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Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru

Published October 26, 2014 by piggie

SAM_1629_ryoshiI absolutely have to blog about this! Not solely because of the food quality nor the mediocre service, but it’s mum’s birthday feast and secondly, my new camera’s inauguration shot! LOL! 😀

First and foremost, I didn’t have anything in mind before we stepped into the shopping mall, but mum wanted to eat rice and she’s hungry for mackerel. Somehow, we walked into Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru.

The old folks were rather hard to please as dad and mum both have very different taste bud, and their flicker-mindedness didn’t make my task any easier along with the not-so-user-friendly iPad ordering system.

Let me touch on a little bit about this horrible system. I can understand its purpose is to optimise manpower, but trust me, I know how a good system should be. It must be idiot-proof, and not hiding the food items in unexpected category. To such extent I had to ask the waiter over and seek his assistance in ordering a bowl of plain rice. It didn’t help when the waiters repeatedly hurried me to place order while I was lost exploring that stupid system. They explained that it would be faster if we ordered in stages, so that the kitchen won’t jam up. Oh well, at least they bothered with a reason.. But I can tell, this horrible system is the result of two amateurish and irresponsible parties, the restaurant for not elaborating their intention clearly, and the software developer for not bothering and pre-empting the logic.

Anyway, let’s not waste too much time on the miscellaneous, and get on with the food!

Mum wanted mackerel with rice, there’s no such bundle, so we had to order individually. I suspect dad anyhow pointed his finger, which landed on a Hiyashi Udon (Cold). I was pondering between a donburi or udon, but settled for the former. I understand the meal might take sometime to prepare, so I ordered a few maki too!

Kaisen Salad Gunkan, $1.80++

Kaisen Salad Gunkan Maki, $1.80++

The first sushi that was served is Kaisen Salad Gunkan sushi, and this is my new compact digital camera’s maiden shot! No, it’s not any high end camera, just a pocket camera that is convenience on the go. 😀 The mix of seafood, plus the sweet corns, made this sushi exceptionally sweet to the tongue.

Negitoro Natto Gunkan, $2.80

Negitoro Natto Gunkan Maki, $2.80++

Mum ordered this, which is half minced fatty tuna, half natto, along with some spring onion.

Kani Miso Gunkan Maki, $3.80++

Kani Miso Gunkan Maki, $3.80++

I love Kani! Couldn’t resist ordering this, which came with real crab meat, not those cheapskate fake crab stick. Crab meat usually comes with a tint of sweetness, but together with miso crab paste here, the flavour was brought to another level!

Saba Teriyaki, $10.60++

Saba Teriyaki, $10.60++

Right, now the main course, this mackerel just had the right grill to that exact level with adequate crisp on the outside, with sweetness inside well retained. Along with a tint of lemon juice, that taste was simply wonderful!

Bara Chirashi Donburi (small), $9.60++

Bara Chirashi Donburi (small), $9.60++

I have always wanted to try sashimi donburi in Tokyo, but this was truly awesome! Although I don’t like the idea of ‘shredded’ chunk of sashimi, I couldn’t deny the taste was great, assortment of raw fish was exceptionally sweet, with both seaweed and sesame a well supplement to bring out its taste. This was my usual meal volume, which left me wondering how big will their regular portion looks like given its price is almost double at $19.40++.

Ryoshi Sushi Ikeikemaru currently has two outlets, at Liang Court and Westgate respectively.

秀記江魚仔釀豆腐 Xiu Ji Ikan Bilis Yong Tau Fu

Published October 26, 2014 by piggie

WP_000830-xiuji那天罕有地早上到牛车水,还没吃早餐,就想到秀记酿豆腐。南洋一带酿豆腐有两股主流,一是客家酿豆腐,另一是安邦酿豆腐,但是秀记却自成一格,以简单清淡的口感赢得老饕繁忙时段天天排上半小时却又甘之如饴。而光临秀记,中午人潮太长,最好的时段就是周日的早上。

秀记摊位位于牛车水熟食中心最偏僻的角落,由于建筑格局因素,“躲”在一个称为幽灵山庄的地段,因为这个角落的入口若不是趋近根本不会发现,颇有武侠小说里那种柳暗花明又一村的感觉,上了电动扶梯后往左首角落头走,就会见到隐蔽的入口,然后一路靠右,在厕所附近就是了。还有另一个入口,上了电动扶梯后直走,在前方20米处的廊桥左转就是了,见到排队的人龙,不必怀疑,整个牛车水熟食中心大概只有这里会有人潮。

WP_000831-xiuji首先,汤底使用江鱼仔与鱼骨熬煮,除了淡淡的甜味还能感觉鲜味。酿豆腐无法自选,$3的份量有6件加米粉或面,如果单吃则有8件。鱼浆的质感粗糙,一看就明白是手打的,入口能体会一种满足感,这些酿豆腐全是秀记在摊位旁另租一个单位现场炸的,难得的是居然感觉不出一般的油腻!

我点了米粉面,忘了告诉店家要汤的,店家就自动给了我干捞。总觉得少了甜酱,干捞的口感略逊,但其实只需将汤倒过来就可以了!哈哈!秀记的卖点就是在面上添加酥脆的江鱼仔,由于江鱼仔在炸好后在空气中存放了一阵子,还会不会酥脆就看你的造化了。但这些江鱼仔不会太咸,融入汤里还能另外给汤底带味,蛮爽口的。

鉴于个别口味因素,我不敢说秀记的酿豆腐是新加坡第一,可绝对不会相差太远。这是我喜欢的别树一帜口感,除了口味外,还能体会创始者的诚意。

秀記江魚仔釀豆腐 Xiu Ji Ikan Bilis Yong Tau Fu
Block 335 Smith Street #02-88
Chinatown Complex Food Centre
Singapore 050335
营业时间∶ 5.30am – 3.00pm