Shirokiya – along a small Japanese alley in Chijmes

Shirokiya

Chijmes near City Hall MRT

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Yes, this is my second time to Chijmes two days in a row. And you would have guessed that I was at the Japanese alley again. Yes, indeed I was as I am really quite attracted by that stretch of restaurants (I have a soft spot for anything Japanese). So, beside the really famous Hakata Ikkousha tonkotsu ramen stall along the Japanese alley is Shirokiya which is a restaurant that emphasizes on healthy eating yet without any compromise on its taste. Browsing through the menus, you would realise that tofu seems to be a common ingredient in most dishes and they do grills as well as sushi. The lunch set over here could be hailed as one of the most value-for-money power lunches as they only cost $12 with a free drink. Got a lunch set today as well as the super delicious hot pot.

DSC_1111Got the health and beauty hotpot, and it seems to remind me of the bijin hotpot that you have to patiently queue for at Plaza Sing. Well, I haven’t been to the one there but this was heavenly. Lovely shrooms, prawns, tofu and vege, really healthy hotpot!

DSC_1110Once your hotpot starts bubbling, you can push the mashed yam (background) in together with this bowl of collagen. They would just melt and make this soup even much more savoury and tasty.

DSC_1122Very clear soup over here and I love the texture of the soup that is filled with collagen. Doesn’t taste fatty at all and I didn’t craved for any water after downing this big pot – MSG free. The soup left towards the end however was a little salty. $38.80.

DSC_1112And then we got a bowl of cold tofu in bamboo basket each for free which would have otherwise have costed $6.80. You just need to sign up for their free membership and this healthy snack is yours to slowly savour. Tofu was pretty big and goes so well with the shoyu by the side with the bonito flakes, ginger and spring onion condiments. Very appetising and tasted really healthy too!

DSC_1117Dashimaki tamago with mentaiko sauce. The super savoury, creamy and delicious mentaiko sauce together with the warm, soothing soft tamago was just perfect! $8.80. Japanese loves their eggs and this was of similar standard!

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DSC_1120So S and I got the chicken katsu don lunch set which was really very good as well, especially for the price of $12. The katsu was so crispy that you could hear the kriak kriak sound when you bite into it. Delicious!

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And we got the caramelised soymilk pudding which was very delicious again. Looks like a creme brulee but instead of a creamy, sinful pudding, this refreshing soy based pudding will make you super addicted. $4.80. I find this quite a must order if you are here especially so when they stated that it’s homemade on the menu.

DSC_1130And our final dessert was the Macha Parfait for $9.80. My suggestion is to skip this as the it looked better on the menu than it did actually taste. Somehow the macha didn’t have sufficient flavour. Well, maybe that’s because it is supposed to be a healthy dessert.

So, all in all, Shirokiya did impress. With all the dishes ordered, everything is a spot on for us except for the last dessert which makes me want to visit it again in the near future. I especially love the soy based products over here like the cold tofu and the tofu-filled hotpot. I think if you are a fan for soy products, this will be the ideal place for you! Service, however, could be more polished as the crew seems to be slightly forgetful and short-staff but their friendliness makes up for it!

Verdict: An excellent restaurant!

 

Hakata Ikkousha – Chijmes, with a small Japanese food alley

Hakata Ikkousha

Chijmes near City Hall MRT

DSC_1121After a recent facelift, Chijmes seems to be more chic and exciting now. There is literally a Japanese food alley/street now which somehow has a stunning resemblance to a ramen street that you get just outside Tokyo station. I really love how this small alley is littered with and only with Japanese restaurants like Tatsu, Ikkousha, shirokiya etc. Really hope to see more of such streets springing up in Singapore. Coincidentally I will be returning to Chijmes again tomorrow for the other Japanese restaurant.

DSC_1112We decided to have the super famous Hakata Ikkousha which I first visited at Bugis+ ramen champion. Having won the ramen champion twice consecutively, this ramen stall has indeed been a hot favourite among tonkotsu fans.

DSC_1111Free hard boil eggs to go with the thick broth.

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So originating from the Fukuoka region of Japan, Hakata Ikkousha serves super delicious tonkotsu ramen with premium, thick, creamy broth. You get to choose the texture of your noodles and I got the hard one. It was springy but not Q enough for me so I shall get the very hard one in future. I like the fact that you can semi-customise your bowl of ramen goodness according to your own preference. Got the special ramen and I love the generous, tasty char siew served! $16.

DSC_1118Long time no see K got a char siew don for $3.50 and it looked like a change of carbohydrates.

DSC_1120This plate of gyoza was nicely grilled and I like the chilli sauce with yuzu pepper served as it is refreshingly spicy.

So if you are up for an unhealthy bowl of tonkotsu ramen, then go for the tastiest one – Ikkousha as it will make the calories gained worthy. Really delicious ramen served over here but an interesting thing is it is much more expensive than what you get in Japan as you can get a good bowl of ramen easily under or at $10. Can’t wait to go back to the ramen alley at Tokyo station end of this year!

Verdict: A good restaurant!