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What: Smoked Duck Chashu Ramen ($7.80)
Where: Gonpachi Ramen, 212 Hougang Street 21, #01-329, Singapore 530212
As an avid ramen fan, I didn't know what to expect when my family came across this humble, 38-seater Gonpachi Ramen store tucked away in the HDB heartlands of Kovan.
Yet I was pleasantly surprised - this bowl of ramen may look simple and conventional, yet it packs an unexpectedly delicious flavor.
The Tonkotsu broth is creamy and flavourful, yet light enough to keep you wanting more. The ramen noodles are also springy and have an ideal texture.
Most notably unlike most other ramen establishments, this ramen store had swapped out conventional pork chashu slices for smoked duck chashu pieces. The duck meat had a rich salty-sweet flavour, with a light springy texture.
Amazingly, the entire bowl only cost $7.80! For the taste, it was an incredible value for money. Needless to say, I heartily enjoyed the meal.
Apart from ramen, Gonpachi Ramen, which currently only has one outlet, also sells rice bowls and small dishes. Their menu variety is not as broad as other ramen chain stores, and there was some waiting time for a table. Despite this, the dishes my family did order were all of high quality, and the meal was definitely worth the wait.
The writer paid for the meal reviewed.