Saturday, April 23, 2011

Moovellous Bowl of Ramen!

I had just returned from Vietnam and had pho almost everyday....so instead of regurgitating all the pho experience here and giving everyone pho-bia *insert moohahahaha*, I decided to blog on another noodle dish- ramen.

Been ages since I last went to Millenia Walk. Seems like with Parco now one of their anchor tenants, there are many Japanese eateries that have sprouted there. Among them, I saw Nantsuttei- a ramen shop from Japan. And the rest, as I say, was history lunch.


The basic dish of Ramen ($12) was a simple bowl of egg noodles, spring onions, bean sprouts and chashu. Opt for an egg for additional $1. The tonkotsu broth was creamy and rich with a black layer of roasted garlic oil which clung onto the noodles as I slurped. The egg had a molten semi-liquid (gel like?) yolk and smooth whites. Very savoury when eaten with the soup.

The chashu was also equally exciting.


The Smoked Chashu ($6.50) was smoked with cherry chips and carried an alluring smokiness not unlike bacon. A good amount of tender flesh was marbled with just a sliver of fat, creating a succulent, tasty slice of meat.


Buta-manma ($6) made use of good chashu- chopped, stewed in a sweet dashi stock and topped over rice. Pretty comforting though a pity it wasn't the short grain sushi rice.


Back to ramen. For a spicy twist to the basic ramen, opt for the Hot Miso Ramen Extra Hot Tanmen ($16). It came with 4 different spicy levels- Standard, Moderately Hot, Medium Hot, Extremely Hot. I tried Moderately Hot. I think most would take to this with quite a few probably preferring 1 or 2 notch up. It was spicy but not enough to induce tears nor profuse sweating.

Those thinking of getting the Extremely Hot are advised "Please refrain from ordering if you have heart trouble, feel ill, or have a sensitive stomach. Please note that your social status will not be raised if you eat Extremely Hot. If you are brave enough to challenge yourself in private, please try Extremely Hot." LOL.

As with the basic Ramen, the egg is at additional $1. This spicy ramen came with an extra slice of yummy chashu and minced pork in Japanese peppers. Japanese bak chor mee anyone? :p

And here comes the stunner. Seeing a poster encouraging patrons to ask for (free) garlic which they say makes the ramen tastier, I did thinking it was fried garlic chips.

Then this appeared:


No joke. It was raw garlic! Seeing how pungent and overwhelming raw garlic can be, I was sceptical at first. But after pressing 2 garlic cloves into the spicy miso soup...Va-va-vroooom! The minced garlic imparted added depth and a lovely fresh, clean garlic flavour that blended well with the rest of the soup. Two hooves up!


The Fuufu Enman Gyoza ($6) was smallish, had a nice fried bottom and was quite tasty. But alas. In the presence of awesome ramen soup and chashu, even the good seems moo-serable.

Fortunately, miserable I was not. This cow was a happy camper with a satisfying glow from a shiokadoodle ramen lunch. :)

Ganbatte Japan!!


Nantsuttei
#03-06
Millenia Walk
Tel: 6337 7166

Chew On This: While waiting for your food to arrive, flip to the back of the menu and discover the nutritional goodness of the stuff in your bowl of ramen!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mooing 5 Years On


Can't believe The Hungry Cow is now 5 years old!

This blog hasn't won awards or accolades but that's not important...to me at least. The cow continues to be happily enjoying the pleasures of food, great company and amazing graze. The Hungry Cow blog remains a rather personal outlet of creative expression through something close to moo heart- food. Along the way, some have found nonsensical entertainment value in reading while others may have used it as some sort of "guide". Either ways, I would like to thank all my 5 fans (ok, maybe now 6) for mooing along with me these 5 years.

Happy birthday, Hungry Cow. Cheers to moo-re to come! :)

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Oooh-toya!

It's been some time since I last dined at Ootoya. After realising that they had recently opened an outlet at Suntec, we moo-ed over on fine Sunday.


Grilled fish always sounds good. The Charcoal Grilled Atka Mackerel Set ($15) which includes miso soup, pickles, an appetiser and free-flow of rice, had a whole fish that was delicate and moist.


Sprinkle some black sesame seeds and salt to enhance the fish's natural flavour.


The fragrance of black vinegar was alluring in the Pork Loin and Vegetable Stir-Fry with Black Vinegar Set ($17). Seems a little more Chinese than Japanese. I found it too oily but it was tasty nonetheless!


For something comforting and satisfying, the Rice with Charcoal Grilled Chicken and Egg Set ($15.50) rocks. Subtle fragrance from the grilled chicken together with a sweet and savoury sauce and runny eggs over rice is just mmmmmmm (now, that's a good word to describe food! Moohahahha).


Ootoya
#B1-057
Suntec City Mall (other outlet at Orchard Central)
Tel: 68373718
Opens: 11am-9.30pm


Chew On This: Get a sticker with every $20 spent. Five stickers will get you a free dessert while 10 will get you a free meal!