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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Minang Kitchen

Address: 1 Venture Avenue #07-07 Big Box, 608521.

My colleagues stationed at Jurong client’s side recommended me to try this Nasi Padang from the Minang Kitchen which is located at the Big Box, one of the pretty authentic Indonesian food in Singapore.

We went to this restaurant during the lunch time peak hours and I saw a little queue at the counter and there was plenty of seats available. Do not need to worry about the seats as the restaurant can cater big crowd of people.

My colleague recommended me to try their beef in which I, myself also thought the beef should be great one. I ordered the beef which was tender and delicious, tofu with Tempe and telur dadah. My colleague added, it served best chili, the green one is said to be nicer, spicier and hotter than red one, so I took both with white rice.

They serve dendeng, an Indonesian dried sliced meat, preserved with sugar and spices and dried through the frying process. It is a Minangkabau cuisine, so I guess that is how the restaurant named after.

 

Lady M

Lady M, 3 Gateway Drive, #02-25/26 Westgate, Singapore 608532.

After the team lunch at the Din Tai Fung, my boss asked for a dessert place for second round. I did not expect there would be a second round, therefore, I did a quick search for desserts around the JEM and Westgate. Since, West side of Singapore is my less travelled place and I am not a dessert person, finding a good dessert place gives me some challenges.

Finally, we settled down at Lady M at Westgate. Lucky the place was able to accommodate large group of people. Initially the waitress wanted us to sit on the high table, which we rejected and asked them to combine some of the tables for us at one corner.

Lady M, specialized on mille crepe cakes which was said to be no less than twenty paper-thin handmade crepes layered with ethereal light pastry cream. They are  using the combination of French pastry techniques with Japanese etiquette of precision, Lady M prides itself on creating fresh and finest cakes.

They do offer set of two cakes with 2 drinks of your choices. During our visit, it was March, the Japanese sakura season, they serve specially made Sakura berry mille crepe cake.

The strawberry pastry cream layered on the the twenty thinned layer crepes. It tastes slightly sweet toward the end, and I do not recall if I tasted the sakura floral smell. If you do not like the favoured cake, you can always go for their signature cake, the Original Crepe Cake.

They do offer normal type of cakes. One of them is the chocolate cake which my colleague ordered and I tried a small bite. It is very rich chocolate cake. My personal preference after trying most of them is the Matcha crepe cake.

If you are going there with a group of people, I would not suggest you to order too many set of cakes because you may end up repeating the same cakes among your friends. Besides that, the portion of the cake is good enough for sharing.

Chicken Rice

Address: Happy Hawkers, #01-273, 132 Jurong Gateway Rd, 600132, Singapore.

It is located just right behind the Food Clique and it is my second visit to this chicken rice stall after my accidental discovery that it sells chicken rice at cheapest price. It has roasted pork and barbecue pork as well. I guess usually people will order a combination of different dishes. It comes with a small bowl of soup as well.

I pretty enjoyed the chicken rice here and would like to visit again whenever I am in Jurong East. It is cheap, filling and tasted good, that is important.