Ramen Champion Serves Up New Innovative Dishes
The new Ramen Champion at The Central is the first one to offer a free-flow salad bar, offering a wide variety of dishes. I think it is a good initiative to have a salad bar within a ramen restaurant, as ramen tend to lack vegetables. With all the noodles, rich soup, proteins, a salad bar will allow you to achieve a more balanced diet. Also, at a price of just $4, it is super worthy since ordering a bowl of salad a la carte normally will cost you more than that.
One of the things we tried the Special Tonkatsu Pink Ramen. It comes with a pink tonkotsu broth, which is the result of infusing fresh beetroot and blueberries in the broth. Don’t worry if you are not a fan of beetroot or blueberries, because the flavour of these two ingredients is very mild, with just a slight sweetness added to the broth. Surprisingly, what I really love about the dish is the ajitama egg, which is cooked really nicely and it’s flavourful from the egg yolk to the egg white.
Next, we tried the Salmon Maki Tower, which is like a deconstructed maki containing fresh salmon cubes. I love the ikura as it adds so much flavour to the maki. On a side note, I love pickled gingers as a side dish of my meal, because it is really refreshing and not too spicy like fresh gingers. Do try it at your next Japanese meal and maybe you will love it too.
The Fisherman Don came next, with a generous amount of sashimi cubes perched atop warm al dente Japanese rice. There are two ways you can enjoy this dish. You can mix it with their house sauce, or you can pour hot dashi soup over it. My personal favourite is the dashi soup because I love the soup. I could drink it on its own!
As a side dish, we had the Mentai Gyoza. Skin is thin with a hint of pan-fried goodness and the filling is flavourful. I could have eaten more if I wasn’t so full already. For spicy lovers, Ramen Champion have the Magma Ramen served in a hot stone bowl. The spicy level goes up to level 20, and what we had was level 5. For me, someone who can’t really take spicy food, it is a good level because it still delivers a kick to it but I can still finish it. However, my friend who can love spicy food says that it is not spicy, so it will be a level 10 or 20 for him the next time. The ramen offers a generous amount of vegetables, much more than what you get for your usual ramen, and is chicken broth based. I prefer this to the usual ramen.
As for desserts, they have a few simple puddings but there was one that I really like. It felt like a pandan pudding but I honestly am not sure what is it. It has a creamier texture and colour as compared to the other pudding. I ate 4 of it before my friend stopped me and told me it is enough.
Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, 03-97/98, Singapore 059817
Hours: 11am – 10.30pm
Phone: 6235 1295