Author: Alex Chua
Celebrating its 30th year anniversary, RE&S launches exciting promotions starting with ‘Mentaiko Madness’ at four of its restaurant concepts: Tokyo Eater Pop-Up Store, Kabe No Ana, Men-ichi Japanese Ramen and Ichiban Sushi. For those of you who are clueless about mentaiko – it is a mildly spicy version of tarako (salted cod roe), a popular umami-packed ingredient in Japan. Its versatility allows easy pairing with rice or noodles to create appetising snack or meal. For RE&S, the popularity of this crowd-pleasing ingredient inspires new culinary creations, and over 21 dishes from these four restaurants will have mentaiko in it.
Tokyo Eater Pop-Up Store
Leading the Mentaiko bonanza charge is Tokyo Eater Pop-Up Store, featuring a menu exclusively dedicated to all things mentaiko. From now till September, you can order items include Aburi Mentai Mayo Salmon Don ($14.80), Mentaiko Mazesoba ($12.80/ $13.80 with onsen egg), Mentaiko Mayo Cheese Imo Mochi ($2.30) and a not-to-be missed Mentaiko Ice Cream ($3.90).
Mentaiko Mazesoba is one case in point of how I would prefer my mazesoba to be. The deliciousness comes when you stir and mix the components of the dish before slurping. The al dente noodles is topped with generous hunk of mentaiko, pork chashu and bamboo shoots. Tossing this dish is a fun and aesthetically-pleasing endeavour and, of course, tasted on-point.
If you’re dining with a big group or family, then Ichiban Sushi could be the preferred dining option. Look forward to noteworthy dishes like the Kaisen Mentai Roll ($13.90), Tori Mentai Cream Udon ($12.90) and the unforgettable Ishiyaki Mentai Chazuke Wazen ($21.90). My all-time favourite Mentaiko Ice Cream is also served here =)
The Ishiyaki Mentai Chazuke Wazen (above) comes with flavourful stir-fried pork belly and onion pieces, served over rice in a hot stone bow; with a whole wedge of mentaiko, alongside seaweed-battered dory fish with Japanese tartar sauce, chawanmushi and mentaiko ice cream! Wholesome, complete, value-for-money, definitely suitable to those with big appetite!
Men-ichi Japanese Ramen
Well-known for their collagen rich tonkotsu soup made with the perfect balance of pork and vegetables, Men-ichi Japanese Ramen is one store I patronizes frequently whenever there is a need to satisfy my ramen-slurping indulgences. And Hakata Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen ($14.90) definitely hits the spot when it comes to comfort food. Brewed on high heat for over 10 hours, giving it a rich and milky consistency. Topped with ramen, spicy cod roe, Japanese charsiew, half-boiled egg, this piping hot bowl warms my soul like a welcoming embrace.
Kabe no Ana
Fun fact: did you know that Kabe no Ana is the original mentaiko spaghetti creator in Japan?
This Japanese-Italian fusion restaurant has upped the ante with four new mentaiko creations, including Mochi Mentaiko Pizza ($16.90), Mentaiko Gnocchi Set ($22.90), Mentaiko Maze Spaghetti Set ($21.90) and Mentaiko Cream Sauce Omu Rice Set ($22.90).
I simply find the thin-crust Mochi Mentaiko Pizza irresistible. Replacing the base with mentai mayo instead of tomato sauce and creative toppings such as Japanese mochi, squid, prawns and seaweed, making it a truly unique yet elevated pizza experience!
Saving the dessert to the last, the Mentaiko Ice Cream is rich and creamy with a spicy endnote. Taste like innocent vanilla ice cream yet intriguingly smoother with a satisfying kick in it. For the adventurous dessert-lovers, definitely remember to grab a cup before ending the meal!
Mentaiko Madness at RE&S Promotion Dates
From now till September (Tokyo Eater Pop-Up Store)
From now till 4 June (Men-ichi Japanese Ramen and Ichiban Sushi)
From 3 April until 2 July (Kabe no Ana)
Author: Alex Chua
Even if you’re not into Kpop or caught up with any Korea trend (yes that rare breed), you would be hard not to love Pizza Maru. One of the iconic pizza brands in Korea with more than 620 stores in its home country, Pizza Maru’s recent launch of the 2nd Singapore outlet meant 2 things – more pizzas and more fried chickens choices! I’ve tried the food myself and it’s that good.
