Saturday, July 22

[Media Invite] Yuba Hut: Affordable Modern Japanese Offerings in the Heartlands

Savour modern Japanese fusion cuisine right here at Yuba Hut. The concept doles out fancy maki sensations, from Champion Floss Maki to Cream Cheese Mentaiko Salmon and Taiyou Century Egg.  Go with donburis that will satiate your palate or thick and fresh sashimi offerings that whisk you away to Japan. With its congenial ambience, the restaurant makes an ideal address for families and friends to bond over good food and meaningful conversations.

Champion Floss Maki (S$9.90/4 pieces)

This dish showcases a blend of chicken floss and ikura perched on aburi salmon.
Encased within the rice are rolled-up slices of salmon sashimi. Definitely, one interesting offering!

Cream Cheese Mentaiko Salmon (S$9.90/4 pieces) 

The marrying of cream cheese and mentaiko results in a flavourful sauce, drizzled atop smoky aburi  salmon. The maki is then wrapped with many enticingly crispy tempura crumbs!

Century Egg Maki

Salmon Aburi Don ($14.90)

The ingredients are partially torched for that subtle smoky note.

Spicy Salmon Aburi Don ($15.90)

Spicy lovers rejoice! Challenge this bowl yourself today!

Heartland Mall
Singapore 530205

Friday, July 14

Spider-Man: Homecoming Movie Review

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine—distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man—but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Watched Spider-Man: Homecoming with Gary at the GV Bishan.

Personally, I thought that the film was simple and compact but somewhat, predictable. The story flow turned out well but its introductory was brief without a distinct background. There were certain good intense and action moments, which kept me at the edge of my seat. The entertaining elements itself reminded me of Deadpool.

Through this film, it also educated viewers to persevere on and seize every opportunity, even when circumstances may not seem positive. A pity that the finale was somewhat disappointing. Overall, it was good but definitely not one of the best.

Ratings: 3.5 / 5

Thursday, July 13

[Media Invitation] Maguro Donya's New Menu Launch!

Maguro-Donya is a concept by Misaki Megumi Suisan, a wholesaler of maguro and sashimi in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Misaki Megumi Suisan is a renowned Japanese tuna and fish wholesaler, and its trawlers have the capabilities to catch the biggest maguro in the world. The maguro is then offered to gourmands at unrivalled prices.

This signature platter is a medley of five maguro cuts: the Hon Akami, Chutoro, Otoro, Kamatoro and Toumi. The top loin part of the fish, the Hon Akami boasts a lean texture, and is best for those who are health-conscious. The Chutoro is the mid-fat portion of the loin. The Otoro is the fattest amongst the cuts, with an exquisite marbling texture akin to that of wagyu beef. The Kamatoro comes from the part between the fish cheek and fish collar, with a good balance of fat and meat. The head of the bluefin tuna, Toumi is so delicate and high in fat content that it has to be served semi-frozen.

Continue the indulgence with the Otoro Don Set. It features thin slices of beautifully marbled otoro on fluffy Hokkaido sushi rice perfumed with vinegar. Relish the melt-in-your-mouth texture; every bite you take will be replete with healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Another must-try marquee dish is the Megumi Special Set, which can serve two persons. A truly exquisite offering, the Megumi Special Set comprises Big Eye Maguro, a medium rare Chutoro Steak and a Grilled Blue Fin Maguro Collar. It is accompanied with a small salad, steamed egg and a dessert of the day.

Maguro Rare Katsu: Breaded juicy chutoro that is deep-fried to an enticing crispy texture. 

Uni Ikura Misaki Roll a.k.a. Godzilla Roll: A super luxe offering with generous scoops of Hokkaido salmon roe and sea urchin.

Suntec City Mall
Singapore 038983

Saturday, July 1

[Media Invitation] Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi, Japan's Number 1 Soba Restaurant

With a chain of 119 outlets, Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi is Japan's number 1 soba restaurant. Collectively, the outlets entertain up to 60,000 guests daily. The restaurant uses high-grade buckwheat flour and wheat flour to produce its lauded soba. Everyday, the noodles are made freshly in store.

Dry Kamo Maze Soba ($16)

Hot Sukiyaki Soba ($18)
Hot Mentai Cream Soba ($17) 

Here at Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi is where you can enjoy four types of soba: warm soba; cold soba; maze (mixed) soba; and mori (dipping) soba. The enticing fragrance of the warm soba’s tsuyu (noodle soup base) comes from the dried bonito flakes and kaeshi (concentrated soup base). Thick ribbons of noodles are used for the mori soba.

The offering comes with grated wasabi as well as chopped leeks, which can be added to the cold dipping sauce. Dip the noodles into the sauce — Nadai Fujisoba Ni-Hachi’s rendition is less salty than its competitors’. Relish the elusive umami flavour of the sauce!

Sauteed Sobagaki and Foie Gras with Kaeshi Sauce ($17) 

Special Truffles Dashi Maki Tamago with Club Japanese Sauce ($15)

Deep-fried Soba with savoury spicy seafood sauce ($18.50)
The deep-fried noodles are first carefully arranged before they are drenched with the piping hot savoury sauce . Each crunchy bite is simply gratifying!

Crispy Sakura Ebi Tempura & Soba Drizzled with Truffle Oil ($19.50)

Gigantic prawns are perched on a bed of al dente noodle in shrimp soup base. The truffle oil lends an enticing aroma and a piquant flavour that is bound to wow.

Singapore 079027