14 best ramen in Singapore you should try

By Balvinder Sandhu December 1, 2023
14 best ramen in Singapore you should try
Photo (clockwise from top left): Marutama Ramen/Instagram, Ramen Hitoyoshi/Instagram, Ajisen Ramen/Instagram, Tsuta/Instagram

Japanese food is extremely popular in Singapore and ramen is one of the most loved Japanese dishes. The noodle dish is usually made with wheat noodles, a savoury broth and topped with ingredients such as pork, vegetables, mushrooms and seaweed.

Ramen has become comfort food that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. It’s also a favourite with spicy food fans as most places offer fiery options. Plus, it can be an extremely fun dish to enjoy, whether you’re picking your toppings or simply slurping the delicious soup. Thankfully, it isn’t difficult to find good ramen in Singapore.

While there isn’t Ichiran Ramen in Singapore yet, here are 15 places we think have the best ramen in Singapore for that reliable fix. 


1. Tsuta 

313@Somerset, 01-17, 313 Orchard Road
Open: Monday to Sunday (11am to 10pm)

Jewel Changi Airport, 02-242, 80 Airport Boulevard
Open: Monday to Sunday (11am to 10pm)

Gardens By The Bay Jurassic Nest Food Hall, Supertree Hall, 01-02A to 01-06A, 18 Marina Gardens Drive
Open: Monday to Sunday (11am to 9pm)

Photo: Tsuta/Instagram

Why visit? Tsuta prides itself on being the world’s first Michelin-starred ramen joint. Chef Yuki Onishi heads Tsuta Ramen in Singapore and he has redefined the classic ramen experience by not using any MSG or artificial components in his dishes. Instead, he uses premium ingredients to create savoury, inventive flavours with umami bursting out of every mouthful.

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: Take your time to savour the flavours here. Try the original truffle shoyu soba (from S$13.80), one of the restaurant’s signatures. It’s served with chashu, leek and truffle pureed in truffle oil, and bamboo shoots. If you want something fancier, order the premium char siu truffle shio soba (from S$13.80), which has premium kurobuta loin and iberico belly.


2. Afuri Ramen + Dumpling

Funan, B1-29, 107 North Bridge Road
Open: Monday to Sunday (11.30am to 10pm)

Afuri Ramen + Dumpling
Photo: Afuri Ramen + Dumpling/Instagram

Why visit? Started by Hiroto Nakamura in Tokyo in 2003, Afuri Ramen + Dumpling has since expanded to the US, Canada and Hong Kong and arrived in Singapore in 2019. The restaurant’s approach is unique in that its signature ramen incorporates yuzu, a small citrus fruit, in its broth. Plus, the ramen comes topped with ingredients such as chicken instead of the usual pork, kombu (edible kelp) and dried bonito (fish).

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: Try the signature yuzu shio ramen (S$15.90) at Afuri Ramen Singapore. The restaurant also recently introduced asari ramen specials — ramen dishes with a lighter soup that’s brewed with clams. Take your pick of asari shio ramen (with a yuzu pepper paste) or asari shoyu ramen (with a truffle paste), priced at S$15.90 each. The restaurant is also known for its Afuri signature fried chicken (S$6.90), so get it as a side dish.


3. Ippudo 

Multiple outlets islandwide
Operating hours vary across stores

Photo: Ippudo/Instagram

Why visit? Founded in Japan in 1985, Ippudo specialises in Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen, ramen with a creamy pork-bone broth. The New York and Hong Kong outlets have appeared in Michelin guides to those cities. 

Ippudo ramen in Singapore, too, has been known for its flavourful broth since it opened here in 2009. Despite having been in Singapore for a while, its stores still see quite the crowd, but it’s definitely worth the wait. 

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: Shiromaru motoaji ramen (from S$14.85) is the restaurant’s original — classic creamy tonkotsu broth served with tender pork belly chashu — while the akamaru shinaji ramen (from S$15.85) has the same broth but enhanced with a special blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil. Spice lovers should order karaka men (from S$16.85), which features its fragrant silky pork broth blended with a mix of spices, as well as spicy miso paste and Szechuan peppers.