And yes, Muslims can savour the taste of Pizza Maru too as they are Halal certified!
The cosy restaurant sits on the fourth floor of Bugis+, offering succulent dishes in its sleek and modern space. Amidst the pop-art deco and wordcloud wall, like-minded friends can chill or have a quick bite before spiriting away for a movie upstairs or continue their shopping. The service is fast, the location great and the food is meant for sharing.
What makes this pizza gem Pizza Maru is their dough. Yes, their secret sauce is in their dough. Pizza Maru’s Premium Pizza range is made with their patented, Green Tea Wellbeing Dough and their Chicago Pizza range, which is made with Black Rice Dough. As the doughs are patented, they import their flour from Korea to keep up with the consistency and the quality.
I admit it – I love sweets. Few things made me happier than a good pizza that would warm the stomach, and this place has good pizzas. I highly recommend the Real BBQ Chicago ($26.80 for regular 9-inch pizza). Made with Black Rice Dough, the crust was stuffed generously with Double Mozzarella and String Cheese, topped with Chicken hunk, Cream Cheese Mousse, Honey, Almond Flake, Icing Sugar and BBQ Sauce. It is a juxtaposition of sweet and savoury, a pizza to indulge into.
For some spicy fun with a punch, try the Mango Ocean Pizza ($19.80 for regular 9 inch pizza, $23.80 for large 12 inch pizza). Made with Green Tea Wellbeing Dough, the pizza is topped with Shrimp, Scallop, Squid, Onion, Mushroom, Mango, Black Olive, Broccoli, Pilaf Sauce, Spicy Buldak Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese. Caution: the sauce is really spicy!
With the flavours and crunchiness at the core of Korean-style Fried Chicken, their classic Original Fry ($15.80 for 6 pieces, $26.80 for 12 pieces) is something not to be missed. Crispy on the outside, moist and tender on the inside, I can crunch on that any single day! For those who has an inclination towards hot and spicy chicken, go for the Supa Hot Dak Gangjeong ($16.80 for 6 pieces, $29.80 for 12 pieces). Similar to the Mango Ocean Pizza, the spicy level is quite substantial, while the chicken tender to the bone.
Pizza Maru is the go-to spot for hearty, comfort Korean food without bursting your budget. A little tip: don’t just let your gluttonous gut do the ordering. Be mindful to balance the richness of the pizzas and chicken with a smoot, creamy yet light Taro Latte ($6.90) and the Nok Cha Latte ($6.90).
201 Victoria Street, #04-03/04
Tel: 6634 0930
1 Northpoint Drive, #B1-192/193 (South Wing)
Tel: 6264 4307
I take a lot of supplements on a daily basis from my Vitamin pills to Iron tablets. I was also previously taking Heliocare Sun Capsules previously. However, I have recently shifted from Heliocare Oral Capsules to Heliocare Purewhite Radiance Max 240 because I am getting married and I want that extra radiance to shine on my big day.
It is recommended to take 1 tablet of Heliocare Purewhite Radiance Max 240 in the morning and 1 at night but honestly, I can get a little busy in the evening from my work & events so there are days where I consumed 2 tables at one go in the morning (right after breakfast).
I am already in my second month of the supplements and I can honestly see the results showing as my skin is indeed a lot more radiant and the 2 sunspots on my right cheeks are slightly lighter now.
I am not sure if this is physiological but the amount of concealer I use on the 2 sunspots are way lesser now. Even my friends commented that my skin looks as though it is glowing. When you friend praises you for your good skin, it means that you are doing something right!
By the way, if you also have uneven skin tone, it can also help even out your skin tone.
Now, let me share more about the ingredients found in Heliocare Purewhite Radiance Max 240. It is an oral supplement that contains FERNBLOCK® (extract of Polypodium Leucotomos a.k.a. fern) and White Tech Complex.
FERNBLOCK® contains antioxidants which can help to protect your skin against harmful UV rays and skin aging. With this protection, you do not have to worry much about pigmentation issues caused by the rays from the sun.
White Tech Complex on the other hand is formulated with Pomegranate extract, L-Cystine, Vitamins B3 and C that plays a big role in anti-aging and the inhibition of melanin production. This in turn, can increase the level of fairness of your skin and lighten the sunspots as well.
Please make me fair, I want Snow White to be my second name (haha!).
PSST: Heliocare Purewhite Radiance Max 240 do not just work on your face but your entire body!
I will strongly recommend this supplements to my friends!
Read more about the product here: http://heliocare.com.sg/purewhiteradiance/
Author: Alex Chua
Ever had duck ramen in Japan?
While duck is uncommon in Japanese cuisine, Chef Keisuke Takeda’s many years of French culinary experience in French cuisine is no stranger to this robust red meat. Dubbed the Japanese ‘Ramen King’ due to his diverse portfolio of 12 stalwart brands, including Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King, Ramen Keisuke Tori King and Ramen Keisuke Lobster King, his ‘kyudaime’, or ninth ramen concept and the 13th restaurant under Ramen Keisuke Group, is the first ramen restaurant dedicated only to duck.
The 32-seat eatery offers 5 ramen choices, including two variations of duck broth (rich and clear), spicy miso, tsukemen (dipping noodles) and mazesoba (dry ramen). All ramen is served with slices of premium Irish hybrid duck – favoured for its ample fat that adds to the tender texture and rich flavour of the flesh.
I love the Hybrid Duck Tsukemen (picture above) – $19.90 for its visually arresting presentation and the flavourful slices of duck. Not forget to mention the bowl of rich duck soup enhanced with bonito flakes for that extra oomph. Lovely!
For those who enjoy a light, succulent soupy ramen, the Hybrid Duck Broth Ramen (Clear Soup) – $14.90 | With Flavored Egg – $16.90 | Special – $19.90 is prepared with whole Irish hybrid duck and kelp. The clear soup is simmered over low heat for 5 hours to extract the distinctive essence of duck, while preserving a light and refreshing taste.
For a richer variant, try Hybrid Duck Broth Ramen (Rich Soup) – $14.90 | With Flavored Egg – $16.90 | Special – $19.90, where duck bones and herbs are added to the stock and boiled for at least 8 hours over a strong fire.
I’ve learnt something new. The ‘maze’ in Hybrid Maze Soba (Dry Noodles) – $14.90 means to ‘mix’, the components of this dish are meant to stirred and combined before slurping. The al dente noodles come topped with steamed duck slices, bamboo shoots and a deep-fried egg wrapped in seaweed. Tossing this dish is a fun and aesthetically-pleasing endeavour and, of course tasted on point. Which is why this is my personal favourite dish!
For those who needs rice as their staple food can order the Kamo Ju ($29.90), a simple rice bento with 10 generous, succulent slices of steamed pinkish duck. A fantastic treat for fitness buffs to up their protein level!
Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke
16A Lorong Mambong, Holland Village
Operating Hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm and 5pm to 10pm (weekdays), 11.30am to 10pm (weekends)
Author: Alex Chua
I am always thrilled when there is a new food option opening in the parks. Toriyard, the first Japanese yakitori joint to be located at Bishan Park, serves not only sumptuous yakitori. It also tries to convey a sense of home with nature’s lush greenery. And don’t be intimidated by the fancy exterior. The prices here are friendly, well suited for the residents here. It is a chic option for a good and inexpensive meal.
There are three seating arrangements in this 129-seater Toriyard – indoor, al fresco and the VIP room (picture above) where corporate functions can be held. The industrial aesthetic is kept minimalist with metal tables, freshened up with pops of color from the red accents and blue and green chairs. In the middle of the spacious glass house stood the open-concept grill station, where gourmands can relish the sight of their ordered meats cooked to perfection with Japanese-imported charcoal grills. The menu is curated and designed by Tokyo native Chef Hasegawa Isao who has had close to 4 decades of culinary experience in various countries including Japan, France and Malaysia.
The first dish – Sashimi Salad ($19) is a colourful, visually appetising starter. All the elements work. The robust slices of fish (salmon, swordfish and tuna), sweet prawns and the accompanying leafs of vegetables. Next, my favourite Onsen Tamago Cocktail ($17), which happens to be chef favourite as well, an elevated version of the onsen egg with foie gras, samon roe and sea urchin. The simplicity in taste and exquisite presentation only wows me asking for more of this dish.
Toriyard features an extensive Japanese yakitori (grilled skewers) in the menu. Expect the classic tori (chicken) skewers, along with grilled beef and pork, fresh seafood and vegetables that will please diverse palates. My personal favourites are the flavourful Gyu (US Angus Ribeye $8), Momo (Chicken thigh $7), and Ebi (tiger prawns $6).
Special mention about Momo, where Chef Isao demonstrated live to us how the chicken thigh meat is carefully rolled in chicken skin before being skewered and trimmed to ensure an even grill. His careful preparation of the dish shows in the crispy chicken skin juxtaposed against the tender, juicy chicken meat.
For dessert the Jikasei Chiffon ($14), a fluffy matcha-red bean chiffon cake served with warabi mochi and vanilla ice cream helmed from Hokkaido prefecture. The warabi mochi was outstanding with it’s smooth consistency, and the light dusting of soybean powder that was not too sweet. My only quibble with it is maybe there can be more red bean in the chiffon cake but that would be nit-picking.
1380 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Bishan Park 2, Singapore 569930
Facebook/ Instagram: @Toriyard
Tel: 9296 5988
Author: Alex Chua
If there’s something eventful in Singapore on 6 February, it would be the opening of Tendon Kohaku’s newest outlet at Chinatown Point. The largest seating capacity amongst the other three outlets, the 44-seater restaurant also boasts a private cosy corner that can host 12 to 14 diners. To make this a more remarkable and ceremonious occasion, Tendon Kohaku’s launched a new offering with a secret homemade sauce, exclusively available at Chinatown Point!
So what’s there to rave about the new opening of just another Tendon bar?
If you haven’t heard of them yet, Tendon Kohaku is widely recognised as the best tendon eateries in Singapore. You can find a long queue snaking out from its first outlet at Eat at Seven at Suntec City, and its about an hour-long, just to wait for a simple yet delicious bowl of rice with fried tempura atop. It’s secret? The draw factor lies in its rich batter, fresh ingredients and in-house sauce.
Now there’s something that could draw you specifically to its fourth outlet – the Seasonal (Winter) Special, Ocean Gems Tendon ($23) drenched in in-house secret wasabi sauce. Comprising of fresh catch such as prawns, oyster, snow crab, king crab meat, scallop and more, topped with glistening globes of ikura (fish roe).
Unlike the usual Tendon Kohaku’s bowls, there is no vegetables tempura here, just a galore of neatly stacked seafood. The tempuras are all fried in a special seaweed batter which lent a unique scent to the whole bowl. Among all the pieces, I particularly enjoyed the fried king crab meat and snow crab, both sweet and juicy, enwrapped with a noteworthy crunch. Initially I didn’t taste the distinctive tear-wrenching wasabi, it was only until further confirmation with the friendly service crew that I was supposed to mix the slab of wasabi paste on the outer bowl with the tempuras and the rice itself did I realize how the bowl should be consumed.
There’s a list of grain types for you to choose at no extra charge, and I chose the 16 multi-grain rice which is less sugar-loaded yet more nutritious.
Tendon Kohaku Chinatown Point
Chinatown Point #02-34 Singapore 059413
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 4:00pm, 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Last Order 30 Min before closing
Author: Sandra Koh
Since its birth 4 years ago, Beauty in The Pot has never failed to tantalise our palates and vanity souls with its delicious and beauty-enhancing soup broths (yes, we couldn’t resist its collagen broth). Despite the sprouting of various hotpot competitors, the brand does not lose its shine and continues to charm us with the opening of its largest outlet at One KM Mall.
