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  1. Niku King Tonkotsu Ramen Special
    Photograph: Niku KingNiku King Tonkotsu Ramen Special
  2. Niku King Miso Ramen
    Photograph: Niku KingNiku King Miso Ramen
  3. Niku King Shoyu Ramen
    Photograph: Niku KingNiku King Shoyu Ramen
  4. Niku King Salmon Rare Katsu
    Photograph: Niku KingSalmon Rare Katsu
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Time Out says

A ramen joint for the meat-lovers

Ramen Keisuke has shown, time and again, that there are multiple ways to switch up to a classic bowl of noodles beyond the usual pork bones. Inventive concepts where the menu focuses on crab, lobster, duck, and others have all proven to be more than just a gimmick – and now, the ramen chain is unveiling yet another themed store: Niku King. 

The name hints at its newfound protein-heavy inspiration – ‘niku’ means ‘meat’ in Japanese. Here, at the chain’s eighth concept, bowls of ramen come filled to the brim with thick-cut pork slices (there are none of those paper-thin cuts here). The broth is also made with a different recipe; rather than the usual pork loin, fattier Tontoro pork is boiled for hours to yield a creamier, more umami soup base. Noodles, correspondingly, are swapped out for a broader variant to better hold on to the thick broth. 

It all comes together in Niku King’s Tonkotsu Ramen Special ($19.90), where the bowl comes crowned with over seven slices of chasyu (yes, we counted), alongside a flavoured egg, seaweed, ginger oil, and grated ginger. Finally, there’s no need to ration those precious toppings; every mouthful can now come accompanied by meaty pork chasyu, and then some. 

The rich tonkotsu broth can also be swapped out for miso ($18.90) and shoyu ($17.90) bases. Sample the shoyu version, its delicate broth light enough to let the warm ginger notes come through. Still feeling hungry? Skip the additional noodle order ($2) and get the Keisuke Egg Rice ($3.90), a petite bowl where rice comes wrapped in a warm blanket of fluffy, scrambled eggs, jazzed up with bits of pork chasyu and a special chasyu sauce. Other notable sides, exclusive to Niku King, include the deep-fried pork chop ($7.90) and salmon rare katsu ($8.90). 

Fabian Loo
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Fabian Loo

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Address:
#01-02, Paya Lebar Square
60 Paya Lebar Rd
Singapore
409051
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm; Sat & Sun 11.30am-10pm
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