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Bishamon Sapporo Ramen

I’ve eaten at Bishamon several times, mainly due to convenience’s sake. It isn’t the type of place I would actively mark down in my oh so packed schedule as a place to revisit on x date, if you know what I mean. It seems that they have also recently made changes to their menu.

Previously, you could order mini salads, such as sashimi and avocado salad for about $4.80, which I thought was a good price. Coupled with their mini sized ramen portions, the amount of food just filled the gap. It now seems that their new menu has done away with the mini sized salads. The full-sized sashimi salad now costs about $8.50.

The mini ramen portions are still available at about $8. I think this is the perfect sized portion if you want to still be able to try their side dishes.

Ordering ramen can be quite confusing if you don’t know the terminology. The pictures show similar looking bowls of noodles. A friend once told me how to unlock the mystery, which I will attempt to address here. It seems the main difference between all of them is in how the stock is prepared. There is chicken stock, pork stock and chicken and pork stock. For each of these, you can then continue to choose if you want a salt flavour (shio), soya sauce flavour (shoyu) or miso flavour (miso). These are the main choices but each restaurant may obviously try to impart their own uniqueness to the broth. You are on your own there.

All I know is that I like the Tonkotsu stock with miso, which in my opinion gives the most impactful flavour. Miso sounds mild, especially when you associate it with the mild miso soup. For some reason, this is not so in the context of ramen broths.

Bishamon - Mini Sapporo Tonkotsu Ramen

I ordered the Mini Sapporo Tonkotsu Ramen – $7.80. I think the broth is quite flavourful. You can taste the flavours of the simmered ingredients in the broth. So many other places serve ramen broth that just tastes like salty water. The noodles are also bouncy, similar to the texture of wanton mee, which is exactly how I like it.  Still, as mentioned previously, my favourite ramen restaurants are Marutama Ramen and Ippudo.

Bishamon also uses the chewy type of ramen for some of its other dishes, so if you don’t like those, be sure to order the Sapporo Tonkotsu Ramen, or ask the waiter if it is possible to get the bouncy noodles instead.

Bishamon - Agedashi Tofu 

And because I ordered the mini sized ramen, I still had space to indulge in a bowl of agedashi tofu ($4.20 if I recall correctly)

Bishamon - Chicken Don

 

Bishamon Sapporo Ramen

Great World City, #01-21B              Tel: 6235-2890

Bugis Junction, #B1-K27                  Tel: 6884-8373

Bukit Panjang Plaza, #01-64/65      Tel: 6462-2001

Funan Digitalife Mall, #01-18           Tel: 6337-5142

Cedele

Jun 8, 2010 @ 1:16

I am surprised that I haven’t done a post on Cedele after all this while. I saw it grow up from little old bakery shop called Bakery Depot at Siglap 10 years ago, all the way to what it is now, 2 bakeries, 13 Cafes and 4 Restaurants. I’ve always liked Cedele because of it’s use of healthy ingredients like nuts, whole grains and seeds in its breads. The one thing they should do more is to use more organic ingredients, without increasing their prices of course!

According to Cedele’s website, Cedele by The Bakery Depot was founded by Ms Yeap Cheng Guat in July 1997. After spending many years in the multi-nationals, Ms Yeap decided to put her baking passion to test. Well I think she certainly passed the test with flying colours, judging by how ubiquitous and popular the cafes are.

So what’s the difference between the cafes and the restaurants? The cafes serve soups, sandwiches, salads, pastries and drinks. The restaurants serve all of that, in addition to meal type dishes like rice dishes and pasta dishes. In my opinion, if you just want a simple sandwich, go to the cafe, or you might end up paying almost double for restaurant service on pretty much the same sandwich.

Something the restaurants also serve which I believe the cafes don’t, are the breakfast fry-ups and pancakes. I haven’t tried the pancakes yet but I will sometime soon. Something that is lacking in Singapore are really good pancakes. I have yet to come across a restaurant or cafe that is able to serve hot, fluffy and tasty pancakes looking exactly like the picture perfect photos you see on the discovery channel.

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Cedele Big Breakfast of Scrambled Eggs, 2 Sausages, Bacon, Mushrooms and Tomatoes

Cedele’s Big Breakfast $18 – 2 slices of brioche not featured in picture. I wonder how many eggs went into that yellow mass. The bacon was fried to a wonderful crisp, none of the floppy types for me please. Heart doctors out there better not look at this photo.

Cedele Seabass Sandwich

Seabass sandwich $15 – Served only in their restaurants

Cedele Beef Stew

Beef stew $10

Cedele Ginger Rose Tea

Ginger Rose tea $5 – refills of hot water free

Cedele Plain Ciabatta

Plain Ciabatta Sugar free, Egg free, Fat free – $4

(That means no sugar, no egg, no fat, and not that the sugar, egg and fat are free of charge, geddit?!)

Cedele Cakes

From top left clockwise – Carrot Walnut Cake, Chocolate Banana Expresso Cake, Chocolate Pistachio Cake, Blueberry Hazelnut Cheesecake, Chocolate Cookies and Cream Cheesecake, Caramel Sea Salt Cheesecake – About $6 per slice or about $40 per cake

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