The Michelin Star ramen restaurant “Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta” sets up shop overseas for the first time!
15.October.2016 | FOOD
“Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta” is the first ramen restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star as featured in “Michelin Guide Tokyo 2016”. This number one restaurant will make its first step into the outside world by opening up a store overseas in Singapore’s “Pacific Plaza”.
The ramen made by store owner Onishi Yuki is simple and uses original ingredients and an original preparation method. It’s said to put all other ramen to shame. The store has gained a lot of attention not just in Japan but overseas too as it brings in a lot of foreign customers, who finally get their own long awaited store overseas!
Restaurants chosen by Michelin are ranked as high class, but the ramen at Tsuta is just ￥1,000 for one serving. As the title of the store suggests, the ramen uses the noodle, something very representative of Japanese cooking, which it will now be taking overseas so that the world can appreciate this delicacy of Japanese culture. It’s sure to be a delight to the tongue of Singaporean ramen fans.
Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta, Singapore Pacific Plaza
Day of Opening: Mid-November 2016
Japanese Cafe Chain PRONTO Announces Second Overseas Branch in Singapore
Japanese cafe chain PRONTO has announced that it will open its first Singapore branch at Capital Square Singapore on June 17. This is only the second of overseas branches, the first being located in Shanghai.
The area that PRONTO is opening in is Shenton Way, a commercial and business district. It is just a five-minute walk from Raffles Place MRT Station and a one-minute walk from Telok Ayer MRT Station.
PRONTO decided to open a branch in Singapore as the country has a high rate of people who enjoy eating out, and it’s also home to a lot of office workers. Just like it does in Japan, PRONTO will operate both a cafe and bar so that customers can enjoy the establishment from morning to evening time.
The counter shares its space with the rest of the room, giving it a spacious atmosphere. This also makes the bar feel like a relaxed and carefree sake bar. The interior is built to feel like a slightly special private location. The outside also has a takeout corner which is connected to a seated terrace area.
During cafe time customers can enjoy coffee and authentic pasta while at bar time they can sip on 4 types of The Premium Malt’s, high balls, and tuck into delicious Italian cuisine. The cafe caters to every customers’ needs, whether they’re an office worker on a weekday or tourists and locals on the weekend. Be sure to stop by if you’re in Singapore.
PRONTO SINGAPORE (Capital Square)
Address: 23 Church Street,#01-02/03 Capital Square Singapore 049481
Grand Opening: June 17, 2019
Business Hours: [Mon-Thurs] 7:30-23:30 (Last Orders 23:00) / [Fri] 7:30-02:00 (L.O. 1:30) / [Sat] 11:00-22:00 (L.O. 21:30) / [Sun] 11:00-22:00 (L.O. 21:30)
*Cafe time runs until 17:00
PRONTO Official Website: https://www.pronto.co.jp/
RAMEN PURISM: Osaka’s New Eatery Made in Collaboration With 2 Ramen Restaurants
Popular ramen restaurants Original Ramen Style Hayashi and Human Beings Everybody Noodles in Osaka have crossed chopsticks to open up the all-new restaurant RAMEN PURISM in Shinsaibashi, Osaka.
Hayashi Ryuu Miso Ramen: ¥990
RAMEN PURISM will be the central branch of RAMEN CUBISM which opened in Hong Kong back in January, making it an example of a reverse-import restaurant.
Kindan no Shio: ¥890
Jinrui Mina Shoyu: ¥890
The Hayashi Ryuu Miso Ramen and Kindan no Shio by Original Ramen Style Hayashi and the Jinrui Mina Shoyu by Human Beings Everybody Noodles are served in large ramen bowls specially ordered from a ceramic maker in Kyoto (露古壽窯). The noodles are also prepared in-house meaning customers can enjoy freshly made noodles.
The noodles are made from fragrant bamboo wheat flour while the mouth-watering roast pork is a mix of pork belly and shoulder which is cooked at 160°Cfor 30-minutes until the centre of the pork reaches 70°C.
The glass windows in the restaurant mean that customers can watch the noodles noodles being made in front of them. Jazz music plays while you eat adding luxurious atmosphere compared to other ramen shops. It’s located just a 30-second walk from Ebisu Bridge in Souemoncho making access super easy.
Address: 2-3-12 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka
Access: 370m on foot from Osaka-Namba Station)
Business Hours: 11:00-15:00 / 18:00-23:00
No Fixed Holidays.
Official Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/RAMENPURISM
Traditional Japanese Fireworks Fuse With Cutting-Edge Technology for STAR ISLAND 2019 in Tokyo&Singapore
29.May.2019 | SPOT
This year marks the third year of STAR ISLAND, a firework festival set to take place at Toyosu Gurui Park on July 20, 2019. Tickets are now on sale.
