Within the last two decades, Japanese food has quickly become one of the most popular cuisines within the Lion City. Speciality Japanese restaurants are popping up across the city, serving more than just sushi and sashimi – and they are giving Singaporeans an authentic taste of Japanese life.
Sure, sushi is great, but if you want to try something new, we urge you to order in some of these delicious Japanese dishes that are guaranteed to broaden your horizons.
1. Wholesome Ramen at The Ramen Centre, Marina Bay
The Japanese dish that runs sushi a close second in terms of global popularity is ramen – a genuine bowl of goodness. Filled with tasty broth that can be as spicy as you like, The Ramen Centre then tops their ramen with pork chashu slices and scallions. It's a really hearty, warming dish that is perfect for those colder afternoons and evenings at home.
2. Karaage Curry at The Ramen Centre, Marina Bay
A slight twist on the Japanese Katsu curry, The Ramen Centre's Karaage curry utilises fried chicken with the same tangy curry sauce instead of fried pork cutlets. It's the closest you'll get to Westernised food in Japanese cuisine, so embrace it if you're not feeling brave enough to try the rest of the dishes listed below!
3. Yakitori at MOJO, Chinatown
This Japanese form of skewered and grilled meat makes for the perfect fun sharing meal with friends. MOJO, in the heart of Singapore's Chinatown, offers a host of different grilled meats over a traditional charcoal fire, ranging from marbled beef striploin and pork belly to diver scallops and foie gras – it's making our mouths water just writing about it!
4. Kurobuta Niki Hoho Don at En Sakaba, Tanjong Pagar
If you're feeling brave enough to tackle some truly Japanese cuisine that is a little different, then step this way. En Sakaba's Kurobuta Niki Hoho Don is a colourful and marvellous bowl of food, featuring melt-in-the-mouth braised black pork cheeks with plenty of seasoning, topped with egg on a bed of fresh rice. Their Shokuji also features an indulgent Foie Gras Yakiniku Don, with foie gras and premium beef tataki the headline acts of that dish.
5. Ocean Trophy at Sama Curry & Café, Tanjong Pagar
Sama Curry & Café is famed for its authentic Japanese soup curries, featuring an assortment of fresh vegetables, including baby corn, okra, eggplant, potato and half a Japanese soft-boiled egg. These curries can be filled with all kinds of meats and fish and our favourite is the Ocean Trophy which is a celebration of the sea, featuring blue mussels, prawns and succulent squid.
6. Pan Fried Gyozas at Sun King Ryoriya, Robertson Quay
Finally, if you're looking for a different Japanese snack to order, look no further than Sun King Ryoriya's pan-fried gyozas. Crammed with fresh and fragrant minced pork, they are light and delicious, perfect with a selection of dipping sauces.
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