4. Marutama Ramen

Multiple outlets islandwide
Operating hours vary across stores

Marutama Ramen
Photo: Marutama Ramen/Instagram

Why visit? When founder Tetsuya Kudo launched the first Marutama Ramen in Kawaguchi, Japan, in 2001, his aim was to create ramen that people all over the world would enjoy. The brand’s signature creamy chicken broth — thick and rich in collagen — is what makes its ramen stand out from other ramen spots. The noodles are specially made using aromatic flour from Japan to achieve a perfect balance with the chicken broth, and there is no MSG used in this Japanese ramen place in Singapore.

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: Marutama ramen (S$14.90) comes with a seasoned boiled egg, while the char siu marutama ramen (S$18.90) has an additional four slices of chashu. Those who enjoy spice can opt for the Niku miso ramen (S$15.40), a Chinese-Japanese fusion dish with sweet and spicy minced meat with chilli oil, only available at the Bugis+ outlet.


5. Ramen Champion

Bugis+, 04-07, 201 Victoria Street
Open: Monday to Sunday (11am to 10pm)

Ramen Champion
Photo: Ramen Champion/Instagram

Why visit? Ramen Champion has turned their aim to serve the best bowls of ramen into an exciting opportunity — it holds an annual ramen competition where the winning entries are added to the menu for local audiences to enjoy. This cafe mixes traditional Japanese dishes with a ‘cafe by the beach’ concept, with surfboards and seaside decor adorning the walls. 

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: Its cheese ramen (from S$15.30) is a specialty and a must-try for fans who love a bowl of cheesy goodness. Tonkotsu spicy ramen (from S$15.30) is one for spice lovers and the interestingly-named Stamina ramen (S$17.30) is topped with lots of fresh veggies, making it ideal for anyone who needs extra energy to tackle their day.


6. Sanpoutei Ramen

253 Holland Avenue, 01-01
Open: Sunday to Thursday (11.30am to 9.30pm), Friday and Saturday (11.30am to 10pm)

Shaw House, B1-04/05, 350 Orchard Road
Open: Sunday to Thursday (11.30am to 9.30pm), Friday and Saturday (11.30am to 10pm)

Sanpoutei Ramen
Photo: @yezinoms/Instagram

Why visit? Founded in 1967 in Niigata, Japan, the Sanpou Group — the folks behind Sanpoutei Ramen — specialises in shoyu ramen, which is unique to its home region. Its signature shoyu broth combines vegetables, chicken, tonkotsu and sardines, and is stewed for six hours. Showing commitment to its craft, Sanpoutei also uses special ‘keep warm’ bowls made in Niigata to keep the dish warm.

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: Niigata shoyu ramen (S$15), of course. The dish is served with a flavoured soft-boiled egg, dried seaweed, spinach and aburi chashu. If you love a more concentrated soup base, try the W soup tonkotsu ramen (S$17), made from broth that’s been simmered for 12 hours. For a spice kick, try nikumori spicy rich miso ramen (S$18), made with the restaurant’s original spicy-miso blend ramen.


7. Kajiken 

Orchid Hotel Singapore, 01-03, 1 Tras Link
Open: Monday to Sunday (11am to 9.30pm)

Paya Lebar Square, 01-86, 60 Paya Lebar Road
Open: Monday to Sunday (11am to 10pm)

Square 2 @ Novena, 02-03, 10 Sinaran Drive
Open: Monday to Sunday (11.30am to 8.30pm)

Photo: Kajiken/Instagram

Why visit? Do you like your ramen dry? Then give mazesoba (mixed noodles) —- a Taiwanese-style dry ramen —- a try. Kajiken is Singapore’s first dedicated mazesoba eatery and it’s especially popular with the working crowd during lunchtime, thanks to its centrally-located branches. This spot selling  dry ramen in Singapore also offers the most Instagram-worthy dishes —- the dry dish means you can order the most colourful add-ons such as cod roe, coriander and bamboo shoots to create your gorgeous collage in a bowl.

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: Try its most popular dish, Taiwan mazesoba Nagoya-style (S$14.80), a dry ramen dish topped with spicy minced pork sauce, chives, spring onions, and an onsen egg. Seafood lovers and those who don’t take too well to spice should order the Hokkaido mazesoba (S$18.30), which comes with salmon flakes, salmon roe and butter. If you have a big appetite, ask for a free noodle upsize and rice at the end of the meal to soak up the leftover sauce! 


8. So Ramen

Multiple outlets islandwide
Operating hours vary across stores

So Ramen
Photo: So Ramen/Instagram

Why visit? So Ramen wants to serve its customers value for money, quality ramen so that its customers keep coming back for more. The noodles here — hosomen (thin, straight noodles) and chijiremen (thin, wavy noodles) — are made with premium wheat flour and specially made to pair with the four types of broths served at So Ramen: Shoyu, uobushi, tonkotsu and spicy tonkotsu. Each of these four broths are simmered for hours to bring out the best flavours.

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: Tamago spicy tonkotsu ramen (S$16.50) has a robust broth with spicy minced pork, while cha shu uobushi tonkotsu ramen (S$10.90) has torched chashu slices and crunchy menma (bamboo shoots) in the restaurant’s signature tonkotsu broth. 

If you’re a go-big-or-go-home kind of eater, order the Grand tonkotsu ramen (S$17.50), which comes with three cuts of meat — toroniku (braised pork cheek), chashu (braised pork belly in chashu sauce) and buta kakuni (braised pork belly in special sauce) — and topped with fragrant black onion sauce and seaweed.

9. Mr Ramen

K88 Kopitiam, Chinatown Complex, 01-52, 5 Banda Street
Open: Monday to Sunday (10am to 9.30pm)

Bee Hwa Yun Kopitiam, 01-102, 77 Toa Payoh Central
Open: Monday to Sunday (10am to 9.30pm)

Picnic @ Greenwich V, 01-09/10, 1 Seletar Road
Open: Monday to Sunday (10am to 9.30pm)

Mr Ramen
Photo: Mrramen.club

Why visit? Kopitiams in Singapore aren’t just for our variety of local dishes anymore — you’ll also find stalls like Mr Ramen, making its mark with its cute caricature logo and unconventional ramen flavours such as laksa and truffle. Even though it doesn’t have an extensive menu, the choices available are enough to impress diners, with miso ramen, tonkotsu ramen and various rice bowls and sides.  

Price range: $

Crowd favourites: The truffle ramen (S$11.90) is a definite must-try for truffle fans, with its strong truffle scent and flavour, as well as ingredients such as chashu and onsen egg. Its broth is made with a combination of chicken feet and pork bone and simmered for six to eight hours. Spicy laksa ramen (S$7.90) is a unique fusion of Japanese and local food that is ideal for anyone craving for spice. The gravy is slurp-worthy and you’ll be able to both smell and taste its classic coconut flavour, too.


10. Otoko Ramen

Alexandra Central Mall, 01-16,  321 Alexandra Road
Open: Monday to Friday (11am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm), Saturday & Sunday (11am to 10pm)

Otoko Ramen
Photo: Otoko Ramen/Instagram

Why visit? Otoko Ramen is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant tucked away in Alexandra Central Mall that is big on taste. One of the highlights of this eatery is that it offers free eggs for diners to consume — great for those who love their protein. Prices are affordable, with generous portions too, making it a nice ramen option in Singapore. All you have to do is pick a dish that takes your fancy, mix all the ingredients together when it’s served and tuck right in.

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: If you love truffle flavour but aren’t the biggest fan of the sometimes-overpowering scent, you’ll enjoy the Otoko mazesoba (from S$13.90), a dry ramen with subtle hints of truffle, served with chashu, soft-boiled egg, spring onions, mushrooms and seaweed. Hot food lovers should order the spicy mazesoba (from S$13.90), another dry ramen with a luscious spicy minced pork and chilli sauce. Its mazesobas are served with a bowl of soup on the side.


11. Ramen Hitoyoshi

Multiple outlets islandwide
Operating hours vary across stores

Ramen Hitoyoshi
Photo: Ramen Hitoyoshi/Instagram

Why visit? Ramen Hitoyoshi specialises in tonkotsu ramen. Its broth is made with pork bones, along with other ingredients such as onion, garlic and ginger, which bring out its natural umami flavour. The use of pork bones and collagen-rich parts, such as the trotters and neck bones for the broth, give the tonkotsu broth base a silky texture and meaty flavour.

