Helmed by Chef Yuki Onishi, Tsuta‘s flagship branch in Japan is the world’s first Michelin-starred ramen joint. But I’m sure that many of you know that already, considering how their Tai Seng and Scotts Road outlets have been around for a while now.
This time, they’re here to switch things up so you no longer get to complain about their small menu. Launching on 29 June 2018, Tsuta’s latest menu offers us much to drool over.
We had the Sui Gyoza ($6.80), made with thin wheat flour skin. The inside was a burst of seasoned minced pork, shiso leaves and momen tofu. If you’re wondering why the inclusion of tofu, it helps to eliminate the gamey notes of the pork.
The Yaki Gyoza ($6.80) is the more sinful counterpart, pan-seared to satisfying crunchy crisp. I definitely enjoyed this more, also perhaps attributed to the fact that it came with one of the yummiest chilli dips I’ve had.
I’m no fan of edamame beans, but Tsuta’s Edamame ($4.80) has been lightly seasoned with Mongolian rock salt and pepper, making its nutty flavour pop.
But what we’re really here for is their new Tori Paitan Series, available in both original and spicy flavours. The Tori Paitan ($12), meaning Chicken Broth, came in a hearty bowl along with an Ajitama. Chicken pales in comparison to pork or beef for me, so I wasn’t expecting to like it very much.
On the contrary, the broth burst with so much flavour, and I found it hard to stop myself after taking the first bite.
For a fiery twist, have the Spicy Tori Paitan ($13) instead. Just when I thought I found a new favourite from Tsuta, I actually ended up liking this spicy version even more.
The umami flavour was intense in a good way, and my palate was definitely kept happy — all at the affordable price of $13!
To round up the meal, we were served the Matcha Bavaro ($2.80) made with premium matcha, azuki beans, mint leaves and fresh cream.
As a matcha-lover, I can vouch that the earthly intensity didn’t disappoint. All components worked well together without it being overly sweet; I only wished it came in a bigger portion.
So here’s an added reason for you swing by Tsuta and be one of the firsts to try their all-new menu!
Date: From 29 June 2018
Prices: $12 – $21.60 per pax