Food · singapore

Tonkatsu Curry @ Ikura Thomson Plaza

It was Sunday evening and we planned to have dinner at Omote Japanese Restaurant in Thomson Plaza. Unfortunately, the queue was really bad. So many people lined up and the queue even reached the stairs outside the restaurant. I suggested to try Ikura, a Japanese Resto as well, located on the first floor, next to 7-Eleven. I’ve been there 1 time for their ramen and it was not that great but I’m willing to give another menu a try.

There was no queue here but we still couldn’t get a seat until they finally set up a table for us. It’s better to reserve first I guess! When we were waiting, we saw a Special Daily Deal and for Sunday is Curry Rice! I decided to order that. Curry rice is only for SGD $7.9 (normal price is SGD $10.9) and I opted for Tonkatsy as the topping (+SGD $5). Another topping they have are chicken, beef, pork, tori karaage (fried chicken) and ebi tempura (fried shrimp).

We waited for almost 30 minutes for our food because they were serving another guests first who were already there when we came in. When it finally came, we were so excited and ate it immeditely. Everyone was so quiet, savoring the curry rice. It was pretty good! Curry is thick but I wish they give more of it. Rice portion is just nice. Tonkatsu is delicious as well, especially when dipped into the curry. Yum!

Tonkatsu Curry Rice

Overall, it was a tasty dish. After the tax and service, I paid for SGD $15 for the curry rice with tonkatsu. Reasonable price for a Japanese Restaurant. Definitely will recommend people to try this resto. Just be patient when they are full though, as servingg time can be long. Their staffs are minimum number, 3 people at the kitchen and 1 people at the counter / taking order / serving / payment (multitasking!).

Have you tried this restaurant? If so, which dish is your favorite? Let me know in the comment 😉

Address : 301 Upper Thomson Rd, #01-43 Thomson Plaza, Singapore 574408

Food · Travel

SABAR Toro 38 Singapore – (Not) All About Saba Fish

Have you known about Japan Food Town in Wisma Atria? I’ve heard it before but never been inside and look around. Last Wednesday I met my friend in Singapore and we walked to Food Republic in Wisma Atria to get a drink and have a seat. When it was time for dinner, we chose Japanese Food since it was there already. Japan Food Town is located at the same floor as Food Republic, which is on the 4th floor of Wisma Atria.

Japan Food Town

There are some restaurants inside the area, selling all different kind of Japanese cuisine. We got hooked at one of the menu there. My friend wanted to eat warm meal, me as well. Also the price mentioned was reasonable enough. It was a Saba Fish Restaurant called SaBar. The place is hidden at the corner. We almost went to wrong restaurant! lol.

Toro38 Sabar Singapore menu

Toro38 Sabar Singapore entrance

At first we sat in front area, but as more people were coming over we had to move to bigger table inside. The two of us started to order first because we were so hungry suddenly! I was interested in Fried Squid. My friend wanted to try Toro Saba Hitsumabushi and also shared jelly fish and green salad. Then another friend came and ordered a fried chicken (tori karaage). It took a while for them to prepare our food but it was worth it.

I LOVE the Fried Squid. Crispy on the outside (thin batter) and soft inside, cooked perfectly. The jelly fish was fresh and yummy. Even the green salad tasted delicious, especially the dressing. Toro Saba Hitsumabushi can be eaten in 2 ways, dry or wet. Both were delicious! I prefer the dry one but it got too salty at one point because of the sauce. Still delicious though! The fried chicken was also crunchy and tasty, but a little too salty. Another 2 friends came and ordered Unagi Hitsumabushi and it was delicious as well! All of the food were cooked really well.

I will definitely come back here to try another dishes, and will recommend this place to all my friends as well. They are quite new restaurant which was established in 2014. So I want them to stay around for a very long time! I think they are able to do so, as long as they maintain their quality. Right now it is quite packed already on dinner time though.

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Have you tried their food? How was your experience there? Let me know in the comment below!

Ciao!

 

Experience · Food · Travel

Day 5 Fukuoka – Nagasaki (Kimono rental – Oura Church – Atomic Bomb Museum – Urakami Cathedral)

Today is another trip outside of Fukuoka. Nagasaki it is! Pris planned to visit Kumamoto actually but my Japanese friend told me to visit Nagasaki instead. The first reason was that Kumamoto is not safe at the moment, still have earthquake going on. The second one was because Nagasaki is the most beautiful city in Kyushu according to her.

il Forno del Mignon bakery croissant

For breakfast, I bought croissants from Il Forno Del Mignon. I tried their mentaiko croissant and I liked it. This time I bought all flavor! It was empty in the morning. Usually, they always had a lot of people lining up whenever I passed by, especially for chocolate croissant and sweet potato croissant.

We bought 2 tickets at the machine for 3800 yen but couldn’t enter the gate. The officer said we need to get the fare ticket as well. The one we bought was only limited express ticket. Since I didn’t know how to buy the fare ticket via machine, we went to counter. The person struggled to understand us and we tried so hard to explain. But he finally got the message! He changed the tickets and gave us the new one. 6180 yen for 2 people. Now, this is about right cost. We only paid the difference. I was wondering why it was so cheap when we received our first ticket from the machine.

Kamome 7 Fukuoka - Nagasaki

Kamome 7 Interior

Looked up at the sign for Kamome 7 (the train to Nagasaki) at 7.53am. It was at platform 4. We boarded the train. It was very cozy and comfortable. It has a unique floor pattern as well.

Arrived at Nagasaki, we went to information center and bought a day-pass tram ticket for 500 yen (adult) and 250 yen (children). Single trip for tram is 120 yen (adult) and 60 yen (children).

Nagasaki Train Station

Nagasaki Train Station

City View in front of Nagasaki Station
City View in front of Nagasaki Station

All kind of transport in Nagasaki

Nagasaki Tram / Street Car

We followed the sign for ‘streetcar’. Across the fly-over and get down to the platform. Our first destination was the kimono rental place. The name is Kimono Hoppen. Located near Sianbashi tram station. Pris already made a reservation before via online and got the confirmation via email. The rental fee was 5420 yen per person. The hairdo was extra 1600 yen.

Kimono Hoppen kimono rental

Inside a Nagasaki Tram

Shianbashi Tram Station

Kimono Hairdo Nagasaki

We chose kimono from their collection, then we put on the kimono with the help of the lady. There were only 2 persons working there when we came. I took the hairdo as well since my hair was not in proper shape lol. But I didn’t like the result of their hairdo though. After finished all, we needed to choose bag to match the kimono and to bring some stuff. We left our backpack in the shop and went out with a smaller bag.

There are a lot of temples around that area. A whole row of temples. We visited Sofukuji temple first and took some photos there.

Sofukuji Temple

Sofukuji Temple

Sofukuji Temple

Sofukuji Temple

Me with Kimono at Sofukuji Temple

On the way back to Kimono’s place, we stopped by at Daikoji temple and only took few photos since we already starving. Couldn’t climb another set of stairs..

We had lunch at Garan resto. The only restaurant in that area that was opened. I ordered Chicken katsu curry. It was not bad but not special as well. It was good enough to refill my empty stomach.

Daikoji Temple

Stairs at Daikoji Temple

Garan Restaurant Nagasaki

Chicken Katsu Curry Rice

After lunch, we went back to Kimono Hoppen to return the kimono. We actually could rent it until 6 pm but we didn’t want to walk around the city with that! Very tight and hot as well, also it looked like gonna rain. Walking under the rain in kimono is not a good idea for holiday xD

We took tram to Oura Catholic church, stopped at ouratenshudo-shita station. Just followed the sign on the street until we saw an inclined road with many shops along the way, including the famous brand for kakuni manju (Nagasaki delicacy). At the end of that street, we saw Oura Catholic church.

Nagasaki Tram Stop Number

Nagasaki Tram Line

Inside the tram

The street leads to Oura Catholic Church

Entrance fee is 600 yen. We got the English book. It is not allowed to take a photo inside the church. On the right side of the church, there is an exhibition inside an old building. Free of charge.

Oura Catholic Church Nagasaki

Saint Mary statue at Oura Catholic Church

The building next to the church

Entrance to Glover Garden Nagasaki

Continue walking to Glover garden. We didn’t enter because if we did we would not have enough time to go to other places. On the way back to tram station, we stopped by at souvenir shop and ate kakuni manju at Iwasaki Hompo shop. According to my Japanese friend, it is the best manju in Nagasaki. And it is! Pris loved it. I don’t like the bun though.

After filling up our tummy, we continued our trip. Next destination was atomic bomb museum. We took the tram and stopped at station number 20 (hamaguchi-machi). Again, we just followed the sign to museum. But we only saw Nagasaki National peace Memorial Hall and no sign of bomb museum. Apparently we need to go inside the gate of Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall first then on the left side, there is a pathway to go to atomic bomb museum.

