Tag: japanese food

HIDDEN JAPANESE GEM IN PARKWAY PARADE

I’ve said this a million times, I loooove Japanese food. Lucky for me, my boyfriend shares the same liking. We could eat Japanese food everyday and you won’t hear us complain. One of our go-to’s is  Fish Mart Sakuraya. I first learned of this place on my first year in Singapore when my boss and some colleagues and I went to Parkway Parade to buy Christmas dinner goodies. Good thing too because I wouldn’t have thought that you could actually dine inside. I mean, would you? It looks like an ordinary Japanese grocery store when you pass it from the outside.

The storefront. SEE! You wouldn’t have given it a second glance (if you don’t cook)! 

But if you go further inside, you see this: Fresh Catch Dining. YUM!

What does this actually mean? Well, for starters, you get to choose your raw food and how much of it. It’s priced per gram so you get to see the portions and gauge for yourself how much you want. You grab a packet and give it to the counter for them to slice up and serve. I find that this makes sashimi cheaper than if you order from restaurants.

The chiller filled with salmon, tuna, hamachi, sea urchin, scallops, crabs, squids, shrimps, everything!

If sashimi isn’t your thing, don’t worry, they also serve cooked food and yes, they make rolls too. It’s a casual japanese dining experience that doesn’t scrimp on quality. It’s no frills but you know it’s high standard. I’ll let the photos (collected over time) do the talking, but please don’t scroll if you’re hungry!

Okay, bye guys. I’m gonna go for dinner now. 

Sakuraya Fish Mart is located at 80 Marine Parade Road #B1-84D, Parkway Parade Singapore 449269

THE BEST CALIFORNIA MAKI: KINKI RESTAURANT

My cousin recently visited Singapore, and together with my aunt, we met up by a Singapore icon, the Merlion. After taking the obligatory photos, we were faced with the dilemma of where to eat. When you’re with a tourist, the dilemma becomes 100x more harder coz you want them to try something really good whereas when you’re a local, you can chuck a bad dining experience to “everyday woes”. I remembered rooftop bar Kinki had a restaurant and since our tummies were starting to growl, it was nearby and everyone loves Japanese food, we decided to give it a shot. We weren’t disappointed.
Japanese restaurants often have this “distinct” look. Traditional design elements, wood details, and neutral tones. Kinki is not one of them. They serve Japanese food in a very cool and industrial ambience, there’s even colorful graffiti on the wall!

We had several rounds of salmon sashimi. It was succulent and in my personal opinion, just the right portion and temperature. 

We also ordered some rolls, and oh my God, you should try their California maki. My aunt and I agree that it’s the best California Maki we’ve ever had. Hint: they don’t use those orange crab sticks. 

We also had Ebi Tempura which I liked – nice prawn to batter ratio, and it was fried just nice, crisp but not tough like some of the other tempuras I’ve tried here…

My aunt is allergic to most seafood, so we made sure we had ample meat. We tried the Kurobuta Katsu – minced black pork cutlets which were very filling. I kinda overlooked that the menu said “minced” so I was surprised when it crumbled under my fork, haha

This isn’t your ordinary beef teriyaki. Using prime ribeye with a homemade soy reduction, this dish was sooo heavenly and ideal for a steak lover like me. 
The menu in Kinki is rather similar to menus of most Japanese restaurants. What sets them apart though is how they construct these. The restaurant boasts of an “Urban Attitude” not only in their interiors but also in their confidence in jazzing up the typical. Their awards are testament to that!

It can get pretty pricey though, at least for me and my employee’s salary, but it’s somewhere I’d love to go back to. My aunt and I still rave over the California Maki from time to time. 🙂 And good news, they accept The Entertainer app too! I swear, that app has been my best friend this year! 


Should I find myself in the Merlion – Collyer Quay area again, I’d definitely love to go back! (And look like the sumo in the chopsticks case, haha!)

Kinki is located at 70 Collyer Quay, #02-02 Customs House, Singapore 049323

BANDUNG FOOD GUIDE

I love food. If you’ve scrolled through my Instagram, you may have even seen my new hashtag: #heyrockEATgirl. So witty, noh? Hahaha Seriously though, food is always one of the things I look forward to when traveling (or even in life in general, ssh!). Aside from authentic local dishes, a culture’s take on other cuisines is also worth a bite.

As such, for this post, I’ll be sharing with you the food and eateries we’ve tried during our trip to Bandung aka: 5 more reasons to go. Hope you enjoy!

1. Miss Bee Providore

Jalan Rancabentang No. 11A, Ciumbuleuit – Bandung, Jawa Barat 40142, Indonesia

For our first dinner in the city, we went to this cafe near our hotel. It has a chic, quirky, cozy vibe similar to that of Cafe Mary Grace. Being the creatures of habit that we are, we went for the steak and the burger. We were seated by the cake case so I was scouting our dessert the whole time.

2. Sushi Groove

 Jl. Sukajadi No. 137-139 Cipedes Sukajadi Bandung Jawa Barat, Indonesia

Didn’t I tell you we were creatures of habit? Hehe! Of course we had to have japanese food. We tried out this modern looking eatery in the perimeter of Paris Van Java where I had the yummiest chicken cutlet ever. The sushi was also not bad. 🙂

3. Floating Market

Jl. Grand Hotel No. 33 E, Lembang, Bandung Barat, Jawa Barat, Indonesia

To satisfy your craving for local munchies, the Floating Market may be the place for you. Not only does it serve snacks like potato twists, buns, and satay (!!!), they do so in a real charming park too. And as the name suggests (and the photos in case it’s not clear enough, hehe), the stalls are all in boats docked by the market.  

4. Pizza é Birra

Jl. Sukajadi No. 137-139, Jawa Barat, Indonesia

Pizza é Birra is probably one of the prettiest restaurants I’ve been to. Just look at the interiors! Loove the industrial space and the pop art! :The chili con carne fries was a bit of a let down, refer to the photo above. But maybe next time, we should really go for pizza and beer instead of pasta and wings. 😉

5. Banana-leaf rice meal

*Ask your driver to bring you to one 😉

A trip to Indonesia won’t be complete without eating rice wrapped in banana leaf. Surprisingly, this was a bit of a tough to find. Luckily though, after a failed attempt at outlet shopping, we asked our driver to take us to eat instead. He brought us to this little shack next to an outlet where we had rice (!) and barbecued chicken wings. Yum! Although I wish there was more chicken coz the rice was sooo good.

So, that’s it. 5 more reasons why you should go visit Bandung. 😉

See anything you like? Have you tried these places before? Did I miss any good eats in Bandung? Let me know below!


PS: Don’t forget to check out 5 Things to Do in Bandung.

BUDGET-FRIENDLY JAPANESE FOOD AT ZIPANG

Let’s admit it, wherever in the world you are, Japanese food is always pricier than average. In fact, one of the priciest meals you can ever have on Earth is a ï¿¥30,000 (or USD241 or SGD340 or PHP11,156) sushi tasting at Jiro Ono’s Three Michelin starred Sukiyabashi Jiro. All the hype around it makes it a bucket list item for food lovers. I mean, how can you not be even a little bit curious? They make it sound almost magical. 
But as much as almost everybody loves Japanese food, not everyone’s wallets run as deep as the Mariana’s trench. Luckily, there are still safe havens that charge reasonably for decent portions of the much loved cuisine. One of which I was able to drop by with my mom and boyfriend. She discovered Zipang through my foodie aunt and uncle. It’s near Tomas Morato, but on a more residential street. This quaint enclave is ran by a Japanese guy who warmly greets you from his sushi counter when you first walk in. It might look ordinary, but I kid you not when I say it’s an uni lovers’ paradise. We had an enjoyable meal that was heavily boosted by an abundance of budget-friendly uni. If you love uni, this is the place for you. 😉 Itadakimasu! Let’s eat –

rice tea

mom grounding sesame seeds
sashimi platter – it comes with uni! ohmygod, where else can you find that?!

mom’s katsu set

katsudon

ebi tempura

uni sushi

chirashi don (also comes with uni, omg)
Zipang is located at 6 11th Jamboree, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila, Philippines

FOODIE DIARY: NIHON BASHITEI

I often tell my boyfriend how glad I am that he loves Japanese food. Mostly because there are times we can’t think of what to have for dinner that we end up going on our default mode – even if we just had Japanese a couple of nights ago. The other times because it makes me certain that he’ll get along with my family well. You are what you eat, right? 😉 Whenever I see my family discussing where to have Sunday dinner on Viber, I always get a teeny bit jealous because I’m not able to join them for a yummy meal, and of course, the always laugh trip family bonding. That’s why I was really happy to have joined them for a meal at Nihon Bashitei. I have been to Nihon Bashitei previously but have never tried the Spicy Tuna Sashimi (above) that my relatives have been raving about. Now slapping myself for not trying it earlier, haha!

