Saturday, July 7, 2018

Korean Sweet & Spicy Topokki (Fish Cake, Spam, Rice Cake)

3 tablespoons of Beksul Sweet & Spicy Topokki Hot Sauce
2 tablespoons of Honey
6 Fish Cake
6 Spam / Luncheon Meat
50g Rice Cake

Step 1: Pan fry Fish Cake and Spam and set aside.
Step 2: Add Water Rick Cake, Beksul Sweet & Spicy Topokki Hot Sauce, Honey and let it boil for 3mins.
Step 3: Add Fish Cake and Spam. Lower heat and let it simmer for 2mins.
Step 4: Remove from the heat and serve.

Give this recipe a try and hope you like it too.

- This brand's Sweet & Spicy Topokki Hot Sauce spicy level is high. We added Honey to bring the spice level down.

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Creamy Garlic Butter Mussels

750g Mussels in shells, debreaded and scrubbed
1 tablespoon Butter
1 small Onion, finely chopped
2 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
50ml White Wine
200ml Heavy Cream
1 teaspoon Dried Parsley
Salt and Ground Black Pepper
Toasted Bread (Brioche / Butterscotch / French)

Step 1: Soften the onion and garlic in the butter over medium to low heat.
Step 2: Add the thyme and wine, and increase the heat to high.
Step 3: Add the mussels, cover with the lid and steam for 6 to 10 minutes until the mussels have opened.
Step 4: Stir in the cream and chopped parsley, and season well.
Setp 5: Remove from the heat and serve with toasted Bread.

Give this recipe a try and hope you like it too.

- Mussels quality matters, various brands mussels taste blend.

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Superb cheap charcoal Yakiniku (焼肉) at Aburiya, Boat Quay!

👍 A great balance between cheap off-cuts and pricey premium ones.
👎 Our charcoal pit started losing heat 2/3 way through dinner.

What, to you, is needed for a good Yakiniku (焼肉)? For us, it's these criteria ...
✓ A Charcoal Grill
✓ Good selection of highly marbled meats
✓ A wallet-friendly price

... of which, of course, most places normally only meet two out of three.

We then heard that Aburiya over at Boat Quay might be able to check all three boxes, though, so we headed over on a Friday night to check it out!

Cheap Yakiniku Singapore Aburiya Boat Quay

The main reason we're here is for their Aburiya Kiriotoshi Tokumori which, at about $16/100gm, is remarkably cheap. Naturally there's a catch: these are the assorted cut-off ends of all the various other types (and cuts) of meat served in the restaurant, so you don't get to choose what cuts you want, and you don't get perfect, artfully arranged slices.

Cheap Yakiniku Singapore Aburiya Boat Quay

That's okay, though, because these are slices of proper yakiniku Wagyu and Tokachi* beef, and are almost as good as the pretty cuts!

* "Tokachi beef" is a brand of beef from the Tokachi region in Hokkaido. The Tokachi beef served in Aburiya are from a cross breed between Kuroge (黒毛) and Holstein cattle.

Cheap Yakiniku Singapore Aburiya Boat Quay Kiriotoshi Tokumori

Aburiya does serve up a wide variety of more premium cuts and meats too, though! We added on an order of Wagyu Jo Karubi ($16; higher grade available at $26) ...

Cheap Yakiniku Singapore Aburiya Boat Quay Wagyu Jo Karubi

... and an order of Atsugiri Tongue ($20; other grades available at $16 and $25).

Cheap Yakiniku Singapore Aburiya Boat Quay Atsugiri Tongue

Surprisingly, Aburiya serves the Jo Karubi in (relatively) thick, chunky slices - around 1.5cm rather than the 0.5cm or so that's typical for yakiniku. We like this quite a lot - the thicker slice means you can get a far better char on the edges while still maintaining a juicy, fatty, medium/medium-rare inside.

Cheap Yakiniku Singapore Aburiya Boat Quay Wagyu Jo Karubi

The tongue was also really good. We like the beefy flavour of yakiniku'ed beef tongue, but if it's not prepared properly it can be really tough. No such problems with this particular tongue!

