Danboard · Food · Japanese · Noodles · Ramen · Singapore

Periodic Review: Keisuke Tonkotsu Four Seasons.

Good day, How was Father’s Day for you? Did you had some great family time?

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Do you still remember how your dad used to piggyback you when you were young?

Like many Singaporeans, I went out for dinner with my family (because it’s a hassle to wash the dishes. I don’t mind cooking though) and of course being a ramen fanatic, I went for ramen again. Visited Keisuke Tonkotsu Four Seasons today. You may ask, what’s so fun about eating the same ramen by the same people all the time? Even though it’s the same ramen and they mostly serve the same menu, the taste of food differs from the person cooking, the environment etc. That’s why even though Putien has so many outlets in Singapore but only 1 in Kitchener Road was awarded  1 star michellin award.

I mostly visit this outlet back then due to the consistency of the food and the environment, it’s slightly bigger than most of their ramen outlets except the one in Parkway Parade.

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Tonkotsu Ramen (Winter) The danboards can’t wait to tuck in.

To test the standard of a ramen, always eat their most basic item on the menu. If the base is bad, you can expect the rest won’t be great either.

The ramen doesn’t disappoints, creamy soup and runny ajitama. Paired with black fungus and chashu for a near perfect bowl. One of Keisuke’s ramen main point is that you can choose the texture of your noodles to be hard, normal or soft and also the soup-base to be thick or light.

If you’re coming at night, you may want to avoid 6.30 p.m to 8 p.m as the queue can get abit long.

Ciao, See you another day.

Food · Japanese · Rice · Singapore · Tendon

Periodic Review: Tendon Ginza Itsuki

Hi hi~(^o^)/

People always say Jiak Ba Bo Si Zo (Eat too full nothing better to do). So what do we need to do when we are not full? Go Jiak ba ba of course!.

Of the most filling foodstuffs, rice has got to be the main food for us Asian. There is this saying 没吃到饭好像吃不饱 (Didn’t eat rice like won’t feel full) This shows how important rice is in the food of Asians.

So, we are going to eat some Japanese rice today, specifically Tendon.

Tendon is often regarded as delightful one-bowl soul food meals for many Japanese around the world especially during summer. Ramen. Keisuke is one of the first to bring in affordable and delicious Tendon in Singapore. The restaurant is launched in collaboration with the Ginza Itsuki Sushi restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. It is opened since July 2015. I remember it being one of the best Tendon I have ever tasted. Does the taste still hold? Time for a periodic review.

As usual the queue is horribly long all day. You’ll be best to come 11.20 a.m or 5.20p.m before the shop opens to beat the queue or prepare to wait.

Tendon Ginza Itsuki only serves 2 items in it’s menu. The vegetable tendon set or special tendon set. I ordered the special set because I’m not really a big fan of vegetables.

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Chawamushi is served by this waiter.

They’ll serve the Chawamushi first, quite the standard stuff with bits of seaweed on top, 1 mushroom slice, a bit of chicken and shrimp and gingko inside. It doesn’t takes more than 1 minute to finish this.

 

Special Tendon.

I’m quite disappointed when I see this. Just look at the prawn and all the sauce. The way the prawn bends already tells me that this is oily and soggy. True enough, only the vegetable is still slightly crunchy (In the past it’s definitely better). The rest is a soggy mess. There’s supposed to be a deep-fried poached egg inside but I accidentally poked it. Well, at least there’s still miso soup to get rid of the oily taste. It’s still quite a value for money meal considering the amount of serving and ingredients but the standard have definitely dropped alot. I won’t queue that long just to eat this though but if you are hungry and there’s no queue. Why not?

Now I’ve eaten. It’s really jiak ba bo si zo time. Got to take my beauty nap. Bye~
 

Danboard · Food · Ramen · Singapore · Uncategorized

Periodic Review: Keisuke Tori King

When it’s time for lunch, the stomach will automatically growl for food. Decided to try to visit another Keisuke outlet for lunch today. Wanted to go to Tendon Itsuki for Lunch but I reached there late. (They closed at 2.30p.m for afternoon break) so I decided to go to Tori King instead (They close at 3p.m for afternoon) break. It’s abit of rush since I reach around 2.40p.m( I didn’t want to squeeze with the lunch crowd so I came out quite late)

It’s not the first time I’m here so I’ll skip the interior/exterior photos (You can always ask Google Sensei).

What makes Tori King special it’s one of the few outlet that does not deal with Tonkotsu soup base (except Lobster King and Kani King).

I had this waiter to take order of Tori King Ramen.

Welcome, let please me know when you are ready to order.

As there isn’t much people after the lunch rush. It came fairly quick.

Tori King Ramen, who doesn’t like drumstick? 🙂

That gooey yokey egg always makes me happy and I’m already drooling after seeing the drumstick. No more time for pictures. Gotta tuck in.

The smell of the fried shallots, the chicken base soup and chicken oil is simply irresistible. I used to dislike chicken based ramen until I have tried this and this flavour has not changed although I think the last time I eat this the drumstick meat is more tender. Not really noticeable but I’m just picky.

The tea craving kick in again after lunch so went to Starbucks and grab their limited menu of Matcha Frappucino with Earl Grey Jelly.

Matcha Frappecino with Earl Grey Jelly.

The drink wasn’t so bad but if Starbucks can cut down on the sweetness it would have been better. The Earl Grey Jelly taste like coffee jelly though. Still prefer my cup of Hokkaido Azuki Cream Matcha from yesterday, not to mention it’s cheaper too.

