In case you are confused too, Sundubu is a type of Korean stew which includes tofu cooked with a variety of ingredients such as vegetables, meat and seafood.
Tokyo Sundubu takes it a step further, by including Japanese food elements such as miso, to enhance the flavours of the soup.
The dish gained popularity after a restaurant specializing in Sundubu opened in Los Angeles by a Korean immigrant.
The way they get into the ladies’ hearts and bellies, is to emphasise there is COLLAGEN and CAPSAICIN (from the red peppers). Good one there.
I actually wonder how many people seriously think they can get beautiful from having collagen pots and stews.
Like the Suntec branch, there are more than 20 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, and Asari Clam.
The price ranges from $15 to $30, which is complemented with a bowl of rice and namuru (vegetable side dish).
You would be given a choice between spicy Salt & Ginger, spicy Japanese Miso, or Non-spicy Japanese style broth.
Here’s how you enjoy a Sunbudu dish.
First, mix the ingredients while the bowl is still sizzling hot. After finishing half the rice, add some gochujang sauce, and remaining Sunbudu over the rice.
I had a Wagyu Sundubu ($20, promotional price) which turned out to be a comforting, hearty bowl, robust in flavours.
The spiciness of a Level 3 was bearable, and I might want to choose a Level 2 in future to better appreciate the original flavours of the broth.
The highlight of the entire dish was still the high protein, low calorie, smooth house-made tofu.
Not many people know about this restaurant though, and what is sells exactly, as it is located at an obscure end at the basement. Can be a pity.
Tokyo Sundubu – Raffles City
252 North Bridge Road, #B1-16 Raffles City Singapore 179103 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 6252 2425
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Tokyo Sundubu – Suntec City
3 Temasek Boulevard, #03-312, Suntec City Mall Tower 1, Eat At Seven, Singapore 038983 (Promenade MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)