June 22, 2017
Kogane Yama @ Bugis Junction ~ Customisable Tendon Bowls That Is Worth Checking Out
Kogane Yama means "Golden Mountain", and what you will get at this casual 44-seater Japanese joint on level two of Bugis Junction is literally..... mountains of tendon goodness!
Ahh who can resist a lavish heap of yummy deep-fried tempura pieces served over Japanese rice? Screw whatever diet or healthier eating crap, I certainly can't. Please let me enjoy my tendon first.
The visit to Kogane Yama was not without a bit of skepticism though. Though the folks behind it has proven their good business acumen with the successful introduction of Korea's Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory and Masizzim to Singapore, Kogane Yama is the group's very first original dining concept.
So the question is..... can locals handle the popular Japanese tempura bowl well? I was stuffed in the mouth with a positive answer..... Yes!
Typical of most tendon shops, the menu at Kogane Yama is concise with only four options: Chicken Bowl ($13.80), Prawn Bowl ($13.80), Vegetable Bowl ($11.80) and best of all worlds..... Mixed Bowl ($15.80).
Brimming abundantly with crispy tempura prawns, chicken fillet, long beans, carrot, shiitake and enoki mushrooms, sweet potato, green bell pepper, seaweed, shiso leaf and a dollop of ebiko (prawn roe), this is the obvious choice for those who must have everything in their bowl.
I particularly enjoyed the well-executed crispiness of the tempura pieces, achieved by using a light batter of premium Japanese tempura flour with fish seasoning and deep-fried in a soybean and sesame oil blend.
It was none too greasy which made finishing a serving effortlessly easy.
What differentiates Kogane Yama from other tendon eateries is their choice offerings of Soba (+$1) and Udon (+$1), besides the classic Japanese Short-grain Rice to go with the tempura pieces.
We can also choose from the selection of four tensuyu sauces, ranging from non-spicy to three different levels of spiciness.
My advice is to go for the non-spicy which allows you to taste the sweet and savory homemade blend of garlic, sesame oil and premium Japanese soya sauce at its best.
But if a fiery kick is what you need, go all out for spicy-level 3 which has bird's eye chili and capsaicin sauce added. Shiok!
Do also add on the Chawanmushi, Miso Soup or Green Tea (two items at +$2) for a set meal, and finish it off with a refreshing ice-cold Matcha Latte Azuki ($6.80) or Honey Ume Soda ($5.80).
Address: Bugis Junction #02-50, 200 Victoria Street, Singapore 188021
Contact: +65 6266 0061
Opening Hours: Sun-Thu 11am-10pm (last orders at 9.30pm) / Fri & Sat 11am-11pm (last orders at 10.30pm)
Prices are stated in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST. Information is correct at point of published date.
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