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Daikokuya at myVillage

*Part Bloggers’ Invite, part secret visits*

As part of the not so long ago invite to sample the delights of myVillage at Serangoon Gardens, the best of the best Singapore Food Bloggers including 365days2play 🙂 got acquainted with Daikokuya at myVillage. It’s one of the smallest restaurants I’ve ever seen, with about 10 tables of 4! It can get a little cramped if you are in a big group. We were introduced to the the Chef, who explained that the miso paste used in the soup stock is painstakingly made with great care.

Little bowls of ramen were then dished out for us to try. I normally am quite picky with ramen. Many ramen places disappoint me with their bland and lifeless soup. True to what Daikokuya’s Chef was describing, the ramen that we tried that day, I believe is the Stamina Ramen as well as the Original Miso Ramen, was very delicious. The soups tasted rich and had an oomph. I don’t really know how else to describe it except to say that the taste makes you want to keep slurping up more, which I suppose is the ultimate taste test.

So I kinda had pretty high hopes when I brought my parents to try out Daikokuya several weeks after the media event. Unfortunately, because we’re such ardent fans of Sushi Tei for it’s quality sushi/sashimi and value for money prices, we naturally compared Daikokuya to Sushi Tei. Scroll through the photos to read more about our experience.

Daikokuya - Daikokuya Original Salad Daikokuya - Daikokuya Original Salad (2)

Daikokuya Original Salad $7.90 – Salad of salmon slices, avocados amongst a huge bed of vegetables. For $7.90, we were quite wowed by the size of the salad. The vegetables were fresh and crunchy. The light sauce also tasted very nice and was a refreshing difference from the heavier sushi tei dressing we are used to. However, we felt that the amount of salmon served was pretty paltry. For $3 more at Sushi Tei, we would have been able to get many more thick slices.

Daikokuya - Stamina Ramen

Stamina Ramen – This was one of the ramen we tried during the media invite. Don’t you think the little bowl looks so cute? In western restaurants, they have mixed platters for you to try out all the house specialities. I think it would be great if Daikokuya could come up with something similar. Like 4 bowls of small ramen. I would love to try that. Then I can finally taste Shio, Shoyu, and Miso soup bases all in 1 sitting.  Btw I think Stamina ramen is only available at the myVillage outlet.

 Daikokuya - Homemade Special Miso PasteDaikokuya - Special Chilli Vinegar

Homemade Special Miso Paste plus the special chilli vinegar which you can add to your ramen to up the oomph.

Daikokuya - Vegetable Miso Ramen

Vegetable Miso Ramen $12.80 – You know, I’ve never heard of ramen without any meat before. Was quite apprehensive when ordering this, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I forgot to ask if the stock is vegetarian as well, but it sure tasted very rich and flavourful despite that. The vegetables had a nice crunch and added sweetness to the broth. For those who don’t fancy chomping on Cha shu, this vegetable miso ramen would be a good option.

Daikokuya - Original Miso Ramen

Daikokuya Original Ramen $13.80 – I have no complaints about the broth. It’s really flavourful and makes you want to take sip after sip after sip. It is on the heavy side so I wasn’t able to finish it all in the end. However, I didn’t like the noodle texture. I’ve always been a fan of the springy Q Q type of noodles (think Marutama and Tom Ton) and the one at Daikokuya is the chewy type.

Daikokuya - Seafood Shio Ramen

Seafood Shio Ramen $13.80 – Don’t believe you can get seafood ramen easily in Singapore? It’s a refreshing change although there was nothing particularly spectacular about the prawns in this case.

Daikokuya - Unagi Don

Unagi Don $6.80 – Thought this was one of the most value for money items at Daikokuya, and especially good for light eaters.

Daikokuya - Tonkatsu and Ebi Fry Curry Rice

Daikokuya- Tonkatsu Curry Rice

Tonkatsu and Ebi Fry Curry Rice $14.80 – We had this on 2 separate occasions. The experience from the 1st time was pretty good. The meat itself is very tender and doesn’t taste oily even though it has been coated in batter and deep fried. The curry was also pretty tasty and together with the tonkatsu, made for a good meal. I would skip the Ebi Fry though as the prawns are super tiny when compared to the amount of batter used.

However, on the 2nd occasion, there seemed to be a weird taste coming from the curry. The weird taste was so strong it was detectable just by sniffing at the curry! The staff said it was due to the special blend of spices in the curry which we may not be used to. They gave us a new serving of curry but the weird taste was still there. As a hunch I took a sip from the glass of water I’d been served earlier, and the weird taste was there too, albeit less strong. I think perhaps Daikokuya should consider changing the dishwashing liquid used as it’s permeating through the food and drink?