Iwasaki Hompo - Kakuni Manju shop in Nagasaki

Inside the tram

Nagasaki Memorial Hall Entrance Fee

Direction to Nagasaki Bomb Museum and Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall

Entry Ticket to Bomb Museum

We used the coin locker to put our bags away because it was too heavy. It costs 100 yen. And we got it back when we took out the bags! Worth it 😆

Entrance fee to atomic bomb museum is 200 yen. We needed to go down to B2 (ask the information lady if you can’t find the way). We bought the ticket from machine and just scan it on the gate. We are allowed to take photos but can’t use flash. It was a very interesting museum and made me cry.. The message (some might say propaganda but for me it’s pure message) is too deep. Especially when I read the testimonials from the survivors.. It is a must visit place in Nagasaki.

Thousands of paper bird origami

The time of bombing

We planned to go to the memorial hall as well since we already there but canceled because we didn’t have enough time 😦 We needed to see Urakami Cathedral and it is closed at 5 pm. Although, we could take photos on the outside still. Urakami Cathedral was one of many building that got destroyed at the time of the bombing, and they rebuilt it. It was the biggest cathedral in Asia before the bombing.

On the way to Urakami Cathedral

Urakami Cathedral Nagasaki

Around Urakami Cathedral

Urakami Cathedral Nagasaki

Around 6 pm we rushed back to Nagasaki station. I wanted to go to Mount Inasa and seeing the night city view of Nagasaki which I heard very beautiful, but it was time for dinner and we need to catch up the train as well. In Nagasaki Station, we went to Amu Plaza, to the 5th floor. That’s where most of the restaurants are. We picked one of the Japanese Restaurant from Directory (and I forgot to note the name! but it was number 5 on the floor directory).

I ordered fried chicken (tori karaage) and it was delicious!! The price was a reasonable as well! Happy tummy 😀

Nagasaki City

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Tori Karaage (Fried Chicken)

After dinner, we went to ticket counter and bought a ticket for Hakata Station. It was 3090 yen per person. Easy and no more mistake made 😀

The Souvenir shop (next to entrance) was closed at 9.30pm. But the other shops around it were closed by 8 pm mostly. I bought castella cake from Fukusaya shop. There are a lot of castella cake brand but this Fukusaya was recommended by my Japanese friend who was growing up in Nagasaki. So it should be a valid recommendation! The cake can only last for a week though!

I found the kakuni manju shop as well at Nagasaki station. The same one as the one we found near Oura Church, Iwasaki Hompo. The seller was really nice. He explained to me that the manju can be taken around for 12 hours and can last for 1 month in freezer or 10 days in the refrigerator. I was thinking about my trip and decided not to buy it because it was not possible with my flight schedule and transit time. I’ve really appreciated that guy! He couldn’t speak English, yet he tried so hard to explain to me so that I didn’t waste my money, in case I don’t have enough time to get it in the freezer. Love Japanese people!

Fukusaya Castella Cake Bag

We sat down in the train back to Hakata and just rest for the day. I even fell asleep quite fast! From my experience in Nagasaki, it was not enough to go there for a day. You need at least 48 hours in Nagasaki to really enjoy the city and culture.

Ciao!

Food · Ho Chi Minh City · Vietnam

Curry Shika – Japanese Curry Rice

As a fan of Japanese Curry Rice, I couldn’t just ignore the information about this place. Curry Shika. It is said to be a hidden gem in Saigon. Many good reviews about it, it made me want to try even more. It is located on a street in between Nguyen Train street and Le Lai street. A very busy street! And a bit narrow as well.

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The address is 1/4 Nguyễn Văn Tráng. I found a small alley and wasn’t sure but then I saw this sign “Curry Shika”. Oh yeah! I came to the right place. Following the alley, I entered 1 area, not busy at all. Then on the right side I saw Curry Shika restaurant. It was lunch time so I expected some customers there.

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It wasn’t crowded when I got there. Only 1 table was occupied. I picked 1 table with a nice view to take pictures 🙂 The atmosphere is very local and Japanese style. The good thing is they don’t allow people to smoke here. The place is small, with only a few tables. I’m not sure if they have 2nd floor.

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I looked at the menu, everything in Japanese, with a translation below. I was a bit disappointed because I couldn’t find Katsu on the menu. There is no fried dish! Everything is stewed. I picked beef curry with cheese. It was mentioned as their favorite, so it’s a good point to start.

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It came with onion pickles and salad. I liked their onion pickles. The rice was yummy. Their curry was delicious! Soft meat as well. I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish it, but I did! I finished the whole thing! Very clean plate lol. It was tasty. Definitely need to come back next time.

I don’t usually give a tip, but this time I gave some tip on my payment, then I left them. When I got out of the restaurant, I heard someone calling me. It was the waitress. She said to me “I’m sorry, but we are not allowed to accept tip” Wow! Very honest waitress! They must have treated the staffs really well.

So if you’re craving for some japanese curry rice, you can try this place! Recommended to try for lunch.

Ciao.