Keisuke Tonkotsu King can be credited for revitalizing the Tras Street dining enclave. Once exclusively a bridal boutique hub, the unassuming ramen joint burst onto the dining wasteland with its rich milky broths and hearty portions. Queues at the pocket-sized eatery used to be unabating, even at odd hours, resulting in several other eateries setting up shop to catch the dining overflow.
Now that the wildly successful Keisuke chain has expanded throughout the island, the crowds at the flagship shop have eased. Having dined at 4 of their branches (the chicken-based one at Keisuke Tori King, the multi seasons-inspired one at Keisuke Tonkotsu King Four Seasons, the crab-bisque one at Keisuke Tokyo, and the gyoza-centric Gyoza King), we thought it high time to hit up the mothership where it all started.
The Black Spicy Tonkotsu King ($11.80) with Flavoured Egg ($2) was so thick the broth was practically viscous. I couldn't finish this, it was terribly cloying. I should have ticked the 'light' option for the soup base, this needed to be watered down to half its viscosity.
The Red Spicy Tonkotsu King ($11.80) with the option of Special Topping ($4) comprising a flavoured egg, seaweed, and stewed pork, was just as stodgy. In contrast, the pork needed more flavour and stewing time.
The best part of the meal: the marinated beansprouts that were totally refreshing, addicting and delicious.
Keisuke Tonkotsu King
1 Tras Link #01-19
Tel: 6636 0855
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 11.30am to 3pm for lunch; 6pm to 10.30pm for dinner;
Sundays from 6pm to 10pm for dinner