Conclusion: Go because of the ramen. Other items in the menu are a hit and miss.

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Daikokuya Ramen Dining

Serangoon Garden:
1 Maju avenue #01-01, myVillage
Serangoon Garden Singapore 556679
Tel: 6509 1690
Operating Hours: 11.30am – 10.30pm daily

http://www.daikokuya.com.sg/

Shin Kushiya @ My Village Mall

*Bloggers Invite*

As part of the tour of the newly opened myVillage at Serangoon, we were invited to sample a variety of dishes at several eateries. 1st stop, Shin Kushiya. Shin Kushiya specialises in Kushiyaki, which refers to the Japanese cuisine of grilling meats and vegetables on bamboo skewers. Shin Kushiya uses Bincho charcoal from Japan. Apparently this special charcoal can reach over 1000 degrees celcius, which is key to providing a crisp delicious smoky flavour to the food while still being able to seal in the natural flavours and juices. This cooking method is supposedly a very healthy way of cooking because no additional oil or flavour enhancers are used.

I have to admit, I’m not very schooled in Kushiyaki cuisine, the only other time I had that was at JooJoo’s at Joo Chiat. My knowledge of Japanese food is pretty much limited to what I eat at Sushi Tei and Sakae Sushi, albeit on a very regular basis. What I can say is the freshness of the ingredients used in the Kushiyaki really comes through. There is no heavy sauce to cover up any imperfections. The food is light but the flavours are natural.

Shin Kushiya Tomatoes wrapped in Bacon

Tomato Maki (Cherry tomatoes wrapped with thinly sliced pork $2.80 – This is really a classic combination. The sweet sourness of the tomatoes really paired well with the salty sliced pork. The tomatoes were so juicy, the flavours were just waiting to burst out as I enjoyed each little tomato. If you don’t order anything else, you definitely have to order this.

Shin Kushiya Kushiyaki (2)

Ebi Shiso Maki (Whole sea prawn wrapped with thinly-sliced pork and shiso leaf) – $3.60 Very tasty and succulent. The sliced pork felt a little fattening when combined with the prawn.

Shin Kushiya Kushiyaki

Buta Bara Yaki Miso Ginger  (Three-layer pork belly with miso-ginger marinade) $2.80 – That’s the one right at the bottom of the picture. Once again, damn good. Everyone at the table finished theirs in like 10 seconds.

Black Pepper Yakitori (Black pepper soy-glazed chicken) $2.20 – I loved the black pepper glaze! Just in case you were wondering, Yakitori refers to Kushiyaki using chicken as the ingredient.

Powder Dip

Black Sesame Ice Cream (2)

Kuro Goma Heaven (Black sesame ice cream with homemade black sesame cream) $7.80 – I am not that big a fan of black sesame fillings when it comes to chinese desserts. Surprisingly, I loved the flavour of this ice cream. It’s like eating green tea ice cream, you either love it or hate it. The taste of the sesame is not ovewhelming, but enough that you definitely know you’re eating black sesame ice cream! Believe this is not the full size of the ice cream if not $7.80 would be really pricey.

Black Sesame Ice Cream

This black sesame cream thing had quite a dense and somewhat ‘bouncy’ texture. Tastes good, but I don’t mind trading in this for a bigger scoop of the ice cream.

Tofu Cheese Cake

The Partner, being the type of person that needs gargantuan effort to like our local/asian desserts, didn’t really fancy the black sesame ice cream. So Shin Kushiya offered him a tofu cheesecake. It was the 1st time he had ever tried such a thing, and I’m glad to report he loved it very much.

Welcome Drink

Welcome drink. Made with some Japanese fruit and has a really strong citrusy flavour which I think is a really suitable drink to perk anyone up. Strangely reminds me of Kickapoo, only better.

 

PROMOTIONS!

(A) Grand Opening Lunch Set Promotion!

Order any lunch set below and get 50% off for your 2nd lunch set

Chicken Teriyaki Set

Salmon Teriyaki Set

Bara Chirashi Set

Salmon Ikura Don Set

Tori Nanban Udon Set

Ebi Tamago Don Set

Unadon Set

Promotion Period:

7 February to 30 April 2011

Terms & Conditions:

· 2nd lunch set must be of a lower or equivalent value as the 1st order

· Valid from Monday-Friday, LUNCH dine-in only, excluding public holidays

· Not valid with any other promotions, vouchers or discounts

Dinner Promotion

(B) Grand Opening Dinner Promotion!

