Many could not believe that Tsukado Nojo indicated “closed” and “full house” at 7pm. There were still 3 more hours to closing. Well sir, I got my reservation at 5:30pm, and only managed to get in for my collagen soup after an hour’s wait.
Moral of the story: Register your name at the counter, give them your number for them to sms, and come back after you are done with shopping. That would mean an hour or two. No queue but they are always full.
Tsukada Nojo has opened its 2nd branch in Singapore after the Plaza Singapura branch got insanely popular. They are best known for their Bijin Nabe ($25 for 1 pax) – a “Beauty Pot” of collagen-rich organic chicken broth, and ingredients of prawns, fresh organic vegetables mushroom and chicken meatballs.
For those who haven’t tried their Bijin Nabe, you may go “oh my goodness what is this” when you are first served with a pot with lumps of white smooth silky pudding.
That big pile is fats, I mean collagen. And watch it melt-melt-melt into a boiling pot of divine chicken broth after heated. (Read: More collagen goodness)
Having hotpot never seems this fun, and guilty. Half the time, I was thinking “Am I really going to eat that lump of white?”
The broth is cooked using no ordinary chicken. This is the Jidori chicken.
Jidori what? The Jidori chicken is a valuable ‘brand chicken’ in Japan, raised organically with stringent quality standards. The soup is transported all the way from Japan – super. And it really tastes nutritious, rich and extremely flavourful.
Of all the ingredients of prawns and vegetables (which are in small quantities but fresh), my favourite is the Tori Tsukune where chicken meatballs is scooped out a wooden spatula. I was in luck, because the waitress was a sweet kawaii Japanese girl, and super friendly.
Tsukada Nojo’s Bijin Nabe cannot be your regular food though. Too much of a good thing may prove too lush. Some may say the broth is too salty and thick – but I still love it to bits. The meal simply makes me feel comforted and full of bliss, extremely satisfied.
I am quite willing to wait an hour for this (anyway, you can always shop at Daiso downstairs). The Beauty pot is only available dinner-time. Please reserve early to avoid disappointment!
Tsukada Nojo Bijin Nabe 美人锅
133 New Bridge Road #02-37 Chinatown Point Tel: +65 6444 8840 (Chinatown MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm