Baikohken Ramen

I’ve always enjoyed the ramen at Baikohken ever since Booze Queen first introduced it to me slightly over a year ago.  As I usually eat there during lunch, I never had the chance to eat there with Iceman.  After seeing it being featured on TV a couple of days ago, Iceman and I decided to drop by for dinner and boy did he love the food.

The menu’s limited – only 3 types of ramen being 1) Butter & Corn, 2) Char Siew and 3) Vegetables.  You can also choose from 3 soup base, i.e. shoyu, shio and miso.  The bowls of ramen come in two sizes, “half size” or “full size”.  Additional toppings like a full egg (aka agitama), beansprouts, butter & corn, char siew, etc, can also be added to your ramen.  I know you can order the gyoza as a side dish though I can’t recall if there’s anything else. 

There’s a container of tea at every table so you can help yourself to that.  Alternatively, you can order either Tiger beer, Sapporo beer, Coke or Coke Light.

This was what we ate tonight:


We started with a free plate of gyoza.  For every $10 you spend, you can get a stamp on their loyalty card.  Collect (I think) 10 stamps and you can change it for a plate of gyoza or a small bottle of beer.  I would definitely recommend the gyoza.  These delicious little dumplings are filled with pork and chopped vegetables.  Although they are deep fried, they’re tasty and juicy – yup.  Be warned.  If you bite the gyoza into half like me, you risk having the soupy gravy inside flow down your chin.  The taste is simply fantastic.  *Slurp*



I went for the Butter & Corn shoyu ramen today and added an egg.  (I usually take the Butter & Corn shio ramen but thought of trying something different today).  Don’t ask me why but the B&C shoyu ramen as well as the B&C shio ramen come with 2 slices of char siew.  The B&C miso ramen doesn’t. 

I used to be quite adverse to eating Japanese char siew because the only ones I tried before Baikohken were the ones from Ajisen, and those are fatty and tasteless.  The char siew from Baikohken, however, totally changed my mind about Japanese char siew.  The meat is lean with very minimal fat (that melts in your mouth) and the best thing is, the meat is so well marinated that it remains very tasty despite being soaked in the soup.  The meat is also not overcooked so the flesh tears apart easily when you bite.

The corn is also not overly sweet and adds a good contrast with the slightly salty shoyu soup (I find the shio soup base less salty).  My favourite ingredient in the ramen?  The egg!  My… no words can describe how good the egg is.  The yolk is semi-cooked so it’s soft, but not runny.  The egg white is well flavoured and braised.  When you first bite into it, the savoury and smooth egg white tastes so good in the mouth and when you swallow the yolk?  Delicious.  Simply delicious.



Iceman ordered the Char Siew miso ramen with an egg added.  He was very pleasantly surprised at the generous serving of char siew – 5 big slices of tasty char siew.  The miso soup base was also very tasty (I have to admit it’s definitely better than the shio and the shoyu).  BTW, we both ordered the half serving so you can imagine how big the full size is!  Like me, Iceman was thoroughly impressed with the char siew and the egg.  He was gladly slurping up his soup and ramen, Japanese style.

The pricing for the ramen is also very very reasonable.  My B&C shoyu ramen cost $11 and I paid an additional $1 for the egg.  Iceman’s Char Siew miso ramen cost $13.50 and likewise, an additional $1 for the egg.

The restaurant takes up 2 levels of the shophouse unit.  If you go during lunch, do try to make it before 12:30pm.  In spite of Singapore’s hot & humid weather, people who work in Raffles Place actually seem quite happy to queue outside the shop for the yummy ramen!  When I arrived at 8:10pm just now, the place was almost full – I took the last table.  When we left at about 9:45pm, the 2nd floor had emptied but the first level was still 3/4 full. 

Here’re the details of the place:

Address: 7 North Canal Road

Opening Hrs: 11am – 3pm, 5 – 11pm (last order at 9:30pm).

The restaurant takes reservations for private functions at level 2.  Please call them at 6534 3080 for enquiries.

