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A Bowl of Kanagawa Goodness

Pei Xia Ang

The Weekly Glutton (13/11-20/11)

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Machida Shoten

Almost a week after our last trip to Japan Food Town, M and I found ourselves back again. But how can you blame us, the food there is just so satisfying! This week, we paid a visit to Machida Shoten, a ramen place from the Kanagawa Prefecture.

Machida Shoten close up of ramen

Shoyu Tonkatsu Cha-Shu Ramen, $18++

At Machida Shoten, customers are allowed to be as picky as they want.

Called lekei, Machida Shoten offers a unique concept of allowing customers to personalise their bowl of ramen to suit their preferences. One can expect to choose from light to Japan taste to strong flavour for their soup, and noodle textures ranging from soft, regular and hard.

Machida Shoten springy noodles

Noodles

The noodles were well-made, carrying a springy texture. They were not overly starchy, and were a good compliment to the rich broth.

Machida Shoten broth

Broth

One of the things I love here is the fact that customers can be as picky as they want. Can’t decide between a pork-based broth or soya sauced based one? Why not both!

Initially, I took tentative sips of the soup, but eventually got used to the salty pork- flavoured soup. As a testament to how full-bodied the flavour of the soup was, we realised that we had no need for the condiments by the side, as each sip carried a fresh new burst of flavours.

However, something that M realised mid-meal was that her soup was more oily than mine. She had the “light” flavoured soup, while I went for the Japan taste option. We figured that this may be because the oil from the char-shu mixed better with a richer broth, so my soup was less oily.

Machida Shoten char siew

Char-Shu

By the side of the bowl sits 5 tantalisingly thick-cut slices of char-shu. Alas, don’t let size fool you though. Despite the thickness of the meat, the char-shu slices were tender and soft, with good meat to fat ratio.

My first impression of the char-shu was how incredibly break-in-your-mouth soft it was, followed by awe when the fat that melted in my mouth. If there was a heaven, let it be filled with this char-shu for all of eternity.

Call me impressionable, but never have I had as many char-shu slices that were of such great quality. Usual ramen places serve at most 4 thin slices of char-shu, or 2 thick slices. But here you go, 5 thick, generous cuts of char-shu, sitting in full decadence at the side of your bowl, waiting for you to sink your teeth into them.

Machida Shoten great ramen great price

Conclusion

Different ramen places have different specialties, and if you particularly fancy char-shu, then you should give this place a visit!

Machida Shoten the store

Machida Shoten
Japan Food Town
Wisma Atria
#04-40 Wistma Atria, ISETAN Orchard
435 Orchard Road
Singapore 238877
Tel: (+65)6262 3214
Opening Hours: 11.30am-11pm on weekdays, 11am-11pm on weekends

 

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Perhaps Some Anzu for You?

Pei Xia Ang

The Weekly Glutton (30/10-06/11)

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anzu signboard

Anzu

The exterior of Anzu was warm and cosy. The wood panels gave the place a welcome feeling homeliness, while the Noren added an extra touch of cosiness. There was even a waitress who greeted us with a radiant smile as we approached.

Alas, it was not the furnishing that drew us to the restaurant, but rather the weekday promotion that they were having. In bold, brazen colours, two metre-high standees advertised their weekday special set starting from just $20.

anzu menu

I know, $20 for a set really isn’t much of a deal to be gushing about for some of us. But at Anzu, this $20 included a complementary chawanmushi, miso soup, free flow rice and salad. What’s more, they don’t have service charge or GST!

With our minds made up, we ordered the Thick Pork Loin Katsu Set ($25) and the Pork Loin Katsu Set ($20).

