(PRODUCT SHARING) Namisato Akita Komachi Rice Noodles at METRO IPPIN

Red and white, the prominent traditional colors of Japan.

Komachi men” is a kind of noodle made from rice named Akita at Tochigi Prefecture. Komachi dough is kneaded, rolled out and sliced into long strips. ”Komachi men” is recommended to serve in soup flavored with soy sauce and mirin (sweet sake).
Comes in red and white, this noodles is great for celebration of happiness and joy since the colors mean strength (red) and purity (white) in Japan.
This flat noodles is very tasty and has a chewy texture. It can be kept under room temperature for 1 year.

To cook these chewy noodles:

1.Cook in boiling water for 3minutes

2.Rinse with cold water

3.Eat it in a hot broth or with a soy based dipping soup.

I love to cook this in my laksa broth or use them in my steamboat hotpot. Slurping good!

Please take note if you don’t eat this soon within 30min after cooking, it’ll turn soggy.

Get this Namisato Akita Komachi Rice Noodles from Tochigi Prefecture at Metro Paragon (lvl 2) & Metro Centrepoint (lvl 4) IPPIN section, selling at $8 each.

(PRODUCT SHARING) Furikake from Yamasu Japan at Metro IPPIN Section

Furikake (振り掛け / ふりかけ) is like a magic because it makes food that you sprinkled on so tasty.

The Japanese love their rice topped with something simple but flavorful such as raw egg, umeboshi, natto, furikake, & etc. For me, I love furikake the most because it is very tasty, convenient and beautiful aesthetically.

There are 3 types of furikake from Yamasu imported by IPPIN available in their shops. I have tried them and I love them all!

First up is the Plum Flake Furikake ($9). This has got amazing plum flavor, just like having umeboshi. Difference is, this has added white sesame seeds, mackerel and bonito flakes, a very appetizing and uplifting seasoning and goes really well with rice. 😋

Next up, the Sesame Flake Furikake ($9). Sesame lovers must get this because it has a good mixture of black & white sesame seeds that tasted extra fragrant with the kelp powder in it. I love to sprinkle this on my chee cheong fun (steamed rice rolls) to give extra crunch and tastiness.

My favorite of all is their Dried Baby Sardines Flake Furikake ($9). This tasted so good and can be used on rice, porridge, meat, fish, salad or anything you fancy. You can even mix this in your mayonnaise for dipping to fried food! The lovely aroma from the sardines and umaminess from other fishes (mackerels & bonito) make this furikake very appetizing and healthy. The beautiful colors make my dishes very pretty too!

Get these Yamasu Furikake at IPPIN and make your own magic. 💫 They can be found at Metro Paragon (lvl 2) & Metro Centrepoint (lvl 4) IPPIN section along with many others food selections from Japan.

(PRODUCT SHARING) ANTE Suika Hime Watermelon Soda at Metro IPPIN Section

On a hot sweaty day or cool breezy night, Ante Watermelon Soda is perfect and lit!

This watermelon soda ($7) comes in a cute glass bottle with a sweet smelling watermelon scent once you opened the cap! It is also beautiful like diamond in the sky with those sparkling watermelon fibers.

The watermelons used are harvested from Kanazawa Dune, near to the Sea of Japan. The sand dunes are very cold in the morning, hot in the daytime and cool at night. The temperature differences of the sand dunes and the pure groundwater pumped from deep underground increase the sweetness of these Kanazawa watermelon.

This watermelon soda is also added with seawater salt from Suzu City, Ishikawa Prefecture, which is rare and very tasty.

A slightly sweet and refreshing cider that gives you a taste of salt while quenching your thirst! Drink it chilled or with ice for the best satisfaction. Get this Watermelon Soda at Metro Paragon (lvl 2) & Metro Centrepoint (lvl 4) IPPIN section along with many others food selections from Japan.

(PRODUCT SHARING) Marumo The One Japan Tea from Shizuoka at Metro IPPIN Section

One of the thing I’ve learnt from the Japanese and trying to follow diligently is to adopt a tea drinking habit.

Knowing that the teas are full of antioxidants and could keep our cells energized and healthy, I tell myself must drink it regularly!

Marumo The One Japan Tea from Shizuoka has many varieties. Shizuoka accounts for almost half of Japan’s overall tea production, and this prefecture has premium tea plantations because of its water quality and climate for production. In addition, Shizuoka’s tea can comes in a number of varieties, giving them very significant versatility.

IPPIN has imported not 1 but 8 varieties from Marumo and they are ranged differently by how the tea leaves are harvested, processed and serving suggestion.

The varieties include:

• Sencha (common green tea)
• Genmaicha (roasted rice + Sencha)
• Houjicha (toasted green tea)
• Umegashima (exclusive green tea coming from a tea garden instead of mountain)
• Fukamushicha (similar to Sencha but steamed for longer period)
• Gyokuro (highest class of green tea among all because of special treatment before harvesting)
• Boucha (made from stems of green tea plant)
• Konacha (powder that comes from production of Sencha)

Pick something that you fancy and start your tea drinking habit now. You can find these teas (ranging from $8 to $66) at Metro’s Paragon (level 2) & Metro Centrepoint (level 4) IPPIN section along with many others food selections from Japan.

