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.

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Wanton Fu

Famous with its slogan, “special homemade hot chili sauce and wantons”. I visited Wanton Fu a few times as it is located ARC 380, near by my current office and not far from the Bendemeer MRT. Simple setting, the shop is quite packed with people during the lunch time.

This is how the chili sauce that they mentioned in their banner. Their label is extra spicy. In my personal opinion, it is hot and spicy chili sauce, a good mix for dry type of wanton noodle.

Usually, I will order the dry wanton noodle. The noodle is not the normal wanton noodle, the handmade noodle is slightly thicker and they cooked it al-dente and not soggy even we eat slowly.

The noodle quality and quantity remain same as compared with older pictures I took previously. The tiny sliced char siew (barbecue pork) laid on top of the noodle while the three small sized wantons at the bottom of the noodle. With green pickled chilies and fried garlic mixed with their homemade chili, fill up my stomach. Besides that, there is a free flow of pork lard too.

Additionally, I tried their fried wantons too. The fried wantons are the same as those served in the bowl of wanton noodle.

Overall, the wanton noodle is not something exceptional good in my personal opinion. I liked their different style of noodle, thicker and handmade. Most of the bloggers recommended to try the fried ngoh hiang.

Address: 380 Jln Besar, #01-09 ARC 380, Singapore 209000.

Geylang Bahru Market: Hui Wei Ban Mian

Many online foodies recommended to try the ban mian from the stall called Hui Wei Ban Mian which is located at Geylang Bahru Food Market. The signature chili ban mian is a little soggy, missed out the chewy texture of what a noodle should be. The noodle soaked up the quite salty sauce quickly. I am not sure whether the ban mian or mee hoon kueh will have a better texture than u-mian.

The onsen egg is good, the ingredients are generous and the chili paste is spicy, it gave some kick when mixed with the noodle. I believed the saltiness of the sauce came from the minced meat. The soup is also salty which I think it needs some improvement to it. It maybe goes well with soup based noodle but I am not sure too because I did not try their soup based noodles’ selections. They offer variety types of noodles, from meat to seafood, both spicy and non-spicy.

I always think the soup based should be tasted with light sweet of the essence from the seafood and meat cooked during the preparation of a bowl of noodle.

The queue is quite long during lunch time, however the lady takes the orders while queuing so it saves some time from there.

Address: 69 Geylang Bahru, #01-58, Singapore 330069.

Din Tai Fung

The Steamed Chicken Soup from Din Tai Fung is one of the good recommendations of dishes to order from this restaurant. I searched online for the ingredients to boil this chicken soup. The ingredients are quite simple, they are one whole chicken, Shaoxing wine (Chinese rice wine), scallions (just need the trimmed ends) and fresh ginger.

My colleague tried to boil this soup before but unsuccessfully to get the right taste from the recipe. Does anyone try to boil the same soup before? Mind to share your experience?

It is a real chicken soup made of fresh ingredients and tasted well, not oily but it is slightly strong with ginger taste. The chicken meat is not overly cooked which I think it is boiled separately from the main soup based.

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.

Koon Bak Kut Teh

Address: 119 Lavender Street, Singapore 338731.

It was sunny and hot day to walk out for lunch and it was too boring to eat around our office, so we ended up somewhere nearby, not too far away from our location. It is a franchise Bak Kut Teh’s restaurants, Koon, which can be found in several locations in Singapore. I ordered the Singapore Braised Meat Rice for myself and the rest of them tried the Signature Sesame Oil Chicken.

It came with few pieces of the braised pork belly, braised half boiled egg, some salted vegetable, braised peanuts and half piece of the fried tau pok (beancurd) on top of the white rice in a small porcelain bowl. The well braised pork belly were quite fatty as usual and it melted in my mouth easily. With the braised meat’s sauces, the soft peanuts and the salted vegetable mixed well with the white rice.

It could be one of the good choice of dish if you do not want to eat bak kut teh at this restaurant. Besides, braised half boiled egg, you can change it to salted egg too.

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.