Cheap Yakiniku Singapore Aburiya Boat Quay Atsugiri Tongue

Oh, we also ordered an obligatory Yasai Mori (assorted vegetables, $13), which turned out to be just so-so. If you want to keep a balanced diet, you'd probably be better off ordering something else like salad, or kimchi, or specific vegetables to throw onto the grill.

Cheap Yakiniku Singapore Aburiya Boat Quay Assorted Vegetables

After adding on a couple of $5 soft drinks, a bowl of $3 rice, and taxes and service charge, the final bill came to $120.06 (for two people). So perhaps not so wallet friendly after all after adding on all the more premium extras. Nevertheless it's still a pretty good value, in our opinion, and totally worth a return visit.

Aburiya is at 79 Boat Quay (it's closer to Clarke Quay rather than Raffles Place). Reservations recommended: For our Friday night visit without reservations we had to wait for about 10 minutes for a table. Non-halal.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Tokyo's Best Mid-Range Sushi: Mantenzushi Marunouchi (まんてん鮨 丸の内)

👍 Good Sushi, unbeatable value, Gaijin-friendly reservations.
👎 Expect to be in a food coma for a while after.

Stories and videos about Sushi places in Tokyo and Japan tend to focus on the high-end: How many of us don't know of Sukiyabashi Jiro or Sushi Saito? Quality comes at a cost, though, and in the case of Tokyo's top Sushi places that cost is steep, both in pricing (¥30,000 and up), and in sheer difficulty in getting a seat at the table in the first place.

If you're willing to lower your targets a little, though, some excellent sushi can be had at literally a fraction of the price. Take, for example, the sushi omakase at Mantenzushi Marunouchi (まんてん鮨 丸の内), where ¥6,480 buys you 11 nigiri, 1 hand roll, and 14 sashimi/other food items (that works out to ¥250 per morsel). Overall, the sushi is the best I've ever had at this price point, although service standards and attentiveness to detail are perhaps a little ... casual. Oh, and I guess one or two of the items are a tad bit eyebrow-raising (*koff koff enoki mushroom sushi and wasabi leaf koff koff*)

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo
Mantenzushi Marunouchi

Anyway, I won't do write-ups of each individual sushi or food item - partially because with omakase the menu is ever-changing, but mostly because there are too many different items 😉 Enjoy the photos!

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Shijimi Soup
Shijimi Soup

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Buri Sushi
Buri Sushi

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Seared Swordfish
Seared Swordfish

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Cured Bonito
Cured Bonito

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Abalone Sashimi
Abalone Sashimi

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Sawara Sashimi
Sawara Sashimi

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Hirame Sushi
Hirame Sushi

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Sticky Slimy Seaweed
Sticky, Slimy Seaweed

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Aji Sushi
Aji Sushi

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Enoki Mushroom Sushi and Tarakko
Tarakko and Enoki Mushroom Sushi

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Botan Ebi Sushi
Botan Ebi Sushi

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Nanohana and Daikon
Nanohana (fig leaf/flower) and Picked Daikon

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Mini Ikura Don
Mini Ikura Don

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Wasabi Leaf
Wasabi Leaf

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Bafun and Murasaki Uni Sushi
Bafun and Murasaki Uni Sushi

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Akami and Chuutoro Sushi
Akami and Chuutoro Sushi

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Anago Sushi
Anago Sushi

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Shijimi Miso Soup
Shijimi Miso Soup

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Negitoro Hand Roll
Negitoro Hand Roll

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Kanpyo Sushi
Kanpyo Sushi

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Egg Custard
Egg Custard

Mantenzushi Marunouchi Tokyo Strawberry

Mantenzushi Marunouchi (まんてん鮨 丸の内) is walking distance from the Tokyo train station (take the Marunouchi South Exit), in the basement of the Marunouchi Brick Square building (丸の内ブリックスクエア). Reservations are essential, but easy to make thanks to their Gaijin-friendly reservations website. Do pay them a visit and let us know what you think!