Udon, the thick Japanese wheat flour noodles, never really caught on the waves in Singapore like ramen.
That was before Tamoya Udon came along at Liang Court, and I know many who are converted fans and swear this is one of the best udon available in Singapore.
Founded in 1996 in Kagawa prefecture, Tamoya’s udon propelled to fame after it won the “Best Udon Maker of Kagawa Prefecture” in a television champion show in Japan (We should have a show like this in Singapore for our noodle sellers.)
Good to know (and see) that its udon dishes are handmade on site with ingredients imported from Japan, from flour to shoyu to bonito.
The noodles blend 3 types of different flour, and will change their combination ration by the seasons depending on the temperature and humidity.
Therefore, you would find it having more bite and chewiness unlike some others who can be soggy or just plain rubbery.
The other plus point is that most of the udon items are $10.80 or below, inclusive of GST, and the eatery waives off the additional service charge.
That is even though they import many of the raw ingredients, which honestly pushes the cost down.
If this is your first time at Tamoya Udon, here’s how you order. (Just imagine that you are in a canteen)
Step 1: Choose the type of udon
Step 2: Pick your tempura sides
Step 3: Pay
Step 4: Then add some condiments (there are green onions, ginger, grated radish, seafood and tempura flakes, but don’t be so greedy such that the condiments overtakes the taste of the broth.)
Step 5: Be friendly customers, and return the utensils
The 3 most popular tempura pieces are the Fishcake ($2), Kakiage ($1.80) and Ebi Prawn ($2).
My tip: I look out for those who are just out of the hot oil, as some pieces could have been left there for a while.
Tonkotsu Udon ($10.80)
While you always hear Tonkotsu going with ramen, this features Tamoya’s signature springy udon noodles with rich and creamy tonkotsu soup boiled for long period of time.
On the surface of the soup is house-made black garlic oil (aka ma-yu), which lends the broth a distinct fragrance and more complex blend of flavours. This accentuate the depth of tonkotsu soup, adding an earthy savouriness.
Added with pork char siu, bamboo shoots and ajitama egg.
Tonjiru Udon ($10.20)
Tonjiru literally meaning “pork (ton) soup (jiru)”, is a classic miso dish which is popular during winter/spring seasons. The bowl comes with slowly-stewed slices of Tamoya’s signature pork mixed with vegetables and onsen tamago.
The soup base is made of red miso soup broth, which has a deeper umami flavour and intricately balanced flavors for a more authentic Japanese taste.
Beef and Pork Udon ($10.80, $9.80)
As for udon items, the ever favourite are the Beef ($10.80) and Pork Udon ($9.80), with prices still remained UNCHANGED from opening days of 2013.
Although looking clear, the soup stock was on the slightly saltier side comparatively, which I think was also tastier. The thinly sliced tender beef also brought out the flavour of the broth.
For those who has yet to be back for a while, there are 4 tossed udon items on the menu – Oooh-mami Udon ($10.80), Triple Egg Udon (S$9.80), Fried Onion Udon ($8.80), and Pesto Udon ($8.80).
Think of this as dry Mazesoba, but with Udon as the lead.
Triple Egg Udon ($9.80)
Egg lovers should also like the Triple Egg Udon ($9.80), with 3 different eggs of tobiko, mentaiko and tamago added for layered flavours.
If you come during dinner time, there are mainstays of Double Tempura Vegetable Udon ($13.80), Pork Spicy Miso Udon ($13.80) and Maze Mix Udon ($8.80).
It has been a while since I last returned to Tamoya Udon, and glad to see that they give taste consistent, introduce new dishes, yet still keep prices competitive.
Lunch times can be slightly crowded, so pick a slightly off-peak time to come.
Tamoya Udon Singapore たも屋うどん-シンガポール
177 River Valley Road, Liang Court Shopping Centre, #01-32, Singapore 179030
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
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* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Tamoya Udon Singapore.