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Hakata Ikkousha Japanese Ramen Restaurant 博多一幸舎 @ CHIJMES July 28, 2014

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Hakata Ikkousha Japanese Ramen Restaurant Shio Tonkotsu

For those who love Japanese ramen, Hakata Ikkousha is not an unfamiliar name.  Emerging as Singapore’s Ultimate Ramen Champion in 2011 and defending champion in 2012, Hakata Ikkousha has braved on to open a standalone eatery at Tanjong Pagar in December 2013.  Despite the competitive Japanese ramen landscape in Singapore, it marched on to open its second outlet at the charming CHIJMES, providing an unparalleled Japanese ramen experience with its signature favourites.

Hakata Ikkousha Japanese Ramen Restaurant Special TonkotsuSpecial Tonkotsu ($16)

The signature favourite Special Tonkotsu is befitting the appetite of a king.  With three pieces of seaweed, and four pork slices, it also comes with tamago (flavoured egg) and crunchy black fungus.  Ikkousha’s pork chashu is soaked in a secret recipe sauce and complement the broth perfectly.  I simply love the creamy texture of the broth which is a result of simmering over a low heat for 12 hours with various types of pork bones.  There are also a blend of three types of soy sauces, 20 kind of seasoning and five kind of rare seafood.  With all these elements, no wonder the soup is so rich and unique in taste.

Hakata Ikkousha Japanese Ramen Restaurant Black TonkotsuBlack Tonkotsu ($13.50)

Typically in most Japanese ramen places, diners are offered few options:  Original, Black and Red.  Usually I will go for the original broth because that will mean I will be able to taste the authentic taste of it original tonkotsu broth.  However, occasionally I will go for the black tonkotsu which is the garlic flavoured broth.  While garlic has been used as herbs for flavouring in cooking, there are actually many health benefits for garlic such as to treat bronchitis, high blood pressure, flatulence, diabetes, fever and many more.  Of course, garlic breathe can also be used to ward of vampires, so if you don’t want to scare off your bosses, colleagues or your in-laws, make sure you have a good gurgle before returning back to your office.

Hakata Ikkousha Japanese Ramen Restaurant Spicy TonkotsuSpicy Tonkotsu ($13.50)

For those who have an appetite for fiery things, the spicy tonkotsu will be in order.  I remember when I was in Xiamen, China ten years ago I had a ramen that I felt was a cross between our Singapore Laksa and Satay Mee Hoon, this is because the of the spicy broth and peanuty flavour.  When I had this spicy tonkotsu, it reminded me of the taste of the ramen I had previously.  This spicy tonkotsu is really very spicy and I was perspiring just tasting a small portion of it.  And the lethal part comes with the slow burn as the spice works into you.  It is a good thing that there will be a jug of iced green tea at the table so that you can down the hot spicy taste with.

 

Hakata Ikkousha Japanese Ramen Restaurant Shio Tonkotsu ProfileShio Tonkotsu ($11.50)

The Shio Tonkotsu uses salt to flavour for taste, therefore they tend to be saltier and have the characteristic of light-coloured and clearer soup.  For those who prefer a lighter taste, Shio will be a preferred order.

Hakata Ikkousha Japanese Ramen Restaurant Fried RiceFried Rice ($10)

Although a Ramen Champion, I was particularly impressed with the fried rice which taste really home made.  Apparently it is a secret home recipe of owners.  Rice are cooked daily and fried using homemade soya sauce, chopped cha shu, onions, eggs and spring onions.  The outcome is a fried rice that will pleased those diners who prefer a rice order. 

Hakata Ikkousha Japanese Ramen Restaurant Fried ChickenFried Chicken ($10)

Hakata Ikkousha Japanese Ramen Restaurant GyozaHakata Gyoza ($5)

To accompany the ramen dishes, diners can also order the juicy fried chicken or gyoza.  I must bring special attention to the dash of chilli that accompanies the gyoza which is a very surprising as it is made with yuzu and chilli.  It really adds a special pleasant taste to the already delightful dumplings which are also a home secret recipe that creates a very delicate filling in the dumplings.  It is no wonder the gyoza is so delightful because Chef Yoshimura mother used to run a gyoza store in Japan when he was young, so that is where the recipe actually came from!

Hakata Ikkousha Japanese Ramen Restaurant CHIJMES Interior

As with many other Japanese ramen outlet, condiments are placed on the table.  There are freshly prepared hard boiled eggs that diners can have as many as they like.  The menu is simple and easy to understand as they are specialised in making only a few of their speciality dishes so it makes deciding an order easier.  No hassle and no fuss.

Hakata Ikkousha Japanese Ramen Restaurant CHIJMES Interior

Ikkousha actually means “one happy place” in Japanese, hence the name reflects the simple and heartfelt motto of Chef Kousuke Yoshimura to bring happiness to all people.  With Yoshimura-san’s goal is to bring “happiness” to all corners of Singapore, he hopes to open a Hakata Ikkousha in every suburb in Singapore!  That will be great news for those who really enjoy a good Japanese ramen from Hakata.  Until then, enjoy the outstanding ramen at Tanjong Pagar and CHIJMES outlet.

Hakata Ikkousha | CHIJMES
30 Victoria Street
 #01-07 CHIJMES
Singapore 
Opening Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11.30am to 10pm
Sunday: 11.30am to 9pm

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Hakata Ikkousha is also available at Tanjong Pagar, Blk 7, Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #01-104 Tel: 6538-1880 (same operating hours as CHIJMES) and Changi Airport T3, 65 Airport Boulevard, #B2-58 Terminal 3, Singapore Changi Airport.  Tel: 6214-2958.  Opening hours: 10.30am to 11pm.

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