat on its own but to find one of decent quality at that price point is like searching for a needle in a haystack. However, if that is exactly what you are searching for, we’ve got the answer for you.
There are several stalls in Singapore who have taken the task upon themselves to whip up quality ramen that is economical for the masses. Here we have sussed out 7 places in Singapore where you can get ramen for under S$10. There’s even a place that serves ramen for just S$6.90 nett—we kid you not.
A NOODLE STORY
Having earned a place in the Bib Gourmand list of Singapore’s Michelin Guide since 2016, A Noodle Story is quite possibly one of the best-known hawker ramen stalls in Singapore. They serve hearty bowls of quality-assured ramen at extremely affordable prices starting from just S$8.
While prices may have increased over the past year or two, what A Noodle Story promises is a bowl of ramen consisting of premium-quality ingredients, which would easily cost you a damage of S$20 in another restaurant.
For S$8, you get noodles that are seasoned with imported dried shrimps and kelp, a USA-patented pasteurized egg, 36-hour slow-braised cha shu and more! And if that isn’t enough, opt for their larger option which goes for just S$11.
7 Maxwell Road
Amoy Street Food Centre #01-39
Tel: +65 9027 6289
Mon to Fri: 11.15am – 2pm, 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Sat: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar/ Telok Ayer
Photo Credit: Buta Kin
Nestled on the fourth level of Beauty World Food Centre, Buta Kin offers insanely affordable Japanese fare that is nothing short of delightful and satisfying.
Even with their affordable price tag, you’d be amazed by how authentic and delectable each and every bowl of their ramen is.
Buta Kin also serves Japanese curry rice on their menu, but the star of the show is surely their ramen where prices start from a whopping S$6. Their Special Tonkatsu Ramen (S$6.90) is said to be the crowd-favourite and its awfully addictive broth will leave you yearning for more.
144 Upper Bukit Timah Road
Beauty World Food Centre #04-28
Tel: +65 8661 6028
Tue to Sun: 11.30am – 8.30pm
(Closed on Mondays)
Nearest Station: Beauty World
Nestled in the heartland of Kovan along the same row as popular Thai eatery, Nakhon Kitchen is this humble ramen joint where you can expect gorgeous bowls of restaurant-standard ramen that will not cost you more than S$8.
They offer a rather selective variety of ramen but if you are unsure of what to get, we’d suggest you opt for the Seven Wonder Ramen (S$7.80) that essentially features the best of everything. This dish comprises 7 types of toppings—a large prawn, half a flavoured egg, bamboo shoots, minced meat, black fungus, corn and a spicy green chilli sauce.
Otherwise, they have other equally scrumptious options including Smoked Duck Chashu Ramen (S$7.80) and Beef Sobu Ramen (S$7.80).
212, Hougang Street 21, #01-329
Tel: +65 6584 1943
Sun to Thu: 11.45am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
Fri & Sat: 11.45am – 3pm, 5.30pm – 10.45pm
Nearest Station: Kovan
Photo Credit: vioranatalica
KURO OBI RAMEN
Who would have thought that you can get your hands on ramen at just S$10 over at one of Singapore’s most prestigious and luxurious shopping destinations?
Founded by Ippudo Ramen, Kuro Obi Ramen dishes out world-class ramen that features a creamy chicken broth, rather than the usual pork bone broth.
What’s more, Kuro Obi Ramen offers their diners a fully customisable menu—here you may choose the firmness of your noodles, the level of spiciness, soup concentration, stock richness, as well as whether you want less (or extra) garlic and onions.
2 Bayfront Avenue
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands #B2-54/55
Tel: +65 6688 7064
Daily: 10.30am – 11pm
Nearest Station: Bayfront
Photo Credit: alexyqj
Aiming to provide Singaporeans with the option of ramen at affordable prices like in Japan, Ramen Monster is a go-to for those in the vicinity looking for a pocket-friendly meal that will nonetheless fill their stomachs to the brim.
You’d be pleased to hear that prices start from just S$7.90. Choices include the ever-popular Tsuke-men (S$9.90) and Spicy Ramen (S$9.50)—the former is a dipping-style ramen which separates the broth from the noodles upon serving, whereas the latter consists of a blend of 3 types of chilli that will satisfy all spice lovers.
238 Thomson Road
Velocity @ Novena Square #01-53
Tel: +65 6356 4710
Daily: 11am – 10pm
Nearest Station: Novena
Photo Credit: Ramen Taisho
Helmed by a Singaporean couple, Ramen Taisho dishes out tantalizing bowls of ramen made using a recipe that was formulated through travelling to Japan to learn the ropes for 3 years.
Their menu offers just 3 renditions of ramen—namely the Chashu Ramen ($8.80), Ajitama Ramen ($7.80) and Standard Ramen (S$6.80). Boiled for hours over, their flavourful pork broth is one you wouldn’t expect out of a hawker stall.
Despite the limited number of options, Ramen Taisho remains as a great hit and the stall sees a loyal fan base today. After all, possessing quality beats great quantity.
1 Kadayanallur Street
Maxwell Food Centre #01-32
Tel: +65 6777 5859
Mon to Thu: 11.30am – 9.30pm
Fri: 11.30am – 11pm
(Closed on Saturdays and Sundays)
Nearest Station: Telok Ayer/ Tanjong Pagar
Photo Credit: Takagi Ramen
Founded in 2015, Takagi Ramen is helmed by a Singaporean and his Australian-Japanese wife, Ai Takagi. Fuelled by the passion for food, Takagi and her husband learnt the ropes of ramen preparation for Takagi’s father before setting up their first stall in NUS.
Today, their success to the opening of 3 outlets in Singapore, all of which offers ramen at extremely affordable prices. While prices vary across these outlets, you can expect close to 10 different types of ramen most under S$8.
Authentic Hakata-style ramen, affordable prices and substantial portions—what’s there to not love about Takagi Ramen?
51 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #01-01C
Tel: +65 9138 8017
Daily: 11am – 12midnight
Nearest Station: Ang Mo Kio