Showing posts with label Hotpot. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hotpot. Show all posts

Thursday, December 14, 2023

ENChanko Hotpot & Kamameshi @ Vivocity - Singapore's First Chanko Hotpot Specialty Restaurant


ENChanko Hotpot & Kamameshi is a chanko hotpot speciality restaurant that recently opened in VivoCity. Chankonabe is a traditional dish in Japan, a hotpot stew that is well-loved for its hearty flavours and wholesomeness. ENChanko Hotpot & Kamameshi offers three varieties of Chankonabes alongside a selection of Kamameshi, a traditional Japanese rice dish cooked in a cast iron pot.

Signature Tori Chankonabe 2.8/5

3 choices of Chankonabe are available - Signature Tori Chankonabe (Chicken), Buta Motsu Chankonabe (Pork) and Kaisen Chankonabe (Seafood). All hotpots are available in 4 pax, 2 pax and individual portions. We tried its Signature Tori Chankonabe (Chicken, $58 for 4 pax, $30 for 2 pax), which is nutritious with Jitori chicken – a natural, antibiotic-free and free-range chicken.

Mochi Kinchaku

Housemade Chicken Tsukune

It also boasts a good mix of ingredients - chewy Mochi Kinchaku, Housemade Chicken Tsukune, Beijing cabbage, Japanese mizuna, shimeji mushroom, Japanese glass noodles, pressed tofu, carrot, Japanese leeks and beansprout special silver. The chicken tsukune was juicy and had a good bite. The soup, however, was disappointingly thin despite its milky appearance, offering little flavour other than a pronounced saltiness.

Himowaki Udon 5/5

To further elevate the hotpot experience, 30 add-ons are available, including the Himowaki Udon (a flat and wide sheet of udon noodles, $6.80), a speciality from the Kiryu area in Gunma Prefecture. Unlike regular udon, Himowaki Udon is characterised by its flat appearance and width of up to 10cm. Given its incredible texture and flavour, I can see why it has been gaining much attention from the media. A must-try!

Miyazaki Wagyu Truffle & Ikura 4/5

There are ten choices of Kamameshi sets to choose from. Each set is served with appetiser of the day, asari clear soup and mini chawanmushi. Ingredients of choice are prepared together, then simmered in a signature stock in an iron pot. We tried the Miyazaki Wagyu Truffle & Ikura ($39) featuring Miyazaki wagyu sirloin steak, served with ikura. An onsen egg is included, which is to be cooked with the rice with the residual heat. While some of the ingredients listed on the menu were missing from our rice, it was overall a satisfying dish, given that the wagyu steak delivered the expected texture and flavours. To savour the mildly burnt rice at the bottom, we poured the accompanying genmai dashi (made of genmaicha, kombu and bonito) into the rice, stirred it, and polished off it!

Kuro Edamame 4/5

Black & Red Chicken Karaage 2/52/5

Side dishes are offered as well, such as Black & Red Chicken Karaage (Smoked teriyaki & karamiso glaze , $8.50) and Kuro Edamame. The latter is a premium Tamba Sasayama black edamame with a distinct creamy texture and sweet taste, it was so much more enjoyable than the saltish chicken karaage, which were a tad overfried as well.


Beverages to complement your htopot experience include an unique Jim Beam Highball Sharing Bottle ($28, up to 3 glasses), special highball flavours, beer, shochu, sakes, plum and shochu cocktails. For non-alcoholic options, you can choose from a selection of Koridashis and Japanese cold brew teas.

Photos and words 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. Note: This is an invited tasting.

ENChanko Hotpot & Kamameshi
1 Harbourfront Walk
Singapore 098585
Tel: +65 6255 9188
Nearest MRT: Harbourfront (CC, NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 10pm

1) Alight at Harbourfront MRT station. Take Exit C or E. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Black Knight Hotpot (黑武士火鍋) @ Millenia Walk - New Seasonal Autumn-Winter Menu with Signature Fish Maw Chicken Pot Soup


Black Knight Hotpot, the Taiwanese celebrity-beloved hotpot restaurant located at Millenia Walk, has recently launched a new seasonal Autumn-Winter menu alongside its signature Fish Maw Chicken Pot soup. Simmered over 16 hours, it is made with no MSG and packed with nourishing properties. Considering the coming colder months that mark autumn-winter in four-season countries and Singapore's cold, rainy monsoon season, this Fish Maw Chicken Pot is meant to be a comforting, healthy treat for all, especially the ladies!

Fish Maw Chicken Pot 5/5

Their house signature Fish Maw Chicken Pot ($58) is packed with collagen, extracted naturally from a concoction of fish maw, kampung chicken, dry scallops, cordyceps, and other nutritious ingredients. Simmered for up to 16 hours, the creamy broth gave a luxurious gelatinous mouthfeel. You can experience it in 2 sizes – single or double pot – across different spicy and non-spicy flavours, each freshly cooked upon order.