Here are some more pictures of the dishes available at Nihon Bashitei. At least the ones I was able to snap before everyone started eating, haha 🙂 Our table was filled mostly with Spicy Tuna and Spicy Salmon Sashimi (don’t worry, they look almost the same except for the fish) coz like I said, it is a Roxas favorite. 
Chirashi Don
Miso Soup
Gyoza

Tempura Ramen

For delicious, straightforward, reasonably priced Japanese meal, Nihon Bashitei is your go to place in Metro Manila. Looking forward to my next yummy meal with my family!♥︎

Nihon Bashitei is located at 806 A. Arnaiz Avenue, San Lorenzo, Makati City, Philippines

FOODIE DIARY: KEISUKE TOKYO RAMEN DINING

Ramen is so big these days that shops just keep on sprouting not just in Manila but also here in Singapore. I looove Japanese food, but I’ll be honest, ramen isn’t really at the top of my list. I mean, I do appreciate me a good bowl, but I’d take sushi and katsus over it any day. 🙂 Well, maybe except for this particular one I had at Keisuke Tokyo Ramen Dining.

Chanced upon Keisuke Ramen in Suntec after a late night fashion styling sesh with my boyfriend in H&M. It’s good being able to bust out my men’s styling chops once in a while… but it can also get quite exhausting especially if you do it during dinner time. Keisuke was our oasis of respite after an hour in the men’s department and impossibly long lines in other diners.

At 9pm, the restaurant is still quite full and bustling. A good sign that the food is good.

They give you a menu and you fill up these order forms after. The ramen is completely customizable from the add-ons (egg, seaweed, etc), noodle texture (hard, normal, soft), oil thickness, and even what ingredients to withdraw. I opted for the everything normal one, haha!
Ramen isn’t served instaneously, another good sign of good food, so you have these bean sprouts to munch on as you wait.
What originally caught my eye was the Crab Stock Ramen but my boyfriend beat me to ordering it, haha! Pictured above is his Special ramen with additional everything. It’s very interesting coz you don’t really find places that sell crab stock ramen.. plus, Luke ordered and liked it, considering he doesn’t really like crab. 

My super super yummy Miso Tonkotsu Ramen with Egg. SOOO GOOOD!!! I actually liked this more than the crab stock, but hey, I’m a carnivore. I kid you not when I say this is the best ramen I’ve had in Singapore (I would’ve said my whole life, but I admit to having limited comparison points).

 

Just to give you a heads up on the price points. I really found my ramen so good that I wouldn’t mind paying for it again. (To be honest, as I type, I’m craving for this ramennnn!!) As always, drinks will drain your wallet.
The man behind the food: Celebrity Chef  Keisuke Takeda. He actually has 4 four different ramen concept outlets plus a gyoza dining concept that I am just dying to try! 

So much for ramen not being on the top of my list, no? :))
Have a good weekend, everyone! Please do feel free to recommend any ramen spots I should try!
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FOODIE DIARY: TONKATSU AT TONKICHI SINGAPORE

