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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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KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee

James Chan

The Weekly Glutton (11/9 – 17/9)

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Dare To Take Up The Spicy Chilli Ban Mee Challenge?

KL traditional chilli ban mee the chilli board

KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee

Originally located at Macpherson Road, KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee has expanded to Serangoon Garden Way. Judging from the lunch time crowd, they are as equally successful in Serangoon Gardens.

KL traditional chilli ban mee different levels of chilli

where’s number 3? don’t worry it didn’t disappear, it’s on your respective tables!

If you have never heard of them or tried their ban mee before, you’re in for a treat. Let me explain to you how their chilli system works. There are five different chilli levels to choose from (1 being the least spicy and 5 being the most spicy). The nice people at KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee don’t want to be responsible for you if you pass out in their store so they give the customer a free reign of the “chilli corner”. You alone have the control over how much chilli goes in (or not) and how spicy you want it to be.

I noticed some people not adding any chilli in their Ban Mee though. Come on, it’s called KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee for a reason no? You’re not getting the full experience without the chilli!

KL traditional chilli ban mee menu

Signature Chilli Ban Mee, with Level 5 Chilli, $5

I can’t speak for the rest of the menu but you can check it the rest of their offerings in the image above. I only ordered the Signature Chilli Ban Mee.

ALWAYS order the dry. It tastes so much better even though it gets gobbled down a lot faster than its soupy counterpart. Also, with the dry version, you can have fun with the chilli! I’ve never tried the Tom Yum one (it sounds mad spicy).

It’s really hard to describe the Level 5 in words. I love chilli, I cannot go a meal without some form of chilli or pepper. However, right after my first bite, my forehead and neck broke out in perspiration almost instantaneously. It tastes great, don’t get me wrong but it definitely has a “kick”.

My only gripe with this dish (like most places) is that the portions are minute. I’m a big guy, there should be an “off the menu” option of adding noodles or something.

Dare to take up the chilli challenge?

KL traditional chilli ban mee original ban mee with level 5

LEVEL 5 CHILLI mixed in the Original Ban Mee

Thai Milk Tea, $2.50

Pair your chilli creation with a cup of soothing Thai Milk Tea! It aids in putting out “gastro fires” that you might have caused in your mouth. They serve it in those traditional cups they used like twenty or thirty years ago. Not like you millennials would care but it’s BIG.

Psst, ask them for less ice. #auntyhacks

 

KL traditional chilli ban mee Serangoon Gardens

We’ll probably be doing a video and an audio summary for this so stay tuned!

KL Chilli Ban Mee
Address: 55 Serangoon Garden Way
Singapore 555951
Tel: 8737 0555
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 08:00pm
Address: 476 MacPherson Rd
Singapore 36812
Tel: 9052 0555
Opening Hours: 11:00am–7:45pm

 

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Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant

James Chan

The Weekly Glutton (04/9 – 10/9)

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man man unagi logo

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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Cafe Melba – Alfresco At the Arts

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The Weekly Glutton (03/6 – 09/7)

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cafe melba exterior

alfresco option available at Cafe Melba

The Atmosphere

Comfortably nestled in the Goodman Arts Center, Cafe Melba is surrounded by greenery aplenty. With a beautiful sheltered alfresco area as big as (if not bigger than) the interior, visits are sure meant to feel more like a picnic than anything else, and who doesn’t love picnics!

Even though we were there for dinner, the venue doesn’t lose it’s charm after the sun goes down. As the sun faded and the lights came up, I couldn’t help but feel like I had been transported to a resort, far from the hustle and bustle of life in Singapore.

cafe melba in the night

The Food

As the name suggests, Cafe Melba serves a blend of (Melb)ourne and (A)sian cuisine. Although they do offer a takeout menu, we highly recommend that you dine in for full effect.

cafe melba promos

Tuesday promotion for pizza, and daily promotion for drinks

Since it was a Tuesday, we decided to take full advantage of the free pizza that came with a $50 expenditure on drinks.

We ordered three pizzas. Namely, the Parma Ham & Rocket, Three Little Pigs and the Margherita, which came complementary, as part of their Tuesday promo.

