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Ippudo

September 19, 2011 Leave a comment

When Ippudo just opened in Singapore, the queue would snake all the way to Lawry’s, and the wait came to an average of 40 minutes? So after less than 2 years of its opening at Mandarin Gallery, you would expect the hype to have died down. Well it did; by just a wee bit. Think the wait is now an average of 30 minutes? Hah, it’s still darn popular, and even expanded to UE Square. That probably explains the shorter waiting time… because there is another branch to share the demand. Being a fervent fan of ramen, Ippudo was a must-try for me. I still prefer Santouka over Ippudo, but Ippudo has its strengths in its noodles and broth; springy noodles and the broth is just right, not too salty nor too bland. Of course, you can choose the level of “springy-ness“, but I prefer them noodles springy.

The Ippudo ramen traces its roots to Fukuoka, Kyushu, where it distinguishes itself with a rich, milky tonkotsu broth. And if you think that Ippudo is big here in Singapore, think again! Last winter, when I was in NYC, T and I realised that Ippudo is massive there. We stayed in an apartment at East Village, and Ippudo was just round the block from where we lived. But never once did we succeed in eating there, because the queue was crazy long, and the wait, as advised by the Ippudo staff, could take up to 2 hours! Given the fact that there was a whole load of other restaurants to try in NYC, and the possibility of trying it in Singapore, we naturally opted out each time we tried our luck (or lack of) at Ippudo NYC.

Ippudo SG

Shiromaru Kakuni – simmered tender pork cubes

Ippudo SG

Kyushu Miso Tonkotsu

Ippudo SG

Dashimaki Tamago

My palate is highly sodium-biased (read: love salty stuff!), so I always order the miso variation of the broth whenever I have ramen. But some ramen, like those served at Miharu @ Gallery Hotel, pack so much salt in the broth that a pint of beer doesn’t do much in washing the “jialat-ness” down. So I thought Ippudo’s one was just right, as mentioned earlier. And the tamago was perfect too! We both love tamago, and the tamago at Ippudo was really good.. fluffy and light. Ippudo apparently means “one wind hall” in Japanese. Not sure about how that name came about (sketchy details can be found if you wiki it), but it sure blows some of the competitors away yo.

Ippudo
Ippudo @ Mandarin Gallery
333A Orchard Road, #04-02/03/04, Singapore 238867
Opening Hours:
Mon – Sat 11am – 11pm (Last order at 10pm)
Sun 11am – 10pm (Last order at 9pm)
Tel: +65 6235 2797

Ippudo Tao @ UE Square
207 River Valley Road, #01-55/56, UE Square, Singapore 238275
Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu 11.30am – 3pm (Last order at 2.30pm), 5.30pm – midnight (Last order at 11pm)
Fri – Sat 11.30am – 3pm (Last order at 2.30pm), 5.30pm – 2am (Last order at 1am)
Sun 11.30am – 11pm (Last order 10pm)
Tel: +65 6887 5315

Putien

September 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Walked pass this restaurant several times in the past couple of years. The restaurant was always packed with customers and ridiculous queue numbers. Got close to trying it the other weekend but opted for Soup Restaurant which was right beside Putien. This place sure gets crowded… got there at about 6.25pm and had a good 40 mins wait. Putien has been around for a really long while and I finally got to try it with my folks. J been there once several years ago.

J suggested the Drunken Cockle which she had tried with her friends before several years ago. She doesn’t eat Cockle in Char Kway Teow at all, but she likes this dish served there. That says alot about the Drunken Cockle in Putien!

Putien
Drunken Cockle

Putian fresh cockles in a wine marinade and topped with fresh garlic and chillies. It sure tasted pretty good!

Putien
Shredded Meat with Bun

This looked like a variation of the Kong Bak Pau that we usually eat but the bread is deep fried and there were sesame seeds on the bread. Unique.

Putien
Spinach with Salted Egg & Century Egg in Supreme Stock
A pretty normal chinese restaurant fare.