Admittedly, there was quite a wait before our mains arrived, but the appetisers that were served kept us (and our complaining stomachs) occupied.

anzu sides

Sides

We really were not expecting any sides other than the chawanmushi and salad that we had ordered, and were pleasantly surprised with the pickled radish. It was crunchy and was a good harbinger of the meal to come.

anzu salads

Next, the salad. We learnt that Anzu grows their own vegetables, and they were served in thin strips for extra emphasis on its crispiness and freshness. Salad never tasted better: we relished the dressing made with yuzu and Japanese white herb. You could even say that it was… SUPERB! (get it get it?)

anzu chawanmushi

By this time, there was no doubt in our minds that this dinner was going to be one of the best ones we’ve had all week, if not month. The chawanmushi arrived, and sure enough, it did not disappoint. It was just so soft and silky! Another one for me please!

anzu tonkatsu

Mains

Finally, after much anticipation, we were served our tonkatsu pork.

The Pork

The pork was a Yongenton silky pork, a four-breed crossbreed of Large Yorkshire, Landrace, Duroc, and Chester White. For those of you who felt that the words went over your heads, it simply means that Anzu takes great pride in serving great pork, and takes great measures to ensure that.

This breaded loin cutlet had succulent and tender meat that was just so juicy! I’ll let you in on a secret though, the reason for this lies in what the pigs were fed. Sticking to a diet of compound grains means that their flavour is richer and meat softer.

anzu tender pork

The Batter

Another factor that makes or breaks a dish of tonkatsu, the batter here was crisp enough without being overly oily. And the golden texture speaks enough for itself.

anzu sesame seeds

Tonkatsu Sauce

At Anzu, we were given two options. The original and a sweeter version with pork essence. M and I had different takes on this. She preferred the sweeter one, while I liked the original better. But we both agreed that the sesame provided gave the sauce, and the tonkatsu as a whole, a more refined touch.

anzu japanese rice

Rice

The rice here was pearly and didn’t clump. In fact, it tasted nothing like rice that I have in all my life tasted.

True enough, they were Hinokahikari rice flown in from Japan and cooked in a traditional cauldron until they are all pillowy and soft. There was also brown rice being served as an alternative option too!

anzu miso soup

Soup

Something else that they need to advertise for their soup other than it being refillable is the option to choose from either shellfish soup or miso soup. Since there were two of us, we figured we’d get one of each, and refill the bowl that we preferred.

Spoiler: we didn’t.

anzu home made soup broth

Don’t get us wrong, we really loved the milder taste of the soup which complemented the tonkatsu perfectly, but at this point we were just so full!

In Conclusion

You know how some people say a certain place compromises quality for quantity or vice versa? Well, not at Anzu. The service here was top-notch, and the food here one of the best that I have ever had.

The Japan Food Town at Wisma Atria serves an array of authentic, traditional tastes from almost all of Japan and Anzu represents the Kyushu area. We seriously can’t wait to see what the rest of the Food Town has to offer, but until next time, I suppose.

Anzu
Japan Food Town
Wisma Atria
#04-48 Wistma Atria, ISETAN Orchard
435 Orchard Road
Singapore 238877
Tel: 6262 3408
Opening Hours: 11am- 11pm daily

 

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Barashi-Tei

James Chan

The Weekly Glutton (25/9 – 02/10)

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barashi-tei japanese food

Barashi-Tei

Side note, The Mbassadors was at Selegie this afternoon printing new namecards. (We’ll post a picture of it in our socials as soon as they’re printed, fret not) We happened to chance upon this Japanese restaurant after we were done.

We were drawn to it based off their affordable set lunch offerings they had on the menu. Not that we’re cheap but we did fork out a considerable amount of money for the namecards (to be fair).

barashi tei decor

First off, it was lunch time and there was literally no one in the restaurant (always a bad sign if you ask me). Next, the level of English proficiency the waitress possessed mirrored that of a barbarian (she didn’t even understand the word menu) and lastly the food. Let’s just say I usually finish my food unless its relatively bad. Today, I didn’t finish my food so go figure.

They do have a couple of saving graces though. Mainly their affordability and the Spicy Salmon Maki.

