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My Body Is Here, But My Soul's In Japan

My Body Is Here, But My Soul's In Japan

Featuring Tendon Kohaku (Suntec City), Seiwaa Okonomiyaki & Teppanyaki Restaurant, Don.档, Katsudon Hanakatsu, Don Meijin, Shirokane Tori-Tama, Tsukada Nojo (Plaza Singapura), Yuki Onna (Far East Square), Boru Boru, FOMO
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Who needs cake anyway with Sumo Bar Happy’s birthday promotion; FREE sashimi slices = your age! Came down for a family celebration and got 60 slices of thick, firm salmon.

You’ll have to make a reservation within seven days before/after the actual birthday with a minimum of four pax and each diner needs to order a main, but the food’s good anyway, so no issues there. 👅Time to check your calendars for upcoming birthdays!


A new mazesoba is available at Ramen Champion Bugis+’s Teppan no Hoshi stall! Doesn’t break the mold, but this is one solid bowl of thick noods with great chew. Chef Horikawa gives this an awesome hit of spice with his chilli paste and original sauce blend. Heavy flavours, but oh so tasty.


If the selection of oden is too overwhelming, maybe the Oden Mori is for you. Pre-selected, this set gives you bigger bang for your buck with six items: konbu ($2), daikon ($2), konyaku ($3), chikuwa ($3), fried tofu ($5) & the oh-so-tender beef tendon ($5). The broth it comes served in is really light but that doesn’t compromise on flavour. Everything also comes slicked in this slimey but tasty coating too, sounds gross but I enjoyed it. 😂

Not sure if the items in the set change but it’s a pretty good option if it’s your first time here.


Stream angler liver with soy vinegar was the description. For those who haven’t had ankimo before, it’s smooth and actually doesn’t taste of much, just a very light, livery flavour. Paired wonderfully with the bright ponzu sauce and crunchy slivers of kelp.


New sister concept from Nobu-Ya, Yama-Ya is a oden-centric spot serving up great izakaya style food and rice bowls (also, they don’t have the drink requirement of their more grown up counterpart).

Can I take a second to talk about this salmon ikura bowl? 8 slices of salmon. A sea of ikura on a bed of rice topped off with furikake. $16.80. Sheer bliss... The oden was good, but this is what I’ll be back for. They also have a mini kaisen don at the same price, but that’s a lot smaller (unless you splurge for the $24.80 bowl).


Konjiki Hototogisu‘s new outlet in Great World City shines the spotlight on another mollusc; the oyster. You won’t find whole ones in the ramen, but it’s worked into the broth itself for a unique briney flavour that I loved. Try the clear broth before mixing in the stronger flavoured oyster paste.

The ramen itself has a wonderfully good bite to it, attributed to the whole grain flour from Hokkaido that’s used to make it. While our non-oyster fanatics at the table still did enjoy this too, I’d say if you actively don’t enjoy oysters, this probably isn’t for you. But the good news is that they have really tasty tonkotsu ramens available too!


The new Donki at City Square Mall has a pretty awesome food hall and you can get a pretty good chirashi bowl from Bonta Bonta. It might not look like much, but we enjoyed the fresh mix of raw tuna, salmon and roe on a bed or vinegared rice. It even comes with a small side of edamame and miso soup. Nothing groundbreaking but a satisfying fix for your chirashi cravings.


Another place ticked off the wishlist! Knew I had to try them when I heard they use a clam/pork broth – no MSG added at all. I’d definitely recommend the shio over the shoryu; it tasted a lot cleaner and you get more clarity from the soup base. They also add white truffle oil over the black truffle in the shoryu ramen, which tasted a lot more distinct. Even the ramen itself is tasty! They use a special “hara-ru-koi” whole grain flour that is healthier and gives it a nice bite. A bowl of comfort I won’t mind returning to. 🍜


Had a quick dinner at the new Menya Kokoro at Eat At Seven. I love Kajiken’s maze soba, so I’ve been really keen on trying this newcomer’s rendition.

Kinda like bak chor mee, mix everything up well and give it a taste before adjusting with the chilli flakes and kombu vinegar. Theirs is intensely flavoured; the meaty chilli sauce is quite salty but almost balanced out by the minced garlic, spring onion, chives and seaweed. You’ll find the noodles here thick and chewy too, making for a really nice bite. Overall though, still prefer Kajiken as this did feel a tad overwhelming.


Another venture by Ramen Keisuke, there’s only two options on the menu; US Prime Beef and this. Do yourself a favour and make sure you at least try the wagyu option!

Prepared right in front of your eyes, the chef swishes the delicate beef slices in the sukiyaki broth before delicately placing it on top a bed of rice and uber soft tofu. It’s been a while since I’ve had such entrancing beef; fatty, rich, melt-in-your-mouth goodness! Open from next week onwards, I expect queues for their limited seating, so head down early!


Crazy value for money and super tasty; this hotpot set lunch (available Wednesday/Friday) is a blessing in this rainy weather. Pick between pork shabu, chicken thigh, fish slices or get it all with the mixed set. Accompanying the proteins is a shiitake paste, assorted veg, tofu, fish cake and more! Slide everything into their tangy, refreshing Yuzu soup for pure comfort...

While the food was great, the teething issues were obvious. Understaffed and a bit confused was our lunch experience in general today. We ordered three sets to share between the four of us, but the new waiter-on-the-job said she could only offer us three sets of cutlery. Managed to clear things up but do factor in a longer waiting time if you’re making a trip down.


The offspring of the infamous Nobu-ya, Motsu-ya offers a more casual, no-frills setting to get your fix of Japanese comfort food. Their chirashi bowl came packed generously with seafood and it would have been great if not for the unseasoned, warm rice it was served with. This kinda resulted in a weird in between where some slices of fish got stuck in a state of hot in some spots and cold in others (cue Katy Perry). This would be something I’d be back for if only they changed the rice. 🍚


Community dude at Burpple that loves food and exploring culinary escapades on our tiny island.

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