Cold ocha is served in tall glass I’d love to come back here to try the other menu
Cold ocha is served in tall glass I’d love to come back here to try the other menu
Keisuke Takeda, founder of Ramen Keisuke, also created several other brands: Tonkotsu King, Tori King, Tonkotsu King Four Seasons, Tonkotsu King Matsuri, and Gyoza King. Gyoza King and Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King are located within 2 minutes walking distance.
To compliment the waiting time, Keisuke Ramen offers free Japanese Barley Tea.
To accompany my exotic Black Spicy Ramen, I ordered a bottle of Wasabi Ginger Ale. The wasabi was too mild, but I like all kinds of ginger drinks.
Arab Street is an interesting neighbourhood in Singapore that is filled with rows of cafes and restaurants. I wanted to visit Maison Ikkoku partially because it is rated as top coffee roaster in Singapore, but my bigger reason is that the name sounds very Japanese and I expected to find some Japanese elements for inspiration. The facade of the cafe looks more European than Japanese.
The interior design leans toward industrial design, as pipes are lined against the walls with light bulbs attached. The distinct design element is wardrobes on the ceiling. My mum imagined how chaotic it would be if the wardrobes fall off and hit any customers.
The space of the bar counter is quite small and the counter is only painted black without any decorations or patterns. The showcase at the bar counter displays several cakes that change seasonally. When I was there, they have Milo Nutella, Caramel Red Velvet, White Chocolate Peppermint, Molten Lava Cake and Grape Vitagen. The Grape Vitagen cake is quite innovative, as it consists of layers of peanut butter and jelly between moist grape Vitagen cake. Perhaps Riri would try this Vitagen cake since Riri loves to drink Yakult.
Both my mum and my brother ordered Hot Chocolate, but the two cups of Hot Chocolate appear with slightly different latte art. The top one is my brother’s, and the bottom one is my mum’s. The tulip latte art on my mum’s cup has more clear strokes.
I ordered Piccolo Latte. My dad wanted to drink traditional black coffee with condensed milk, but this cafe doesn’t have such combination as it focuses on espresso-based coffee. In the end, my dad had a cup of Hot Americano with extra fresh milk and sugar.
According to the official website, Tampopo literally means Dandelion, which is a strong and resilient flowers that survive in tough environment. Maybe I should create an illustration for my favourite quote using Dandelion flowers.
Tampopo is the pioneer of Kurobuta (black pig), and it is nominated as one of the best ramen in Singapore. On our first visit, my dad tried the Tampopo BP Koumi Fry Ramen. My dad ordered another dish of black pig for sharing: Deep Fried Black Pig Gyoza. The rest of us also ordered ramen, but I couldn’t remember the specific names. There were three big categories of ramen: Black Pig Ramen, Kyushu Ramen, and Hokkaido Ramen. Moreover, there is a very unique ramen, the Triple Black Ramen, with a very catchy name: NIB (Noodles In Black). After spending some time to read the menu over and over again, I finally understood that Tampopo offers two types of noodle: Hokkaido and Kyushu ramen. Hokkaido Ramen is made of imported flour from Hokkaido, which may be the reason why it is $1 more expensive than Kyushu Ramen. However, additional soup for Kyushu Ramen is $1 more expensive than that of Hokkaido Ramen, because Kyushu Ramen uses pork bone that takes 2 days to make. The rich broth of Kyushu Ramen goes along with the noodle texture that is thin and hard.
The Hokkaido Ramen category is further divided into subcategories of Hakodate Ramen and Sapporo Original Ramen. You may easily upgrade the Hokkaido Ramen by replacing the normal BBQ pork to black pig with additional SGD $2.What an extremely complex ramen menu.
Me and my brother decided to hunt Japanese food while we were in Singapore. We decided to go to Tonkatsu Ma Maison in Mandarin Gallery, because it was very near to our apartment and it was recommended by Riri.
What a cute piggy mascot
As clearly indicated from the mascot, Ma Maison specialises in Mille-feuille Katsu. I have heard the word “katsu” long time ago, but I never really care what it actually means. Now that I work in F&B industry, I learn to pay more attention to details, such as terminology. One may guess that “katsu” means “deep fried” or “breaded with panko”; apparently, “katsu” stands for “katsuretsu”, which means “cutlet”. Fried pork cutlet is called “Tonkatsu”.