Salmon Sashimi & Beef, $10.80

barashi tei salmon sashimi and beef bento

They gave really thick slices of Salmon Sashimi, which is a plus. However, the beef was overcooked and don’t get me started on the rice. (Who ****s up rice?)

If you’re a foodie, this dish was cringe-worthy but if you’re there just to fill your stomach then you’ve come to the right place. I on the other hand, am the latter.

 Chicken Katsu Curry, $8.80

barashi-tei chicken katsu curry

Deep Fried Chicken Cutlet and Curry with Rice

Three elements to the dish; Curry, Chicken Cutlet and the rice. Curry was decent, nothing special to mention here. The Chicken Cutlet was crispy, tender and went well with the curry. Expectations for this dish were high as the waitress placed this huge plate on our table. However, yet again, THE RICE.

Pretty worth it for $8.80 though.

Spicy Salmon Maki, $14.80

barashi-tei spicy salmon maki

Crispy Tempura Prawn, Broiled Salmon with Special Spicy Sauce

It’s unanimous that this was the dish that stole our hearts. You’ve got crowd favorites – Salmon and Tempura Prawn all in one dish for the price of $14.80! Win!

The spicy sauce could have been a tad spicier though. Other than that, I have no complaints.

Okay, dishes aside, I was tempted to write a glowing review but with all the flak food bloggers are getting about giving highly exaggerated reviews because they’re sponsored, I figured “Honesty is the best policy” Over here at The Mbassadors, we honest af.

barashi-tei menu

Barashi-Tei
 Address: 266 Middle Road, Elias Building
Singapore 188991
Tel:  6837 0506
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11.00am-3.00pm, 6.00pm-2.00am,
Sun 11.00am-3.00pm, 6.00pm-10.00pm

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Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant

James Chan

The Weekly Glutton (04/9 – 10/9)

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Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant

To add to renowned Chef Teppei Yamashita’s ever growing chain of Japanese restaurants, comes Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant. This restaurant specializes in unagi (freshwater eel) grilled over a charcoal flame and a generous coat of BBQ marinade.

man man unagi queue

They’ve recently been awarded a Michelin star and I’ve heard that the queue can get pretty crazy at times. Being Singaporean, I was prepared to wait to get a seat at Man Man Unagi but I wasn’t prepared for a three hour long wait! Was it worth it though? Personally, I feel the juice isn’t worth the squeeze (no it wasn’t worth it).

man man unagi cooking unagi live

Turn up the heat

At some point during my arduous wait to step into the establishment, probably mid-way, one of the waiters came out to inform the throngs of people in line that the AC had given up on them and wasn’t working. The thought of eating in the sweltering heat apparently did not faze anyone. I was perspiring buckets when I ate my meal though.

man man unagi live eels

Live Eels

You get to see live eels being gutted, skewered and cooked on the spot. It cannot get fresher than this. But then again, it’s pretty sadistic if you think about it. They’re still moving when you skewer them! If you’re a little squirmish and they happen to point you to the counter seats, you may want to turn them down politely.

man man unagi rice bowl

The Food

No matter what you order, the constant in each dish will be the unagi. The texture and flavour of the unagi is pretty sublime. That rich and crispy skin meets with the tender and sweet flesh of the eel to give a pretty explosive burst of flavours in your mouth. It’s pretty good unagi BUT in all honesty, not that great to the point where I’ll queue up another three hours for.

man man unagi unatama

Unatama, $20.50

The Unatama is the lowest priced offering at Man Man and they serve it with two huge slices of tamagoyaki. The tamagoyaki was honestly sub-par at best. With that in mind, before you order anything there, if it ain’t unagi, you might want to be weary?

man man unagi hitsumabushi 

Hitsumabushi, $29.50

If you’re in for something novel, you might want to select the Hitsumabushi. You’ll have three different and unique methods of enjoying your unagi.

  1. Unagi with spring onions and seaweed
  2. Freshly grated wasabi (there’s a mini grater and wasabi plant for you to play with!) to garnish your unagi
  3. Unagi with dashi stock

My one little gripe with the establishment is they expect you to know what to do with everything when they serve you. They don’t even bother explaining to you the different elements of the dish and how to eat it. I had to google it on my own.

man man unagi grate your own wasabi

It was really fun to grate the wasabi though. Even with the heat from lack of air-conditioning and all that.

man man unagi mad queue

If you find yourself with a lot of spare time, then yeah sure, go for it. But if not, I wouldn’t recommend the three hour long wait. I think the negative implications of waiting so long affect your overall experience of the food as a whole.

You’re welcome to check them out though! Charge those phones and install those games. It’s going to be a long wait.

man man unagi the interior

 

Man Man Unagi
Address: 1 Keong Saik Road, #01-01
Singapore 089109
Tel: 6222 0678
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm, closed on Sundays

 

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Ramen Revolution 2017

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Heads up Ramen lovers! Ramen Revolution 2017 is coming up at the end of this month! Be prepared to taste the yummy Japanese ramen broth from 10 famous ramen restaurants at just $10 per bowl!

Unsure of what to order there? check out the list of the 10 ramen joints below!

Ramen Revolutionkajiken ramen

Kajiken

This place is well known for its Mazesoba or dry ramen. Before eating, make sure that you mix all the ingredients together. The shop has the ’20 seconds rule’ claiming that it’s the optimum mixing time for the full flavor.

Ramen Revolution machida shoten ramen

Machida-Shoten

Located at Japan Food Town in Wisma Atria, Machida-Shoten hails from Kanagawa Prefecture. It’s famous for its ‘Iekei’ or ‘House-Type’ style ramen. Decide how you would like your noodles cooked from 3 different levels of done-ness. It is then served in a tonkotsu and soya sauce mix broth which is a specialty of the restaurant.

Ramen Revolution marutama ramen

Marutama Ramen

This ramen stall is also known as Basketball Ramen by Singaporeans. It’s been one of the most popular ramen restaurants in Singapore for a long time. The specialty here is its chicken paitan soup, which is lighter than normal pork based soup. Better yet, those who do not eat pork can also enjoy this yummy bowl of ramen.

Ramen Revolution menya masamune

Menya Masamune

This award winning ramen shop is from Sendai. The shop is not yet in Singapore so expect to have some people queuing for it. If you like shio (salt) based soup, look no further.

Ramen Revolution menya sakura

Menya Sakura 

This ramen restaurant serves Nagoya styled ramen in a thick rich soup. It’s also quite popular with the Tsukemen (dipping ramen).

Ramen Atelier 

You can guess from its name that the place serves ramen with a French twist. Their star dishes include Ramen Noir, which uses squid ink to create the black color soup and Duck Confit Maze-men (dry ramen).

Ramen Revolution ramen keisuke lobster ramen

Ramen Keisuke Lobster King

Ramen Keisuke already has many outlets around Singapore. This one also adapts French styled lobster bisque with ramen. Their lobsters are imported from France and are cooked for 6 hours. This gives it a clear texture yet packs a flavorful punch  For rich creamy soup, the soup stock is simmered for additional 4-6 hours more. If you like seafood based soup, don’t miss Ramen Keisuke Lobster King.

Ramen Revolution ramen keisuke tonkotsu ramen

Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King 

Helmed by the same Keisuke Takeda as the previous one, this Tonkotsu King is also a very popular ramen restaurant in Singapore. As a name suggests, Tonkotsu King focuses on Tonkotsu soup various variations like black spicy and red spicy. If you like Tonkotsu broth style, here is a stall for you!

Ramen Revolution 2017 will be held at Resorts World Sentosa (The Forum B1) on Fri 28 Jul (5 – 9 PM), Sat 29 Jul and Sun 30 Jul (11 AM – 9 PM). The admission is free!

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