Do request that they stagger your orders as the table can become a little cluttered. Assuming that you and your group orders all your pizzas in the biggest portion (16 inches).

cafe melba margherita pizza

the pizza with no frills– Margherita

Margherita Pizza

The Margherita was simple and traditional, sticking to the classic Margherita with Tomato sauce, Basil and Mozzarella, not over-complicating the pizza with unnecessary toppings. With just the right amount of sauce on a thin crust, this pizza is perfect for anyone who likes to keep things simple and the best part? It’s vegetarian!

cafe melba parma ham pizza

a pizza with slightly more complex flavours– Parma Ham and Rocket

Parma Ham & Rocket Pizza

The Parma Ham & Rocket was notable, with the parma ham adding a subtle sweetness to the dish. A little more complex with it’s flavours than the last, the Parma Ham & Rocket pizza has Tomato sauce, Parma Ham, Mozzarella, Rocket salad and a little Parmesan on top.

cafe melba three little pigs

the pizza for meat-lovers– Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs Pizza

Being a carnivore, the Three Little Pigs was definitely my personal favourite. With Tomato sauce, Home-cured Bacon, Honey Ham, Pepperoni and Mozzarella, this pizza tastes just as sinful as it sounds. With every bite, you get an orgasmic mouthful of pork, tomato sauce and cheese. Therefore, calling all fellow meat enthusiasts, this is the pizza for you.

cafe melba drinks

If you’re looking for the perfect Sunday brunch spot, or casual gourmet dining in general, Cafe Melba is for you.

The Service

Our lovely waitress, Vanessa, took great care of our table and ensured our glasses were never empty also going the extra mile to offer to help us pack some of our food to go, seeing as the 5 of us couldn’t finish the pizzas we ordered!

Special Notes

Here, you can look into the kitchen from the dining floor and observe the chefs in action. From the focused look on the chef’s faces and the attention they put into each dish before sending it out, we knew we were in for a good meal.

Getting There

Cafe Melba has two outlets.

For the Easties, visit Cafe Melba at the Goodman Arts Center!

Cafe Melba
90 Goodman Road
Goodman Arts Centre, Block N #01-56
Singapore 439053
Reservations

For the Westies, check out Cafe Melba’s Mediapolis outlet!

Cafe Melba
1 Stars Avenue
#03-01 Mediapolis
Reservations

http://www.cafemelba.com.sg

Parking is available at both outlets.

 

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The Weekly Glutton (19/6 – 25/6)

James Chan

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Thai Super Bowl

thai super bowl trending eats

instant noodles at a premium price

Posts on Thai Super Bowl have been flooding my socials recently and I decided to jump on the band wagon after noticing pretty good reviews about the place.

Located deep in the heartlands of Hougang. Thai Super Bowl began business in April and have been exponentially gaining popularity ever since.

I admit, there was some level of expectations I had conceived prior to my visit. The images and videos I saw on my socials looked amazing. BUT you know that old saying?

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This is a classic example of just that.

The Food

Armed with hungry stomachs and great expectations, we, a party of three, decided to order the signature Thai Super Bowl, $36.

thai super bowl seafood meal

a meal for three, signature Thai Super Bowl, $36

As you can very well see, it looks great! The colors, positioning of ingredients and composition of the image is of a pretty high standard. The taste, however, I’m afraid doesn’t do the image justice.

TIPS: If you do decided to go after reading this, as soon as they serve you your tray/bowl, take out the prawns, squid and mussels. You don’t want them to be over cooked. Also, try to finish your noodles ASAP, they’re going to turn soggy otherwise.

The Thai Super Bowl comes with Prawns, Squid, Crab Sticks, Meatballs, Chicken Minced, 2 eggs amd Mussels cooked in a spicy Tom Yum Broth . Sounds like a pretty good deal for $36 no? Throw in 6 packs of instant noodles too just for that carbohydrate fix.

BUT

Them Prawns

thai super bowl prawns

frayed flesh on prawns– telltale sign that they are NOT FRESH

The Prawns were NOT FRESH. Take a look at Exhibit A, fresh prawns are supposed to have an easy to peel shell and firm inner flesh. This prawn right here has frayed flesh which speaks volumes of its freshness.

