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Tonkichi - Tonkatsu With A View



I've long heard about Tonkichi and have always wanted to try it. 
Not sure why I never got down to it til recently. 
If you use the JPassport app for food discounts and deals, you'll notice they offer some promotions from time to time. 
USE THEM. 
hahahaha! 

That is the story of how I ended up at Tonkichi for an early dinner. 



MENTAIKO KASANE KATSU SET $28

When I saw that they have Mentaiko, I decided I must try it. 
After I had Tampopo's version of mentaiko tonkatsu, I decide I should try this to see who does it better. 
There is alot of mentaiko stuffed between the fillet, which is quite satisfying I must say. The tonkatsu is crispy, juicy, everything a tonkatsu should be. 

The set meal comes with refillable rice and cabbage, miso soup, pickles, and fruit. 
My only gripe is their sesame salad dressing is meh. No body or fragrance whatsoever. 
Saboten has a much delicious salad dressing in comparison. 
There is also no fresh sesame for you to grind and pair with the tonkatsu sauce. 



KATSU TOJI $24









I was quite impressed with this dish, despite being drenched in this special soy sauce and coated with egg, the tonkatsu remained super cripsy all the way til the end! 
It was flavourful, cripsy, egg, meaty. 
Eveything a good Katsu Toji should be. 

Overall I think Tonkichi did a decent job, but I think it's not as mindblowingly good as their reputation seems to suggest. Off the top of my head I can list a couple of my favourite tonkatsu places that can probably do an equally good, if not better job than Tonkichi. 

But they do have an awesome view overlooking Center Point and I love the atmosphere, a good choice for dates. 




In a Nutshell

Verdict: 3.5/5
Price Point: $$$
Thumbs Up: Great atmosphere, impeccable service
To Improve:  That sesame dressing was super uninspiring 
Will I return: Possibly
Why: The food is not mindblowing, but its good enough and the window seat is awesome



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Ah Bong's Italian - Affordable Sincere Italian Food

I've heard about Ah Bong's on the grape vine for a while and being the Italian food lover, of course I must visit! They change their menu everyday and come up with some new dish every other day, so this is good for the average diner who craves excitement in their food. 

I went to their Tiong Bahru branch first and was so blown away that I repeatedly went back to their Tan Quee Lan branch after that. 
WHY SO ADDICTIVE! 



BIRTHDAY PASTA  $7/$9
roasted broccoli pesto, black pig bacon, chilli

This is like crack. 
Seriously. 
Love the old school plates, and super love this mildly spicy pesto. 
I love penne because of the texture, and I think the pesto went perfectly with it. 
There's a kinda smoky, spicy, creamy flavour to it that not only is it extremely pleasing, it also tempts you back for more. 



TRUFFLED MAC AND CHEESE $7
black pig bacon, mushrooms, truffle oil 

So cheesy, though the cheese lovers could argue that there could be even more cheese! 
The skinny pasta provided a good bite and my dining partner enjoyed this dish very much. 



CRABBY MAC AND CHEESE $13
crab, mushroom, cheese sauce

The chefs at Ah Bong's are never stingy with their cheese, and whatever liao they decide to put in the pasta. It's actually a fairly big portion so you can consider sharing, so as to make space for more sio bak and other to-share dishes! 


FLYING DRAGON $12
orecchiette, phuay leng, mushroom, chorizo


This is a very pleasing dish, the phuay leng adding a touch of local uniqueness to the dish while also lending a lighter flavour to complement the chorizo. I also love this type of pasta! 



PESTO  $12
basil pesto, shitake, pine nuts

This Pesto is so slurpingly good, the pine nuts were extremely fragrant. 
There was a generous amount of shitake mushroom slices inside, all coated with creamy pesto. 
Their pesto is made fresh everyday so if you love pesto, grab it when it's on the menu!



ALMOST THERE PORK BELLY $12
(only available at Tan Quee Lan)

This is on their To Share menu at their new branch at TQL. 
It usually goes for $12 but I got it at $10 because they accidentally burnt it a little. 
Sio bak is sio bak, Burnt or not, I'll take whatever I can get. 

This is pretty delicious , crispy crackly skin with juicy meat. 
It's practically singing in my mouth! Would be even more perfect if there's mustard to go with it. 





