Ramen Keisuke Tori King is yet another concept by the ever-growing Keisuke Ramen group. Here at 100AM, they specialize in chicken ramen, working exclusively with chicken-based broths adorned with a colossal chicken thigh. Which is why they are more colloquially known as "that chicken leg ramen place".
Prices here are exceptionally budget-friendly, with a properly substantial meal going at under 15 buckaroos per head. So it totally makes sense that, apart from the weekday lunchtime crowd drawn from the CBD hinterland, the cash-strapped and young student-types would frequent this tiny joint. The 40-odd seater eatery fills up swiftly, so best to arrive before 12 noon for lunch or by 6 pm for dinner if you abhor queuing.
Don't fret if you have to wait; turnover is high because the kitchen and service are quick and efficient, but what else would you expect from the Japanese, right? They did invent the bullet train afterall.
Their signature classic, the Tori King Ramen ($11.90), sumptuous to the point it was almost viscous, was enlivened by fried shallots and balanced out by the clear crunch of the black fungus and copious lashings of their "secret chilli sauce". An exquisite Flavored Egg ($2) and huge slab of Pork Chashu ($1) topped alongside the hulking chicken thigh, grilled to perfection and irresistibly luscious.
An absolute must-try here (you'd be remiss if you didn't!), the Black Spicy Tori Ramen ($12.90), piled with a Flavored Egg ($2), and abundant with the heady heat of black pepper, was effervescent and robust.
The Keisuke chain is renowned for their serving a free-flow of hard-boiled eggs, usually shells-on and in ready supply on all tables to partake. We don't usually eat them, because we're happy enough with our ajitsuke tamago, but since we were also served 2 hard-boiled eggs, conveniently deshelled for easy access, we relented and doubled our cholesterol intake for the day.
If possible, save space for their complimentary appetizer, Sesame-d Beansprouts, at once refreshing and potent, having been spiked with chilli powder, sesame oil, sesame seeds and shoyu.
Also complimentary are sesame seeds for personal grinding and sprinkling over your own ramen for additional oomph and aroma.
Ramen Keisuke Tori King
100 Tras Street
Tel: 6604 6861
Open daily from 11.30am to 3pm for lunch; 5.30pm to 10pm for dinner