Anyway some history on the origins of the restaurant Putien roots traced back to Putian, Fujian province of China. According to my dad, the owner missed his local fare, Heng Hwa Cuisine, from China and couldn’t find it in the area. He wanted to share his comfort food to the locals and thus started up the restaurant back at Kitchener Road. They expanded pretty quickly and added restaurants at Vivocity, Marina Square, Tampines Mall, Jurong Point, Parkway Parade, City Square Mall and also Nex.

Putien
Claypot Sea Cucumber with Chestnut

This felt like a normal zichar dish.

Putien
Deep Fried Chicken with Garlic

Thumbs up!

The food was indeed pretty good and affordable! Liked everything that we ordered. Special mention for the drunken cockle and the deep fried chicken with garlic. Definitely worth a try if you haven’t done so! As we left, we had a short chat with the lady at the counter who mentioned that the Braised Beancurd with Chinese Cabbage, Claypot Fish Soup, Fried “Hing Wa” Bee Hoon and Putien Lor Mee are really popular choices. Will definitely be back to check that out!

Putien
Jurong Point Shopping Centre
Jurong West Central 2 #02-34
Singapore 648886
Tel: +65 6795 2338
Opening Hours
Lunch 11.30am-3.00pm (Last Order 2.30pm)
Dinner 5.30pm-10.00pm (Last Order 9.30pm)

Hatched

September 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Almost 2 years after Hatched @ Evans Lodge hatched, did I finally visit the place that I’ve heard so much about, from ardent brunch fans. Hatched serves all day brunch, and if you haven’t already got an inkling of their area of specialization, let me egg you on with a clue that might seem a little egg-stra: what do young animals hatch from? Yes, eggs! They serves eggs in many forms! Going through their extremely colouful and illustrated menu of egg dishes is no mean feat. One moment you could be attracted to a particular egg dish, the next moment, your eyes (or rather, your taste buds) could be drawn to another yummy sounding egg dish. Was really quite spoilt for choice, but I finally decided on the Le Rossini.

Hatched

Le Rossini
Enjoy the best of both worlds with classic scrambled eggs dressed in decadent foie gras, drizzled with truffle oil, atop Ciabatta bread, served with sauteed potatoes with caramelised onions

This was one of the most expensive dishes in the menu (no thanks to the foie gras and truffle oil), but I was curious to find out how truffle oil and eggs go together. In the end, I feel that truffle oil is a bit too strong for eggs, and texture wise, they don’t quite match too. But in all honesty, the eggs were good, and I enjoyed every morsel of the dish.

Hatched

Pancake Party
Thick fluffy pancakes served with butter, fresh cream and maple syrup and caramelised apples

Ter’s brother, E, ordered the Pancake Party, which wasn’t an egg dish, but still brunch fare nonetheless. Though Hatched is all about eggs, they paid their due diligence in making the other dishes up to standard too, so I was pleasantly surprised to know that the Pancake Party packed a punch (like some alliteration tongue twister). Nice!

Hatched

The Designer Egg White Omelette – Onions, Mushrooms and Ham

Leaving the best for the last, this was what Ter had. He always chooses egg whites over the normal eggs (read: health conscious), but knowing that egg whites do nothing but to make the entire dish look bland, we threw in the salt and pepper set in the background to spruce the plate up. Heh.

Hatched has limited number of seats, and it gets very crowded after 11 am on weekends, so do come early if you don’t want to wait. The restaurant is decorated with various egg-related paraphernalia, some of which are pretty cute. Lots of thought put into the decor.

Pop by Hatched, for an egg-citing brunch!

Hatched
26 Evans Road #01-06 Evans Lodge Singapore 259367
Opening Hours:
Tues – Thurs 8am – 10pm (Last Food Order: 9.30pm)
Fri – Sat 8am – 11pm (Last Food Order: 9.30pm)
Sun 8am – 10pm (Last Food Order: 9.30pm)
Tel: +65 6735 0012 / +65 6735 0013
Email: info@hatched.sg