50% off 2nd Ala Carte Sashimi!*

* except Toro, Uni and Sashimi Moriawases

Promotion Period:

7 February to 30 April 2011

Terms & Conditions

· 2nd plate of Sashimi must be of lower or equivalent value as the 1st order and applies to all ala carte Sashimi except Toro, Uni and Sashimi Moriawases

· Valid from Monday-Friday, DINNER dine-in only, excluding public holidays

· Not valid with any other promotions, vouchers or discounts

Shin Kushiya

myVillage at Serangoon Garden

1 Maju Avenue #02-03/06

Reservations: 6634 2816

Mondays to Sundays: Lunch 11.30am – 3pm     Dinner 6pm – 9.30m

Other Branches: Suntec City, Vivo City, Far East Square and Kiraku

http://www.shinkushiya.com/

Bedok Point Sushi Tei

Some photos I took of the Bedok Point Sushi Tei. I have heard that the Sushi Tei standards vary from branch to branch. I’m glad to report that the Sushi Tei at Bedok Point Mall is quite good! I hope they didn’t just assign their best chefs for the opening.

It’s great that there is a Sushi Tei so close to where I live now. I’ve always thought that Sushi Tei offers up very affordable yet tasty and fresh sushi and sashimi. How do they keep their costs down? Used to dine at Sushi Tei really often when I worked in the City Hall area. Some say, the City Hall Sushi Tei branch has the best chefs.

Bedok Point Sushi Tei

Full house at 7pm on a weekday

Bedok Point Sushi Tei Prawn sushi roll

Prawn roll – One of the more sinful dishes at Sushi Tei since the prawn is deep fried, and all that fish eggs.

Bedok Point Sushi Tei Salmon Belly Miso Soup

Salmon Belly Miso Soup $10 – I like to take the salmon out so it is still half raw. Once again, with some steamed rice, this becomes a substantial meal.

Bedok Point Sushi Tei Crabstick and Avocado Salad

The salads at Sushi Tei are quite nice in their own right. Although the vegetables are mostly cheap looking lettuce, I like the fact that you can eat this with some steamed rice, and it becomes a filling and satisfying meal.

Bedok Point Sushi Tei Chawan Mushi

Chawan Mushi – If there’s one thing I must have at any Japanese restaurant, that’s Chawan Mushi, also known as egg custard.

Bedok Point Sushi Tei Edamame Beans

Edamame beans are good for health but are quite pricy! This bowl of beans cost $4!

Bedok Point Sushi Tei Green Tea Ice CreamBedok Point Sushi Tei Green Tea Ice Cream (2)

This green tea ice cream was so good, I just had to order another helping! I’ve always thought that I wouldn’t fancy green tea ice cream, but I am now a strong convert! It’s an additional dollar or 2 for the adzuki beans.

Bedok Point Paradise Inn

I thought the sign looked quite nice so I took a picture of it!

Bedok Point Ayam Penyet

Ayam Penyet Ria. There are quite a number of speciality chicken restaurants here. There’s a chicken hot pot restaurant and a chicken rice restaurant both on the 2nd level.

Will post pictures of Kung Fu Paradise soon. Kung Fu Paradise is part of the Paradise group, and is targeted towards the young! Am I too old to dine there?? The staff were all practically just out of their teens and I did not spot a single person there over 30 years of age.

Click here for my previous post on Bedok Point as well as the entire list of shops and restaurants directory.

Click here for directions to Bedok Point Mall

Bedok Point is open!!

Bedok Point, or Bedok Mall, as some would call it is finally open! Bedok is now civilized! This has got to be the smallest mall ever. From the back door, you can see through to the front door! Most of the shops aren’t open, and there is a sickeningly strong turpentine smell there, especially in the basement and the 3rd floor. It’s less strong on the 1st floor due to the air coming in from the entrances I suppose. I marvel at the people who are able to eat there. Still, the smell didn’t deter the throngs of people checking out the Mall at 9pm at night.

We had a cup of coffee at the Killiney Cafe, but luckily that was near the back entrance so it was fine. While we were there, Killiney generated some kind of burnt meat smell, I hope it’s not going to be a permanent thing.

