Sakae Sushi Collagen Hotpot

In my most recent food discoveries, I booked the Singtel x HungryGoWhere’s offer for a 50% discounts from Sakae Sushi. The offer valids for their collagen hotpot set. From their menu, the chicken collagen soup based costs $10++ and they have other 3 types of soups. For ingredients such as meats and vegetables, there is not many varieties and they do serve selected seafood.

This set meal offers did not allow me to choose any ingredients which include this two fish paste with Tobikko, chicken, tofu and enoki mushroom. Other ingredients, you can order ala-carte from the menu.

The above pictures are the ingredients of the set meal for myself. I am not too sure that it is a portion of 1 person or two persons. I was having it all by myself for lunch. Their usual price states at the HungryGoWhere’s website is $32.50.

Worth for the price?

In my opinion, it depends. If the price is at the 50% discounts, yet it is something worth to try as it is cheaper than any other eat-all-you-can hotpot buffet outside. However, I’m limited to chicken and fish paste which I think it does not cost much.

The chicken cubes are not marinated and tasteless when it cooks with the collagen soup. Yea, what to expect right? The chicken does not go well with wasabi, so the only sauce I can dip with the meat is soy sauce. There is no ways to find chili padi or chili paste in a Japanese restaurant.

Then, the fish paste with Tobikko. Cooking them in the hotpot is fun by making my own fish paste ball into the soup. However, the fish paste tends to be too soft. I guess it is because of not enough real fish paste.

Am I full after that?

Of course, I do! With the whole collagen soup… Sound crazy. Well, I did not finish the whole pot of soup, it is crazy. The soup tends to turn salty when it cooks longer and the mushroom and tofu do filling up my stomach. Therefore, I did not order extra ingredients.

But, I ordered an unagi sushi from their menu. It costs $4.39++. Each different sushi is differentiated by coloured plate.

The unagi sushi is served by one of their waiters instead of delivered by the “little train” on top of the sushi belt. It looks perfectly stunning on the plate with my background and a small drop of teriyaki sauce on the plate.

How does it taste?

Unagi itself with the Japanese rice are good, just too much sauce. I think, it would be great to go without the extra sauce too because everything turns to be quite savoury. I ate this before began my hotpot.

Generally dining experience was good, quiet corner and private. The taste of the food maybe need to adjust a little bit. Their hot or cold green tea are not free of charge and they charged at different price for hot and cold green tea. Other than that, they do serve other drinks and alcohol.

I still find it weird to have hotpot next to the sushi belt, although, at the other side of the restaurant, I can see someone having their teppanyaki.

Address: 80 Marine Parade Rd, #B1-84B C Parkway Parade, Singapore 449269.

Easy Noodle Bar

It is located at Foch Road, Singapore, closes to Jalan Besar, an old district in Singapore. Now, it is accessible via the Bendemeer MRT (Downtown Line). This road features the old and small shop lots and Easy Noodle Bar is Japanese restaurant which is located in between the famous pig organ soup and Vietnamese restaurant, Lang Nuong Vietnam.

I found this restaurant through an introduction made by a fellow Instagram friend and I brought two other colleagues to try this restaurant for one of the dinner together.

Their menu is simple and easy as mentioned by its restaurant name. The selection of food is not many but good enough to give some tries.

They took some pictures of the food and put into a photo album to display on the table, it is not all the best shots, but they are good enough to give you some idea of their food, otherwise, you can ask the waitress to explain them to you before you order.

During my first visit, I tried plenty of good ones.

Nikujaga
My favorite of all the dishes we ordered. A Japanese beef stewed with vegetables and the stock was sweet and tasty. According to Sethlui.com, they use grain-fed Angus beef which is marinated with shoulder, mirin and sake. The beef was tender and easily melted in my mouth.

Recommended dish, the Yang Chun noodle. A simple noodle comes with good soup based, I think, else my colleague may not be trying to finish up the soup. Generally, it gives some homely feel while eating it and it is meatless, except a soft boiled egg.

We tried Tori Nanban, fried chicken cutlet. Crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside and dip with their sauce. Perfect match.

The Tempura prawn was great too when it was served hot and the breadcrumb did not look oily. It was used fresh prawns and the meat texture was crunchy.

Lastly, the Chicken Roulade, minced meat rolled inside a chicken breast I think. Everything was meaty. It comes in two portion, nicely grilled, still tender and delicious.

It is recommended to try their lunch set too because their price is quite reasonable and the portion is just right to allow us to try many different dishes.

The ambiance at night is a little bit dark and under light, however, it is still comfortable to enjoy the dinner together.

