I hope you’re not hungry from all the food talk yet because there are still several more food posts coming up and they are just too good to be missed. I have obviously been procrastinating too much lately. Blame the exams! 👿
Bf frequents Bugis area a lot because he goes to the infamous Sim Lim Square to satisfy his gaming needs. Very often, he would take a faster route via Rocher Road to get there because Bugis Street is always too crowded, and he would notice this long queue of people outside a restaurant snaking down the street. Upon closer look, he realised that people were actually queuing for a Ramen restaurant, or Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King Four Seasons (Keisuke for short) to be precise, apparently very widely talked about online.
We are also Ramen lovers! How could we not know of its existence? Curious, we decided to check it out together one day when we were at Bugis to find out what the craze was all about.
We went at about 1pm on a weekday when everyone else was working, so there was no queue at all! We managed to get a table in a jiffy.
Orders are made by filling out the order chit which you are able to choose the taste of the broth according to your preference! Keisuke is pretty flexible in this aspect as it allows you to choose the strength of the taste of your soup, its oiliness and the hardness of the noodle texture. Once completed, the service staff would collect it from you. Payments are made at the cashier after the meal.
We opted for everything that the restaurant recommended. Trust the experts! Hahaha.
There are only FIVE main dishes – the Ramen – to choose from: Spring (Basil & Cheese), Summer (Spicy Pork Minced), Autumn (Pork Minced with Bonitos Flavour & Fried Mixed Mushrooms), Winter (Pork Broth) and King (Stir-Fried Pork with Ginger on top), thus the name “Four Seasons”. The variety is very limited but that’s exactly what’s keeping customers coming back! And trust me, you don’t need anything more to satisfy your hunger. The portion is actually quite big.
Here’s what we ordered!
It’s a Japanese Green Tea-turned-fizzy drink, oh my Goodness!
Best. Cola. Ever.
You could still taste the Green Tea, albeit sweetened. It tasted so good, we wanted to get another bottle! I don’t think you can get this anywhere because it’s actually self-manufactured 😦 But I did stumble upon a news about Green Tea-flavoured Coca Cola drink! C’mon, Japan, export them pleeeease! Sharing is caring right 😦
This is highly recommended among all the seasons-named Ramen because the broth is very flavourful and thick (even though I asked for “normal” taste so can you imagine how thick is “thick”?). The mushrooms dominated the taste bud but because it’s so strong, you may grow sick of it towards the end.
The noodles were so springy, the soft-boiled eggs so chewy and the yolk was almost runny. Perfection. But I didn’t quite like the pork chashu because it was rather tasteless on its own and also quite difficult to chew.
Still, this is one of the best Ramens I’ve had in my 24 years of life.
However, I probably won’t be ordering it again the next time I patronise because…
There is something even better! It’s called the King Ramen, and boy does it really live up to its name.
The danger of ordering this is that I’d probably drain out the soup before I even dig into the noodles because the soup is just too delicious. If I could use an expletive description, I would totally use on this. But I shall refrain from doing so because I’m a good girl. And also because I want this blog to remain safe for kids. Hahaha.
Likewise, the broth was an explosion of flavour, sweet, savoury and tangy. I know because I took a sip of it and I immediately regretted my choice afterwards. 😦
It’s also more value-for-money because it has more toppings than the rest and it’s only an additional of S$2!
And if you guys noticed, every flavour of Ramen a Keisuke has its own bowl design. I like that they get down to the specifics. I’ll definitely want to get the black bowl next time.
Alright, that’s all for this post!
Thanks for reading 🙂
Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King Four Seasons
158 Rochor Rd (beside Bugis Street)
Mon to Fri: 11.30am – 2.30 pm, 5pm – 10.30pm
Weekends and Public Holidays: 11.30am – 10.30pm
*Restaurant may close earlier if soup stock runs out