Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kabe no Ana and Men-ichi Ramen @ Jurong Point Shopping Centre - Mentaiko Madness

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RE&S, the team who bring you your popular Japanese cuisine concepts such as Ichiban Boshi, Kuisin Bo, Kuriya, celebrates their 30th anniversary with Mentaiko Madness! Men-ichi Japanese Ramen and Kabe No Ana are the two out of its four restaurants concepts that will be running this special promotion.

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Hakata Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen 3.8/5

From now till 4 June at Men-ichi Japanese Ramen, enjoy a bowl of collagen rich tonkotsu soup with mentaiko served as a whole. The commonly known versions of menatiko dishes often present mentaiko in the form of cream sauce, mayo drizzle etc, it is really the traditional way of serving it that allows one to appreciate the deep umami taste of mentaiko which I have learnt during my trip to Fukuoka. At only $14.90, I thought this Hakata Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen is quite decently priced, considering the rest of the regular dishes are priced within the same range.

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Mentai Mayo Gyoza 3.8/5

Don't miss out the Mentai Mayo Gyoza ($6.90) - chicken gyoza drizzled with mentai mayo. Though it is back to a mayo form, that deep umami flavour of mentaiko is still quite pronounced.

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Mochi Mentaiko Pizza 3/5

Do you know that Kabe no Ana is the creator behind the origina mentaiko spaghetti? And for this occasion, out came another four new mentaiko creations, of which are Mochi Mentaiko Pizza ($16.90) and Mentaiko Gnocchi set ($22.90). What I like about the pizza is the use of toppings that really get your jaw going - Chewy Japanese mochi, squid and succulent prawns.

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Mentaiko Gnocchi 3.8/5

The Gnocchi dish really surprises me, given the fact that it is not a true blue Italian place. The pillows of gnocchi are light and fluffy, with a very slight stretchy texture. The mentaiko spinach cream sauce isn't too creamy and the perilla leaves brightens up the dish and gives its flavour a lift with its sharp, minty nuances. A truly enjoyable dish as you get a bit of everything in one spoonful - the pillowy gnocchi coated with mentaiko sauce, the succulent salmon cubes, ikura.

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Each set comes with 2 appetisers, Iberico Pork with Tomato Salsa & Rocket Arugla, and Smoked Duck & Grapefruit Salad, as well as a Ume Spakrling Soda, available from now till 2 July. As some of you may find the mentaiko in its original state an acquired taste, these Japanese-Italian creations will be suitable to have with friends and loved ones.

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If you are a mentaiko fans, do check out Tokyo Eater Pop-Up Store at Nex or Ichiban Sushi for more Mentaiko Madness. My preference still goes to the ramen as it allows me to savour the entire hunk of mentaiko as such dishes ain't readily available elsewhere.

Photograph and written by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food.


Kabe no Ana and Men-ichi Ramen
Jurong Point Shopping Centre
1 Jurong West Central 2
#B1-55
Singapore 648886
Tel: +65 63970435
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Nearest MRT: Boon Lay (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 10pm

Direction: 
1) Alight at Boon Lay MRT station. Take Exit C, D, E. Walk to the new wing of the shopping centre. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Monday, April 23, 2018

Man Fu Yuan @ InterContinental Singapore - New SIgnature Dishes Inspired By Chef Eric Neo's Travel Experiences

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Man Fu Yuan at InterContinental Singapore has been one of my favourite Chinese restaurant, and I was really excited to know that Chef Eric Neo has introduced 10 new dishes inspired by his travel experiences.

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Appetisers 4/5

Our dinner started with a trio of Appetisers which consists of Deep Fried Pork Shoulder DumplingSmoked Kagoshima Pork Belly Char Siew and Mango Passionfruit Prawns. The deep fried pork shoulder dumpling is sort of like a deep fried siew mai, with a crispy exterior and crunchy interior from the prawn. The smoked kagoshim pork belly char siew has a enjoyable balanced of fatness and sweetness. Lastly the mango prawn is coated with herring roes but I didn't get the popping effect on top of the fruity sweetness.

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Double Boiled Chicken Soup, Fish Maw, Conpoy 4.5/5

The Double Boiled Chicken Soup is packed with richness and depth. The essence of the conpoy is well drawn into the soup through hours of boiling, for that umami flavour. It even comes with chicken pieces and premium fish maw.

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Miso Shoyu Baked Cod, Scrambled Egg Whites 4.2/5

At first glance, I was wondering whether the scrambled egg whites is a good choice to pair with strong flavour of the Miso Shoyu Baked Cod. In fact, the sweetness of the moist cod fish goes very well with the lightly salted scrambled egg whites, giving the dish a contrast but yet harmony finishing.

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Signature West Lake Longjin Tea Smoked Duck 4/5

Smoked to a beautiful aroma is the Signature West Lake Longjin Tea Smoked Duck. Diners can enjoy the tea smoked duck on its own or wrapped in it a then crepe.

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Tiger Prawn Vermicelli, Chinese Wine, Superior Broth 4.8/5

Another favourite of mine is the Tiger Prawn Vermicelli. The highlight is the superior broth that is accentuated with a dash of Chinese wine. The thin vermicelli which acts like a sponge, absorbed the delish broth for a slurping goodness.

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Chilled Coconut Jelly, Aloe Vera 4.5/5

Wrapping up the dinner, we had the Deep Fried Purple Sweet Potato Custard Ball and Chilled Coconut Jelly with Aloe Vera. I enjoy both desserts a lot. The deep fried purple sweet potato has a delightful chewy texture filled with oozing custard in it. On the other hand, the chilled coconut jelly with aloe vera is light and refreshing.

In addition to the new signatures, the restaurant has also elevate the culinary experience with a handpicked selection of quality wines from renowned regions, passionate growers and boutique wineries. On top of that, tea connoisseurs will also be pleased to be able to pair and appreciate their meal with nine different premium teas


Note: This is an invited tasting.


Man Fu Yuan
InterContinental Singapore
Level 2
80 Middle Road
Singapore 188966
Tel: +65 63387600
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Nearest MRT: Bugis (EW Line, DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1145am - 330pm, 630pm - 1030pm

Direction: 
1) Alight at Bugis MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

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