While searching for the telephone number, I found an official website of Baikohken – but this is the site of the chain in Japan I believe (site’s in Japanese and I don’t read Japanese!)  If I didn’t hear wrongly (sorry, wasn’t paying full attention to the TV programme on Wed), I think the Japanese owner of the Singapore Baikohken was sent here from the head office in Japan, but the restaurant didn’t do well and was about to close down when he bought it over.  That probably explains why the staff’s uniform + utensils + food look exactly the same as those on the website.  Oops.. and I forgot to mention earlier, the 2 chefs in Baikohken Singapore were brought in from Japan.

Anyway, before I end, I also want to compliment the staff on their top notch service.  I always get very irritated when I go to Sakae Sushi ‘cos the staff keep yelling out these greetings in Japanese and they seem to yell for the sake of yelling.  At Baikohken, though I don’t get a word of what they’re greeting, at least I feel that they’re sincerely saying hello and goodbye. 

Special kudos (I forgot to ask for his name) to the waiter who was serving the upper floor just now, this young chap with chin length high and blonde highlights.  He was polite and unobtrusive.  Iceman and I originally arranged to meet at 8:15pm but he was held up in office.  Unfortunately, I arrived at 8:10pm and ended up waiting till 9:05pm before Iceman reached.  Although the waiter glanced over at my table a few times, not once did he chase me to order.  He was also polite and smiled understandingly when he saw that I was waiting for someone.  I genuinely appreciated it.  His politeness also did not slip up throughout the time we were there.  In fact, it is precisely ‘cos I was impressed with his service that I decided to do a proper write-up of Baikohken now. 

Well done Baikohken!  I’ll be back soon!

Cool Symbian Apps!

Iceman 1st came across these apps on Windows Mobile Marketplace & told me that the Symbian version is available too. Here’s introducing 3 apps that’re very handy for Singaporeans!

1st is the app to check your mobile data usage. This is compatible for M1 & Singtel subscribers. I tested it earlier & I think it works pretty well. I also like how it gives u the amount used in terms of percentage, which is more intuitive to me than seeing the raw numbers.

The 2nd app is the Roadmate Live. This nifty app uses Google Maps to pull up the map of the place you’re looking for. It also provides extremely helpful information such as live traffic news, carpark rates and bus arrival times. The price for Golden Shoe carpark seemed right so I guess this app should work pretty well. Loads of practical information.

The 3rd app is Filmscope which provides updates on movies screening time and locations in Singapore. Totally cool!

So don’t wait anymore. Go to for details!

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Deli Turk

Iceman and I went to Deli Turk at Suntec (next to Kuishin Bo) for dinner last night.  The food was great!  Service was excellent too.  Here’re the pics of what we had.



Chick Pea salad for starters.  The chick peas came with olive oil dressing and seasoned with dill, parsley and spring onions.  Very appetising!



We shared the Mixed Grill Platter which had 3 types of meat (lamb, beef and chicken) seasoned in different ways!  Everything was well marinated with herbs, and the beef was savoury, the chicken had a tinge of honey and the lamb was a little spicy too.  Even the rice at the side was tasty.  Really really yummy.



This is the recommended dessert – Kunefe.  It’s a couple of layers of shredded pastry joined by a thin layer of unsalted cheese, baked in a hot oven, topped off with light syrup and served with pistachios and a drizzle of cream.  The pastry was crispy and the unsalted cheese was rich.  This has to be one of the best desserts I’ve ever had.



Iceman finished his meal with a cup of Turkish Coffee, which I must warn, even the “medium sweet” preparation was very bitter. 



I had a complimentary cup of tea.  So nice of them hor?  😛

As Iceman and I were waiting for our movie to start, we sat at the restaurant and chatted… and were given another 2 complimentary apple tea.  Such a sweet gesture. 

There’s also a branch of Deli Turk at 162 Upper East Coast Road.  Do check them out.  Highly recommended by me!!

Here’s their website:

Nokia X6 Pre-Order in Singapore

Ok, this post is belated.  Do check out the link below and note the terms and conditions within.

Here’re some screen captures from the above link.




Some netizens speculate that the Nokia X6 will be available from this weekend onwards since the pre-order ends on 18 Dec 2009 (Fri).  I sure hope it is!  Can’t wait to get my hands on it!