Monday, March 27, 2017

Takujo: Emporium Shokuhin Signature Card Dishes

Takujo

Japanese food is tons in Singapore. In case you are looking for the finest one, Takujo tends to be the answer. Established years ago, Takujo has successfully redefined the quality of fresh ingredients and elevate it to the new heights. Headed by one of the best chefs in Singapore, all meal here is all looks amazing. Nevertheless, it still comes at reasonable prices.

Takujo

Takujo

Takujo

Nestled inside Emporium Shokuhin exactly at the front row of this Japanese food court, Takujo own a very spacious dining are. Stepped inside the venue, guest can see the wine chiller including 800 bottles of sake to red wine. In addition to that, the whole ambiance has been dominated by fancy table settings with purple touch and crystals. During my tasting, the staff is all well organized and ready to taking your order rapidly. From the service perspective, they got my B+ mark.

Chirashi Don

Chirashi Don

Start with the visually appealing menu called Chirashi Don (S$ 19.00). Featuring the great combination of succulent tuna, fresh salmon, fluffy tamago, and fresh cucumber for the remarkable light taste. Whenever you dig in, you can feel the stickiness of that rice together with firm texture of that meat. No additional sauce needed since it already tasty. If you love raw food, especially salmon, this menu is dedicated to you.

A5 Mizayaki Wagyu Beef

A5 Miyazaki Misuji

So far, I have consumed tons of wagyu beef in my life. But, this A5 Miyazaki Misuji (S$ 32.00) has created a new record for firmest meat in Singapore. That layer of meat is nicely executed and fresh, then grilled over hot char for stunning aroma. They served this with soy sauce, salt, and lemon on the side. Just try it one-by-one, so you have a different spectrum of flavor. Imagine having this with a bowl of steam rice and it might be perfect.

Special Ultimate Blend Ramen

Special Ultimate Blend Ramen

Special Ultimate Blend Ramen

Personally, Special Ultimate Blend Ramen (S$ 18.80) quite impresses me with the richness of that seafood-pork broth. That noodle, basically, has soaked up the richness of that soup and become a little bit soggy and smooth. That slabs of charsiu are set to elevate the overall quality of this dish since it tastes so juicy and tender. Just have it while it warm for the best experience.

Lobster Scallops Burger

Lobster Scallops Burger

Lobster Scallops Burger (S$ 28.00) is quite good. Both proteins are nicely executed with a little bit of smokiness and firmness while that bun surprisingly buttery and sweeter than what I expected to be savory. Paired with a bunch of thick-cut fries, this menu is totally heavy and packed with calories.

Chef's Sashimi Fuji Platter

Back to the raw food menu, this Chef’s Sashimi Fuji Platter for 2 (S$ 88.00) is what people's love. With sleek plating, thin cut of sashimi, and multiple varieties of sauce, guest can mix and match whatever they like. Cannot briefly explain more than that since my palate does not belong to this.

Varlhona Chocolate Cake

End up your night with the sweetest Valrhona Chocolate Cake (S$ 7.20) that absolutely rich and moist. The intense dark chocolate flavor with buttery crumble at the bottom is what impress me a lot. However, it taste too sweet for my liking. 

Apple Juice

For the beverage, they served tons of beer, wine, and juice. Right here, I show you the Apple Juice (S$ 5.90). From what I taste, it can be understood that use green apple to create this beverage and it tastes not sweet enough. However, it still refreshing, though.

Takujo

These are the ala-carte prices for the individual Signature Card dishes but those who purchase the Signature Card can enjoy all the dishes at only $99. Enjoying a total 56% of savings!

Takujo
6 Raffles Boulevard, #01-18 Marina Square
Marina Square
Nearest MRT: City Hall / Esplanade
RSVP: (+65) 6224 3433
Operational Hours:
10.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Hot Hot Pot: Spicy Hot Food in Singapore

Ma La Hotpot

Recently established a month ago, Hot Hot Pot is the newest venture in the downtown area of Singapore. Offering a freshly made fragrant hot pot with tons of ingredients to satisfy your spicy food crave. Ranging from the juicy luncheon meat to the succulent prawn, all set in vary different prices but still affordable.

For those who didn't know what is Ma La Hotpot, let me explain it a bit. Originally from Chongqing, China, Ma La Hotpot is a spicy dry hot pot that made using spicy dry chili, chili oil, and any choice of ingredients, then topped with roasted nuts and coriander. Knowing that not each of you can eat spicy food, there is a spiciness level that can be chosen from level 1 - 7. Personally, I prefer level 3 that taste not too spicy but still fragrant and have a bit of kick.

Hot Hot Pot

Hot Hot Pot

Hot Hot Pot

Hot Hot Pot

Hot Hot Pot

Tucked away in Food Republic Suntec City exactly at the front row beside Crystal Jade Kitchen, this latest brand owned a quite spacious food stall. The attractive food gallery with a clean design is easily spotted during my visit last time. However, the staff is not responsive when taking my order.