Spanning over 7,600 square feet, the new outlet distinguishes itself from its “siblings” by channelling a pink princess vibe. The walls and ceiling take reference from the beautiful cherry blossoms during spring, while the flooring features white marble stippled with pink quartz. All we would say is the place is certainly a wonderland (and perfect IG backdrop) for all the ladies!
Besides being a heaven for the femmes, the place serves as a great venue for holding company gathering (birthday parties too) with its “private dining rooms with individual pots” concept. These rooms can cater up to 10 people, and we like the fact that it can be combined to form an even spacious room. Moreover, each pot comes with an exhaust system, so you can just sit back and enjoy the hotpot session in a well-ventilated setting.
For the foodies, you will be delighted to know that the outlet serves up to 6 soup bases which includes Signature Beauty Collagen Broth, Signature Spicy Nourishing Soup, Herbal Drunken Chicken Broth, Cooling Coconut Broth, Vitamin C Tomato Sweet Corn Broth and the vegetarian-friendly Longevity Wild Pine Mushroom Broth. A single pot retails from SGD 14, while a quart pot starts from SGD 5 each.
Our favourite is the Cooling Coconut Broth, which comprises of young coconut flesh, chicken’s feet, spare ribs and snow fungus. It offers a subtly sweet taste that gradually changes to savoury with every sip, and goes down easy on our throats. We recommend pairing the broth with seafood and vegetables, as too much meat might mask off the light coconut flavour. The Signature Beauty Collagen Broth won the second place in our hearts with its rich and flavoursome taste. Every sip was so comforting, as the flavours linger in our mouths.
There are also more than 20 condiments and sauces available, and as usual, patrons can choose to top up SGD 3.80 to enjoy the condiments and fresh fruits.
Some of the dishes that we recommend trying includes the Fried Beancurd Skin (SGD 4.90/half; SGD 9.80/full), Signature Homemade Fish Tofu (SGD 2/piece) and Ebiko Prawn Paste (SGD 18.80).
The Fried Beancurd Skin is irresistibly crispy, and you can enjoy it on its own or soak it in your preferred broth. Do not get fooled by its appearance, for it is not at all unctuous and hence not cloying. For the first timer, be sure to follow the 3 seconds cooking method, to get an interesting mix of textures (think beancurd skin with crispy interior and soft broth-soaked exterior).
The Signature Homemade Fish Tofu not only pleased us with its adorable shape but also its melt-in-your-mouth texture. In fact, one piece is never enough!
Handmade daily, the Ebiko Prawn Paste is shaped out of 100% prawn flesh. Every bite just sends a euphoric sensation down our spines as the Ebiko bits explode into a juicy punch in our mouths.
In conjunction with the opening, female patrons can look forward to receiving pink roses from the hunky male models during selected dates and times. Guests can also receive a pair of exclusive Beauty in The Pot chopsticks, along with an SGD 20 catering voucher (while stock last). Wait no further, and bring your fellow hotpot lovers over to Beauty in The Pot now!
Beauty in The Pot @ One KM
11 Tanjong Katong Rd One KM, Singapore 436950
Operating Hours: OneKM (#02-21): Daily 6.00pm to 10.30pm (Last order at 9.15pm)
OneKM (#03-38): Daily 11.30am to 3.00am (last order 2.15am)
Tel: +65 6702 2542
Author: Alex Chua
The Butcher’s Kitchen, one of the largest butcher retailers in Singapore with over 15 years of history, has launched Singapore’s first-ever Flaming Hokkaido Beef Bowl (U.P. S$23.90). Lauded as first-of-its-kind and doused with a Flaming cognac concoction for a culinary spectacle, contrarians would surmise that it is more sizzle than substance. But don’t just take my words, take it from the beef connoisseurs and gourmands and they are raving for it.
The reason? The meat’s origin – Hokkaido. Why Hokkaido? The island’s fairly low temperatures throughout the season allows the beef cattle to develop more fats naturally. Coupled with the fresh clean air, water and high-quality natural feed, making Hokkaido beef one of the highest quality in Japan. Rest assured that The Butcher’s stringent quality control ensures the meat imported are free of anti-biotic and hormone growth promotants (steroids).
