Chicken broth bowl and affordable bites are perfect for shoppers and casino-goers on a budget at this upmarket destination.

Japanese ramen chain restaurant IPPUDO opens at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, together with their first Asia takeaway outlet KURO-OBI. First launched in New York City, this KURO-OBI outlet is the first stall outside of the Big Apple.

Order a side of Takoyaki to go along with your ramen.

Only available for takeaway orders, the quick service ramen bar stands out from sister outlet IPPUDO by serving only tori-paitan, a rich chicken soup base. Japanese le kei (house style) ramen from Yokahama, which is thicker and chewier than the usual noodles, is used to better soak up the creamy broth. As no pork is used in the dish to cater to the diverse customers at this iconic mall, slow-cooked chicken thigh chasu is used instead, which proves to be moist and tender. While the basic bowl is priced at $8, we recommend going for the original Kuro-Obi ($12) for the full works – an umami egg, three pieces of chicken chasu, seaweed and spinach.

The Samurai Ribs are not to be missed!

However, if you rather enjoy the full IPPUDO dining experience, pop in next door and snag a seat at their newest outlet.  The ninth store in Singapore, the 90-seater restaurant will be featuring best-sellers like their succulent Pork Bun ($5) and Tsukmen  ($18/$20). Brand new dishes will also be gracing the menu including a spiced-crusted pork ribs, the Samurai Rib ($7/$13), and a unique Almond Jelly Noodle ($6) for afters.

#B2-54/55 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue.