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Hadouken!: Foie Gras Wagyu Beef Bowl + Tempura Egg & More With Islandwide Delivery

Last Updated: May 8, 2020

Written by Deanna Lim

During this ‘Circuit Breaker’ period, one of the #firstworldproblems that I (and many like myself) have the privilege to fuss over is this: what should we order in for today’s lunch?

As a food writer, this happens more often than you think—I start the day with an unspecified craving, but can’t quite put my finger on what I want for lunch. Usually, my fallback option is my favourite Japanese comfort food, specifically, dons or rice bowls. And this is where Hadouken! comes in.

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I first heard about Hadouken! in a rather roundabout way. Before the ‘Circuit Breaker’ measures were in place, I wanted to head down to the Tipsy Bird Gastrobar at Paya Lebar Quarter. Unfortunately, events conspired against me and I never made it down.

To my delight, The Tipsy Collective (Tipsy Bird, together with Tipsy Penguin, Lady Wu, Tipsy Panda and Takeshi Noodle Bar) came up with something new to deal with this ‘Circuit Breaker’ period—Hadouken!, their dedicated food delivery concept.

They offer island-wide delivery at a flat delivery rate of S$5, with a minimum order of just S$30. Ordering is simple enough; send in a Whatsapp message to +65 9232 8457 with your order and delivery details. I couldn’t wait to try what Hadouken! had to offer

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Hadouken!’s signature dish has to be The Hadouken Bowl (S$23). S$23 might seem a little steep for a gyudon, but this isn’t your ordinary beef bowl.

The Hadouken Bowl comes with premium Australian wagyu beef, pan-seared duck foie gras, sautéed king oyster mushroom, and a crispy tempura poached egg atop a bed of fluffy Japanese steamed rice. Topped with sweet caramelised onions and crunchy garlic chips, this was true bliss in a bowl.

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Luscious, creamy foie gras and tender, well-marbled beef—I couldn’t find a better match than that. I was also pleasantly surprised that the yolk of the tempura egg was actually still runny, even after the delivery journey! Mix the yolk into the rice for scrumptious, “eggy” flavour.

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If beef isn’t your thing, Hadouken! also offers The Shoryuken Bowl (S$18). This localised version of Japanese don packs lots of familiar flavour—from the pork belly that reminds me of crackling siew yoke, to Kurobuta minced satay lilit, to the homemade sambal matah (raw, spicy shallot salsa from Bali).

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The star of the dish was easily the 24-hour sous vide roasted pork belly. Crispy, crackling skin skimmed a layer of melt-in-mouth fat, and transitioned seamlessly to succulent, juicy lean meat.

Of course, this bowl comes with the same crispy, well-poached tempura egg. For those who want it scorching hot, add on extra homemade sambal matah for S$2, or request for extra chilli padi.

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Not a fan of rice? Try the Beef Cheek a la Bourguignon (S$28), which comes with a generous serving of truffle mashed potato. This French classic dish is pretty famous, yet takes a fair bit of effort to perfect.

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Fatty, gamey and fork-tender, the Beef Cheek a la Bourguignon is well-worth the price tag. Soaking up the rich, aromatic stew, the beef was simply a delight, and the well-cooked onion slices and carrots added textural and visual contrast.

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But let’s not forget the truffle mashed potato. While it’s meant to serve as a side dish, I daresay it’s good enough that I could polish it off on its own.

Creamy, thick, and smooth, each spoonful was almost sensual, finishing off with lingering, earthy truffle fragrance.

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If a main dish isn’t enough to fill your belly, try some of Hadouken!’s tapas dishes. The Szechuan Mala Karaage (S$10) is one of their best-sellers, and once I got a taste of it, I could see why.

Each morsel of meat was crispy on the outside, but juicy and succulent once I bit into it. This dish certainly doesn’t skimp on flavour, with the numbing tingle of peppercorns, the spreading heat of chillis and punchy whole garlic cloves.

Honestly, I’d be pretty happy just pairing this with a bowl of white rice. Simple, but so satisfying.

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Finally, for dessert, you can try the Signature Burnt Cheesecake (S$8), which comes without ice cream when delivered.

Unfortunately, soft, jiggly, delicate desserts like burnt cheesecakes are pretty hard to transport—the tip got a little smushed in the delivery process.

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Aesthetics aside, this was a lovely slice of burnt cheesecake. The slight smoky and caramelised top layer went superbly well with the creamy, luscious, and dense cheesecake. It wasn’t overly sweet, which is a win in my books.

The ‘Circuit Breaker’ period has undoubtedly been tough for F&B establishments, but with swift responses like The Tipsy Collective’s shift to Hadouken!, the F&B scene in Singapore will pull through.

In the meantime, get your meals from Hadouken!, and let them blow your COVID-19 blues away.

Expected Damage: S$25 – S$30 per pax

Price: $ $

Our Rating: 4 / 5

Hadouken!

1 Paya Lebar Link, Paya Lebar Quarter Mall, #01-08, Singapore 408533

Price
Our Rating 4/5

Hadouken!

1 Paya Lebar Link, Paya Lebar Quarter Mall, #01-08, Singapore 408533

Telephone: +65 9232 8457
Operating Hours: 11am - 10.30pm (Daily)
Telephone: +65 9232 8457

Operating Hours: 11am - 10.30pm (Daily)
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