Food Review: Woke Ramen At Changi Airport Terminal One | What To Expect At Singapore’s First ‘Wok Hei’ Ramen Restaurant
The Place Located at the viewing mall of Changi Airport Terminal One beside Penang Culture, Woke Ramen is a new casual Japanese ramen restaurant by GD Group Restaurants (also behind Penang Culture). I was curious to check it out during my recent staycation at Crowne Plaza Changi, where Woke Ramen is also branded as Singapore’s first ‘wok hei’ ramen. The space of Woke Ramen is open concept and casual table setting and is relatively spacious where ordering is via a QR code at each table.
The term ‘wok hei’ is typically used in most Chinese cooking and it literally means “breath of the wok”. Woke Ramen has combined the ‘wok hei’ element in Chinese cooking into a quintessential Japanese dish like ramen.
The Food Ramen is the main highlight without surprise and the noodles here are first wok-fried in high temperatures for that ‘wok hei’ effect, before being simmered in their signature chicken collagen and prawn-based broths.
I had the Woke’s Prawn Paste Ramen (S$14.90) which comes with its signature prawn paste balls, onsen egg, black fungus, spring onions & wok hei ramen in prawn broth.
At first glance, it reminds me of Le Shrimp Ramen which is famous for its prawn broth. I do find Le Shrimp’s prawn broth richer in flavour as compared to Woke Ramen’s version, though you get the subtle hints of ‘wok hei’ aroma here.
I also managed to try the Woke’s Chicken Chashu Collagen Ramen (S$13.90) which comes with grilled chicken chashu, onsen egg, black fungus, spring onions & wok hei ramen in creamy chicken collagen broth.
Decent collagen broth, which I thought could be richer in flavour. The chashu is a tad too bland though.
There is also the option to top up S$5.50 for a choice of side and drink, where I topped it up and chose the Chicken Karaage (S$4.50) as my side dish. Unfortunately, the chicken was too dry for my liking.
Rants Hits and misses overall for the dishes I had. The broths could do with more ‘wok hei’ smokiness for me.
Will I Return Again? Nothing too fancy about the ramen here at Woke Ramen, where the ‘wok hei’ concept is novel, though I wish the flavour of the broths be it the prawn or chicken collagen are richer in taste. Overall, a good addition to Changi Airport for dining option but it is not something to head down specially for.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
80 Airport Boulevard
#03-19, Changi Airport Terminal 1
Ranted by The Ranter