STAR ISLAND will collapse together traditional Japanese fireworks with the latest in cutting-edge technology including 3D sound, lighting and show performances. This immersive entertainment experience will stimulate all five senses of attendees as they enjoy the show with against panoramic backdrop of Tokyo’s towering skyscrapers.
Past STAR ISLAND event
The tickets for STAR ISLAND sell out every single year. 2019 will be its fourth run and it promises to scale things up to greater heights as the event is moved to Toyosu Gururi Park for the first time.
Past STAR ISLAND event
The event will now house two children’s areas for families which have proven popular each year as well as new BBQ seats.
Past STAR ISLAND event
This year, STAR ISLAND is expanding its experience overseas. Up to now, the event has been held at Odaiba Seaside Park in Tokyo for two years in a row since its inception in 2017. At the end of 2018, it embarked to Singapore for the New Year’s event “Marina Bay Singapore Countdown 2019” where it was the main attraction, showcasing its wondrous and moving content to people from 86 different countries.
STAR ISLAND will return to Singapore for the same event for the 2020 countdown. Before that, it will make its way to Saudi Arabia for Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 on September 23, 2019, the same date the kingdom was founded.
If you get the chance, make sure to book your tickets to witness STAR ISLAND 2019 for yourself.
STAR ISLAND 2019
Date: July 20, 2019
Time: 16:00-21:00 (*Will go ahead if it rains but stop during stormy weather)
Location: TOKYO STAR ISLAND (Toyosu Gururi Park, 6-5 Toyosu, Koto Ward, Tokyo)
Enquiries: Kyodo Tokyo 0570-550-799 (Weekdays 11:00-18:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-18:00)
Official Website: http://www.star-island.jp
STAR ISLAND 2019 Schedule
2019/7/20 – STAR ISLAND 2019 in Toyosu Gururi Park, Tokyo
2019/9/23 – STAR ISLAND in Saudi Arabia
2019/12/31 @ STAR ISLAND in Singapore
Shiseido and teamLab Collaborate at New Shiseido Forest Valley in Singapore
Shiseido Forest Valley is an immersive new indoor forest in Jewel Changi Airport in Singapore. Together with this new area, Shiseido has is also collaborating with teamLab on their new art installation SENSE. By opening Shiseido Forest Valley in Jewel Changi Airport which is used by people across the globe, Shiseido will be able to increase their international presence.
Jewel is a mixed-development and expansion of Changi Airport which describes itself as a “gateway where the world meets Singapore, and Singapore meets the world.” This 1.46 million sq ft complex is built up of gardens, attractions, retail and more all of which integrates with nature and sits under a stunning steel and glass dome.
Shiseido Forest Valley bathes in natural sunlight and is surrounded by nature with plants at every turn and a giant waterfall in the centre. teamLab’s SENSE installation combines nature, beauty and art through a Japanese aesthetic. Relax and take a stroll through the forest and enjoy the sights, sounds and tranquillity.
SHISEIDO FOREST VALLEY
Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore (Inside Jewel Changi Airport)
Location: Shiseido Forest Valley, Jewel Changi Airport 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore
Opened: May 13, 2019
Open: 24-hours a day all year round
Shiseido Official Website: https://www.shiseido.co.jp/index.html
Ippudo ramen opens on the lively and bustling Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong!
Japanese ramen shop Ippudo has just opened inside Eaton Hotel, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The ramen shop celebrated its grand opening on 3rd May.
Yokohama Kakaei Tonkotsu 80HK$/ ¥1,136
Ippudo pork buns 28HK$/ ¥397
The ramen served here includes Japan’s favourites; Shiromaru (salt-based), Akamaru (spicy red miso) and Ippudo Karakamen (hot and spicy). Besides the basics, there are so many other types of ramen served here, such as the Kuro (black) ramen, which shares the same standard tonkotsu broth but has a dash of garlic oil and black pepper. There’s also an Eaton Hotel-limited ramen called Yokohama Kakei Tonkotsu which is made using the tonkotsu broth infused with a chicken soup broth. Besides ramen, there is a rich variety of elegant dishes to complement your ramen. You can also get Ippudo pork buns and Ippudo gyoza (stuffed dumplings). There are also dessert treats such as the black soybean-matcha pudding dora (a black soybean and green tea pudding sandwiched between two Japanese-style pancakes).
Eaton Hotel is just a five-minute walk from Jordan train station (Tsuen Wan line, MTR). Other popular attractions in the area within walking distance include the Ladies Market and Temple Street, which thrive during the night in the Kowloon area. This area is bustling with tourists as well as locals, who come and go to this area! On the lower ground floor which is one floor below Ippudo, there is a countless number of food and drink places which are popular with visitors every day.