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: Try the garlic tonkotsu (S$13.90), special chashu tonkotsu (S$18.90) or spicy tonkotsu (S$13.90). For a non-ramen dish, order the miyazaki wagyu sukiyaki don (S$23.80), which uses premium Japanese beef. 


12. Fire Ramen & Izakaya by Menbaka

The Centrepoint Food Street, 01-53/54/55/56, 176 Orchard Road
Open: Monday to Thursday (12pm to 10pm), Friday and Saturday (11.30am to 11pm), Sunday (11.30am to 10pm)

Fire Ramen & Izakaya by Menbaka
Photo: Fire Ramen & Izakaya by Menbaka/Instagram

Why visit? Here is where you should go if you want a dinner and show of sorts. Fire Ramen & Izakaya by Menbaka originated in Kyoto in 1984 when ramen master Masamichi Miyazawa decided he wanted to create something different from all other ramen joints. Thus, the concept of fire ramen was born. 

Preparation of this dish involves some theatrical aspects from the chefs — they ignite the oil to create tall, dramatic flames, then pour it over their signature broth, covered with negi (green onions). The brand has been in Singapore since 2020 and has attracted many curious, camera-ready diners, all enticed by the fire spectacle. 

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: The fire ramen, for sure — Ultimate ramen (from S$20.90, served with ingredients such as pork belly, black fungus, corn and chashu), shiitake mushroom ramen (from S$12.90) or kara miso fire ramen (from S$19.90) if you want something spicier. When it’s time for your dish to be prepared, you’ll be invited to the front of the kitchen to watch it all. The restaurant even places a tripod at the perfect spot, so that you can catch all the action on your phone. 


13. Kanada-ya

Multiple outlets islandwide
Operating hours vary across stores

Photo: Kanada-ya/Instagram

Why visit?  Voted the number one ramen brand in London by The Telegraph newspaper, Kanada-ya began in Japan in 2009 and arrived in Singapore a decade later, along with other outlets around the world. One of the places for the best Japanese ramen in Singapore, the restaurant specialises in tonkotsu ramen — the broth is cooked for 18 hours and contains a secret sauce. 

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: Try the spicy yuzu ramen (from S$17.90), which has the perfect blend of a yuzu scent and a hint of spiciness — this dish was introduced by Kanada-ya in Hong Kong and comes with ingredients such as chashu slices, bean sprouts and spicy miso. Truffle ramen (from S$22.90) features the restaurant’s signature tonkotsu mix soup base flavoured with black truffle oil and topped with truffle-marinated chashu belly and truffle jelly.


14. Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen 

Multiple outlets islandwide
Operating hours vary across stores.

Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen
Photo: Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen/Instagram

Why visit? Why have regular ramen when you can have volcano ramen? Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen has been turning up the heat in Singapore for more than a decade with its unique volcano ramen served in a hot stone bowl. When the dish is served, the wait staff will complete it in front of you by pouring hot soup over the ingredients and covering it with a conical lid. 

As the soup sizzles on the hot stone bowl, steam from the soup rises from the bowl’s conical lid not unlike a volcanic eruption, hence the name. It’s quite a spectacle, but not for impatient diners as you’ll have to wait a few minutes for it to cool before digging in. There are only seven ‘kazan’ (volcano) options but you can order regular ramen dishes if you want to tuck in immediately.

Price range: $$

Crowd favourites: Try kazan curry (from S$16.80), with tonkotsu broth, enhanced with a specially blended spicy curry paste. Kazan karamiso (from S$16.80) has a miso paste, while the kazan kaisen-shio (from S$16.80) has a specially blended salt paste with seafood. All are served with rice, too, so you can soak up the hot soup after you’re done with the noodles.


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Balvinder Sandhu


Balvinder has been writing professionally for more than 25 years. She needs a dose of spice every other day and will tell anyone who listens that Singapore has the best and most-affordable food in the world, okay?

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