Meat Platter 4.5/5

To accompany our soup, we had a meat platter made with Okinawa Black Pork Belly ($26/full portion), Japanese Pork Collar ($26/full portion), US Prime Short Rib ($38/ full portion) and Australia Sirloin Beef ($32/full portion). Pork from Japan is in the spotlight this season, and it's worth trying especially the Okinawa Black Pork Belly.


New this season is also a selection of Live Prawns ($12/100g). Scallops ($12/pc) are available as well.

Celtuce Slices


For such creamy broth, opt for crisp greens for a textural contrast. Celtuce Slices and Kelp are highly recommended.

Chinese Cucumber Salad 3.5/5, Crispy Peanuts 4/5

Amp up the hotpot experience with new cold appetisers, such as Chinese Cucumber Salad and Crunchy Peanuts. The cucumber is seasoned with soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, green onions and a dash of sugar for a contrasting sweetness. The Crunchy Peanuts comes with rice vinegar as well, making it extra. moriesh.


Till 30 Nov 2023, ladies will enjoy an exclusive promotion of up to 30% off the total food bill when they dine in with groups of friends.



Photos and words 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. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Black Knight Hotpot
Millenia Walk
Nihon Street
9 Raffles Blvd
Singapore 039596
Tel: +65 83000417
Nearest MRT: Promenade (CC, DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 330pm, 530pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at Promenade MRT station. Take Exit A or B. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Suki-Ya @ Marina Square - Revamped All-You-Can-Eat Premium Shabu-Shabu Buffet


Suki-Ya, a Japanese Sukiyaki and Shabu-Shabu restaurant, has established itself in our local F&B scene, most known for its all-you-can-eat hotpot options. The family-friendly atmosphere of the restaurant is complemented by a range of promotions, ranging from Lunch Sets and Student Promotions to Exclusive Treats for Senior Citizens and Special Birthday Offers.


Elevating from its Regular Buffet Lunch/Dinner, the restaurant now offers a Premium Menu which provides a broader range of premium ingredients, including Wagyu Beef, Iberico Pork, Duroc Pork Collar and more. The pricing of their buffet is as follows:

Regular Buffet
Lunch $22.90++
Dinner $27.90++

Premium Buffet
Lunch $34.90++
Dinner $39.90++

Premium Hotpot Bases

In addition to the premium ingredients, the Premium Menu also offers newly introduced soup bases, such as Chicken Collagen Soup and Truffle Mushroom Soup. Alongside these, the classic options include Shabu-Shabu, Butaniko, Sukiyaki, Tomato, Kimuchi and Fresh Soy Miso (+$2).

Premium Seafood

While the Regular Buffet’s items are available on self-service, the Premium items are served upon order. The Premium seafood items available were Seafood Meat Ball, Half-Shell Scallops, Tiger Prawns, Black Mussels and Salmon.

Premium Seafood

We were pleasantly surprised by the freshness of their seafood, especially the plump scallops, firm prawns and salmon, that we all had additional portions of.

Premium Ready-to-eat Items

Aside from the fresh ingredients, we had a sample of their Premium Ready-to-eat Items, such as the California Maki, Kanpyo Inari Maki, Tempura Maki, and assorted Tempura. While the Maki were just average, my favourite was the Shishamo Tempura, filled with roe and served hot and crunchy.


Moving on to the Regular Buffet Bar, we went first for their trio of Appetisers - chilled bean sprouts, kimchi and radish.

Regular Buffet Bar

Next to the Appetisers was a wide range of frozen ingredients of many different types of seafood and meat balls, otah patty, sausages, fishcakes and more.

Regular Buffet Bar

On the opposite end of the bar, you will find a variety of fresh items. There were eggs, noodles, many vegetables, and at least 3 types of mushrooms available to add to your hotpot.

Hotpot Ingredients

My dining companion and I particularly appreciated the amount of fresh ingredients available. Our favourites from their range include the seaweed, radish, lotus root, mushrooms and noodles. All of these were great in soaking up the flavourful broth.


Depending on your choice of soup base, you can select a mix of condiments to enhance flavours further. Some highlights include the restaurant's signature Sukiyaki Sauce, Ponzu Sauce and Sesame Sauce.

Regular Ready-to-eat Items

The Regular buffet also includes a number of ready-to-eat items such as chawanmushi, Tori Karaage, Seaweed Chicken, Takoyaki and rice. While the Seaweed Chicken were unfortunately over-fried, their crispy Tori Karaage, Japanese Curry and fragrant Garlic Rice are worth a try.


