I am losing track on the number of Tendon specialty shops in Singapore. Certainly more than 10, closer to 20.
A friend asked ”Why even all the bowls same pattern one?”
Tempura Ten Ten is one of the newest in the Singapore market, located at the slightly obscure side of Raffles City basement.
Its offerings include BOTH Tendon and Ramen, with signature items being Unatendon – Unagi & Tendon ($19.80), Special Tendon ($13.80), Jumbo Prawn Tendon ($24.80, limited to 10 bowls a day) and Unaju ($24.80).
“Unatendon” which is a combination of Unadon and Tendon, is not that common in Singapore. It is one of the most popular food item in their outlet in Japan, which is “Rokusaburou” located in Chiba.
The restaurant chef revealed that while it is easy to get cheap Unagi from China recently, the team has insisted on using Japanese Unagi from Kagoshima, while trying to keep the prices reasonable.
All the Japanese sea eel are steamed and grilled in the shop.
Sauces used for the Tendon and Unaju are also made in-house using a secret recipe.
I tried the Special Tendon ($13.80, $2 more for ajitama egg tempura) which offered an option from one of the three sauces of Original, Yuzu Pepper or Spicy. You can also request for Truffle Rice at a top up of $1.
Due to the oil and presence of other sauces, the typical aroma from truffle oil was negligible, doing little to elevate whether smell or taste.
In terms of crispiness, I would place Tempura Ten Ten somewhere in the middle among those I tried. It could do with less oiliness, but at least not as soggy as some of the other brands.
The highlight piece was a meat patty hidden somewhere in the middle.
I thought its Tonkotsu Chashu Ramen ($15.80) tasted familiar. Turns out that the ramen chef used to work at Buta God at Ramen Champion, and was previously the head chef of Menya Takeichi at Suntec City.
The Hakata style noodles were long, straight and thin with a bite that reminded me of Kanshoku Ramen Bar, broth creamy but not overly rich. Not too bad.
There is also a Yuzu Chashu Ramen ($14.80) which I would be keen to try next time.
Tempura Ten Ten
252 North Bridge Road B1-13 Raffles City Shopping Centre (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 6336 7457
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, Last Order 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)