Them Mussels

thai super food mussels

mussels were not fresh too– they were tough and dry

As mentioned above, we took out the prawns, squid and mussels as soon as the tray was served but them Mussels were still tough and extremely dry.

#looksgoodtastesbad

Le Squid

The squid was tethering on the edge of failing but there were still some hints of freshness so I’ll give it to them.

Other than that, everything else was honestly pretty normal. Only the Chicken Minced managed to excite my severely disappointed taste buds, but then again, who could possibly mess up Chicken Mince?

The Untruths of Online Marketing

I honestly don’t understand or can begin to fathom the positive reviews this place has on some content platforms. They are all lies, just heed my advice and don’t bother going.

thai suer food overpriced food

overpriced food

“What they’re serving is essentially a huge pot of instant noodles and charging you a premium for it”

For those additional ingredients, I wouldn’t mind paying that $36. Of course, if they were of a decent quality and standard. But nope, IT FAILED IN ALL ASPECTS.

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This is a joint that will definitely not withstand the test of the time if they don’t buck up. They serve other dishes too but I’m not going to stick around to find out more thank you very much.

Expect to wait for hours if you pop by during dinner time. I tried on Father’s day but Dad got impatient and we went to eat somewhere else. Thank goodness for that, or he would have killed me for bringing him to such a place.

thai super bowl exterior

front layout

Thai Super Bowl

 

thai super food queue

no reservations, walk ins only

Thai Super Bowl
Address: #01-41 Hougang 1, 1 Hougang Street 91
Singapore 538692
Tel: 6385 3195
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 9.30 pm daily

 

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The Weekly Glutton (3/4 – 9/4)

James Chan

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Bochinche fine dining

Bochinche

My lunch experience at Bochinche is one that is truly worthy of this week’s Weekly Glutton. I wouldn’t mind a 2nd round tomorrow even!

With a $32++ lunch price tag, Bochinche is the perfect location for business lunches to impress your clients. Their lunch crowd consisted of purely office executives anyways.

Bochinche cosy, home-like decor

Real home-like decor

From the get go, you’re hit with a really warm and cosy feeling as soon as you take a step inside. Art prints adorned on the walls, an open kitchen concept where you get to watch the chefs at work and just one or two empty tables left for walk ins. (Whew lucky me)

For the set lunch, you can either choose the 2 course meal ($27++) or the 3 course meal ($32++). I ordered the 3 course meal as I was feeling pretty famished. From what I know, the rib eye steak is a constant in the menu. The rest of the items vary from time to time.

The Food

Bochinche healthy Beef Carpaccio

Beef Carpaccio, papaya, olives, capers and parmesan

Carpaccio’s are meant to be raw but the Chefs at Bochinche obviously know what they’re doing by searing the edges of the beef ever so lightly. The olives and cheese gives off a very bold aftertaste but it works well with the mellow notes of the papaya. Even with the full flavoured beef, everything blends well together. A true rebel of a dish indeed.

Bochinche lightly seasoned ribeye steak

180g Rib Eye steak, chips (wedges) & chimichurri mayo

My first impression – What? 180g only? I’ll never be full! Which turned out to be true. But let’s talk flavors first. I ordered medium rare but you can have it any way you like (except well done).

Bochinche seabass

My friend ordered the seabass. My advice? Argentinian cooking revolves around savoury, meaty dishes and the fish didn’t seem like a popular choice among diners. There must be a reason why the steak is a constant in the menu yeah?

Bochinche chocolate pudding dessert with berries

Chocolate pudding, salted caramel and berries

Dessert was the reason why I managed to feel full at the end of the meal. They give you just enough pudding so you don’t feel so lethargic or walk away from the table feeling you still need something else.

Recommended to Order: The Prix Fixe Menu 3 Course (Beef Options)

Do remember to book a table in advance or prepare to be using your phone mindlessly while waiting for a table to be vacant.

Bochinche outdoor dinning

Bochinche
Address: 22 Martin Road #02-01, Singapore 239058
Tel: +65 6235 4990
Opening Hours:
Brunch: 11am – 4.30pm (Sat & Sun);
Dinner: 5.30pm to 12am (Tue – Thurs & Sun), 5.30pm – 1am (Fri & Sat)

 

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