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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? 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 

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. 


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. 


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!



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. 


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


Nothing special, but still hits the spot nonetheless. 


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: 

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Travel Tokyo: 渋谷餃子 Shibuya Gyoza - The Mount Everest of Gyozas

Are you a fan of gyozas like me? 

Three cheers to gyozas! 
The ultimate comfort food, pan-fried gyozas dipped in vinegar and doused in spicy chilli oil! 

We stumbled upon this gyoza shop one day and decided to be adventurous. 

Deep-fried Tofu ( 230 Yen )

I was expecting agedashi tofu but turns out it's just normal fried tofu. 
Nothing special, you can give it a miss. 
Maybe try their stir-fry dishes, they do look and smell fantastic.

20 pieces Gyoza (880 Yen)

We weren't adventurous enough for the Everest hahahaa! 20 was just nice for us. 
This gyoza place categorized the amount of gyozas into 3 different mountains - Normal(20), Mt Fuji (30), Mt Everest (40).
I believe this is the grilled gyozas, since they have 3 types - boiled, grilled, fried. 

I honestly can't tell the difference between the grilled and fried but I think whichever you ordered will be delish anyway. 

Look at the pretty golden undersides of the gyozas! 

They gyozas popped open with a burst of juice, and my favourite way of eating them is to douse them all in chilli oil, spoon some chilli flakes on top, then dip them in vinegar. Yums. 
While I believe there are even more delicious gyozas out there, this random place I found still managed to hit all the right spots. 皮薄馅多,多汁爽口! 

Fried Rice (430 Yen)

One of the best fried rice I've had in my life, this looks deceptively simple but it had a garlicky fragrance and wok hei that tells of a skillful chef wielding the wok! 粒粒分明!
I can easily pack a plate by myself, this goes extremely well with the chilli! 

This is the menu, it comes in English. So considerate and helpful! 

Not too hard  a place to find, just look out for the signboard with lots of giant gyozas. 

In a Nutshell

Verdict: 3.5/5
Price Point: $$
Thumbs Up: Cheap and delicious gyozas. and that FRIED RICE! 
To Improve: No smoking in the shop please? 
Will I return: YES!
Why: Comfort food near the hotel! Yes please!

Shibuya Gyoza Shinjuku Nishiguchi
渋谷餃子 新宿西口店 • シブヤギョウザ シンジュクニシグチテン
アトラス西新宿ビル 2F
Shinjuku, 東京都 〒160-0000
Alight at:
Shinjuku Station, 
Shinjuku Station Nishiguchi, 
Tochomae Station, 
Shinjuku Nishiguchi Station

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Travel Tokyo: 横浜家系 ラメん Yokohama Kakei Ramen

On a wet and cold night, we were stumbling along Nishi Shinjuku and were dazzled by the amount of food available. So we decided to dine at the first ramen shop we see. So tadah welcome to Yokohama Kakei. 

Black Lekei Ramen [Ramen seasoned with Black Garlic Oil] (780 Yen)

Look at the silky smooth and clean broth with the beautiful black garlic oil floating on the surface. I tell you the fragrance is so overpowering and makes you want to slurp it alllll up. This ramen shop is super cute because all their ramens come with a tiny ajitama in the form of a quail egg. I ordered a normal size ajitama anyway because eggs! 

The only flaw in my opinion is the thick like siao ramen noodles! One strand of the noodle is like 6-7 strands of the thin noodles. It had a thickness and slightly chewy consistency that reminded me of udon. It took me quite a while to chew and my jaws were given a pretty good workout. Not my favorite, which was a pity because the broth was pretty spectacular. I drained the bowl dry, slurps! 

Ramen with Slices of Pork Belly (980 Yen)

This was the original tonkotsu broth which felt very clean, rich without being overpowering, savory without being too salty. 

Also the same thick noodles which filled us up even more quickly. The char siew was pretty good, tender and fragrant. 

You purchase your meal coupons from
the vending machine but this machine has no English. At least there's pictures. 

The English menu that will save your life. Look at this before making your order at the vending machine. 

Overall, this shop did well on the broth. It was very clean and warms you up properly. If the ramen wasn't so thick, it would have been better, but this is just a matter of personal preference. If you like thick ramen noodles, you shouldn't miss this place because the broth is quite stellar. 

In a Nutshell

Verdict: 3/5
Price Point: $$
Thumbs Up: That garlic broth. SO SILKY AND FRAGRANT. 
To Improve: I need English on the vending machine :(
Will I return: Maybe
Why: Thick ramen is not a favourite of mine, but that soup is delish. 

Yokohama-Kakei Ramen  横浜家系ラーメン

西区南幸1-2-5 狸小路1F・2F

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Travel Tokyo: 天房 Tenfusa - Tendon in Tsukiji Market

Tenfusa is a humble little shop nestled among the various sushi shops in  Tsukiji Market, most notably beside the extremely famous Sushi Dai and Sushi Daiwa. It's a small place and can only seat around 12 people. 

We arrived at lunch time and wandered around for a bit before we found the shop. The Sushi Dai and Daiwa queues were stupendously long. The queues broke off once it encroached on the other shop's space and continued along the corridors. In comparison, Tenfusa is full house but only has 2 other salarymen queuing in front of me. Of course everyone else soon joined me after they realized the sushi queues aren't moving. Or maybe they had no idea what I was queueing for and just randomly joined in (so many Singaporeans hahaha). 

The kindly old lady inside was all smiles and welcomed us into the shop. Whoop finally! I took a peek into the kitchen and saw the chef cooking. It was a tiny kitchen and there's only one chef, the tempura is only fried upon order so it takes a while for the food to get served. 

We ordered the standard tempura don and boy, was it yummy. It was piping hot and crispy, but the seafood inside was freshhhhh. The rice was drenched with this delicious sauce that added flavor to the tempura. Fish tempura and squid tempura were one of the highlights of this dish, how often do you see these two ingredients being tempura-ed in Singapore? 

It may look like a hole in the wall place but this hole hides a formidable tiger. Or in this case, tendon. If you want to try something other than queuing the whole day for sushi, eat this. You won't regret it. 

In a Nutshell

Verdict: 4/5
Price Point: $$
Thumbs Up: Authentic ambience! 
To Improve: More English menu. 
Will I return: Yes, if I'm planning to head to Hama-Rikyu Gardens cuz it's quite far.
Why: Delectable quality tendon. 

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