Address: 20 Foch Rd, Singapore 209261

Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen

It is famous with its tagline, “Volcano Ramen”.

I think this is one of the best ramen restaurant in Singapore, at least, I saw a few food bloggers have been writing about it and shared their experience having the “volcano” ramen.

For the first time, I tried it at JEM, Jurong East, Singapore’s branch with my colleagues during the lunch time. The lunch crowd during my visit was just normal, no waiting time was required and the waitress was readily to serve us.

Their menu has quite extensive selection of ramen with the normal Shio and Shoyu are in the list and other specialty ramen to be chosen if you want to try something different especially the advertised “volcano” ramen.

Myself, for the first time visit, I go for its original recipe, I ordered the Shoyu based soup with ramen, char siew, pickles, half of the onsen egg and beansprouts.

I really have a question about the ramen sold in any restaurants in Singapore. How come if I choose to order a charshu ramen, it always just come with a piece of meat only? It is in a rare case it will have more than one unless, we choose to have more meat.

I wanted to say it is a basic ramen which we can find it anywhere, I mean the noodle itself is really basic, no thick no thin, and definitely it does not look like handmade. The level of springiness of the noodle I cannot really remember.

The pork broth is thick, rich and slightly salty to my taste but I think it is just right for anyone else. Just with a piece of meat, I did not feel full and have to almost finish up the soup to make my stomach. It is not a good idea at all.

For other colleagues who ordered the Ishiyaki Ramen or Hot Stone Roast Ramen which is the “volcano” ramen, there is a set of instructions to follow before start eating the ramen. While waiting for their noodle to be done, the table was served with free flow hard boiled eggs, just similar to another ramen restaurant I visited before. I, myself took one.

This is the scene of preparing the “volcano” ramen where the free flow broth is served too. The waitress poured the broth on to the bowl of ramen before covered it with a cone shaped lid. While the hot stone is hot, it will “cook” the ramen.

It has a timer for them to cook until it is best served and the bowl of noodle is good to serve for two persons unless you are a very big eater!

Address: JEM, 50 Jurong Gateway Rd, #03 – 09, Singapore 608549.

Tsukada Nojo

Bijin Nabe

The Tsukada Nojo at the Plaza Singapore on one of the weekdays after the working hour. We travelled from office to Plaza Singapore by bus instead of taking the MRT during the rush hours, however, it made no different. I have another colleague waiting for us at the restaurant, queuing up in front of the restaurant.

Together with another two colleagues, 4 of us tried one version of the beauty pots from their menu after waited for about an hour. We ordered the Tsukada Nojo’s house specialty is the Bijin Nabe, the signature golden jidori chicken soup. The soup is stewed 8 hours until chicken bones fully dissolved and cold down at room temperature to make silky smooth pudding beancurd… Is to make silky smooth and super rich collagen. Ingredients for soup was said to be imported from Japan.

This is how the food served on our table excluded the pork meat. We have to order the same pot as it just has 1 stove for our table, so it means for each group of people, only 1 type of based is allowed.

The second picture shows the portion of pork meat for 4 persons.

Initially, we felt the portion was not enough for us as dinner while waited the broth to boil because every ingredients just nice for four of us. The first round with all the vegetables and meatballs. It is served by the waitress who is quite friendly.

After that, she served us with a small bowl of the broth. The taste of the broth is quite similar to the Din Tai Fung’s steamed chicken soup. You will like it. I do like it and asked for top up too. It is free to top up once. And, you can order more ingredients to go with it.

While we’re trying out the soup, the waitress gave us some seaweed to go with the broth, and she said it tasted good too with seaweed. I did not realize the seaweed was in heart shape.

It did not make the soup tasted better or not, so just can go with or without it based on your preferences. Do not cook the vegetable for too long.

Soon after, we started to serve ourselves the second round with the prawns and the pork meat by ourselves. Just like the waitress, I did a nice presentation when I dipped the prawns into the soup before I took a picture of the pot.

And, the waitress saw it and told us the prawn would not cook if we put it that way. Haha… I told her it was just for us to take picture 🙂

Then, we told her to start serving the udon and we cooked it with the pork meat. The portion of udon for 4 person was quite reasonable and we did not get to finish all the udon even we asked to top up the soup once.

The waitress told us to give them a Google rating and we can get a free ice-cream after showing them the rating from our mobile phones. It is simple mission to get a free ice-cream, so give a try to rate it according to your preferences.

There are two favours, but I just remember the one we chose which was the Yuzu ice-cream. It’s refreshing, concentrated but not too sweet, good for a try if you want to have dessert of the meal.

