Monday, May 24, 2010

Keisuke Tokyo's Ebi Ramen

Keisuke Tokyo_prawn

A madcap dash to Raffles City on Sunday noon to pick up E's Sundown Marathon race kit, saw us squeezing out just enough time to check out Keisuke Tokyo's outlet at the newish Parco Bay Millennia Walk.

Despite (or maybe because of) the longer queues at Nansuttei (another ramen chain from Japan), we decided on Keisuke Tokyo due to the nice review from the Travelling Hungryboy. The Keisuke ramen chain has a different focus for each of its outlets, and the Singapore outpost specialises in prawn broth ramen.

The prawn broth was indeed a winner, very refined and chock-a-block with prawny flavour, with hints of spices and yuzu. According to the Sunday Times, the broth was inspired by French shrimp consomme. Apparently not just any ordinary prawns are used to make the stock, but amaebi (Japanese sweet shrimp) - classy! Some people may say this is like eating high-class "hae mi" but I say this is more subtle and nuanced. I liked the noodles too, which were of the thin variety but chewy enough for me to relish.

A bowl of the standard prawn broth ramen costs SGD14.80, which comes with marinated lettuce stem toppings (tasted like sour pickles) and some slices of chicken meat - add SGD2 for an egg. E had the prawn miso broth ramen (SGD15.80) which I was not impressed with, since that miso was so heavy tasting that it basically drowned out almost all the beautiful delicate prawn flavour. Go for the original anytime!

Keisuke Tokyo
9 Raffles Boulevard, Millenia Walk,P3-02

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