March 16, 2016
Tokyo Sundubu @ Eat At Seven, Suntec City ~ Delicious Collagen-rich Tofu Stew!
Tokyo Sundubu has recently opened at Suntec City within Eat At Seven, a gastronomic heaven which brings seven different Japan's top food concept under one roof.
What is Tokyo Sundubu?
I initially thought of it as a culinary confusion of Japanese + Korean fusion, but sundubu turned to be simply a dish of hearty, collagen-rich Korean tofu stew that found popularity in Japan. Tokyo Sundubu has 35 outlets in Japan alone!
Okay, wait. It is not that simple afterall! The research and development team experimented with over 100 recipes before creating the collagen-rich sundubu!
Wait again. Collagen-rich? Now now, my interest is piqued further. I mean, who wouldn't love to enjoy food that encompass beauty benefits at the same time?
It is said that in Japan, 80 to 90% of the restaurant's patrons are female! But I do see my male dining companion getting excited over the skin-boosting goodness too hehee.
The translucent jelly-like sphere is the fish collagen that holds the sorcery, served on the side which we then added into the bubbling stone pot.
Ultimately, it's the taste of the sundubu that matters, and we were all happy with what we've tried that evening.
Tokyo Sundubu's menu boasts over 23 variations which might seem mind-boggling at initial glance, but it's actually quite easy to order in 3 steps:
1. Choose your Sundubu. Options include the basic Chicken ($14), Pork ($16), Beef ($17), Seafood ($24), Japanese Oyster ($30), Kimchi ($17), to the more "exotic" Hokkaido-style Miso Butter ($17), Italian Tomato ($17) and Mentaiko Cheese ($20).
2. Choose the Soup Base: Salt & Ginger (refreshing), Japanese Miso (rich) or Non-spicy (gentle Japanese style)
3. Choose Level of Spiciness: 4-Extra Spicy, 3-Singapore Standard, 2-Japan Standard, 1-Less
All sundubu come with white rice and namuru (vegetable side dish). There are also other items such as Korean Pancake ($12) and Japchae ($12) to make the meal even more substantial.
Our "Healthy & Beauty" Sundubu ($18) pleased much with its savory miso base enlivened with tategi, a red pepper condiment which imparted a vibrant hue and appetizing kick.
Though I find level 2 spiciness a tad too mild, the broth was highly slurpilicious and comfortable to drink to the last drop without us breaking out in sweat. That said, the chili padi girl in me yearns to try level 3 or 4 for hopefully more fiery shiokness. Next time then!
Medley of ingredients that included chicken, vegetable, egg, clam, and prawn was certainly generous, but the highlight was the deceptively-plain tofu. The first bite had me captivated by its silky-smooth texture and distinct soy flavor that stayed "clean" despite being simmered in the rich soup base. I was later told that the tofu is handmade in the shop daily, with premium ingredients imported from Japan. No wonder! That explained the difference in quality from the usual!
Tofu, oh tofu! You can place your bet that I'm coming back for more of this!
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #03-312 Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983
Contact: +65 6884 4435
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30am-3pm & 5pm-10pm (last order 30 mins before closing)
Prices stated are in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST.