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Kinsa Sushi – A4 Wagyu Beef Rice Bowls That Even The Supreme Leader Can’t Resist

James Chan

Kinsa Sushi

In his recent visit to Singapore, Kim Jong Un’s doppelganger went to a couple of restaurants with Kinsa Sushi being one of them. So what managed to pique the “supreme leader’s” interest?

kinsa sushi kim jung un

The Food

Besides having a smart robot waiter (I named him Howard) to serve food to customers and a levitating sushi conveyor belt that utilizes magnetic tech, it all boils down to the taste of the food. Was it good?

kinsa sushi wagyu don

Signature Wagyu Don

The Japanese Meat Grading Association (yeah it’s a legit thing) gives a score to each cow that range from C1 to A5, with A5 being the best quality. Kinsa Sushi imports A4 grade Wagyu beef so you do the math at the premium quality meat that’s placed in front of you.

I believe the amount of Wagyu meat Kinsa offers on each Wagyu don is more than generous for the price and IT’S SO TENDER AND DELICIOUS! Every bite was rich in fatty, beefy flavors and so juicy!

kinsa sushi chirashi don

Kinsa Chirashi with Wagyu

When they say “WITH WAGYU” they really mean just a dollop of Wagyu sashimi so don’t raise your expectations too high. HOWEVER, the sashimi makes up for the lack of wagyu. It’s everything you expect good sashimi to be; fresh, sweet, light and easy to go down but over at Kinsa, there’s an added twist – they melt in your mouth! Foodgasm!

kinsa sushi kinsa roll

Kinsa Roll

Cucumber, Aburi Salmon, Purple Rice, Avocado and Ikura. A pretty safe yet tasty combination. Although, purple rice is definitely the healthier option so this means YOU CAN EAT MORE!

kinsa sushi kim jung un

Is the juice worth the squeeze?

I wish I had more space to try the rest of the dishes but I assure you the Chirashi don and the Wagyu don are winners. Heck, if Kim Jung Un came here to eat, doppelganger or not, it means something yeah?

 

Kinsa Sushi
HillV2
4 Hillview Rise, #02-02 Singapore 667979
Tel : 6710 7278

 

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Uya 四代目菊川’s Unagi— That’s the One for Me

Pei Xia Ang

I’ve never really seen the point in queueing up for hours to get a seat at a restaurant, much less a bowl of unagi to be honest.

But I guess that is because I have never been much of a fan of unagi. Until now.

My heart was stolen one fateful Friday by a bowl of Hitsumabushi. Located in the heart of town, Uya 四代目菊川 ’s Hitsumabushi has made me appreciate unagi like never before.

Oh and the best part, there was not much of a queue even during lunchtime. The simple reason being that they have a larger restaurant space to cater to more diners at a time!

Crispy Bone, $6

At Uya 四代目菊川 , there is minimal wastage as every part of the unagi goes into good use. The crispy unagi bone was crunchy and addictive, with close to no fishy taste. Its taste reminded me of chicharon (Filipino fried pig skin), but without the fats. Perfect for snacking on!

Grilled Liver, $9

Served either with sauce or poached, each liver was soft and fresh. As we were having it for the first time, we figured that having it with the sauce would be a “safer” option. Turns out that that was a good call, as the sauce helped add a slight sweetness to the taste of the liver. However, given the chance, I would like to give the poached liver a try to experience its taste in its originality.

Hitsumabushi, $35(M) $48(L)

Now we get to the meat of the matter (pun intended). At the first bite, I loved how the skin of unagi was just crispy enough, while the flesh was soft. The sauce that glazed the unagi was not too overpowering, and it helped bring out the unagi taste just right.

Actually, not too many people know this, but the reason why the unagi served at Uya 四代目菊川  is so plump and fresh is because they are stored in Tatebas (bucket filtration system), and were only incapacitated before every lunch and dinner service. Only the freshest for you at Uya 四代目菊川 !

On the other hand, something that most people are aware of are the 3 main ways of eating Hitsumabushi. The original way (without any garnishing), adding condiments (spring onion, wasabi, and nori), and making Ochazuke (rice with soup) with condiments and Dashi broth.

Personally, I preferred the second method of adding condiments to my Hitsumabushi here at Uya 四代目菊川.

The wasabi helped enhance the flavour, giving the unagi an extra kick. Additionally, it wasn’t too spicy, so you don’t have to worry about overdoing the spice. Then, the spring onions come in. They helped add balance to the dish by giving it a fresh, refreshing taste.

All this is not to say that the original taste of Hitsumabushi was not nice, but rather the condiments helped add a complexity to the taste of the dish.

Verdict

Unagi isn’t the easiest dish to prepare, and the amount of meticulous effort that goes into preparing it cannot be put into mere words. The chefs at Uya 四代目菊川 have honed the skill of crafting the perfect bowl of Hitsumabushi, and I highly recommend that you give them a try.

Special Promotion

In conjunction with the traditional Day of the Ox, Uya 四代目菊川  is having a special promotion. On the 20th July 2018 AND 1st of August 2018, with any purchase of any unagi set, diners will get to spin a die. The number that the die lands on entitles diners a discount off their bill. For instance, if the die were to land on a “2”, you will get to have a 20% discount off your bill and so on. Imagine if the die lands on a “6”!

What’s even better is that Uya 四代目菊川 is extending their opening hours by 30 minutes on those two days, so you have no more excuse not to head on down!

(** Terms and Conditions apply)

Uya 四代目菊川   takes both walk-ins and reservations.

 

Uya 四代目菊川
501 Orchard Road
#02-15/16 Wheelock Place
Singapore 238880
Tel: 6732 1096

 

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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

 

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Let’s Get A Hokey Bowl @ Hokey Poki, The New Joint At FOMO Singapore

James Chan

Hokey Poki

What’s in a Hokey bowl? Let’s just say it’s totally up to you because you get to pick and choose. While the concept might sound familiar to some Japanese/Hawaiian fusion f&b outlets (that have huge spiders found in their bowls). Hokey Poki is totally different with their product offerings catered to the local Singaporean palate (and definitely no spiders).

Hokey Poki Signboard

The Food

There are 11 different mains to select. Of course you have your standard Salmon Poke Bowl BUT be spoiled for choice with selections like Laksa Mentai Soft Shell Crab, Sambal Shishamo and Wasabi Mayo Chicken!

If you thought that was all, you can even choose your own base (Salad, Purple Rice (Hot/Cold), Quinoa and Cold Cha Soba) !

Hokey Poki Salmon Poke

Salmon Poke with Cold Cha Soba, $10.90

Seasoned Salmon Cubes with Mango, Jellyfish and Onsen Egg

There’s a lot of different flavour profiles in this dish but somehow everything blends together perfectly. The soba was nice and firm (not to mention tasty), the salmon was fresh, the onsen egg accentuated the nice creamy texture of the salmon and for $10.90 you get a really generous amount of salmon and jellyfish!

 Hokey Poki Sambal Shishamo

Sambal Shishamo with Hot Purple Rice, $11.90

Grilled Shishamo with Asian Spicy Sauce and Seasoned Seaweed

Purple rice is something new to me. Apparently, it possesses antioxidants (a trait that brown rice does not have) and I honestly think it tastes way better than brown rice. Moving on to the Shishamo, 2 words – SUPER TASTY. But then again, Shishamo isn’t for everyone. If you like Shishamo, the Shishamo here is really good! This dish is slightly spicy so just a quick heads up.

Hokey Poki Sushi Taco

Sushi Taco, $5.90 For 1 / $7.90 For 2

The Sushi Taco has been gaining popularity this year. Choose from a selection of 10 savoury Sushi Tacos at Hokey Poki! We tried the Cheesy Prawn, Otah, Sambal Soft Shell Crab and Shishamo Sushi Tacos.

The amazing thing about the Sushi Taco at Hokey Poki is that the tasty Seaweed Taco Shell doesn’t break when you bite into it because it’s being held together by a light tempura batter!

Hokey Poki Smores Taco

But wait, there’s more! Hokey Poki has AN AMAZING CREATION for all dessert lovers! The S’mores Taco! Nothing can go wrong with marshmallows and chocolate yeah? But to up their game, they make their marshmallows in house! This is a definite MUST TRY!

Hokey Poki Soft Shell Crab Taco

Is the juice worth the squeeze?

Tasty rice bowls at affordable prices, serves taco sushis and that DELECTABLE S’MORES TACO? Hokey Poki gets a HELL YEAH from me.

 

Hokey Poki
FOMO Singapore
38 Sultan Gate, Singapore 198486 
Tel : 9817 3889

 

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The Irish Hybrid Duck @ Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke Is A Definite Treat For The Stomach

James Chan

Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke

Keisuke Takeda, the celebrity chef who has opened numerous Japanese eateries here in Singapore, strikes once again with Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke at Holland Village, a hybrid duck ramen store (the first of its kind).

Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke kyoto stairs

It’s located on the 2nd floor and whilst climbing up the stairs, you sort of feel like you’re being transported to the Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto with numerous red vertical pillars guiding your accent.

Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke free beansprouts and eggs

The Food

Free beansprouts and hard boil eggs? Are they appealing to the Kiasu Singaporean in me? If so, it worked. I only had a little bit though.

There are six ramen offerings: Rich Duck Broth, Clear Duck Broth, Miso Duck Broth, Spicy Miso Duck Broth, Tsukemen (Dipping Noodles) and Maze Soba (Dry Ramen). If you’re more a rice person, there are several Duck Donburi options to choose from too.

We ordered a Clear Duck Broth Ramen, a Spicy Miso Duck Broth Ramen and a Kamo Wasabi Gohan (Marinated Wasabi Duck Rice). One thing is clear throughout all three dishes: The DUCK is Ducking Good! It’s tender, fatty and perhaps just a wee bit gamey but that’s okay! Suddenly all the duck rice stores in Singapore pale in comparison after eating this Irish Hybrid Duck.

Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke spicy miso duck ramen special

(Spicy Miso) Hybrid Duck Ramen Special, $21.50

Comes with a flavored egg, meatballs and a large piece of seaweed. I’ll be completely honest. I did not like the ramen at all. The broth was too rich and thick to the point that I could not finish my meal (not to mention being extremely salty) I found myself picking the duck meat slices and ensuring I ate every piece though.

Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke clear broth duck ramen special

(Clear Broth) Hybrid Duck Ramen Special, $19.50

Likewise for this, even though it was a clear broth, it was hard to go down. Quite the disappointment.

Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke kamo wasabi gohan

Kamo Wasabi Gohan, $8.90

Now this was the saving grace of the day. It may be a small bowl but there’s generous portions of that amazing duck so that you’ll always get some duck with every spoonful of rice. Also, who knew wasabi and duck could go so well together? Keisuke Takeda did. Hats off to you sir!

Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke worth it?

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

The ramen. No. The rice? Definitely. They should have a duck only option. Probably a super sinful meal offering but SO WORTH IT! Oh but the rice bowls are really small so perhaps you might want to try their Kamo Ju ($29.90), basically a duck bento. I’m going to try it on my next visit.

 

Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke @ Holland Village
16 Lor Mambong Singapore 277677
Tel: 6463 4344
http://www.keisuke.sg/kamo-soba-holland-village/

 

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Award Winning Chef @ Tempura Tenten Whips Up Some Seriously Great Tasting Tendons

James Chan

Tempura Tenten @ Raffles City

Tempura Tenten might be a little hard to find at the basement of Raffles City but just look out for Din Tai Fung and you’ll find Tempura Tenten right next to it. It seems that we have no end to Japanese restaurants setting up here in Singapore. The big question is then “IS IT GOOD?”

Tempura Tenten chef mamoru

The Food

Did you know that a Ramen Champion cooks your food for you? Chef Mamoru Kanaya was trained by the God of Ramen, Kazuo Yamagashi and needless to say, under his tutelage, he won the title of Ultimate Ramen Champion for two consecutive years!

Chef Mamoru also has the unique ability to distinguish ingredients by the sizzling sounds they make in the fryer (this sounds like a character straight from a Japanese anime).

If you think his prowess is just limited to ramen, think again. The tempura that gets whipped up in the kitchen is crazy good.

Tempura Tenten premium king prawn tendon

Premium King Prawn Tendon, $19.80

I went with the spicy version and the truffle rice (top up $1 for the rice). The flesh of the prawns were firm, fresh, extremely sweet and humongous! Pair that with the fragrant truffle rice (the smell of the truffle hits you as soon as it arrives on the table) and you have a SUPER VALUE MEAL right there. Oh and don’t waste the prawn heads, break them apart and hit EVERYTHING in there. The chilli somehow embeds itself in the head and forms this extremely tasty crust like goodness.

Tempura Tenten Unatendon

Unatendon, $19.80

This is one of the classic signature dishes at Tempura Tenten. It sure lives up to its mantle with its melt-in-your-mouth Unajyu (eel from Kagoshima) and assortment of mixed tempura. When you sink your teeth into the tempura, you’ll find a very light and fluffy crust that is extremely crispy. I’m told that this takes a lot of skill. Well done Chef Mamoru! I particularly like the Chicken Tempura with Cheese.

Tempura Tenten Ebi Miso Ramen

Ebi Miso Ramen, $16.80

Of course I had to try a ramen from a Ramen Champion! The prawns in this dish really injected a strong seafood aftertaste to the broth of the ramen. Every mouthful was full of flavor. It’s interesting because there’s A LOT of different flavor profiles in this dish but somehow they all harmoniously come together to form one hearty bowl of goodness.

Tempura Tenten so worth it

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

Definitely! You’re getting food prepared and cooked by an award winning Chef! With that in mind, the price becomes justifiable and somewhat more affordable in a sense since you’re paying for value (okay maybe that’s just for me, my mind works in mysterious ways). That aside, I would keep going back for that light and crispy Tempura batter though!

 

Tempura Tenten @ Raffles City
Raffles City #B1-13 (Right Next To Din Tai Fung)
252 North Bridge Road
Singapore 179103
Tel: 6336 7457

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Caffe B Is Now At Club Street – Casual Italian Cuisine With A Japanese Twist

James Chan

Caffe B

Originally from Marina Bay Sands, Caffe B has since shifted to Club Street since January! If you’re not otherwise acquainted with them (YOU SHOULD BE), they are a casual restaurant that serves Italian cuisine with a Japanese twist.

Their new restaurant has THREE LEVELS that houses a bar (first floor), a dining area (second floor) and an exclusive area for private events (third floor). The place even has a lift to travel up and down! Don’t be lazy though, take the damn stairs.

Also, their service is impeccable (and I don’t use this word a lot mind you). Big shout out to good ol George, the most attentive waiter I’ve ever come across.

The Food

I thoroughly enjoyed EVERY dish that came out of the kitchen. Here’s a list of what I ate but I’m pretty certain that even if you don’t order something from this list below and go for something else, it’ll taste pretty darn good.

Farmers Egg, $12

There’s egg yolk, UNI (sea urchin), lemon jam, clam espuna. What’s not to love? And just look at the pretty presentation!

Hiroshima Oysters, $15

If you think this is just a simple oyster on a bed of pebbles, you’re sorely mistaken. There’s ponzu jelly, wasabi foam, ikura and yuzu dressing. Sounds complex but tastes so great!

Maguro Tuna on Crackers, $12

I expected a crunch when I sunk my teeth into the pastry but nope, what you get is a really soft and fulfilling bite. Also, they use truffle mayonnaise and you can smell that a mile away.

Beef Carpaccio, $18

All the dishes are great but this would have to be one of my favs for the night. Tender Japanese Wagyu meat with more truffle and vinegar (to break down the enzymes of the meat even further) just hits the spot for any meal.

Octopus Salad, $16

This is on the top of the list in terms of getting the most value. Just look at the size of the octopus tentacle! It’s longer than my… face. The octopus was perfectly grilled and tender to the bite.