Digging into this gourmet bowl is a delicious indulgence by itself. The beef slices are succulent, flavourful yet moist even after the flame. Topped with The Butcher’s Signature sauce and parsley for garnish, the cognac concoction imbues the premium beef with a subtle fruity and floral note. While you might not get drunk with this, the alcohol did elevate the taste profile and sensation of the meat.
And now there’s more cheer for your palate and pocket! As part of the Grand Opening Special, from 13 January to 14 February, The Butcher’s Flaming Hokaaaido Beef Bowl will go at 50% off!
Besides the star dish, there’s two other non-beef options: The Butcher’s Pork Bowl (U.P. S$12.90) and The Butcher’s Salmon Bowl (U.P. S$13.90). The Salmon features fresh Atlantic Salmon, which is farmed in Kvaroy, a tiny island off coast of central Norway. Lightly seared to retain moisture and a nice crisp at the edge, the salmon is something not to chomp down straight but to savour, every piece of it.
Liking The Butcher’s Pork Bowl is an acquired taste. Featuring The Butcher’s very own Thai-style Grilled Pork – the process of slow-roasting the meat allows the juiciness to be ‘lock-in’ while having the texture perfectly done. Imported from Linley Valley Western Australia, the Free-rang pork are of top quality and has a remarkable taste.
Overall, if you are looking for high quality, fresh and safe meat with a foretold knowledge of its origins guaranteed by the meat specialist, then you come to the right place. The Butcher’s Kitchen is quintessentially fine dining on delicious, top-notch meat without breaking the banks or the formalities.
The Butcher’s Kitchen
Suntec City Mall, #02-472 Singapore 038989
Mondays to Fridays: 11am – 3pm/ 5pm – 9pm
Saturdays and Sundays: 11am – 9pm
Autho: Sandra Koh
Before we realise, we are only less than a month away from the gou (狗) den Chinese New Year. While our zodiac animal calendar is a repeating 12 years cycle, things seem to be more exciting when it comes to the variety of our well-loved prosperity Yusheng (thanks to the innovative chefs). Speaking of new Yusheng ideas, we recently got to try the first-ever soba yusheng at Japan’s number one soba restaurant –Nadi Fujisoba Ni-Hachi (and boy we’re totally digging it)!
The vibrant colours of the dish are not only an appetite provoker but an eye pleaser too. The dish is layered with strips of crabsticks, tamago, winter melons, purple cabbage, Japanese cucumber, ginger, carrot and radish and paired with a generous medley of fresh orange cubes, salmon, seasoned octopus, seaweed, jellyfish and tobiko. Being a soba specialist, the restaurant cleverly buried both the soba and fried soba below the colourful tower of ingredients to provide some added crunch and pulls all the ingredients together with its special sesame sauce.
All in all, the dish is refreshing and provides an interesting mix of textures (think crunchiness from the fried soba and chewiness from the cold soba). With the combination of fibre, protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates, this scrumptious rendition will certainly make your reunion healthier. This yummy yusheng is affordably priced at SGD 38.80 (8 pax), and is available from 16 January to 28 February 2018.
Besides the innovative offering, the restaurant will also be launching the Girls’ Festival Special Set ($19.80, 1st Feb-31st March), meant to celebrate Hinamatsuri, or Dolls’ Day or Girls’ Day, a special occasion in Japan celebrated each year on March 3rd. The set comprises of 2 offerings- Chirashi Sushi and Hamaguri Soba, along with a Hinaarare snack.
The Chirashi Sushi sets itself apart from its competitors with the usage of carrot, shiitake mushroom, konjac, snap peas and tobiko beside the usual sliced salmon. We loved how the vinegared rice provided a slightly sweet and tangy taste that slowly lingered in our mouths.
While the Hamaguri Soba showcases 2 pieces of calm imported from Japan, perched atop a bed of al dente soba, all in the fragrant soup. The soup was rich and smooth with a strong yet not too overwhelming shouyu taste, in fact, it was really refreshing (thanks to the orange peel) and left us craving for more.
Toss to a healthier CNY with Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi at:
100 Tras Street,
#03-14, 100 AM