The name of “Hokkaido White Curry” piqued my interest immediately, as the Japanese curry dishes commonly seen in restaurants in Singapore are typically brown in colour.
The main difference between the usual Japanese curry, and white curry is that the latter is made using fresh Hokkaido milk without tumeric, the spice that contributes to the yellow colour.
Appearance wise, white curry looks like a creamy stew, but with hints of curry and spiciness.
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Tengawa Hokkaido White Curry is the latest addition to the stretch of Japanese restaurants along the Nihon Food Street at Millenia Walk.
It is a 30-seater eatey, offering only 3 set meals on their menu at the moment.
The food items include Ebi (Prawn) Fry White Curry Set ($16.80), Japanese Style Hamburg White Curry Set ($15.80) and Chicken Katsu White Curry Set ($15.80).
Each set meal comes with a side of Truffle Oil Chanwanmushi, free flow of pickles, Miso Soup, and white rice upon request.
Sounds value for money.
My favourite was the Chicken Katsu White Curry Set ($15.80) with deep fried golden brown, crispy batter that gave it a crunch with every bite.
The chicken cutlet was tender and not too dry, which did reminded my other friends of Saboten (2 doors away), except that the former comes with white curry instead of brown curry.
The spiciness level was manageable, with peppery notes, and should be older-kids-friendly.
The texture of the white curry was thicker and creamier due to the addition of Hokkaido milk, but surprisingly tasted grainy and powdery at the same time – as though it was a mix off the shelf and not properly stirred.
On a side note, While I appreciated the effort in the beautifully plated dishes, the huge black plate took up half the surface of the table, leaving us diners with limited space for the side dishes and drinks.
The owner took pride in the fragrant short grained rice, as he had prior experience in supplying rice to some of the local Japanese restaurants.
The other good thing was that there was free flow of rice available.
However, Tengawa can consider offering an option for extra white curry, as the portion served barely sufficient for the small amount of rice in the plate.
Hokkaido white curry might be something new in Singapore’s food scene, and get first timer diners interested enough.
However, to keep attracting repeat customers, more could be done in terms of refining the texture of the curry, portion and variety of dishes.
Tengawa Hokkaido White Curry
Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #02-16, Singapore 039596
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape who loves all things [NEW]. Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.