Egg Noodles With Pork Chop Recipe

This dish is inspired from my first visit to Japan in 1986. I was walking along the streets near my hotel and found a tiny eatery serving ramen. Being new to Japanese cuisine then, I ordered what looked familiar to me, Pork Chop Ramen! I later suspect if that was authentic Japanese food as the … Continue reading

Ajisen Ramen Singapore – What Happened To The 1000 Tastes?

My very first Ajisen Ramen meals were in Melbourne. My last Ajisen Ramen meal was consumed when my brother visited us. I have always liked Ajisen Ramen in Melbourne. They have fantastic sides to pair up with their ramen sets and I do love their infamous Volcano Ramen! As we waited in line at the … Continue reading

Manseki 满席 (マン席)

マン席, pronounced as Manseki, means “sold out” or “all seats taken” in the Japanese language. And in effect with the yummilicious omakase meal I had recently, this semi-fine dining restaurant ought to be! I wanted to name this post “A Tale of 2 Friendships” because it was a union of 2 old buddies and I … Continue reading

Shin Tokyo Sushi – Shoddy At Best

Come Sunday and I was still feeling queasy from Friday’s dinner but I thought I had better eat something having gone through a day without food. Afrer that morning’s street photography session which I missed, Gan called me and we made a rendezvous to meet at Far East Plaza in about 20 minutes’ time. I had … Continue reading

Instant Noodles – Best Invention Of The 20th Century!

Instant noodles were invented by Taiwan-born Momofuku Ando in Japan. They were first marketed on 25th August 1958 by Ando’s company Nissin under the brand name Chikin Ramen (チキンラーメン). According to a Japanese poll in the year 2000, “the Japanese believe that their best invention of the twentieth century was instant noodles.” As of 2010, … Continue reading

Kesuke Takeda – The Tonkotsu King

The amount of ramen my family and I eat averaged out to be one bowl a day – that’s at least 365 bowls a year. I wouldn’t claim to be a ramen connoisseur (because we usually eat at the same haunts) but this little ramen shop deserves a mention in my blog. Many call the founder … Continue reading

Kenzan@GPO is now Gekkazan

The name kenzan (剣山) literally means sword mountain but I cannot make out the meaning of Gekkazan, a name Kenzan@GPO used after renovation. I asked a Japanese friend of mine, Kei san, and he thought judging from the romanised word, Gekkazan, may be “月下山” literally translating to mountain under the moon. Kei san did some … Continue reading

1000 Tastes In A Bowl

We usually eat at the flagship restaurant at 130 Bourke Street but our friend/neighbour told us that Ajisen Ramen had opened another outlet at Melbourne Central. According to Jason, “the food and ambience are better” and besides, Melbourne Central is nearer to where we stay thus saving us some tram fares which would be used to … Continue reading

Volcano Ramen

Volacano Ramen from Ajisen Ramen is basically pork bones soup based Japanese noodles, some pork meat slices, medium boiled egg and vegetables with extra spicy dollop of chilli paste. In Utsunomiya, Japan, they have taken Volcano Ramen to the next level by pre-heating a cast iron bowl to 200C (390F) and bring it to your … Continue reading