Scallop With Turnip & Brussel Sprouts, $22

Beautifully seared scallops on a bed of tender turnips is an awesome textual combination. Okay, maybe not the Brussel sprouts. I’m not a fan but the broth at the end tastes so good! Practically licked the plate clean (gave the Brussel sprouts to someone else)

Melanzane Pizza With Beef Bolognaise, $22

When it comes to pizza, I don’t usually eat the crust but the way it’s cooked at Caffe B, the crust was soft and so addictive I finished every single bite. No wonder I’m putting on weight. Goodness. The minced beef was also extremely flavorful.

caffe b club street old fashioned

Don’t forget to pair your food with a fine selection of cocktails carefully picked to complement the food by their Mixologist, Mr Michael! I had the Old Fashioned! 

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

This place is getting a huge yes from me. It’s a place I can bring my family and friends to impress them without worrying about the taste of the food, the money or the ambience. Checks every positive flag in my book for sure.

 

Make a reservation via this link

 

Caffe B
64 Club Street
Singapore 069438
Tel: 6887 3311
https://www.caffebsg.com/

 

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Kimoto Gastro Bar – Affordable Japanese Fare In The CBD

James Chan

Kimoto Gastro Bar

Located in the Central Business District (CBD) at The Sail @ Marina Bay lies Kimoto Gastro Bar – A quaint, unassuming and warm little establishment that serves excellent kushiyaki (skewered and grilled food).

This place is perfect for a much needed relaxation sesh after a hard day’s slog in the office. A couple of skewers in one hand and a glass of beer or sake in the other (thinking whether I really need my job or not) just might do the trick!

One of the owners happens to be a sake distributor to various establishments in Singapore so you can be sure you’re getting the best stuff straight from Japan!

kimoto gastro bar asparagus with bacon

The Food

Here’s a list of things that YOU SHOULD ORDER if you ever find yourself at Kimoto Gastro Bar. I didn’t include sake because that’s a given with Japanese food. Sake just brings everything to a whole different level. If you’re unsure as to which sake to order, the friendly staff at Kimoto will point you in the right direction.

Kushiyaki

Kimoto Gastro Bar has a wide variety of Kushiyaki for you to order. My favorites?

kimoto gastro bar uzura tamago

Uzura Tamago (Quail Eggs, $4)

A perfectly hard boiled quail egg, the ones I’m used to eating at CNY steamboats, or so I thought. Then I sunk my teeth in and the soft onsen egg yolk burst into my mouth. Heaven.

Tsukune (Chicken Meatball, $4)

Kudos to the chef on this one. The meatballs were tender, juicy and marinated extremely well. Every bite was a joy.

kimoto gastro bar buta bara

Buta Bura (Iberico Pork Belly, $6)

Iberico Pork Belly? Six dollars? Yes please. Great tasting premium meat at a not so premium price.

kimoto gastro bar tempura

Tempura Moriwase ($12)

Another highlight of Kimoto is their tempura. They have this special tempura fryer that regulates the temperature of the oil. This results in a perfect crispy tempura batter (not the oil soaked stuff some places serve.. urgh).

kimoto gastro bar sashimi

Sashimi

FROM 5pm to 8pm GET 30% OFF ALL SASHIMI & 30% OFF ALL SAKE BOTTLES. Because Sashimi & Sake. No further explanation needed.

Look how pretty the Sashimi Set is (refer to image above) you can tell a lot of care and effort has been placed on the presentation. Tastes great too! Best part, ask them to fry the fish (it isn’t just there for decoration) after you’re done eating. SO CRISPY!

kimoto gastro bar sashimi again

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

Definitely. For a bar in the CBD, you’re getting maximum value in terms of price and taste. The downside? The place is a tad small so you might want to check on sitting availability before heading down.

 

Kimoto Gastro Bar
The Sail @ Marina Bay #01-15
6 Marina Boulevard
Singapore 018987
Tel: 6213 4595
https://www.facebook.com/kimotogastrobar/

 

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A Bowl of Kanagawa Goodness

Pei Xia Ang

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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

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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

 

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

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