One of Singapore’s favourite udon shops Tamoya Udon, has opened a brand-new outlet at Plaza Singapura Level 6, offering an exclusive Truffle Tonkotsu Udon.
Can you smell it already?
Popular for its signature chewy udon handmade in-stores daily, Tamoya currently has another outlet in Liang Court, though that branch is set to close coming 2020 due to a revamp of the mall.
A little on its background: Tamoya was established in 1996 by Chef-Founder Tamotsu Kurokawa, and currently has 17 outlets worldwide. The brand had a stronger fanbase after he was crowned the “Sanuki Udon Champion” in a reality cooking show in Japan.
While there are many different variants of udon, Tamoya offers the Sanuki Udon which is characterised by its firm, chewy texture; achieved by using a specific types of flour (a proprietary mixture of 3 different flours), which is specially imported directly from Japan.
There are varied recommended ways of enjoying Udon noodles. The most classic ways are Kake Udon ($6.90) in which the noodles are served in a flavourful bonito-based soup stock; or Kama-tama Udon ($7.80) of udon accompanied with egg.
As these udon are on the plainer side, customers typically add on toppings such as the free unlimited condiments (tempura crumbs, seaweed, grated radish, ginger etc) and various tempura sides (starting from $1).
Here are more Tamoya’s bowls of goodness not to be missed:
Truffle Tonkotsu Udon ($11.80)
Truffle noodles continue to be trend, with the introduction of this aromatic Truffle Tonkotsu Udon.
The soup base is prepared by cooking pork bones for a number of hours, resulting in a creamy-white and flavourful broth.
This bowl is then drizzled with fragrant white truffle oil, with topping of black truffle paste for that characteristic flavour and intensity, immediately giving the noodles a ‘lift’ and addictive slurp.
Other ingredients include tender chashu slices, mushrooms, corn, spring onion, nori and half an ajitama egg.
All these for the price of $11.80 nett, is a really good deal.
Tamoya’s Beef Sukiyaki Udon ($12.80)
For those of you who miss Tamoya’s Beef Sukiyaki Udon ($12.80) and Pork Sukiyaki Udon ($11.80), both are making a hot comeback on the mainstay menu.
The Beef Sukiyaki Udon included accompaniments of Chinese cabbage, carrots, green onions, shiitake mushroom, and enoki mushroom.
There are 3 ways to enjoy sukiyaki udon: dip the chewy udon into the oozy egg mixture; immerse the udon in the soup for one minute to get a softer texture; or mix an egg with the soup and udon to enjoy them together.
However, as the Sukiyaki broth is generally very rich, I would recommend taking small sips of the soup paired with the tender beef slices, rather than drinking it in whole spoonful would make it more enjoyable.
Pork Sukiyaki Udon ($11.80)
Similar, this Sukiyaki Udon comes with juicy slices pork alongside a colourful assortment of vegetables in one simmering pot.
Similar, break the soft-boiled egg at the side, and dip some of those pork slices for a delicious, smooth coat.
A comforting dish of tender sliced pork, warm slippery udon noodles in savoury broth… what’s there not to love?
Sanuki Beef Egg Udon ($11.20)
This is Tamoya Singapore’s best-seller. A classic bowl of chewy noodles cooked in fragrant bonito soup with tender beef slices.
Before eating, break the onsen egg to add more oomph to the combination.
Let some of the egg coat on the pile of thinly shaven, tender beef – simmered in a braising sauce so that the meat stay slightly sweet and soft.
Black Garlic Tonkotsu Udon ($10.80) and Black Garlic Tonkotsu Ramen ($11.80)
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.
Even if you are not in an udon mood at all, there is the ramen option with long and thin Hakata-style ramen.
Tamoya’s Crispy Tempura
Complete your udon meal by pairing with a piece or two of crispy fried tempura items.
Expect Fried Chicken ($2.00) Chicken Cutlet ($2.20), Fried Horse Mackerel ($2.20), Vege Croquette ($1.60), Fried Pumpkin ($1.20), Eggplant ($1.20), Mushroom Skewer ($1.20), Sweet Potato ($1.00), and Crabstick ($1.20).
The 3 most popular tempura pieces are the Fishcake ($2.20), Ebi Prawn ($2), and Kakiage ($2.00) made of onions, carrots, pumpkin and green pepper. Oishii!
Tamoya Udon – Plaza Singapura
Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road #06-11/12, Singapore 238839
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 9.30pm (Mon – Sun)
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Tamoya.