Ramen Santouka

Hubby and I went to Ramen Santouka at Central for dinner. After researching on the internet (with acknowledgements to the Skinny Epicurean), we tried the tokusen toroniku ramen. Hubby ordered the spicy version and upsized it, while I ordered the shoyu version and downsized it.

We enjoyed the succulent and tender pork slices, which is purported to be from the cheeks from the pig. The pork slices were served separately to display the level of marbling of fat. Yum! Hubby found the spicy soup delicious and that the level of spice was adequate enough to let the eater know he was drinking spicy soup, and yet not too spicy that it detracts from the other flavours of the broth. As for me, I found that while the soup was delicious, it was a tad salty for me. Well, that’s a personal preference as I don’t take foods that are too salty. We found the noodles were al-dente. Also, I was surprised that the restaurant was flexible in offering sizes to suit different level of appetite. In all, we enjoyed the meal and will be back J.

Ramen Santouka is located at the Central, #02-76; it’s a corner unit overlooking Clarke Quay. Ramen Santouka does not take reservations and currently accepts cash only, although plans are in place to accept credit cards in the future.

Tomo Fine Dining

Hubby wanted to eat Indian or Japanese food yesterday. As I’m not exactly a fan of Indian food, I opted for Japanese food. Did some research on new Japanese places to eat…I was actually thinking of Minori. But after reading unfavourable reviews about it posted on the internet, I decided to try something else. In the end, I decided to try Tomo Fine Dining at Marina Square. What intrigued me was it had Omakase, which I understand that you place your trust in the chef and he will dish out your meal based on the ingredients he has on hand, and of course after taking into account your dietary considerations.

When we were there, the waitress recommended us an 11-course (including dessert) meal which was under the Amex/UOB 1-for-1-at $138 promotion. It sounded like a good deal and we therefore ordered that meal.

Gosh, it was certainly a filling meal and the food was simply delicious….We had:

  • 2 starters: a seaweed salad and cuttlefish crackers accompanied with a dip comprising mayo studded with fish roe. We like the salty-sweet taste of the cuttlefish crackers paired with the dip
  • Sashimi: salmon, tuna, prawn, squid, and 2 other fish which I don’t know. Think one of them is yellowtail. The sashimi was extremely fresh and of good quality! For the salmon, you can taste the marbling of the fat. As for the prawn head….yum!
  • Skewers of mushroom and pork with lady’s fingers
  • Saba fish…yum there was a layer of fat beneath the fish…
  • Soup with clams, tofu
  • Prawn with mayo
  • Beef teppanyaki…the beef was so tender and it melted in the mouth….
  • Sushi: the type that meat was the star, not the rice
  • Fish/scallop fried with a sauce of made of roe?
  • Green tea ice-cream: I like that the ice-cream was infused with a hint of green tea fragrance. Hubby preferred to have stronger green tea taste. But I think it’s just nice, I don’t particularly fancy green tea overpowering the taste of the ice-cream, rendering a bitter after-taste.

We saw Japanese musk melon being served and therefore ordered a slice too. It was really sweet, yet refreshing.  Sorry, no pictures of the meal, as we were busy polishing the meal.

In all, we were extremely satisfied with the meal. Hubby was happy with place and he liked that the tables were well-spaced apart, not crammed together.  The wait staff were also polite, attentive and non-intrusive. He pronounced that he will be back!  I’m glad that Hubby likes my recommendation. I thank the Skinny Epicurean for recommending this place in her blog, and not forgetting the reviewers on the Hungrygowhere website.

Tomo Fine Dining is located at Marina Square, #02-03, nearer to the Merrill Lynch end I think.

Japanese Beef Curry from Shiseido

I had previously asked a Japanese colleague to recommend me his favourite commercial curry mixes as my hubby loves Japanese-style curries. Lo and behold….when he returned from Japan for a short trip last week, he bought me 3 highly recommended beef curry mixes. I was so happy! Hubby was even happier… He was so excited that he cooked one of them yesterday.

This curry mix is from Shiseido – yes, the famed Japanese cosmetic company. My Japanese colleague explained to me that the Shiseido shop in Ginza has a café which is famous for its beef curry. Hence a mix was created for the customers’ convenience.

Here’s the box of curry mix…was told that it wasn’t cheap….

Front of the box…

Back of the box…

The ingredients…Clockwise from left: big onions, beef, carrots and potatoes

The finished product…

The verdict…

The sauce was in a paste (liquid), which Hubby found more tricky to cook. He preferred to cook from a block (solid) – his favourite brand to date is Vermont (with a hint of apple and honey), also recommended by the same Japanese colleague.

Taste-wise, Hubby and I found little differences between Shiseido and Vermont – perhaps we couldn’t read the Japanese instructions and simply relied on instinct. Now, I’ve found an online translation website and I’ve learnt how to write hiragana, I can translate using the website 🙂.

Well for the time being, Vermont brand is our favourite due to ease of cooking…. Perhaps when I go to Japan, I will purchase the Shiseido curry mix and give a try again…

Let’s see how the other 2 brands perform.