Tampopo (Liang Court)
Tampopo is a long contender among the Japanese restaurants in Singapore. Serving an extensive menu of Japanese cuisine, Tampopo operates on casual dining with a focus on seasonal fresh ingredients prepared in Kaiseki style. Although it is not a purely Ramen restaurant, the restaurant has made a name for itself with their Black Pig shabu ramen. And lately, they have introduced some new items on their menu.
Being the pioneer to introduce and serve Kurobuta black pig, one of the items to look out for is definitely its signature item Top Grade Black Pig Tonkatsu ($27.80 ala carte, $31.80 set). It has higher fat content than normal black pig which makes every bite tastier and juicy. Even the bread crumbs are imported from Hokkaido, along with the tender and thick meat, this pork cutlet has an added crunch to its taste.
Sushi and sashimi will be delivered straight from the sushi counter to their table. Our dinner started with Kiku Sashimi Mix ($38) which has a selection of fresh sashimi such as salmon, tuna, yellowtail etc. Grilled Pure Hokke Mackerel Fish ($19.30) has a rather leathery skin and it will take some getting used to. We also had Salmon Sashimi Salad ($9.80++) and Cold Ramen ($11.30).
We didn’t have their famous Black Pig shabu ramen, but ordered a variation — Black Pig Koumi Fry Ramen ($15.80++) instead. The broth is made from pork bones and cooked for 2 days, giving a milky and light flavour. The thin kyushu noodles were great as usual, just the right springy texture. Frankly, the ramen didn’t excite me, perhaps it was because the ribs were too oily and salty that night.
However, we got was a nicely seared medium rare slices of Wafu Steak ($17.80). The meat is fatty and chewy at some parts but the flavour is robust.
We heard they have a new item in the menu — Black Pig Truffle Fried Rice, unfortunately it was out of stock on the day we went.
If there is one dessert I need to recommend, it will definitely be the Scoop Cake ($6.50). It is a fresh cream chiffon cake topped with strawberries, apricot and orange. The cream is rich and fragrant. You can get it at their deli too.
Other desserts we had that night included Aloe Vera Orange Jelly ($6.80), Milk Pudding ($5) and Chewy Warabi Mochi ($4.90). The warabi mochi is soft, while the orange jelly has a refreshing taste.
Tampopo (Liang Court)
Address: 177 River Valley Road
#01-23/24 Liang Court
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