Archive : June 2018

Sumo-Ya – Does Banana and Chocolate Curry Rice Sound Bizarre To You?

James Chan

Sumo-Ya

Office workers in the CBD are seriously spoiled for choice when it comes to picking something for lunch. Joining the many options comes Sumo-Ya, a new Japanese eatery specializing in Japanese Curry Rice and Collagen Rich Ramen.

The Food

Helming the kitchen is Chef Zhan Qiang, a man with many years of experience handling Japanese dishes and ingredients. While there aren’t a huge variety of dishes, what makes up for it is the quality of food that’s served before you.

To top it all off, there’s no GST or service charge!

Sumo-Ya Yakiniku Ramen

Sumo Yakiniku Ramen (Spicy), $18.90

Chef Zhan Qiang fancies a chicken based broth to make his Tori Paitan Ramen. Paitan means it’s a thick, creamy and rich broth (usually chocked full of collagen that makes the skin smooth and firm).

This is an extremely filling dish. You get 280g of tender pork shabu shabu, that nice runny egg on top of a very generous amount of perfectly cooked ramen. BUT, it could have been slightly spicier.

Sumo-Ya Cha Shu Ramen

Chashu Ramen, $13.90

This was slightly disappointing. The broth was tasty and rich but the Cha Shu pieces were not as tender as I would have liked it to be and the egg was slightly overcooked. However, the portion for $13.90 was really generous! You’ll definitely feel full with this for sure!

Cha Shu Curry Rice, $10.90

Ever heard of Banana, Apple and Dark Chocolate infused curry? Yeah me neither. Apparently, in order to create the Black Japanese Curry that you find in Japan, you have to use chocolate and fruits! This is what gives it it’s sweetness and color.

I’ve been to Japan before and I cannot deny the similarities of Sumo-Ya’s curry rice to Japans. And for $10.90, you get A LOT of rice! The Cha Shu cubes would have been better fried to give the dish an added texture.

Sumo-Ya Oden

If you’re still hungry, they also have a humble selection of ingredients for Oden. I loved the taste of the broth, there’s something really addictive about it.

 

Is the juice worth the squeeze?

Is it the best ramen that I’ve tasted in Singapore? Probably not BUT definitely one of the most value for money. The similarities of Sumo-Ya’s curry rice to that of authentic Japanese Curry Rice is uncanny as well. If you’re working around the area, Sumo-Ya is perfect for you worker ants!

 

Sumo-Ya
Nakin Row
3 Pickering Street, #01-52 Singapore 048660
Tel : 6904 9116

 

*This was a sponsored post (Thanks for the food Sumo-Ya!)

 

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Little Creatures Opens Up A Branch In Singapore And People Are Going Crazy Over It

James Chan

Little Creatures Singapore

Based in Fremantle, Western Australia, Little Creatures has opened a brewpub right here in Singapore! Having done my degree in Perth, I was pretty stoked when I heard the news.

If you want a table, you’ll have to book early because this place is gaining popularity day after day and you can expect it to be crowded.

little creatures brewery

The Food

Similar to its Perth branch, Little Creatures Singapore brews and serves their beers on site. You can even ask for a quick guided tour if you like (if they’re not too busy). They have nine beers on tap featuring crowd favorites like Pale Ale, Bright Ale, Pilsner, IPA and Rogers.

For the food, the prices might be a little steep but there’s no denying that their dishes taste pretty darn good (as you’ll understand after reading on).

little creatures mushroom risotto

Mushroom Risotto, $25

Wild Mushroom, Onion, White Wine, Parmesan Cheese

Might not look like much but this dish definitely packs a punch with regards to flavor. The risotto was perfectly cooked, not too soggy nor too hard and each individual grain was chocked full of a rich mushroom taste.

little creatures beef burger

Beef Burger, $28

Caramelized Onions, Bacon, Tomato, Cheddar, Fries and Smoked Paprika Mayonnaise

Don’t overthink this. It is as advertised. There’s nothing special about this other than the Paprika Mayonnaise which leaves a nice lingering spicy aftertaste. The beef was just a tad over cooked though but the tomatoes and bacon fat made up for that dryness.

little creatures fish and chips

Fish & Chips, $26

Tartare Sauce and Lemon

When it arrived, it smelled extremely fishy but be prepared for a big surprise when you take a bite as there was practically no lingering fish taste. The batter they use for the fish is also very light and crispy. My only gripe about this dish is that the tartare sauce might be a little too sweet.

little creatures magarita pizza

Magarita Pizza, $22

Sundried Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil

If they had Pepperoni, I would have ordered Pepperoni but alas, it’s not on the menu. No regrets though as this was my FAVORITE dish of the night. Maybe it’s just me but I felt that the sundried tomatoes had a bite of spiciness to them. The best thing? That light and tasty pizza crust. I could eat two of these babies with no problem.

little creatures pork belly

Pork Belly, $27

Pork Crackling, Red Cabbage Sauerkraut

Super tender pieces of meat combined with melt-in-your-mouth fats and crispy skin. Wow. Sounds like a great combination but wait, there’s more! There are a couple of strategically placed pork crackling pieces here and there which makes this dish really irresistible. Perfect with any of their beers too!

little creatures singapore

Is the juice worth the squeeze?

I’m a little divided on this one. On one hand, the food and beer is good but it is a little pricey. It’s not economical to be coming back every other day but good for special occasions for sure. If you’re there “just for the alcohol”, that works too!

 

Little Creatures Singapore
Mohamed Ali Lane
36 Club Street, Singapore 069469
Tel : 6239 0350

 

*The Mbassadors paid for their own meal (ouch!) unless otherwise stated

 

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