In a Nutshell

Verdict: 4/5
Price Point: $$
Thumbs Up: Fresh food, ever changing menu and sincere service
To Improve:  Offer mustard for sio bak? 
Will I return: YES!
Why: SIO BAK! and that super addictive Birthday Pasta! 



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Hajime Tonkatsu & Ramen at MyVillage


Hajime's chef helms from the popular Tampopo so you can expect some standard for their food. 



GYOZA $6.90


Gyozas were pretty delicious, thin skin and suitably juicy. 




CHA SHU RAMEN $11.90

For 11.90, this ramen has alot of liao and will satisfy the greediest of people who wants a little of everything in their ramen. 
The stock is milk white and robust, but not too jelat. 




TONKATSU RAMEN $14.90

Tonkatsu Ramen comes with a side of tonkatsu and this is actually quite a pocket friendly option. 
The broth is slightly spicier and has lots of cabbage for that extra crunch. 

I cannot say this is a super duper delicious ramen but this is a decent version if you just want a quick ramen fix in the neighbourhood. 



The tonkatsu fared better than the ramen, it's crunchy, juicy yet not the least bit oily. 
It remained crispy til the end of my meal. 
I suggest you can order the tonkatsu set meals with rice if you're dining here. 










In a Nutshell

Verdict: 4/5
Price Point: $$
Thumbs Up:  Tonkatsu is crispyyyyy delicious!
To Improve:  Ramen noodles were a little nua, broth could do with a bit more oomph!
Will I return: Yes
Why: Hard to find a good ramen that's not in town, this is good enough!







1 Maju Avenue, 
myVillage @ Serangoon Garden,
#02-07/8/9, 556679

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Senmi Sushi - Fresh Sashimi Without Breaking Your Bank!

I love Emporium Shokuhin at Marina Square, 
It's every Japanese food lover's must-visit spot for the freshest Japanese food and all sorts of Japanese goods to satisfy your wildest dreams. Oh and did I mention they also have a section of live seafood plus a whole window of cured meat hanging there waiting to be bought? 





ASSORTED SUSHI 
TAMAGO NIGIRI - 1.40  SPICY TUNA GUNKAN - 1.60  SPICY SALMON GUNKAN - 1.40


These were the epitome of freshness, and I love the spicy sauces the chopped sashimi were tossed in. It really takes gunkan sushi to another level. 




CHIRASHI DON - 19


The Chirashi is super pretty and fresh! 
They offer DIY Chirashi but we stuck with the basic bowl. The fish were sliced to cubes, perfect bite size portion. Paired with the crunchy cucumber and sweet tamagoyaki, this made the for perfect sharing bowl. 




DYNAMITE MAKI - 16.80


One of the most interesting and most yummy maki rolls I've ever had.
Wagyu sliced thinly and seared is one of the best things to exist. The crunchy tempura bits added some texture to the overall mouth feel. MUST ORDER. 



SPICY TUNA MAKI - 15.40

This is a very light and refreshing maki roll as compared to the Dynamite. The tuna is super fresh and sweet, and the drizzle of spicy sauce elevated the overall flavour of this dish.

For this level of freshness, Senmi serves up pretty decent and value-for-money sashimi and sushi.
If you're suffering from some Japan wanderlust, Senmi's deliciously fresh food can cure you of that. Until you can return to Japan to gorge yourself silly. 




In a Nutshell

Verdict: 4/5
Price Point: $$
Thumbs Up: Love the fresh food and maki rolls!
To Improve:  Lighting. I asked for the one and only window seat for natural light. 
Will I return: YES!
Why: WAGYU MAKI. "nuff said. 





Senmi Sushi 
#01-18 Emporium Shokuhi
Marina Square
6 Raffles Boulevard, 039594

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Ginza Tendon Itsuki - The Most Authentic Tendon in Singapore (so far)


I am super excited to write about this because people who know me know that I am quite nuts about tendon, just check out how many tendons I ate while in Japan. Many Japanese restaurants in Singapore serve some form of rice with tempura that they called tendon, but its utter blasphemy to call those pathetic bowls of overfried food a tendon. It's far from the real thing. 

Ginza Tendon Itsuki is the first tendon restaurant in Singapore and they only serve tendon. 
Whoohoo! 





All set meals come with a bowl of miso soup and chawanmushi.
And typical of all Keisuke shops, there's a palette cleanser of seasoned vegetables on every table. Feel free to eat your fill. 


