What will the Japanese feel when they find Singapore chilli crab sauce doused over tempura? At least it is not salted egg sauce, but never say never.
Don Meijin 丼名人 is a donburi eatery added to the Ramen Champion fleet at Bugis+, located at Level 4.
The eatery offers a couple of donburi items, including Tendon ($13.80), Roast Beef Don ($18.80), Pork Shogayaki Don ($12.80), Jumbo Chicken Katsu Don ($13.80) and a most intriguing Spicy Chilli Crab Tendon ($14.80).
A mini Udon set is available as add-on for a $3.00 top-up.
The Tendon may remind you of other Tendon already available in Singapore, including Kohaku Tendon (Suntec City), Tendon Ginza Itsuki (Tanjong Pagar), Tensho (Centrepoint) and Tempura Tsukiji Tenka (Wisma Atria).
The entire presentation and bowl used seem like a copy of the popular Kohaku Tendon, so comparisons are inevitable.
The Tendon pieces include tempura prawns, asparagus, pumpkin, seasonal fish fillet, eggplant and kakiage.
They are supposedly fried at a specific temperature in a water fryer. The water cleans and helps prevent degradation of the oil, as well as filters food residues to keep the oil clear.
I think some diners, especially those who like heavier and saucier things on the palate, could appreciate the Spicy Chilli Crab Tendon ($14.80). Especially those who cannot stop drizzling sauces over their rice.
The chilli crab sauce was moderately spicy with that heavy ketchup aftertaste. Personal preference, but I would prefer a sauce which would be more egg-y.
As the sauce is so intense-tasting, the flipside is that it can distract from the flavours of the tempura pieces, such as the sweetness of the prawns and vegetables.
Which to be fair, some of the parts (those not drenched in the sauce) were actually crisp.
You can try this Chilli Crab Tendon, if you need something to spice up your life OR just want to try another Tendon in Singapore.
[Updated Nov 2017] I wrote above in jest that Don Meijin, known for its Chilli Crab Tendon, would release a Salted Egg version. And they did!
What you get is a Tempura Donburi ($16) topped with crispy prawns, onsen egg, chicken fillet, green beans, pumpkin, crabsticks, green pepper and seasonal fish fillet tempura, all drizzled with a savoury, creamy salted egg sauce.
The sauce is cooked with salted egg yolk, curry leaves, butter and evaporated milk, and is slightly on the sweet side. For those with risk-taking taste buds.
Don Meijin 丼名人
Ramen Champion Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street, #04-10, Singapore 188067
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm Daily
At Ramen Champion Clarke Quay Central
Clarke Quay Central #03-89 Singapore 059817
Tel: +65 6221 2156
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 11:00pm Daily