Takagi Ramen is an affordable casual Japanese-style dining house serving great and well-priced Ramen dishes in Singapore. They operate in 4 branches in Singapore, with branches in Ang Mo Kio central, Jurong West, Downtown East and NUS. Today let’s check out their 24 hour branch at Ang Mo Kio central.

Moreover, the Ramen shop is typical to that of traditional Japanese Ramen stores- small and cramped. Also, the same can be said for Takagi Ramen in Singapore here.

Welcome to Takagi Ramen at Ang Mo Kio central
Welcome to Takagi Ramen at Ang Mo Kio central.

Additionally, their dining outlets offer a combination of counter and booth-style seating. Notably this is the preferred mode of dining here, contrary to bar-style seating which is more popular choice in Japan. Also, notably, there isn’t a lot of interior seating. It is able to take at most 3-4 groups of 4 at a time. Hence, the outlets are really popular for takeaways and online food deliveries.

Moreover, in typical Japanese fashion, a digital self-ordering kiosk welcomes you inplace of a human. Also, here, you punch-in and pay for your order, where it would be sent digitally to the kitchen for preparation after payment. Moreover, a typical wait takes about under 5-10 minutes for your Ramen to arrive.

The rather cramped store interior, not quite good for long seatings
The rather cramped store interior, not quite good for long seatings.

Ramen selections

Furthermore, for starters, we have the outlet’s trademarked Takagi Ramen ($6.90) and Miso Ramen ($7.50). Also, these are their most affordable menu offerings I would recommend if you wish for a quick no-frills meal with no surprises.

Takagi Ramen ($6.90) with free extra serving of noodles.
Takagi Ramen ($6.90) with free extra serving of noodles.

Also, Takagi Ramen most popular dishes includes their Awabi Shouu Ramen ($7.80) and their Butashoga Ramen ($8.90). These ramen features Takagi signature shio-tonkotsu broth, which is light, sweet and enhanced with umami. They are served with saucy hand-pulled pork, sautéed with sweet soy sauce and ginger.

Karaka-men ($7.50) spicy creamy tonkotsu pork flavoured soup, with aroma of kombu and bonito
Karaka-men ($7.50) spicy creamy tonkotsu pork flavoured soup. It has aromas of kombu and bonito.

Fancy black ramen? Options includes their Black Tonkotsu. The distinctive black broth is made from black garlic, which through slow-roastings gives the tonkotsu a deep strong aroma. Also, the broth is complemented by generous toppings of tender slow-braised chashu pork slices, as well as crunchy black fungus strips and braised bamboo shoots. It is topped with thinly sliced green scallions and blanched silver sprouts.

Spicy options includes the Tantanmen. Also, if you are in for a red ramen fest with a blend of sesame chilli oil, peanuts and fermented beans. It is quite spicy. Lastly, topping up the menu offerings are more affordable options includes the Jiajiamen at $5.50, as well as their Spicy Karaka-men ramen ($7.50).

Tantanmen Ramen, a spicy potpourri of blended sesame chilli oil, peanuts and fermented beans. It can get pretty spicy
Tantanmen Ramen, a spicy potpourri of blended sesame chilli oil, peanuts and fermented beans. It can get pretty spicy.

Extra noodles are free

The ramen noodles are really good for the price. They are firm and soaks in the broth without going soft. Additionally, notably, the quality even matches mainstream ramen shops such as Keisuke Ramen with similar offerings at twice the price. Also, here, your ramen are served with thick tonkotsu soup which has a nutty flavour paired with fragrant, braised meat. Moreover, they are not too thick, not as thick as those offered by Ramen Hitoyoshi Harbourfront and sits somewhere in the mid-range in terms of saltiness.

Takagi Ramen Standard Miso Ramen with Gyoza sides
Standard Miso Ramen ($7.50) with Gyoza sides ($3.50)

Additionally, the best part is that an extra serving of noodles is free. This is served on a small side bowl which you can add into your bowl. Also, there is enough broth to go around for this additional serving. Moreover, recommended sides includes Gyoza dumplings. You get 5 pieces of these Dumplings stuffed with Japanese Chicken and Vegetable. Also, it is available deep fried or steamed. Additional recommended condiments includes their soft egg for $1.

Chewy!
Extra noodles!
Bubble tea

Lastly, one last thing worth mentioning is that Takagi has partnered with Frothtea to sell their bubble tea via delivery and now in-stalls as a beverage side. Quite an odd-mix of Taiwan- Japanese food culture, probably only here at Takagi. Still, Takagi Ramen at its core is a typical eat-and-go outlet which is not quite conducive for long sessions, a no-frills quick dining place for great ramen.

In conclusion, Takagi Ramen is little gem of a surprise, serving quality ramen at a price fraction of equivalent of competing ramen shops. Also, it’s 24 hour opening hours makes it a very viable supper spot out of the usual late night prata places. Definitely up on your shortlist.

Verdict:

Must Go! | Actually pretty Good | Worth Trying | Shortlist Optionally | Should Avoid
Takagi Ramen Locality Map
51 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3,
#01-01C,
Singapore 569922
Opens 24 hours.

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