There are definitely no shortages of ramen stalls here in Singapore. A Japanese comfort food, a steaming bowl of ramen will reach depths of your soul that no other dish can touch. All that said, we also have to say that there is something Singaporeans do better: spice! You can think of volcano ramen as extra formidable bowls of spicy ramen, specially designed for the chilli lover. Here in Singapore, these spiciest volcano ramen will set your mouth on fire!
If we talk about “volcano ramen”, chances are many people will immediately think of Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen. Originating from Osaka, their signature kazan ramen ($19++) is served in a hot stone bowl and covered with a conical red lid. Steam “erupts” while the dish cooks, just like a volcano! Although it doesn’t affect the taste of the dish in any way, we have to say it makes for a great Instagram story/TikTok moment. The ramen comes in five flavours, but we highly recommend the Karamiso (spicy miso) for spice lovers!
Ramen Nagi’s Red King ($15.90++) is probably one of the most dramatic looking ramen you will ever see. Not for the faint-hearted, this spicy ramen dish is a striking blend of garlic, chilli oil and cayenne pepper in a velvety broth. A ball of miso-infused minced pork, special Nagi spices and tender chashu complete the dish. What’s also great is that you can customise your preferred soup richness, noodle firmness, amount of garlic, and build a ramen that’s perfect for your taste buds!
If you’re looking for a challenge, Ramen Bari-Uma’s Kara-Uma ($14.90++) will make for a great spice test. Served in pork broth with a deep savoury richness and extra spicy kick, you can customise your noodle firmness to match your tastes. The chashu is nicely charred and you’re sure to enjoy the dish even though your tongue is on fire! Not a fan of pork? Ramen Bari-Uma also has the Tori Kara-Uma ($14.90++), featuring a spicy chicken broth and slices of grilled chicken!
Specialising in Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen, Hakata Ikkousha Ramen makes its signature broth by slowly simmering pork bones. Their sauce is made with three different kinds of Fukuoka shoyu, a secret recipe of over 20 spices and five types of fish mix! For the spice fiend, the God Fire Ramen ($14.50++) features four different levels of heat. With thick slices of chashu and optional toppings such as onsen egg, veggies and bamboo shoots, this bowl of ramen will satisfy you while making you sweat.
For some of the best ramen in town, head over to Tonkotsu King. Founded by Keisuke Takeda, the famous chef continually pushes culinary boundaries with his new creations. The tiny flagship ramen shop still serves one of the best spicy ramen in Singapore with a special chilli oil. Compared to the signature ramen, the Red Spicy is more savoury with a punch. You can choose how rich you want the broth and how firm you want your noodles to be. You also get unlimited hard-boiled eggs, slightly spicy bean sprouts and grind-it-yourself sesame seeds on the side, making a meal at Tonkotsu fun as well as tasty!
Nantsuttei’s Dragon Ramen ($15++) might not look like the typical red volcano ramen. But we assure you that it is a fearsome foe despite its appearance! It features the same tonkotsu broth as their signature ramen, which is made from chicken and pork bones, bone marrow and lots of garlic. The bowl is then topped with a chilli sauce made from minced pork, cayenne pepper, Chinese chilli bean paste, chilli padi and sake, creating a spicy umami flavour bomb!