Once in a while, you come across a restaurant that can be described as eccentric, and even slightly self serving. It's the type of restaurant that owes its existence to an owner who decides to open his own place because he can't find the food he wants to eat anywhere else!
Hidden within an industrial estate in Pasir Panjang is this unassuming little restaurant that makes a very unique shabu shabu broth accentuated with yuzu. I didn’t think much about it when the owners emailed me early last year, but it caught my attention again when I visited to present them with the SPH Food Masters […]
It wasn't so long ago that a photo of well marbled Wagyu beef would have caused ooohhhs and ahhhs and at least a few hundred LIKES on Facebook. In fact, when I started writing in 2006, we didn't even have Japanese Wagyu. In those days, Australian Wagyu was just making its debut in Singapore and it was already causing quite a stir amongst the local gastronomes.
Dashi Master Marusaya is one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in Singapore. It’s one of the few places I know which uses only natural ingredients to cook their food. So their dashi doesn’t just come out of a pack. It is made the traditional way using Rishiri kombu (regarded as the best in Japan) and aged katsuobushi (of which they are the distributor) which they shave at their premises. That is why they dare to call themselves “Dashi Master”!
If you want to start cooking Japanese food at home, all you need is five basic ingredients, shoyu, mirin, sake, miso and dashi. These five form the basic building blocks for Japanese flavour. With it, you can make miso soup, sukiyaki, shabu shabu, tempura, udon, teriyaki, yakitori, oyakodon and many other popular dishes. So, if […]
Tokyo is a wonderful place to find great eats. But even so, you still need to do a bit of homework to separate the good from the “really worth the plane ticket” places. I was on a 3 day stopover in Tokyo with the family recently and I just had to make sure that every […]
Shabu Shabu Gen: There’s Wagyu and then there’s Wagyu
Joshu Wagyu Sirloin $175 per 150g Wagyu was once a luxury only available to the very well heeled. Now, it has become something that even aunties talk about in Teochew. I was amazed to find it being sold at heartland supermarkets like the NTUC at Bishan where I sometimes buy my beef. In fact, the […]
This Stall in Closed Wagyu Shabu Shabu or Sukiyaki $15 (Normal Beef Shabu Shabu $7) There are some things that sound too good to be true. Now if you are an optimist, your response to such things is to quickly go and find out if it really is true but if you are a pessimist, […]
With SCS Butter and the ieatFamily Matsu Sashimi: $40 My kids love Japanese Food. It’s always a fight between Japanese Food and MacDonald’s every time we ask them what they want to eat. And between Jap Food and MacDonald’s, my choice is quite straightforward. I guess the thing with Japanese food is that the flavours […]
With the ieatfamily With so many places offering $15 steamboats, why would you want to pay $35 just for a Pork Shabu Shabu? Well for me I rather go for quality rather than quantity. My daily calorie allowance is limited, so why spend my calories on 2nd rate slices of pork when you can have […]
I think I have just found a Japanese Restaurant that has the right balance of quality and price for the family!! It’s been a while since I visited Sushi Tei, but my friend AC Towkay insisted that our family will like this Sushi Tei outlet over at Raffles City, so since people recommend, might as […]