Had my fill, gotta go. Jyaa~

Food · Singapore

Keisuke Tonkotsu King (Tanjong Pagar & JR Rail Cafe) Enjoying a slow day with Ramen and Matcha

Another slow Thursday. Everyone’s waiting for that TGIF and weekend. Weather has been so hot these days that just makes you want to sleep.

Prodigal still is planning his coming Japan trip. To be honest I hate planning for trips. I am that kind of person who can just go anywhere on an impulse with no planning but when you have to bring people around you got to plan. No choice but to plan else will end up sleeping at the roadside especially July-August is a peak period due to many festival around Japan. Not forgetting the Obon season where people return to their hometown.

There’s this saying “you can’t fight a war without an empty stomach” One has to eat in order to do work. That’s brings me to one of my favourite food, Ramen.

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Tonkotsu Ramen at Keisuke Tonkotsu King (Tanjong Pagar)

Keisuke Tonkotsu King serves one of the finest ramen in Singapore. It’s one of my favourite place to eat great japanese noodles. The soup is smooth and flavourful and chashu has a nice roasted taste. Paired with black fungus, it’s a bowl of near perfection.

Although the ramen is delicious, I don’t particular like this outlet. The outlet is a tad to small and cramp to slowly enjoy the ramen. (I understand it’s lunch hours but I’m made to share table with not 1 but 2 groups of 3s? That’s not very nice. I’ll rather wait for counter seat actually but I’m not given a choice.) Next, in a world where we are moving to cashless payment. This outlet (any many other Keisuke’s outlet) only accepts Cash. It’s kind of inconvenient as I don’t really carry much cash nowadays. (credit card, Apple Pay, Android Pay are so much convenient these days and sometimes they offer perks to make it more enticing to spend)

Time to get things done after filling the stomach. A necessary thing for my Japan trip will be the JR Pass.

What’s a JR Pass?

Japan Rail Pass, a joint offering of the six companies comprising the Japan Railways Group (JR Group), is the most economical means of travelling throughout Japan by rail. The Japan Rail Pass can be used on all JR Shinkansen lines within the areas covered, except for travel on Nozomi and Mizuho trains on the Tokaido, Sanyo and Kyushu Shinkansen lines.

It can only be bought outside of Japan and only applicable for non-Japanese tourists with the Temporary Visitor entry status.

Where’s the best place to buy a JR Pass? The Japan Rail Cafe!

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Japan Rail Cafe from the outside
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Japan Rail Cafe from the outside

 

Japan Rail Cafe has a different region theme of Japan every month and for this June it’s Hokkaido. They are having a event this Saturday, 17 June 2017. If you are interested, refer to their website for more details.

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Hokkaido related items for the Hokkaido Fair
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What’s a Japan Rail Cafe without Japan Rail related interior decoration.

It’s quiet packed during the lunch hours as the nearby office people come down for lunch, after the lunch hours it makes a good place to enjoy a cuppa matcha. You can just come down this place and take some photos and trick your friends that you are in Japan 😛

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Menu on the wall
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Menu on the wall

As a tea lover, How could I missed out the chance of having some great matcha and especially it’s a seasonal menu item. I just had to order this Hokkaido Azuki Cream Matcha.

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Hokkaido Azuki Cream Matcha

Do you know that Azuki (red bean) is not a stable crop however, it grows really well in the cold climate of Hokkaido. I’m not a fan of azuki but the sweet azuki and complements the Uji Matcha like a match made in Heaven. It’s not too sweet and the cream makes the matcha smoother.

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You definitely don’t want to share this perfect cup with anyone. Look at Danboard face and you know it.
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Japan Rail Cafe Coaster

Playtime’s over after a relaxing afternoon. Have to get back to work and further planning. またね~(^o^)/

 

 

Cakes · Danboard · Dental · Food · Singapore · Uncategorized

It’s all sweet tooth’s fault

Singapore is really a food paradise. You can find food almost everywhere and most less than a 1km away from each other. You’ll almost never run out of anything to eat. Which brings us problems such as obesity, diabetes and other slow killer disease. It also brings us this problem which I fear the most, going to the dental clinic.

Self-confession, I’m quite a glutton myself and I can go on eating and eating. A visit to the dental clinic confirms my worse fear. I have a few tooth that needs to be extracted, including my wisdom tooth. Fortunately, they ain’t going to take them all out in one day but I still have to extract one this visit.

 

I tremble when I see this

The extraction is quite painless due to anaesthesia around the tooth area, however my speech feels slow after that as the numbness effect kicks in.

Feeling peckish, I head down to Bugis+ hoping to grab a bite. Glancing through Uniqlo, it seems like they are selling the Nintendo UTGP now. Some of these looks so cute that you just can resist getting them

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Can I have this wallpaper for my home please?

How I wish to eat some of my comfort food but was told by the dentist earlier to avoid hot food for the day, I don’t have much choice in food since most meals are hot. Just grab some bread and cakes and a cup of Starbucks Coffee and head home. Eating sweets after a tooth extraction seems conflicting but what choice do I have. Blame my sweet tooth (^_^;).

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Cheesecake and Black Forest. I prefer Four Leaves cakes to Starbuck’s. They’re cheaper too.

Going to the dentist mentally drains me. I’ll be back here when my tooth feels better. Bye bye!(*>_<*)ノ