One of the usual questions people asked me back in Manila is what I usually eat in Singapore. People are surprised when my response is “japanese” coz this city is famous for hawkers. It’s not that I don’t like hawkers, it’s just that the freedom that comes with living alone and earning your own moolah extends to eating what you please. And I don’t think I’ve stressed enough how much I love steak, japanese and italian food. So why not, right? Nom nom nom. I promise not to overindulge this year, though! Time to get that beach bodehh back. 😉 
Tonkichi is a Tonkatsu Specialty chain japanese restaurant in Singapore. They serve remarkable pork katsus in both rosu (loin) and hire (fillet). They also serve other kinds of katsus – like chicken and seafood – but I’m quite loyal to pork, haha. If you can’t choose between rosu or hire, they have a combination set for you to try (as pictured above). Their sushi is okay, but the star of their menu is really the tonkatsu. I wasn’t keen on their Katsudon as I found it too wet, and their Chirashi Don, although it comes with chawamsuhi and mini-udon, wasn’t that good because of the rice’s lack of flavor. All things aside, if great tonkatsu is what you want, Tonkichi doesn’t disappoint. 
They have outlets in Takashimaya, Isetan Scotts, Orchard Central, and Tampines Mall. The photos above are from their Tampines Mall outlet. 🙂
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FOODIE DIARY: SABOTEN

A foodie photo diary of one of my favorite places in Singapore – Saboten over at Changi Airport Terminal 1. My boyfriend and I love our japanese food so we often take advantage of the Changi staff menu available to airport pass holders. Not only is it close to work, the staff is friendly and efficient too! But more than anything, the food is really good! I personally love their tonkatsu, crispy batter yet juicy and tender on the inside. It’s so good that even when it’s in katsudon form, it retains its crisp – a feat most places cannot accomplish with the egg drenching the pork and all. Not really surprising since they’ve been in business since 1966. How much more proof do you need?! Meals come in a set including green tea, cabbage, rice, miso soup and ice cream. Nom nom nom!

Oh, and fun fact, saboten means cactus.

Saboten is located at Changi Airport Terminal 1, Departure Check-in Hall Level 3, Singapore

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EATERY SPOTLIGHT: KUSHI

I used to joke about wanting to marry a half-Italian half-Japanese man who loves to cook so I can eat yummy traditional Italian/Japanese food all day everyday. Yep, I love these two cuisines that much. I’ve long since given up that dream (good bye volumes of family recipes, *tear*) but I’ve come to the conclusion that being with someone who shares the same food preference is just as good. Even better too coz no need to do the dishes after, haha! Most of the food posts on this blog are Italian-centric so it’s hightime I introduce you to our company’s favorite resto – Kushi.

Kushi is a dining bar that serves sumptuous Japanese cuisine using only the freshest ingredients in an ala-carte buffet setting. From SGD49.90/++ per adult, you get to stuff yourself to your heart’s and tummy’s content. What’s best is that because it’s ala-carte style, the food is prepared as you order so no stale nori here. The menu is pretty much a picture book and it can be a bit overwhelming coz everything looks so good (don’t worry, I have yet to try a miss), but if you don’t have a bottomless pit of a stomach, better not waste food by over ordering, yes? Photos below were taken during our department’s visit last August. Having gone here a couple of times, the 3 of us stuck to our favorites.. maybe your future favorite too. 😉

Oysters
Pitan Tofu, one is never enough!
Mixed Sashimi: hamachi, meikajiki, salmon (behind the lemon), maguro, shiro maguro, amaebi
Chuka Kurage and Chuka Iidako (jellyfish and octopus)
Ribeye Steak. Okay, my #1 favorite food in the whole entire world is STEAK. I’m so glad I get my steak fix together with my japanese fix. I mean, look at that steak! Perfect medium rare. Sooo good!
California handrolls. I’ve only recently appreciated handrolls coz I always thought it was messy. Now, I swear by it! More goodies per bite as compared to maki.
Ebi Tempura, my all time favorite
Veggies
Rainbow Roll
I wasn’t able to take photos of the yakitori we sampled and we had second rounds of some dishes. By the end of the meal, we were so stuffed! However, when I heard there was Green Tea ice cream, I ordered my tummy to make more room. I wasn’t able to take a photo coz I (shamefully) chiong-ed through it… 3 times. 🙁
This is just a small portion of their menu. You can check out the full menu on their website. If you love Japanese food like I do, Kushi is a restaurant in Singapore that you cannot miss. Good food, in proper Singlish- got standard one hor, without hurting your pocket.

Don’t forget to make a reservation coz tables are really in demand! Maybe I’ll see you there too coz as I type, I am already salivating for my next visit.

Kushi is located at #03-01 Hotel Royal, 36 Newton Road, Singapore 307964

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