To wrap up your meal, you can enjoy Desserts of fresh fruits, dessert cups and ice cream cups in various flavours.

Suki-Ya has two other outlets in Plaza Singapura and Heartland Mall Kovan, each with slightly different menus.

Photos and words by Jo. A girl who loves her Mala (麻辣) at Da La (大辣), discovering hidden food gems and a good cup of matcha latte. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Marina Square
6 Raffles Boulevard
Singapore 039594
Tel: +65 6337 9969
Nearest MRT: Esplanade (CC Line), Promenade (CC, DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Thu: 1130am - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm
Fri-Sun: 1130am - 10pm

1) Alight at Esplanade MRT station. Take Exit B and D. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Promenade MRT station. Take Exit A. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]

Saturday, October 7, 2023

Fu Xiao Xian (抚小鲜) @ Bugis Junction - $12.80 Customisable Individual Fish Set Meals Available with 5 Different Soup Bases


Fu Xiao Xian (抚小鲜) opened its doors in Bugis last year, offering diners their speciality of Yunnan-style cooking and pressure-steamed fish. The restaurant prides itself on not using any MSG, preservatives, additives, or artificial flavours.


Their signature dishes, such as the Paper Wrapped Fish and Fish Hotpots, are more suitable for group sharing, but the new Individual Fish Set Meals ($12.80) would satisfy those seeking a quick and convenient meal and that of solo diners. These sets, available all day, allow you to customise by choosing your preferred soup base, adding two sides, and coming complete with a bowl of rice and a beverage.


Five different soup bases are available - the Spicy Fish, Vitamin C Tomato Fish, Sauerkraut Fish, Original Bone Broth Fish and Pumpkin Lemon Fish with Sauerkraut. By default, the set uses sea bass fillet, but you can opt to top up $2 for a swap to dory fish.

For the sides, each set allows two to be added in. These include enoki mushroom, black fungus, sweet potato vermicelli, beancurd, beancurd skin, bean sprouts and potato slices.


While waiting for your food to be ready, you can head to the self-service sauce station to prepare your bowl of condiments. We were pleasantly surprised to find fresh fruits offered for all diners as well. On the day of our visit, there were oranges and slices of watermelon.

Original Bone Broth Fish 3.8/5

We decided on the Original Bone Broth Fish with sea bass fillet, potato slices and beancurd for our first set. Unfortunately, the richness of the broth was just average, and despite the generous portion of broth, the slices of fish included were cut pretty thin and came in small numbers. While tender, the slices were also a tiny bit fishy.

Pumpkin Lemon Fish with Sauerkraut 4/5

Our preferred soup base between the two we tried was the Pumpkin Lemon Fish with Sauerkraut. While the sweet pumpkin flavour was relatively subtle, the zesty lemon notes complemented the sauerkraut and the amount of spice well. We opted to add black fungus and sweet potato vermicelli, which thoroughly soaked up the broth. I would have preferred this to be much less oily though.

Deep Fried Crisp Pork 4/5

We also had a side of Deep Fried Crisp Pork ($7.80) to share. I would have liked these a lot meatier, but I liked the savoury marinate and its crunch that wasn't too oily. The seasoning was actually pretty addictive.

Photos and words by Jo. A girl who loves her Mala (麻辣) at Da La (大辣), discovering hidden food gems and a good cup of matcha latte. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Fu Xiao Xian
Bugis Junction
200 Victoria Street
Singapore 188021
Tel: +65 8787 6791
Nearest MRT: Bugis MRT (EW, DT Line)

Opening Hours:
11am to 10.30pm Daily

1) Alight at Bugis MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Joie @ Orchard Central - Restaurant with Modern Meatless Cuisine in Orchard Central’s Rooftop Garden


Tucked on the 12th floor of Orchard Central is Joie, a restaurant that prides itself on bringing diners a modern meatless menu with Japanese-European elements. It shares the top floor with one other restaurant and the mall's rooftop garden, with views overlooking the bustling Orchard Road.


Joie offers a 4 or 5-Course set for lunch and a 6-Course for dinner. The prices are as follows:

4-Course Lunch
$38++ on Mondays to Fridays, except Eve of Public Holidays and Public Holidays

5 Course Lunch
$50++ Daily

6-Course Dinner
$78++ on Mondays to Thursdays
$88++ on Friday to Sunday, Eve of Public Holidays and Public Holidays


For this visit, we had two sets of the 6-Course Dinner and hence could sample more dishes as indicated individually below. Beverages are not included, but Joie offers quite a comprehensive list of alcoholic drinks and a more straightforward non-alcoholic list containing mocktails, coffee, tea and soft drinks.

