Food Mission 2017: Menya Sakura

Yet another entry intended for February that got ‘carried forward’ into March 😛

Another food outlet that I managed to tick off in year 2017 itself – Menya Sakura.

Menya Sakura specialises in Nagoya-style ramen and tsukemen. Speaking of tsukemen – it is basically cold ramen/noodles being dipped into a hot sauce/stock as versus to the soup version (you can read more about the difference here) and this is a style of ramen that I first tried in Japan and loved.).

In Singapore, most of the ramen shops serve the soup version and there are not many that specialise in Japanese style tsukemen. Did try a few here and there, but a good one remained elusive until I read about Menya Sakura where some bloggers have proclaimed it to be one of the best on our Singapore shores.

Location wise, they are located at 69 Boat Quay. It was a pretty long walk down from Raffles Place MRT (UOB Plaza Exit) as No. 69 is located right at the end of Boat Quay itself (towards the direction of Singapore River).

Interior wise, it is pretty simple / functional. There is also the option of al fresco seating right beside the river, but the al fresco area was closed since it was not crowded on Saturday (plus it was also a very hot day). There is also a complimentary salad bar at the side. Took a bit of the stuff there and it is cold and unappetizing at best.

The 2 signature items on their menu will be their Pork Tonkotsu Ramen (Soup) & Tonkotsu Tsukemen (Dry with Dipping Sauce/Stock). As mentioned above, the Tonkotsu Tsukemen for me is a must-try since I have been on the hunt for a good/decent Tsukemen in Singapore 😛

As there was also a concurrent JPassport promotion, I got the set which includes the gyoza. In addition, I also got the complimentary drink (green tea) since it was my 1st visit to Menya Sakura. On hindsight now, it was a good choice to get the set which included the gyozas as the ramen portion itself is quite a bit smaller than what the picture above shows.

In terms of the noodles itself, they use a thicker version which works better when dipped, while the broth has a nice flavour (I believe it is both tonkotsu and seafood based) without it being overly oily. Really decent bowl of Tsukemen. As mentioned above, the only complaint I have is that the portion is rather small (considering that in Japan itself, they even offer noodle refills for some outlets).

Another plus is that they are linked up with JPassport, and have various promotions from time to time. Will go back to check out their tonkotsu ramen next time!

 

Details:

Menya Sakura                                                                                                                                                     69 Boat Quay

Opening Hours:  Monday to Thursday & Saturday 1130 to 2230 Hrs (Last Order 2200 Hrs)                                                   Friday 1130 to 0100 Hrs (Last Order 0030 Hrs)                                                                                                 Closed Sundays & PH

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/singaporemenyasakura/

Website:  http://www.menya-sakura.com/sg/en/index.html

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Food Mission 2017: Fishball Story

Finally catching up to some of the interesting / exciting food that I have been checking out in year 2017 so far.

Heard much about Fishball Story of this young hawker who went into the business of selling handmade fishall noodles – which arose out of a passion for food. I did not manage to check out the stall from their initial humble beginnings at Golden Mile Food Centre, and subsequently their move to NUS UTown and their 2nd outlet at Timbre+. However, recently I read online that they have moved to a coffee shop at Geylang Lor 28, and is now open from 10 am all the way to 2am. Moreover Lor 28 is within vicinity of Yoga Inc Guillemard. Which means I had to go!

And so one rainy day after Sunday morning Yin yoga, I made my way down to Lor 28 for this ‘legendary’ fishball noodles.

The stall located right inside the Hungry Bee coffeeshop.

Very extensive menu that includes the original fishball noodle that they first started off with, and a premium fishball noodle with more ingredients (additional fried fish skin and fried beancurd in fish paste).

Since I walked all the way in the heavy rain to try this, might as well go for the Premium Fishball Noodle – which is still affordable at $6 per bowl.

Pretty decent portion-ed, 4 fishballs, fishcakes, plus the fried fish skin and fried beancurd you see inside the big plate. Didn’t not take any more videos/pictures after that as I was very hungry after all that walking in the rain.  Just like what majority of the reviews online commented, the fishballs are 100% handmade with yellow tail fish meat – which is bouncy and great on the bite without having the flour-like taste that is common for machine made fishballs.

While the fried fish skin and dumpling further enhances the entire presentation of the noodles, however the main differentiator between good and great fishball noodles would be the sambal chilli. The sambal chilli, which I believe is handmade from scratch as well, is very fragrant and gives the noodles a real punch.

This was definitely so good that they were awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand in year 2016, although they were not in for year 2017. Not that it really matters that much to me – Michelin or No Michelin, it is still one of the best fishball noodles I have ever tasted.

Furthermore, I find it really inspiring that Douglas Ng as a young hawker rose to the challenge and has made a success story out of himself, and at the same time, contributed to continuing the legacy of Singapore’s unique hawker culture – check out this fantastic Vulcan Post write-up. Food outlets like Fishball Story deserve our support definitely!

Details:

Fishball Story

Hungry Bee Coffeeshop, Lor 28 Geylang                                                                                                    Opening Hours: 1000 Hrs to 0200 Hrs (next morning)

Timbre+ #01-14                                                                                                                                           Opening Hours: 0800 Hrs to 1800 Hrs, Monday To Friday

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/fishballstory/