I’ll let you in on something – I love Japanese food. I mean I really get cravings for it if I don’t have it for a while. And by a while, I’m talking about at least once in a fortnight. There was even a time that I had to satisfy my yearning once a week.
So you can just imagine how excited I am when someone suggests we eat at anywhere that serves Japanese fare. I’m especially a sucker for sashimi, OMG. But with the monsoon season upon us, something warm and soup-based is most welcoming. That’s where my Japanese hankering steers towards udon.
The Novena area is known for many things, but definitely not for handmade udon and daily-made dashi soup. In a cosy corner of the basement of United Square lies Maru-Ten Udon, a place that will warm up cold, hungry bellies with their signature Sanuki udon and dashi soup that’s made every morning using original Japanese recipes. It also serves crispy tempura to accompany their Soup Ten-Don, which is best described as a Japanese tempura rice bowl that diners can enjoy dry or with a clear soup.
If you love udon, I’m happy to tell you that this is one place that serves up a wide variety of udon, from kake udon to curry udon to beef udon and kama-age udon. PHEW. But what diners will most enjoy this festive season is their special Christmas udon. YES, even the Japanese know how to get in on the festive action because their Christmas udon comes with the option of being served with matcha udon!
Maru-Ten Udon’s signature al dente Sanuki udon is infused with matcha and poured over with its in-house tangy tomato sauce (no can-sourced sauces here!). The limited edition udon is served with a trio of crunchy and savoury sides – crispy Arancini (rice and shrimp croquette), tempura shiso and sweet pumpkin. Best part is that it won’t burn a hole in your pocket, priced at only S$11.80 for the humblest portion, S$13.80 for the average appetite and S$15.80 for the starving soul. This promotion will run from 1 to 25 December 2015, so hurry down to grab your very own bowl! Oh, just a tiny reminder: this promotion will only run at the United Square branch, so be sure to take note!
My verdict on this welcoming bowl of yummy? Slightly confusing at first, but will definitely hit the spot if your tummy’s growling. The best part, in my opinion, is the homemade tomato sauce; just the right amount of tangy with a hint of sweetness. I must add that the rice in the Arancini is way too much carbs for one dish, and I barely finished it. 😦
If you’re an avid udon fan, Maru-Ten Udon is hosting a special udon-making workshop on Monday, 14 December 2015, from 3 to 5 p.m. at their United Square outlet. For more information on the workshop, you may visit http://www.spoonful.sg or http://spoonfulevent-83.peatix.com.
In the meantime, I shall leave you with a few photos of Maru-Ten Udon’s yummy bowls to keep you salivating. 😉 Have a good weekend everyone!
101 Thomson Road, #B1-07
Tel: (+65) 6258 7783
Operation hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (last order at 9.30 p.m.)
*This was an invited media tasting.