Complimentary Snack - Spaghetti Sticks

We were first served with a complimentary crunchy snack of Spaghetti Sticks in two flavours, spiced and non-spiced.

Palate Cleanser - Passionfruit Sorbet

After that, we were treated to Passionfruit Sorbet, which was intended to cleanse our palates before beginning the course properly. However, it could have been less icy and a lot less sweet to provide a lighter and more refreshing start.

Starter - Chef’s Selection of Assorted Platter 3/5

However, we were uncertain if it was intentional, but the capsicum kebab was made with a mix of vegetables in their raw form, and the raspberry sphere was overly sweet with a flat burst of flavour.

However, we were uncertain if it was intentional, but the capsicum kebab seemed to be just made with a mix of vegetables in their raw form, and the raspberry sphere was overly sweet with a flat burst of flavour.

Side Dish - Bailing Mushroom on Paper Hot Pot 2.8/5

Our first side dish was the Bailing Mushroom on Paper Hot Pot. We appreciated the chunky yet soft-texted mushrooms here, but the accompanying soup was overly sweet, making it challenging to savour fully. A more balanced base would have enhanced the overall enjoyment.

Side Dish - Gratinated Champignon with Mozzarella 2.8/5

For our second side dish, we had the Gratinated Champignon with Mozzarella. I looked forward to it when I saw the copious amount of cheese and golden-brown crust, but I was disappointed with the meagre portion of button mushrooms. The bread meant to pair with the Belgian endives was, unfortunately, a bit stale.

Cold Dish - Tuna Cold Steak 1/5

We ordered the Tuna Cold Steak as our first cold dish, which had marinated watermelon with dill mustard dressing and a topping of pine nuts. The texture of the 'steak' was soft, but flavour-wise, it was cloyingly sweet.

Cold Dish - Vegetable Sashimi On Ice with Oyster-Leaf Shooter Glass 2/5

We've had vegetarian sashimi a couple of times before this and were excited to try Joie's carefully plated rendition - Vegetable Sashimi On Ice with Oyster-Leaf Shooter Glass.

Instead of the usual konjac for the sashimi, they've ventured to use other elements, such as coconut, huai shan and aloe vera. The platter featured 'salmon, octopus, jellyfish and abalone', arranged from left to right. It was served with soy sauce and an oyster-leaf shooter glass. Unfortunately, like the previous dishes, most of these items leaned towards the sweeter side. We would have preferred a better balance with more savoury elements.

Soup - Japanese Kunbu Broth with Hand Carved Tofu 1/5

Our first choice of soup was the Japanese Kunbu Broth with Hand Carved Tofu. We understand from the menu that it was meant to be a double-boiled Japanese seaweed consomme, but what we had was regrettably bland.

Soup - Infusion of Cepes & Truffle 3/5

The Infusion of Cepes & Truffle was a better bowl. The mushroom soup here had delightful bits of mushroom and carried a mild truffle fragrance.

Main - Truffle Risotto 2.8/5

There are 5 mains to choose from for the dinner course. The Truffle Risotto with a croquette on top, mascarpone cream, greens, and black truffle didn't quite meet our expectations. The risotto had a thick porridge-like texture, lacking the desirable al dente bite. Additionally, we would have appreciated the croquette more if it had been served hotter and crunchier to provide better textural contrast.

Main - Grilled Summer Mushroom Steak on "Pu Ye" Hot Stone 3/5

Our second main, the Grilled Summer Mushroom Steak on "Pu Ye" Hot Stone, fared better. Beyond the visual presentation, the "Pu Ye" hot stone was intended to keep the dish hot. The mushroom steak here highlights a well-grilled monkey head mushroom with a mild smokiness. While the deep-fried spaghetti was too oily, I would have liked more of the truffle mashed potato as it was smooth and carried a good amount of flavour.

Dessert - Yoghurt Pudding 2.5/5

The Yogurt Pudding dessert had a watery texture, lacked the expected tangy yoghurt notes and leaned towards the sweeter side.

Dessert - Homemade Cheesecake with Oreo 2.8/5

Our last dessert was their Homemade Cheesecake with Oreo. It was average, with a decent amount of cheese flavour.

Unfortunately, our visit to Joie fell short of expectations. While we valued the warm service, the food quality needed to align with what we anticipated from a casual fine dining establishment. Many dishes lacked flavour or erred on the side of excessive sweetness. We hope this was an isolated occurrence and hope to experience better in the future.

Photos and words by Jo. A girl who loves her Mala (麻辣) at Da La (大辣), discovering hidden food gems and a good cup of matcha latte. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Orchard Central
181 Orchard Road
Singapore 238896
Tel: +65 9663 0901
Nearest MRT: Somerset (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm

1) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit C or D. Walk to Orchard Central. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]