Thursday, 10 July 2014

Tsukada Nojo

Heard about the yummy-licious comments of the collagen hotpot from Tsukada Nojo, and of course, the price that comes along with it is the long queue.

Wanted to try out the hotpot for lunch during the weekday, and found out that hotpot is only valid during dinner on weekdays, and whole-day during the weekends! I came at the wrong timing :( Nevertheless, I went in despite the slight disappointment.

I actually went to two different branches on two separate days, but still during lunch and furthermore in the weekdays again. Both branches (Chinatown & Plaza Singapura) gave me a very warm welcome with their Japanese greetings, rather than those sluggish greetings which I suppose most of us would have experienced it before elsewhere.

They do not have much variety, and perhaps ramen is the one to go for. Given only like 4 options for ramen, we had the Tori Nikomi Soba Shio ($16.80)and another was the Tori Nikomi Soba Spicy Hot ($16.80) ramen. You also get to choose between 3 types of noodle, such as thin egg noodle, rice noodle, and the thick mochi-mochi noodle.

As explained by the crew, the ramen soup is exactly the same used for their hotpot. Surprisingly, this was what we came for! Their collagen soup! But of course, hotpot would be a more sumptuous meal :P Anyway, ramen came with the toppings placed on top of a "dish cover". Told by the crew (again), we should taste the soup first, before dropping the toppings in.

I love the thick, creamy and flavorful collagen soup as it slid through my throat! Too bad they do not offer free-flow collagen soup.

On my second visit to another branch, I had the Tori Nikomi Soba Curry ($16.80). To be frank, I was disappointed as it doesn't taste as good as the Shio, which I had previously. Perhaps I would have prefer more of the salty taste, and the curry seems to have cover it up. Although still yummy, but if I were to choose again, Shio would be the one I would go for again.

Here are the side dishes ordered from both branches.

A pair of Nikumaki Onigiri which looks pleasantly interesting. Original Nikumaki Onigiri ($3.00) is the cheapest, but we gave that a miss, and went for one cheese flavored ($3.80), and another is yuzu pepper and mayo flavored ($3.80)! They also have red chili oil flavored ($3.80), but was out of our options too.

Possibly due to our lack of research/knowledge, we were taken aback when we bite through and realized there's a ball of rice in it, and wrapped with thinly-sliced pork. Another awesome dish ordered!

Chicken Nanban Original ($8.50) for like 4 pieces. A popular dish in Japan's Prefecture, Miyazaki. I like the juicy and tender chicken chunks, with their homemade tartar sauce and Japanese sesame sauce on their greens.

You might to re-consider this version of Chicken Nanban if you are a spice-taker. Chicken Nanban Spicy Hot ($8.50), which is only available in Singapore. So thoughtful of them to have consider our general taste for spiciness :) With an addition of habanero pepper, initial taste might give you the wrong impression to continue munching on happily. Once again, you are reminded that you taking in "Spicy Hot" version of Chicken Nanban.

For your information, I had chosen thick mochi-mochi noodle on both my lunch visits because it look, or rather sound special than the remaining 2 types. They do indicate the recommended noodle to go for for each type of ramen, but I chose to heed my own choice. Not regretful of my choice, but do be reminded that the type of noodle choose, will affect the soup base too.

On my recommendation, thin egg noodle is not suitable for Shio, as it causes the yummy collagen soup to have a mild eggy taste, spoiling the soup as a result.

Tsukada Nojo

133 New Bridge Road
#02-37 Chinatown Point
Singapore 059413

Tel: (65) 6444 8840

68 Orchard Road
#03-81 Plaza Singapura
Singapore 238839

Tel: (65) 6336 5003

Opening Hours
Mon - Sun: 1130 - 1500 hours (Lunch)
                  1700 - 2200 hours (Dinner)

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