There are only two types of tendon - the Special or Vegetable. 
Either you eat meat or you go veg, very easy to decide. 


SPECIAL TENDON - 13.90

The Special comes with 2 very big prawns, 2 pieces of chicken fillet some long beans, binjal and other assorted vegetables. Oh and a tempura onsen egg! Honestly, the chicken fillets felt kinda out of place here, tendon places in Japan usually use fish but that might drive the costs up. If the chicken fillet was well done, it probably would not feel so weird, but it also tasted kinda bland. I really think fish or squid would be a much better choice. 




VEGETABLE TENDON 12.90

This Vegetable tendon was a delight to devour, and the special bowl kept the food warm right to the last morsel, perfect for super slow eaters like me. The sweet tempura sauce was pleasantly compatible with the grains. I especially love long beans tempura! Bell pepper still tasted sweet and brinjal is oh so crisp on the outside soft on the inside. Yums! 

This style of tempura is slightly heavier on the batter, which reminds me of Sansada
There's no right or wrong, simply which kind of tendon you prefer. I usually like my tempura light and crispy like how Tsunahachi does it, but variety is good. 
This is definitely a bowl of soul food that I can keep returning for. 





In a Nutshell

Verdict: 4/5
Price Point: $$
Thumbs Up: The value-for-money proportions! 
To Improve: VENTILATION!! I smell like a walking piece of tempura after dinner. 
Will I return: Oh yes definitely! 
Why: Still the best tendon in Sg so far! 





Tendon Ginza Itsuki
101 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088522 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6221 6678
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10pm
Note: Cash only



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Nakhon Kitchen - Affordable, Authentic Thai Food

Nakhon Kitchen has been on my radar for the longest time, because who doesn't love Thai food?!
But good Thai food that is affordable is hard to find in Singapore, also known as  the land of all things expensive. 
But fear not, Nakhon Kitchen is here with many branches islandwide!


THAI MANGO SALAD - 5.00




SEAFOOD TOM YUM SOUP CLEAR - 6.00

This one is so hot, don't order unless you are very sure you can take the heat. 
I perspired my way through it, but love the abundance of ingredients inside. Everything is fresh and because it's cheap, it almost makes you think you're in Thailand. 




PAD THAI NOODLES - 5.00

This pad thai has wok hei, and it's well-fried. For $5, it's quite a big portion, small eaters can share. 




STIR-FRY KANG KONG THAI STYLE - 6.00

Nothing special, but still hits the spot nonetheless. 



PANDAN LEAF CHICKEN (4 PC) - 6.00

Tender, tender chicken. And so fragrant and flavourful too. 
These are one of my favourite items on the menu. 




In a Nutshell

Verdict: 4/5
Price Point: $$
Thumbs Up: Cheap and delicious Thai food
To Improve: Can some dishes be less spicy please *gulps water
Will I return: YES!
Why: Comfort food near my house! :D





Nakhon Kitchen
212 Hougang St 21, #01-341
Opens at 5:30 PM

527 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10
Opens at 5:30 PM

136 Bedok North Avenue 3, #01-166
Opens at 5:30 PM

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Travel Tokyo: Sanbei Soba - Slurp Worthy Soba at Narita T2


If you think the airport in Tokyo is a boring place, you're in for a surprise. Narita Airport is full of delicious foods and you'll be left wondering why you don't have more tummy space. A quick walkaround led me to Sanbei Soba for some comfort food before boarding.

Soba is one of my favorite food and it's also the less popular cousin in the Japanese food family. Most people go straight for ramen because of the rich and robust soup. But I like soba because of its light and refreshing flavour, it provides a nice respite to the usual Japanese dishes. 


Tempura Soba (1320 Yen)

Soup soba with tempura set is actually pretty good. While it wasn't mind-blowing, it was exactly as I expected. Hot comforting broth that you can count on to warm your stomach. 



Tempura Zaru (1420 Yen)

This is the cold soba with tempura set that I really like. One of my favorite things about eating soba is dipping them in the sauce and slurping it alllll up. It's also rather rare that I get good tempura paired with soba, crunchy and fresh. I really like the vegetable tempura, fresh with and sweet. 



In a Nutshell

Verdict: 3.5/5
Price Point: $$$
Thumbs Up: 
To Improve: 
Will I return: 
Why: 



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