Fish

Tomatoes

Paprika

Luncheon Meat

Egg Noodle

There are around 20 different ingredients here including raw meat, fresh vegetables, and some kind of nuggets. Whatever you take will be weighed in grams in order to adjust the prices. Even for every meat, there would be a slightly different price as well.

Ma La Hotpot

Ma La Hotpot

My lasting favorite is Egg Noodle, Enoki Mushroom, Crab Stick, Fish Cake, and Tofu. This kind of combination is quite simple but seriously delicious. That crab stick and fish cake are quite juicy and fresh while that noodle is perfectly springy and bit of chewy. Stir fried with the ma la base, this meal is just comforting for one person only.

Ma La Hotpot

Ma La Hotpot

Another combination that I love is featuring the Po Chai, Chicken Sausage, Slices of Beef, and Beancurd. This kind of simple combination once again, deliver a strong wok aroma. I love the chewy texture of that beancurd that lasted for seconds. Paired with a bowl of steam rice and this menu is just delicious.

Hot Hot Pot

Hot Hot Pot is quite good in terms of taste and freshness. The ma la base here is not too strong but still authentic and delicious. The best point is affordable for everyone.

Hot Hot Pot
3 Temasek Blvd
Food Republic
115-120 Suntec City
Nearest MRT: Promenade
RSVP: (+65) 63 382 848
Operational Hours:
8.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)




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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Tsuta: The First Michelin-Starred Ramen in The World

Tsuta

Awarded as the only Michelin-Star ramen in the world in 2015, Tsuta climbed the popularity really fast. Originally from Tokyo and now landed in Singapore to satisfy your noodle crave. A bit background of them, Tsuta is founded by Chef Yuki Onishi in 2012. The name itself taken its inspiration from the Japanese word to appreciate ramen as the national proud dishes. Basically, Chef Yuki Onishi learns all the cooking techniques from his Father since he was kids and no wonder if you dine-in here, there is a sensational ramen plating process.

Tsuta

Tsuta

Tsuta

Nestled in Pacific Plaza exactly beside Adidas Sportswear, Tsuta own a mid-size dining area with only 18 seating available. Stepped inside the venue, guest can experience the real ramen dining experience with a huge open kitchen counter, classic table settings, and local chef dressed in Tsuta uniform. What makes them so interesting is the unstoppable cooking process along with the huge crowd from the customers outside. However, if you expect for a less waiting time, please come on a weekday around 2 pm - 3 pm.

Tsuta

Tsuta

Tsuta

Tsuta

Tsuta

Tsuta

Tsuta

Soba

All the menus here is housemade daily and none of them remain bulky. To prove it, they will exactly show the live cutting process of meat together with hot boiled soup in front of you.

There are two types of ramen available: Shoyu Ramen Special (S$ 21.90) and Shio Ramen Special (S$ 21.90). Initially, shows itself refer to soy sauce and shio associated with sea salt.

Shoyu Ramen Special

Shoyu Ramen Special

Start with the winning menu here called Shoyu Soba (S$ 15.00). The main reason why people choose this instead of the other one is because it's more flavourful and tasty. At first, I am quite skeptical with the soy sauce based soup, but fortunately, it tastes incredibly light and delicious. Within a bowl, you can expect for ultra-smooth noodle, juicy slabs of meat, bamboo shoots, and perfectly boiled egg for the complex combination. The real star there is that pork meat. I must admit it is the most tender and juicy meat I ever try in a bowl of ramen. Usually, when it goes with that soup, the texture will become much soggier. But this one, it seriously moist but a bit chewy. You can feel the meatiness texture of it.

Shio Ramen Special

Shio Ramen Special

Actually, I did not realize that each bowl of ramen need to be eaten immediately after they serve it right in front of you. I take around 10 - 15 minutes to finish my photo shoot session and the Japanese chef with his humble attitude kindly replace my bowl of noodle with the new one without any additional charge also he explains it to me that the secret of that ramen would last for only 5 minutes. That is he make the new one for me. Such a very pleasant dining experience.

Shio Ramen Special

Tsuta

Last but not least is Shio Soba (S$ 15.00). With same components and different soup based, this bowl of ramen got less flavor in my opinion. The noodle is smooth and has soaked up the richness of that soup but not even taste good enough. I do expect for more taste there while the overall texture is one that impresses me from this menu. Also, that slabs of meat, once again, taste so tender and lean. You don't even need to chew it since it will start dissolving in your mouth immediately.

Hot Tea

For the beverage, I make an order for the Hot Tea (S$ 2.90). It's warm, relaxing, and earthy. The perfect way to end-up your meal.

Tsuta

Tsuta is definitely worth a visit. The overall service is incredible and I do appreciate the Japanese local chef who area really humble to replace my meal with the hot one after taking a picture quite long. Perhaps, the real winner is that Shoyu Ramen Special with juicy slabs of meat.

Tsuta
9 Scotts Road, #01-01
Pacific Plaza, 228210
Nearest MRT: Orchard
RSVP: (+65) 67 344 886
Operational Hours: 
11.00am - 10.00pm (Everyday)




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