At this point in time,  the restaurants that are already open include the following:- Killiney Cafe, NYDC, Pasta Mania, Mos Burger. I see that Gong Cha will be opening soon. I wonder if it will see snaking queues like their branch at Raffles City. My father is super excited about the Sushi Tei too. I’m just happy that finally we have a kopi place we can go to in Bedok without having to start up the car.

Click on the image below to see the full list of tenants and shops. Where is Bedok Point? You can see it from the MRT train while travelling to and from Bedok and Tanah Merah. It is at the former Changi and Bedok Theatre site. If you are at Bedok MRT, just follow the same direction as the trains going towards Tanah Merah and you will reach it in less than 5 minutes. Or click here to see directions to Bedok Point.

Bedok Point Tenant Directory

Latest Update as at 6 Jan 2011: Most of the shops and restaurants are now officially opened. The only 2 big businesses not yet opened are K Box Karaoke and Paradise Inn. There is no more paint or turpentine smell anymore. Mall feels clean and tidy, although ventilation can still be improved. You can sometimes get a whiff of the cooked food smell at certain restaurants, but given that the Bedok Point Mall is largely a mall of restaurants, this I suppose is to be expected. The Gong Cha here even has a small sitting area. click here for Frasers Centrepoint Mall’s website for an official list of the shops, restaurants and tenants  at Bedok Point as well as phone numbers.

I asked the staff helping with the renovations when Paradise Inn will open. They told me Paradise Inn will officially open on 17 January 2010 at Bedok Point Mall.

Click here for my subsequent review on Bedok Point’s Sushi Tei.



Sushi Tei Tampines

I’ve had Sushi Tei countless and countless of times in the last few years. Most of the time, it would be at City Hall because that’s the most convenient location for me. I think Sushi Tei really gives good Japanese food for your money. Even though I have never been to Japan so I can’t say for sure what Japanese authentic food tastes like, I can say for sure that compared to other exorbitantly priced Japanese restaurants, Sushi Tei really gives them a run for the money. When I eat at the expensive Japanese restaurants, I can’t really tell the difference in quality and freshness. To be sure, the expensive Japanese restaurants probably are better, but only slightly so, so do you really want to pay 3 times more elsewhere?

The thing about expensive Japanese restaurants is that I obviously expect more. Naturally so wouldn’t you agree. Yet the dishes appear to be almost the same, and worse still, the portions seem smaller. So, rather than disappoint myself, I almost always gravitate to Sushi Tei for my sushi needs.

Anyway, although I always eat at the Sushi Tei City Hall outlet, my colleagues frequent other outlets. It seems that the quality differs from outlet to outlet. Apparently, the Sushi Tei City Hall outlet seems to have the best quality sushi, and slightly bigger portions too. I had previously wondered if this could be true. I mean, Sushi Tei must obviously have some form of quality control going on. It wouldn’t want to have differing standards for its restaurants. That would not be good for the image.

Today, I finally had the chance to visit another Sushi Tei outlet. I had dinner at Sushi Tei Tampines One. I ordered a Salmon Avocado handroll as well as a spicy clam pasta soup. The partner ordered the crispy seafood on rice. I’ve ordered the same exact Salmon Avocado handroll many times at Cityhall, and I must say the handroll at Tampines one looks a tad smaller. Taste-wise, it was the same thankfully.

The soup of the spicy clam pasta soup was tasty. However, for some reason, the pasta did not absorb the flavour of the soup. The texture of the pasta was nice and al dente, but it was also rather bland. Perhaps Sushi Tei deciding to use a spaghetti type pasta was the wrong way to go. The pasta is the vehicle for the sauce. In this case, the “sauce” is liquid soup. So perhaps they ought to have used clam-shell pasta, which would have carried the soup better. Or perhaps that is why the italian sauces are usually thick?

On the whole, I think I have to remember not to have ramen or pasta dishes at Sushi Tei. When I eat Ramen, I want the broth to be extremely rich and flavourful. I know some people prefer milder versions, but not me. Give me the full 24 hour simmering of pork bones thing extra strong if possible.

The crispy seafood on rice that the Partner ordered was not that great either. There was too much batter covering the seafood such that the batter seemed like 2/3 of the dish and the seafood only 1/3. It was bad enough that the Partner proclaimed never to order this dish again. Once again, he had eaten this dish before at Cityhall, and it hadn’t been that bad.

On the whole, I think that the Tampines branch is still good, just that if you want the best experience, try City Hall instead. But don’t come during lunch time coz I’ll be there and I don’t want YOU hogging the tables! Hehehe!

Japanese Clam Pasta Soup

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