Located in southwestern Japan, Kyushu is famous for its long list of delicious dishes, hot springs, and is also home to Japan’s most active volcano, Mount Aso. Look forward to savouring over 20 specially curated iconic dishes, as Ichiban Boshi unveils a Kysuhu Ryori specialty menu, exclusively available at their newest outlet at Century Square.
Tori Mizutaki 3.8/5
The first dish we had was the Tori Mizutaki ($15.90) which is a chicken based hotpot dish popular in Fukuoka inspired by the Western consommé and Chinese cuisine. Filled with chicken, assorted mushrooms and fresh vegetables in flavourful chicken broth, a unique way of eating is to push the minced chicken from the bamboo poles into the broth for cooking. Pour in the side of Japanese citrus vinegar for that flavour oomph.
Jigokudai Udon 4/5
Another of our favourite is the Jigokudai Udon ($14.90) which is a warm dipping style udon served with kurobuta black pork, poached egg, shimeji mushrooms and assorted vegetables. Mixing in the side of bonito flakes, sesame seeds and citrus pepper paste adds a subtle salty and citursy flavouring to the udon noodles.
Mentai Hakata Nabe Gozen 3.8/5
The Mentai Hakata Nabe Gozen ($26.90) features a bounty of ingredients famous in Kyushu such as the mentaiko (spicy cod roe) and kurobuta in a delightful chicken broth served with silver-stripe round herring and Japanese sweet potato in a Hakata-style hotpot. The set also comes with sides of tempura, assorted sashimi, chawanmushi, rice and fruits for a fulfilling meal.
Aburi Shime Saba 3.5/5
For sides, we had the Aburi Shime Saba ($8.90) which features thin slices of seared mackerel seasoned with Japanese citrus vinegar, spring onion, sesame seeds, grated ginger and citrus pepper paste. While the mackerel is full-flavoured and has a firm texture, we find it a tad salty.
Daigakuimo Ice 4.2/5
We had the Daigakuimo Ice ($6.90) as a sweet finale to the meal. It comes in thick strips of fried Japanese sweet potato coated with brown sugar, sprinkled with black sesame seeds, and a scoop of creamy rich vanilla ice cream. The sweet potato strips have an addictive soft texture and the brown sugar adds a subtle sweetness to the dessert which complemented the ice cream well without being too overly sweet.
Photos and words by Crystal. A girl who likes to eat, photograph, and write about food, and dreams about travelling around the world one day. Note: This is an invited tasting.
2 Tampines Central 5
Tel: +65 62601273
Nearest MRT: Tampines (EW Line)
Daily: 10am - 10pm
1) Alight at Tampines MRT station. Take Exit C. Turn left and walk to traffic light junction. Cross the road and walk down Tampines Central 5. Walk to Century Square. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]