Fresh sashimi in Nagoya.

By , October 31, 2009 8:19 pm

When in Japan, it’s almost a sin to not order sashimi so Dan did. Afterall, we’ve heard so much about the freshness of their sashimi.

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There’s no doubt that the fish is very fresh, but after my initial fascination, I felt really terrible for the fish. Much emphasis is placed on the humane killing of livestock for food and fishes shouldn’t be any different, right? There should be a sign with a warning on the menu… Interesting experience tho.

Will update on the rest of the trip when I’m rested from the trip hehe Hope you have/had a happy Halloween!!!

PS: Despite his bravado, Dan said he’d prefer his food unmoving in future thank you very much.

Duck noodles!

By , October 20, 2009 5:19 pm

Where did the month go? Oh well the good thing is, it means my holiday to Kyoto is very much nearer (end of the week!!) 😛 Here’s a quick one, a gem of a place we found driving along Macpherson Road, on Jalan Wangi.

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Ok, maybe more unpolished diamond than gem cos it really is a very unassuming coffeeshop…. But hey, it’s got a chop of approval from “Yummy King”!!

What I really like here, is the roast duck with noodles :

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Dan ordered $10 worth of duck – the meat is lean and soft, and the skin, crisp with a thin layer of fat. Together, it is absolutely to die for… Oh wait wait, want to die must wait for the noodles (sorry – I break out in Singlish when I get excited and of course I wasn’t being literal ) :

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I normally have to eat noodles with chilli, but this tastes really good even without. It’s the springy to the bite sort of noodles – not for those who like their noodles soft. Disclaimer: I did add chilli still but only cos I’m a creature of habit! I’s the paste-like sort, served on the side. Noodles are at $1 a bowl.

Pictures make me hungry. Going to look for something to eat.

Where’s the Best salad?

By , October 6, 2009 10:27 am

What rocks my socks is found at The Forum, in this restaurant called California Pizza Kitchen(CPK).

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Presenting The Original BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad : Chopped lettuce, black beans, sweet corn, jicama, cilantro, basil, crispy corn tortilla strips and Monterey Jack cheese tossed together in herb ranch dressing. Topped with BBQ chicken breast, diced tomatoes and green onions. 16.90. Half 11.90. Add fresh avocado 3.00.

Obviously I didn’t memorise the above – took a picture of this item on the menu since there seem an awful lotta stuff in it. I really like that the veges are chilled upon serving but not the chicken. It fills me up decently and I usually haven’t much stomach left for other items on the menu….

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Oh… except the the Sicilian Pizza which ranks up there as one of my favourite pizzas. Seeing how this is a pizza place, they have to do their signature dish well, right? They Do. This super thin crust pizza has sicilian meatballs (spiced meatballs), salami, cheese and basil leaves. Judging from the suddenly general ingredients of this pizza and lack of pricetag, it’s obvious I didn’t take a picture off the menu. I thought I’d remember it but… oops.

I think as a rule of thumb (as I’ve emphasised a coupla times), order stuff that the place is known for. We ordered some fish thingy that wasn’t up to scratch once, and the quietly efficient staff took it back and waived it from our bill since it was barely eaten. We didn’t even ask for the waiver. I think that’s restaurant smarts because the place then went up another notch in our list of favourite restaurants 🙂

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Leaving you with a pretty picture of a strawberry margarita (at least that’s what I think it is cos Dan had it). Dessert, if you please 🙂

Tonkichi!

By , October 1, 2009 12:06 pm

Happy Children’s Day!

Twitter has taken over my world!!!! Much easier to release bite sized thoughts than a full blog post. I think it’s called laziness :p And on the topic of laziness, it really is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired (courtesy of 987danielong on twitter this morning). Thought that was pretty funny hehe

Okok, now to the food!! I’ve been to Tonkichi at Orchard Central twice. First time good, the second not so. What was I saying about consistency of quality? Very rare!

Anyhows, if there’s only ONE thing you have there, it must be their famed Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlet). Both times I ordered it, it was cooked to perfection – crispy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside. Extremely yummy! A side of (refillable) chilled, shredded cabbage is served with it and that negates any oily aftertaste. Clever. 

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What I also thought was clever, was the bowl of sesame seeds that came before my tonkatsu. It was fun grinding it to a powder and then adding the tonkatsu sauce to it. I’ve never really taken the time to explore the fragrance of sesame seeds and fragrant it was! It basically made the wait for food non-existent. A little like giving children crayons and paper so they aren’t aware that they’re waiting.

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Service was prompt (I think… cos I was busy with the sesame seeds remember?) and when we gave them feedback about how their rice tasted like porridge (our 2nd visit), they very quickly went back to the kitchen to recook the entire pot…

Dan had some sashimi and a ramen :  

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The regular fresh sashimi (Singaporeans are so spoilt when it comes to fresh sashimi, it’s like a given)

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The regular pork ramen. I thought it really regular – The egg in it wasn’t cooked the Japanese way and that’s almost a surefire way to gauge if the ramen will be good.

I say stick to the whatever a restaurant is known for – can’t go too wrong 🙂

Tonkichi’s has several outlets so here are the restaurant details.

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