There are three categories of pork katsu: Rosu Katsu, Hire Katsu and Miso Katsu. “Rosu” is the Japanese term for “pork loin”, whereas “Hire” is the Japanese term for “pork fillet”. Miso Katsu is either Rosu or Hire that is polished with miso sauce. In addition, there is a special pork, the black pork aka Kurobuta.
For those who cannot decide which ingredient to pick, you may choose the mixed platters, including Iroiro Katsu and Okonomi Katsu. My brother picked the Mille Feuille Katsu Set – Deep fried multi layered slice pork cutlet, which comes with a drop of yellow mustard, a huge pile of shredded cabbage, a bowl of steamed white rice, a bowl of tonjiru, a small plate of pickled daikon and an empty three-section sauce plate.
Each slot of the sauce plate is indicated with the name of condiments, which are salt, sweet Tonkatsu sauce and another unknown sauce. Tonjiru is actually miso soup with pork and daikon, the soup is much richer than regular miso soup.
Ma Maison claimed that the rice is very delicious, because it is made with a traditional Japanese rice cooker called Kamado.
A cute decoration on the stairway Bar counter on the second floor. D’Good Cafe is a full self-service cafe. The staff suggested us to grab a seat first, then come back to the counter to place an order. Pick up the orders and go to your tagged seats.
I was very disappointed to realise that the 3-litre-latte menu is only available for birthday person on the exact birth date.
Food MenuSwings on the Second Floor seating area – a favourite spot for couples
Rocking chair on the second floor seating area. I like the wooden table.
I like the idea to hang magazines on ladder sticks
Overall, I like spending a long time in D’Good Cafe since it made me feel like being home. Nobody will try to kick you out of the cafe even if you do not order anything. In many other cafes, the staffs are always around us, which make us feel a little bit intimidating. However, I felt troublesome to carry our own food and drink from the counter to our seats. Indonesians are accustomed to being served instead of serving ourselves. Anyway, me and my girl friends had a great chit chat time here. I will recommend this cafe for group gathering, but I’d prefer a quieter place if I want to spend alone time reading books or browsing.
There were ten kinds of flavours: coconut, ginger & dark chocolate, white chocolate & macadamia, cranberry & white chocolate, milk chocolate praline, double chocolate & nuts, milk chocolate orange, dark chocolate chunk, and double chocolate chunk.
We had dinner at Pu Tien in Marina Square on New Year’s Eve. We ordered the Family Set menu to avoid confusion.
My mum and my childhood friend’s mum are big fans of taro, so they loved the Stir Fried Yam (Taro) very much. The yam has caramelised crunchy exterior, which I think is Teochew style of making yam dish. This menu was not included in the set, it was additional order.
Fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon. The bee hoon tasted very rich in flavour, although it looks plain white. It is cooked it in rich, milky stock of pork bones and old hens for hours. Moreover, the bee hoon is infused with 10 sumptuous ingredients. What made the bee hoon even more special is that Pu Tien uses homemade bee hoon, made from non-glutinous rice flour and dried under the sun for a long time, which results in more springy texture, unlike starchy store-bought bee hoon. The beehoon style is so similar to how my grandmother and my mum always make it, but the is that my mum uses shrimp, but Pu Tien uses clams.
Tableware in front of each seat: wet tissue with restaurant branding, stainless steel duck spoon, pink-coloured disposable plastic sauce container, and small red bowl. Vintage menu book Special Set Menu, choice of Regular for 2-3 people or Large for 3-4 people.
This is my first time going to Arab Street in Singapore, as my family usually only stays in Orchard and Marina Bay areas. There is an Indonesian restaurant at the beginning of Arab Street called Gurih Restaurant. This Indonesian restaurant serves varieties of Indonesian food, including Java, Padang, and Manado.
There are a lot of Turkish restaurants on Bussorah Street, which was called Sultan Street before 1910.
There is a backpacker inn called Green Kiwi, and the colour of the building is as green as kiwi fruit. The inn has its own coffee shop, where the Caucasian lady sit to read a book. When we were walking around the area, there were so many Japanese and Korean tourists. There was a sushi bar with a funny name: Sushi Airways, which sounds like Indonesian airline Susi Air. Moving on to Kandahar Street, the scene turned into indie cafes and restaurants. Sandwiched between cafes and restaurants, there was a place to play detective games called TRAPPED, which is similar to Escape Hunt or Agent X in Jakarta. I’m curious how the 5D reality escape room will look like, sounds more challenging to the ones I tried in Jakarta.
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