Thursday, April 29, 2010

Marutama Ramen, The Central

Yes, it had taken me this very long to come down to Marutama (6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #03-90/91 The Central @ Clarke Quay, tel : +65 6534 8090) and after two separate visits, I have to say that the ramen at this joint agrees with me pretty well. In the earlier days of this ramen-ya, what kept me off were the horrendous queues. Which doesn't seem to be as deterring these days. At least for the weekdays it seems.

What made the ramen agreeable with me here was the thick chicken broth which was enjoyable and the thin eggy ramen which resembled the chewy and wiry Hong Kong styled noodles which I like. Both the charshu and what tasted like shoyu tamago had noticeable flavors of soy sauce with the former being one of the well done sliced pork I've had, albeit in really small slices. The seven nut soup however, tasted just a little spicy (in a Korean kind of way) and with no hints of nuttish-ness I was expecting from its name. The enjoyable side dish of daikon arrived piping hot and there was also a charshu bowl which did featured their enjoyable grilled pork, but didn't quite measure up for me as a donburi.

I must say that I'll definitely be back for some more.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cinnamon melts from McD

Old man Ronald has more tricks up his sleeves and this time round, it comes in a form of small and soft piping hot buns with melted marshmallows and generous amounts of a gooey cinnamon sauce. I think a single portion is probably much too much sugar for my likings. In spite of being very sweet, I could imagine this greasy snack to go quite well in the morning with a thick bitter brew.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Sims to me that.....

Here's a look at our local take of the "workmen's lunch" from my favorite economic rice store down at Whampoa Food Centre. I must have been ordering the same items from what I can recall in the past 3 visits I've made. Braised nonya chap chye, greasy fried egg with long beans, battered fried chicken and a steamed triple egg with minced meat. Sticking to a tried and true dishes or am I becoming boring?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The raw and the cooked at Tampopo

I'm getting this impression that the cooked food is pretty much what works for me at Tampopo rather than the uncooked ones, apart from a couple of nicely done rice bowls (special mentions to the negitoro don) that turned out to be rather enjoyable. The pricey chunky cut sashimi turned out to be quite mundane and did nothing to satiate what I missed from the chunky elegance of the late Wasabi Tei. The "toro" quality of the tuna was quite lacking in the department of the fat and instead, a little too sinewy for my liking. Despite being quite fresh, the fishes were definitely quite the different impression of what I thought I would be getting from what's seen on the menu.

On the other hand, the BBQ charshu tonkotsu ramen was almost deeply satisfying despite the fact that it didn't taste very much different from their standard Kyushu, black pork rib or their shabu pork renditions. The former held the appeal from having a teething edge of spiciness, but it didn't really diminish very much for this bowl which didn't come with the benefit of the dollop of mentaiko. That coming from the bias of someone who generally enjoys the warm creamy broth of tonkotsu ramen.

End of ramble.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The obento box from Nanbantei today...

It's been quite a while since I've come down to Nanbantei for lunch and I predictably ended up with their obento set which features some of the grills and rice with toppings. I should try something else the next time just to see if the other options are good. Nothing much has changed. The food was still agreeably good. I still felt hungry afterwards.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Keisuke Tokyo, Parco Marina Bay

Decided to make the trip down after hearing about this place (9 Raffles Boulevard, #P3-02 Parco Marina Bay, Millenia Walk, tel : +65 6337 7919) and their special prawn based broths for their ramen. This shop that comes from a small chain in Tokyo is apparently the first outlet outside of Japan and honestly, I was a little disappointed after everything.

Despite the claims of the owner having been a chef for French cuisine in Japan for a dozen years and making shrimp consomme, the broth of the ebi ramen tasted very much like a greasy prawn noodle soup, albeit with some fancier toppings of prawn wanton, chicken slices and picked vegetables plus some thinly shaven shreds of yuzu creating a dimension to the flavors of the flat broth. Speaking of which, the special option which was provided on menu meant just extra portions of the said chicken, picked vegetables and an egg on the side. The only thing that I personally felt enjoyable were the chilled thick slices of chicken which was really quite similar to a sober drunken chicken. The straight yellow noodles were actually nicely chewy, but it wasn't the type that I really liked in ramen so that probably didn't help much in any positive perception of things.

Doubt I would make the effort just to come back here again.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin, ION Orchard

Out of the numerous food outlets that has popped out of ION, this shop (2 Orchard Turn, #B4-39/40 ION Orchard, tel : +65 6509 8101) which originates from the Ginza district of Tokyo was one of those that had caught my attention for a while and also turned out to be one of the better eats in the overwhelming sea of stalls (Arinco King just dropped out of the map here so they don't count). Although not in the leagues of places like Tonkichi or Tampopo or even Romantic Kobe, this one I suppose was still decently acceptable. Though I would probably have to come back again (which I probably will) to be sure since the hire katsu that came with this rice bowl option was smothered in the sweet and savory soy sauce that led to a soggy breaded exterior.

Still the filet was quite tender and nicely marinated through, coming with generous portions and a rather tasty miso soup on the side that had thinly sliced strips of pork belly in them. There was also a pork rice bowl which wasn't as small as we were led to believe that was actually decently acceptable (though not as awesome as the one at Baikohken) if a little dry on the meat and some cheese katsu sandwich which featured very thin slices of cheese that couldn't be tasted. Still, it was probably a nice sandwich option with nice breaded pork fillings. A better sandwich could probably not be found in the building.

I'll probably be back to try the unagi katsu another time.