Sunday, March 25, 2007

Noodle House Ken, Orchard Plaza


I first stumbled upon this place along the side of the Orchard Plaza building a few years back and noticing that most of the people eating here were Japanese, I thought it would be a good idea to check out their ramen. The natural and logical conclusion that one would arrive at would be that the food here is probably close or as close as it can get without being in Japan itself. The setup did look promising as a Japanese noodle shop. Subsequently, I recalled having revisited this place a couple of other times and this time round, I realised that I have never really looked at the name of the place till today. And this is the Noodle House Ken (Orchard Plaza, 150 Orchard Road #01-17/18) that I hear people talking about very often. Talk about being oblivious to my surroundings.

char siew ramen

My last visit to this place was quite some time back, so I really do not remember so much about the ramen. This gives me a clean slate in getting re-acquainted with the food here. My first thoughts were, I recalled it being better. More delicious. But then memory can be a fickle mistress while taste and expectations do evolve. Certainly, I'm not complaining about the noodles here. At about $12 a bowl, it was a fair price. For additional $2, I got the top up options of a stewed egg. It's rather expensive for an egg, but it was good. I wished that they would used those straight noodles like the ones Ajisen does though.

5 comments:

D said...

Well they are one of the betters ones around and they open late on weekends as well which is useful for those midnight hunger pangs.

Anonymous said...

omg. ls u going get stoned for saying the noodles in ken is not good enuff. infact it's one of the best in sg. imo ajisen's 'ramen' for a lack of appropiate name is more like spagetti than anything like it's eastern counterpart. but then one man's meat is another's poison...

Haslina said...

Hey there.. got ur blog from a friend. Hope u're doing well. Maybe u would like to try Ikukan at Mohammad Ali lane. Nice ambience and nice food, to me anyways. Would like to hear ur opinion on it. (Note: Somewhat pricey)

Anonymous said...

i agree! ken's ramen is one of the best ever i've tried, even better than the one at gallery hotel! it's closest rival is nanten at robertson quay. i don't mean to be rude, but after i tried some of these authentic ramen places, i left 3/4 of my bowl of ajisen ramen untouched. it's more like chinese ramen than jap ramen, if u ask me.

LiquidShaDow said...

In case this gets out of hand, I must say that noodle textures are very subjective to preferences. So before anyone gets defensive, I think Ken is ok. I don't eat ramen that much. Generally prefer soba because of the firmer texture which is more "spaghetti like" as put up. Which is precisely the reason why I like Ajisen. If you've been reading my blog, you would know what are my feelings over the word "authentic".

@ haslina
Hi, thanks for leaving a comment and dropping. Long time no see. I do intend to visit Ikukan, but I'm looking for someone who's willing to go with me. Lol.