Before you go “These are Korean stews in a Japanese restaurant?” feeling immaterially confused, Tokyo Sundubu IS a chain from Japan opened at Suntec’s City Eat At Seven.
Sundubu is a type of Korean jjigae featuring tofu cooked with a variety of ingredients such as vegetables, meat and seafood.
The dish gained popularity after a restaurant specializing in Sundubu opened in Los Angeles by a Korean immigrant.
Just treat this like a fusion of Japanese and Korean cultures.
There are a total of 24 Sundubu types offered here, from Japanese Oyster, 5-Vege, Kimchi, Seafood, Asari Clam, Kuro-Buta, Miso Butter, Cheese to Curry. Each Sundubu bowl comes with ingredients of house-made Tofu, Egg, Spring Onions, Asari Clam,
The price ranges from $15 to $30, which is complemented with a bowl of rice and namuru (vegetable side dish).
Three bases are available, of which the Japanese Miso and Salt & Ginger are spicy.
For a start, I would recommend a Level 2 “Japan Standard” of spiciness. This goes up to Level 4 of “Extra Spicy”.
I got a Health and Beauty Sundubu ($18) Level 3 “Singapore Standard” with a miso base. This comes with extra pieces of chicken and a glob of “collagen” which you mix in while sizzling hot.
When it is rainy, this is the kind of food you can crave for.
Anyway, the gochujang and miso base probably covered up the collagen taste, but the house-made tofu which contained soy milk was incredibly tasty and smooth. This was the highlight of the entire bowl.
Compared to a usual jjigae which could have that one-dimensional taste at times, this Sundubu had many layers, and felt more comforting and heartening. Even a friend who usually refrain from gochujang-added dishes, gave this a thumbs up.
The spiciness was also more subtle instead of straight-on-fiery, such that the natural tastes of the ingredients still managed to shine through.
Thin and crisp style Korean Pancake “Chijimi” ($10 – $24), an Dak Galbi ($12) – spicy stir fried chicken are also available.
Japanese? Korean? Considered this the best of both worlds.
3 Temasek Boulevard, #03-312, Suntec City Mall Tower 1, Eat At Seven, Singapore 038983 (Promenade MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10pm Daily