Ramen Keisuke needs little introduction to ramen-lovin’ Singaporeans. They have opened quite a number of concepts such as Ramen Dining Keisuke Tokyo, Beef Sukiyaki Don Keisuke, Ramen Keisuke Lobster King, and Keisuke Kani King, Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei, Gyoza King and Omurice Keisuke. Admittedly, some of the previous ones didn’t work as well. Anyone
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They have opened quite a number of concepts such as Ramen Dining Keisuke Tokyo, Beef Sukiyaki Don Keisuke, Ramen Keisuke Lobster King, and Keisuke Kani King, Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei, Gyoza King and Omurice Keisuke.
Admittedly, some of the previous ones didn’t work as well. Anyone remembers the Tonkatsu or Champon outlets?
Niku King which replaced the older concepts at Paya Lebar Square is inspired by its popular sister outlet in Japan – Niku Soba has 5 outlets across the country.
As “Niku” means “meat” in Japanese, that would include that the ramen will be topped and filled to the brim with more meat. However, diners still order from the sister outlet Tonkotsu King here.
Options include Niku King Miso Ramen ($12.90), Niku King Tonkotsu Ramen ($13.90), and Niku King Shoyu Ramen ($11.90). Add $1 to change to a spicy version.
I must say that the prices remain friendly for its quality, plus complimentary eggs, beansprouts and water.
Comparatively, Niku King’s ramen broth is thicker, creamier with more umami as the meats used here are fattier and juicier.
I found the tonkotsu broth generally smoother and milkier, but not overly salty.
However, the ramen noodles are thicker, larger, and curlier, so if you prefer the usual thin, long, and straight type, get the Tonkotsu King bowls.
These come topped with stir-fried pork belly, available in Tonkotsu ($13.90), Black Spicy ($14.90), and Red Spicy ($14.90).
The soup is not as rich and flavourful as Niku King’s, though I found it easier to fininish up.
There are exclusive side dishes only available at this outlet – Salmon Rare Katsu ($8.90) which is sashimi grade salmon), and Deep Fried Pork Chop ($7.90).
The surprise find is the Keisuke Egg Rice ($3.90) featuring imported Hokkaido rice topped with pork chashu drizzled in Keisuke Special Sauce and topped with a fluffy scrambled egg-like blanket.
If they serve this eggy rice in a bigger donburi bowl with substantial meat in other future concepts, it would probably take up quite well.
Niku King – Ramen Keisuke
60 Paya Lebar Road #01-02/03/04 Paya Lebar Square Singapore 409051
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 11:30am – 10pm (Sat, Sun, PH)