After all the great meal and ice cream, the waitress is friendly enough to serve us another plate of dessert, I think is sour plum pudding and again, it is nicely decorated and presented to us.

It is a great dining experience at this Japanese restaurant, although it is expensive, it is the fresh ingredients and services make me feel it is still worth for a try during special occasions with a small group of friends or family.

Address: 68B Orchard Road, #03-81 Plaza Singapura Atrium@Orchard, 238891 Singapore.

Rocku Yakiniku

Rocku Yakiniku, 201 Victoria Street, #04-06 Bugis+, Singapore 188067.

I saw the Eatigo’s promotion for the Japanese charcoal grilled buffet with 50% discount for weekday’s lunch. The promotion did not include drink. The promotion ended in 30th June. I found it quite good for my team gathering and suggested it to my boss to bring the team for a quarterly gathering. Unfortunately, the booking through the Eatigo cannot be done because of limited quota allocated per day. Although, we cannot make it for team lunch, my colleague and myself went on our own on one of the weekdays.

Upon arrival, we saw a big crowd of people in the restaurant, we wondered whether they were closed for event or something. I approached the waitress and told her about my booking. We were served shortly after that.

Unlimited meat replenishment, from beef, pork to chicken but need to pay extra for salmon and prawns. I do not recommended to go for salmon as it could be hard to grill on this kind of surface. The salmon might be quite sticky on the surface and it would be wasted. 

Our first round of meat consisted of pork, beef and bacon. We did not order the chicken 🙂 The fire is hot and easy to grill and then, we started to add more meat and placed more orders for meat and mussels. The meat did not really marinated but it is still nice tasted. However, I found the bacon was slightly salty. I think it is common. There are sauces at the bar for us to dip with the meat. Besides that, we grilled some mushrooms and vegetables which we can get them from the bar too. Selection of vegetable is quite limited.

Somehow, after the first round of mussels, the next order for more mussels came late and we got 3 plates in the end. So it became mussels feast for the 2nd last grilling session before we wrapped up our lunch with last round of grilling the beef and pork.

Other sides dishes from the bar which I took was the chawanmushi, fried noodle and edamame.

Overall, it is quite worthy to try for the charcoal grill which limited to 80 minutes per session and I think they do not really check the timing during our visit, but they will ask us to pay the bill before end of the session. Without the promotion, this buffet is quite expensive with limited selection and quite poor services because of big crowd especially when the tour groups are in the restaurant.

Shabu Shabu at Ramen Champion

Ramen Champion – Shabu shabu promotion, The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, 03-89, 059817 Singapore. 

When there is a free lunch, people will definitely make their way to attend the event regardless of where they are and what they are doing. It was a word shared by my friend last time. However, I received a different remark when I organized a farewell gathering.

Some ex-colleague gave me a jealousy remark after she has gotten to know the gathering was held days after her last day of service, as though I was the one who decided the date for the farewell gathering. First of all, it is none of her business because she left the company and the gathering was not planned for her too. It was supposed to be held in late April but it was brought forward and I did not think I need to explain more so I ended the conversation with the ex-colleague immediately after the remark.

Neither I would control people’s jealousy toward us nor how much you want to eat for that night, it was a buffet style shabu shabu in a Japanese ramen shop. If I am not mistaken this restaurant sells quite good ramen too and I ordered a bowl of noodle to try as well during my visit.

Free flow of meats, comprises of chicken, beef and pork of your choices, you can choose your soup base too. My table ordered 6 tray of each meat with other additional seafood ingredients picked from the bar such as clams, crabs and prawns. During my visit, the crabs and prawns are not fresh enough, clams are quite fresh.

Besides meats, they do offer vegetables and various types of mushrooms. They are quite fresh and always replenished by their staff. The drink is not included in the buffet so you have to pay additional cost if you want to get their drink as well. The buffet does not come with desserts means it does not serve ice-cream, something that Sukiya does offer.

Since we are quite large group of people and they have other customers who either went for the shabu shabu or normal meal, sometimes, their services then to be slow and not too attentive to our request for additional meats and noodle, replenish our soup.

Overall, it is worth for the money especially I bought the ticket through fave with discounted price for visit during the weekdays. The wide food varieties and quiet ambiance in the Japanese restaurant make it worth for revisit in the future when they have the same promotion again.

Sweet Potato From Don Don Donki

Don Don Donki, Singapore. The Japanese store which just opened and was said to be very long queue. Japanese sweet potato, hot popping served in a paper bag. You know what… I’m the last person buying this sweet potato before their next batch which may take some time to prepare. Thank you for the sweet and lovely dessert of the day.

Address: Orchard Central, B1 & B2, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore, 238896.