Iciban Sushi

Iciban Sushi, AMK Hub, Singapore.

After the 2XU marathon on the Sunday’s morning, I took a short nap in the afternoon after reached home and showered. I was too eager to join my cousin and my aunt for dinner that night, just before I prepared to depart from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur.

My cousin told me they planned to have dinner at the AMK Hub instead of having the home cooked dinner. I left the house about 2 hours earlier after the laundry and reached AMK Hub at 4.30PM. We stopped by at the FairPrice before dinner.


It took us quite long to get a table although we reached earlier because my aunt was sitting on the wheelchair, so sushi bar is not convenient for her. They use the numbered queuing system and it is more systematic. The waiters and waitresses are polite and approachable. They are mainly Filipino.

I was unable to decide whether I want to try their Udon or getting the rice set. After seeing the menu, I decided to try the new set on the menu, Kaisen Chirashi Don. The word “chirashi” means “scattered”, so this is basically a big bowl of rice mixed with salmon, tuna and snowfish with vegetables. The base is quite plain and I added some chili powder onto it.

The ingredients are fresh, generous amount and filling. The taste is quite plain and that brings out the taste of freshness. On top of that, the set comes with a bowl of hot miso soup. We completed our meals with additional maki.

It was a day with full load of carbo after running for half marathon. I am so happy and satisfied. 🙂

Keisuke Ramen

Keisuke Ramen, Suntec, Singapore.
Address: #02-391/392 Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983.

A night outing with a group of friends cum runners in January 2017. On the same day I received a sudden news about my colleagues are leaving my previous company because of the company restructuring. It is quite bad to them as the departure news came a week before the Chinese New Year.

This ramen shop was suggested by one of them who also left the company due to the restructuring. The ramen shop offers free eggs, beansprouts and plain water. It is pretty good service. The food ordering is based on their order form below.

Since it was my first time I followed their recommendations to choose their crab broth ramen and I added the egg. As for the soup level of oil, taste and noodle texture I chose for normal which is their recommendations.

My apology for the bad lighting of the above picture of the beansprouts.

It turned out a WOW to me. It comes with my ordered egg, a pork chashu, bamboo shoot, black fungus, fish cake and some spring onions on top of the ramen.

I will suggest to go for less oil and light taste because the level of taste determines the thickness of the soup. After a while I did feel the broth was salty. My friend who opted for the strong taste has its soup dried up while we were taking his bowl of ramen which came with three pieces of chashu.

It is very nice presented and served by the waitress who called us by the name on the order form. Great experience of eating this ramen and greater moment spent together with them after the dinner with a movie show in the cinema on the same night. 

Yoshinoya Hanamaru

Yoshinoya and Hanamaru Udon
Address: Lot T-015B, Level 3, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

I was at Mid Valley on the 2nd day of the New Year with two other friends. It was a public holiday in Malaysia. My friend introduced this Japanese restaurant to us when we were asking for a location for that night’s dinner. It is located next to the Muji store at the 3rd floor center court.

My friend and his friend wanted to try this restaurant sometimes ago but it was full house. During our visit, we waited a while for a table for three people. I went to this restaurant again a week later, when two of my Singaporean friends came down to Kuala Lumpur for weekend. My friend wanted to have Japanese food and her boyfriend suggested to try this Japanese restaurant too!

The Yoshinoya offers the rice selection and the Hanamaru offers the udon and tempura on their menu. On both visits I tried their udon selection instead of the rice because I do not find the rice selection is attracting.

First visit, I tried their on of their udon on the specialties menu, Mentaiko Mayo Bukkake. Mentaiko mayo, the cod roe mayo is quite commonly used as sauce for udon and pasta in some Japanese restaurant. It comes with soup and dry version. For this first try, I tried their dry version, while my friend’s boyfriend tried the soup version on my second visit. Both of us gave our thumb up!

I love the mentaiko taste which goes well with the plain udon and it does not require to add extra sauce as it has a strong taste, a little salty, savoury. They put quite a generous amount of the mentaiko mayo to mix with the udon. My friend asked me if a bowl of udon would be enough for me as dinner. Initially, I thought it would not, but I was wrong, the mayo can make my stomach feel filling and the udon is thick, springy and generous amount.

I recommended to my Singaporean friends to try during my second visit to this restaurant a week later for our lunch in Mid Valley. Her boyfriend said the same thing and to him, it is worthy to eat here.

The second udon which I tried Tori Dashi Udon from their standard menu. And, I made a wrong choice because the clear and plain soup is tasteless. Their soup broth is made of dried kelp and sardines, so I wonder why the soup can be tasteless. Besides that, the shredded chicken meat are tasteless too, I feel it would be great if I added some soy sauce to make the whole bowl of udon tastes better. This udon needs some improvement.

I tried the chicken karaage, the common Japanese fried chicken and it is just alright for my taste bud. I saw another table was having 4-5 chicken karaage on their plate. My friends tried their tempura too. The price for the fried stuff is not expensive.

The restaurant serves drink as well and you can check out the drink counter at the center of the restaurant, otherwise, the Japanese green tea available too. The food may look small in portion but it is still filling with other add-on from the counter. This Japanese udon restaurant seems like a fast food restaurant. I am not sure if this restaurant is an Halal restaurant or not and they do have Malay people eating in this restaurant.

I feel thankful to have two groups of great friends trying out food with me over this weekend. Thank you so much for my friend who introduced this Japanese restaurant and then I recommended my Singaporean friends to try the same restaurant too. Also, thank you for my Singaporean friends for the lunch treats. If time permitted, I will try the similar concept restaurant in Chinatown, Singapore!

Ajisen Ramen

Ajisen Ramen
Address: 200 Victoria Street, Bugis Junction,#01-01, Bugis Junction, 188021 Singapore.

Famous for its rich Tonkotsu soup (pork broth) which captures the essence after hours of boiling. My cousin tells me their soup broth is very famous and nice. Must finish the soup before leaving the restaurant.

She told me to have dinner before heading home and she chose to eat at Ajisen Ramen in Bugis. During my previous time, I like their Pork Kimuchi Ramen. Look at this bowl of noodle which consists of a lot of ingredients such as kimchi, pork, bean sprouts, half egg and lots of spring onions.

I mix all of the ingredients together and it gives the pork soup broth another taste, some kimchi taste ^^. If you like you can add some chilies powder into the soup to bring up the spiciness, just like what my cousin did for her bowl of Seafood Ramen.

Beautiful variance of colours, sweet and tasty pork soup broth, springy ramen, great people sitting together and quiet environment completes the night. The bonus of the dinner that night was our next table’s baby girl entertained us for the whole dinner. 🙂

Sumire Yakitori House

Sumire Yakitori House
Address: 80 Middle Rd, #01-88/89, 188966 Singapore.

I visited this Japanese restaurant on one of the Saturday’s evening after the Google event at NUS. It was my first visit to this restaurant and the restaurant always has big crowd during the dinner time. And, it was lucky that my friends able to get a nice table that night.

As I was the last person to reach the restaurant, I did not get to take more pictures as they were eating the first half of the dinner. Here is what I ordered that night,
Karaage Sabashio Gozen.

It comes with Tori Karaage (Japanese fried chicken), Saba Shioyaki (Grilled Mackerel), a bowl of Misoshiru (Miso Soup), Tsukemono (a pickled radish) and a bowl of Japanese rice. It is simply delicious dinner of that night. I love the Saba and Karaage, it is a worth of value set.

My friends ordered the Sashimi 5 Kinds to share. Sashimi is fresh and the portion is just right to be shared with small group of people. The restaurant is famous with its yakitori. You can order them from their menu and they will serve it hot.

 

Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru

Address: 177 River Valley #B1-48, Liang Court Shopping Mall, Singapore 179030.

My ex-colleagues wanted to have some sushi for lunch when another colleague suggested to go to Liang Court so that he could buy ingredients for weekend’s cooking from the Medi-ya supermarket. Then, we decided to go to Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru, the Japanese restaurant which is located within the Medi-ya eatery area.

Since they picked the sushi from the conveyer belt, I decided not to have a heavy meal and therefore, I ordered the Wakame Ramen. It is served hot with lots of seaweed. The soup is clear and nice, it goes well with the ramen.

Next is the Bara Chirashi Donbori. It is really nice when I tried it myself during the second visit where by I ordered the rice and noodle set. It is a small bowl set of the Bara Chirashi and Wakame Ramen. Simply satisfying meal with generous and fresh ingredients.

While other colleagues ordered their own meal as well, The Cold Chasoba looked generous in portion.

And I missed out the name of this two set meals,

 

Sanpoutei Niigata Ramen

Sanpoutei Niigata Ramen, Singapore.
Address: Shaw House, 253 #B1-04/05 350 Orchard Rd. Singapore 238868.

For some reason last month, I landed myself at this Japanese ramen restaurant which is located at the Shaw House and tried their signature ramen. It is my first time visit to this place and this restaurant.

I ordered the Tonkotsu soup ramen and it is no regret at all although it is not a highly recommended ramen from the menu. It comes with soft boiled egg, two pieces of porky meat and seaweed. At first, the portion does look small to me. As soon as I try the soup, I believe I will have a filling ramen as my lunch.

The six hours simmered tonkotsu broth to get the delicious and concentrated soup. It is rich and I love the soup. Do they allow refill soup? The ramen is said to be handmade and it is cooked al dente. I also noticed that it is different shape, slightly thicker and more filling. Oh heavely!

You can order other add on if you wish. Otherwise, a hot green tea is good too.