Japanese

Japanese

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Jason Wong
Jason Wong

Off the beaten track(extremely) in one of the sleepiest HDB estates I’ve been to, @reiwasoba.sg is opened by a Japanese couple and they sell buckwheat soba freshly made on-site by their Thai cook(who has also left her mark on the menu with some Thai dishes). To keep costs low, they run the business out of a kopitiam in Kelantan Lane, with an idyllic view of Rochor River.

I braved the journey there mostly to satisfy my curiosity for such an odd combination of location, culture and circumstance, as well as for the food of course.

The noodles are decent - delicate and slightly firm, and go well dipped into the aromatic tsuyu made with chilli oil, chicken and fish broth. With only a few thin slices of Spanish pork, $12 is a little on the steep side and I left still feeling hungry, but the quality is definitely there.

Taste: 3.5/5

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The folks at @fukudonsg have got their mise en place and kitchen line down to a tee, enabling them to serve a steady stream of customers quickly. This doesn’t always work in their favour. While the beef was tender and unctuous, the onsen egg yolk was already overcooked. Nevertheless, spot on flavours, although as always, their rice bowls could definitely do with more sauce.

Taste: 3/5

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Oh my stars, look at that golden crust encasing each glistening piece of meat. A pity it was already soggy by the time i received it. I expected pork belly to be more fatty and tender, but this was lean if still tasty. The soft scrambled eggs with onion was perfectly cooked, howeverIi wish there were more of it or at least had some sauce to go along with the plentiful rice below.

Taste: 3/5

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I'd be hard-pressed to find another place serving a salmon don of this quality at this price point and because of their budget friendly yet tasty donburis, the queue starts forming way before their shutters go up for lunch everyday at noon.

Each serving comes with 3 pieces of succulent, oily salmon coated in a tangy shoyu lemon glaze and a side of @fukudonsg Japanese tomato salad over a bed of al dente calrose rice. While the portion is small, every bite is flavour packed. If you want to get your hands on this, come before 1pm because it’s one of their bestsellers and they run out of it inevitably.

Taste: 3.5/5

Salad at a hawker stall and Japanese-style at that? Consider me sold. Chunks of fresh local tomatoes and Japanese cucumber dressed in a goma sauce are the primary components here. What makes it a little more special are the translucent strings of white onion which have been lightly pickled to take away the rawness, unexpected but welcome segments of sweet mandarin and a savoury sprinkling of furikake to finish. All these lend depth of flavour and texture to something that could have ended up as an afterthought.

Taste: 3/5

One of the better tonkotsu ramens I’ve had in Singapore – the soup is rich and creamy, redolent with porcine goodness, but I’m missing the overt saltiness and smoky flavour profiles more commonly found in ramen in Japan. One good thing though is that this doesn’t leave you thirsty like a camel.

On to the other components – I prefer chashu that’s more fatty and melt-in-your-mouth, while this was lean and a little chewy, and the noodles were a little too soft for my liking, but all in all, this is still a good eat.

Taste: 3/5

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Indulgently cheesy on top with just a hint of char, the gyozas themselves were average and a little dry, but sufficient enough as a side dish to momentarily sate our dumpling cravings.

Taste: 3/5

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It’s quality, honest-to-goodness home-style Italian cooking like this that will keep customers coming back. The sauce really shines – unctuously umami and slightly smoky from the bacon, coating every strand of spaghetti in addictive goodness.

Thanks @burpple for the invite and @piu39_italianpizzabar for the hospitality!

Taste: 3.5/5

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Great fried chicken that’s crunchy and juicy, but there’s only 3 pieces and everything is in dire need of sauce, meaning it’s not quite bang for buck and you might be hungry again in a few hours. They’ll need to ante up their game amidst the stiff competition for the thronging lunch crowd in Boat Quay.

Taste: 3/5

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Lunch yesterday was big ass juicy Japanese chicken balls on a stick and fried chicken nugs covered in thick and creamy egg mayo over rice. Did you also say salad, miso soup and a scoop of ice cream? Why yes please.

Taste: 3.5/5

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A little pricy for an everyday CBD lunch option but definitely worth your buck if you’d like to treat yourself, this bowl is loaded with salmon cubes dripping with aburi-ed mentaiko sauce and tobiko. The onsen egg also helps justify what you’re paying for.

Taste: 3.5/5

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Straight up value for money chirashi don swimming in tuna and salmon chunks, flying fish roe and ikura. The onsen egg lends itself as a natural sauce that adds viscosity and flavour to both the rice and fish. This is ideal for those who want a light and healthy option at Le Coq.

Taste: 3.5/5

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