IPPIN is at Donburi Revolution 2018 Marina Square – Singapore’s First DIY Donburi Event!

Make your Donburi Japanese Rice bowl with best selling Toppings from IPPIN!

Singapore – From 19 to 21 October 2018, visitors can dive into a bowl of endless possibilities with Singapore’s first DIY rice bow event – Donburi Revolution!

Aimed to raise awareness about the different types of rice from various Japanese prefectures, visitors can look forward to a weekend of fluffy rice and fun, including workshops and demonstrations.

🌸Toppings🌸

IPPIN offers customers’ favorite rice toppings for free when you purchase a drink! Get walnut sardines, candied river shrimps, black sesame, plum or young sardine furikake (flakes) topped on your rice bowls for that extra punch you never knew existed.

🌸Drinks 🌸

Customers get to pair their DIY donburi with refreshing, made in Japan drinks such as watermelon soda, yuzu soda, salt soda and beer, all at below $10/bottle.

🌸Retail🌸

Besides enjoying tasty customizable donburi toppings and various rice from different prefectures of Japan, customers can complete their experience and purchase some easy to make meal ingredients such as the ayu sweet fish, miso and dressing that takes less than five minutes to prepare.

Visit IPPIN at the Donburi Revolution for an oishii moment! Pre-register for a bowl of free rice: ricerevolution.com.sg

Donburi Revolution

19 - 21 October 2018

Friday - Sunday

11:00am - 9:00pm 

Open to public

Marina Square, Atrium

6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594

Largest Maze-Soba Restaurant Chain MENYA KOKORO from Japan is in Singapore

So popular that Menya Kokoro has opened 27 outlets around the world in just 4 years!

One of Tokyo’s hottest Maze-Soba (Japanese dry ramen) restaurant chains has finally arrived in Singapore! Since its establishment in 2014, Menya Kokoro has opened 27 outlets worldwide in Japan, Indonesia, Spain, Thailand and Vancouver within a span of just 4 years.

Showing no signs of slowing down, Menya Kokoro’s latest Singapore outpost will serve up its best-selling signature Maze-Soba together with Singapore-exclusive creations.

In the extremely competitive F&B industry, Menya Kokoro is committed to excellence by setting their own set of standards to abide closely.

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MENYA KOKORO:

🍜 Precision: Noodles are cooked exactly for 8 mins 40 sec to get the perfect chewy texture

🍜 Healthy: Noodles are made using fibrous whole wheat flour with purified water

🍜 Authentic: The maze-soba sauce is specially flown in from japan to ensure consistent to the great taste as the stores in japan.

SINGAPORE EXCLUSIVES

Maze-Don ($10.80++) – new twist on the traditional Maze-Soba, using 100% Japanese rice instead of noodles and topped with the Maze-Soba toppings! Specially selected by Singapore’s only Japanese rice sommelier, the rice is flown in straight from Hokkaido and Niigata in its raw state and is polished only upon order to preserve its aroma.

Curry Maze-Don ($13.80++) – A spicier version of the Maze-Don, enjoy a fragrant ricebowl topped with Japanese curry made in-house, and succulent grilled chicken!

Vegan Maze-Soba ($11.80++) – Comes with flavourful soy meat, and a colourful medley of vegetables!

Other tantalising dishes at Menya Kokoro include:

Spicy Maze-Soba ($11.80++) – Spice-lovers will love this rendition of Maze-Soba with special spicy oil!

Melting Cheese Maze-Soba ($12.80++) – Irresistible melted cheese on Maze-Soba

DELICIOUS SIDE DISHES ARE AVAILABLE TOO 😋

Chicken Wings ($4.80) – Made with Nagoya-style secret recipe exclusively in Menya Kokoro Singapore

Chicken Karaage ($4.80) – Juicy, crisp-fried karaage, great for sharing

Takoyaki ($4.80) – Delicious and crispy takoyaki balls in Japanese mayo and bonito flakes

My favorite dish at Menya Kokoro goes to their signature Original Maze-Soba ($10.80++) that comes with a medley of up to 12 ingredients atop those chewy noodles. Japanese-style slow-braised chashu, minced meat sauce, ground saba fish powder, poached egg, nori, green onions, chives, bamboo shoots and chopped garlic. Give them a good toss and relish the delicious explosion of flavors!

The addition of the given Kombu (kelp) Vinegar by the side gives the maze-soba an amazing yumminess that I fancy! You should really portion your noodles and give this a try!

Each maze-soba comes with free Mushroom Kombu Soup and a small portion of Oimeshi – high-quality japanese rice that goes perfectly with the remaining sauce from the maze-soba.

Head over to Suntec City for this 58-seater restaurant founded by  Chef Takuma Ishikawa who has 13 years of culinary experience under his belt now! Chef Takuma is trained under the original masters and creators of Menya Hanabi, who is known for inventing Maze-Soba and introducing to the world. In 2014, Chef Takuma won the highly acclaimed Best 2014 MazeSoba Award in Japan.

Menya Kokoro

Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard # 03-313 Suntec City Mall S038983

Operating Hours: 11am to 10pm daily

Phone Number: +65 6235 3386 

Seating Capacity: 58 seaters
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/menyakokorosg/ Instagram: @menyakokorosg