Starting with Ippudo ramen, come and show your support for delicious Japanese food in countries all over the world!
IPPUDO HK Eaton Hotel
Address：Shop 1, G/F, Eaton Hong Kong 380 Nathan Road, Kowloon
Opening hours：11:30 ー 22:30 (Last orders: 22:15)
Official website: https://www.ippudo.com.hk/
Ippudo releases new ramen for Niconico Chokaigi 2019 super cultural event!
19.April.2019 | FOOD
Ramen shop Ippudo will make its first ever appearance at Niconico Chokaigi 2019 from Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th April. This event will take place at the Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall. To celebrate, Ippudo will release a brand new ramen!
Niconico Chokaigi is Japan’s largest cultural festival where you can even participate online. Their slogan emphasises the appreciation of everything, whether it be the same or different. Ippudo‘s vision strongly resonates with this slogan, as they believe in an infinite number of possibilities and strive to keep pushing the boundaries. It was from this concept that their new ramen was born! Reform and tradition, skill and passion; Ippudo combined all these base factors to create their new ramen Cho ♡ Ippudo Ramen, which perfectly rounds off the end of the Heisei period.
Cho ♡ Ippudo Ramen (name subject to change) ¥800 (price with tax included), limited sales!
Noodles dressed in tonkotsu sauce, curry spices and garlic oil contrasted with fruits such as pineapple and strawberries, and finished with a touch of vibrantly-coloured vegetables such as tomatoes and broccoli. As well as a range of ingredients, this bowl also includes a range of fun textures such as fruity granola and cheese for you to mix and enjoy. The ingredients harmonise with each other for a beautiful flavour. We recommend you add black pepper for a refreshing aroma or spice for a tingly kick!
On each day of the event, only 300 visitors will be given a pucchin pudding for free! This is a topping for your ramen which will send you on a brand new flavourful adventure! If you mix it with your ramen, it will become milder. The bittersweet flavour of the caramel sauce leaves a touch of nostalgia, and the pudding looks cute too! Come down to the Ippudo booth on an event day to witness the debut of a VTuber! (Virtual YouTuber). There will also be a wide range of fun events taking place. More detailed event information will be released around 22nd April.
Try out a whole new type of specially made ramen and explore the huge range of events at Niconico Chokaigi 2019!
Niconico Chokaigi 2019
Location: Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall 1 ー 11 and Event Hall
2 Chome 1, Nakase, Mihama Ward, Chiba
Open: Sat 27/04/2019 (10:00 ー 18:00, last entry: 17:30)
Sun 28/04/2019 (10:00 ー 17:00, last entry: 16:30)
1-day tickets: Advanced ¥1,800, on the door: ¥2,300
2-day tickets: Advanced: ¥3,100
※ Free entry for children under school age.
※ You cannot purchase 2-day tickets on the door.
Niconico Chokaigi website: https://chokaigi.jp/2019/en/
Ippudo official website: http://www.ippudo.com/zuzutto/
Gudetama & Chicken Ramen Hiyoko-chan Collaborate in Online Video
Hiyoko-chan clashed on his official Twitter page with Gudetama on March 24.
The comment section was flooded with comments from people asking them to make up. A video was then posted which showed them having made up. Gudetama kindly made an egg shaped pocket for Hiyoko-chan to join him in basking instant ramen.
The video is also an ad for the new Gudetama Chicken Ramen which comes with the following decorative faces to put on your egg with your noodles.
Make your instant ramen even more fun and get your hands on the Gudetama Chicken Ramen!
Product Page: https://www.chickenramen.jp/special/gudechicki
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IPPUDO Releases Cherry Blossom Coloured Tonkotsu Ramen at 1/2PPUDO
03.March.2019 | FOOD
IPPUDO released its limited-time “Spring Colours Tonkotsu Ramen” at 1/2PPUDO branches on March 1. Only 30 bowls will be served per day.
To achieve the cherry blossom colour of the broth, IPPUDO cooks it with beetroot which has a vivid and distinct red colour. The bowl contains an assortment of vegetables including bright purple cabbage that has been pickled, rape blossoms, butter sauteed onion, and fried potato. It also has sakura shrimp―a perfect choice for the coming spring―as well as a shrimp flavoured rice cracker, basil, and a juicy roasted chicken thigh.
To bring this healthy and hearty springtime bowl together, the ramen is served with medium-thick chewy noodles.
Spring Colours Tonkotsu Ramen
Running: March 1, 2019 – April 20, 2019 (Until March 1 at the Shibuya Hikarie branch)
Available: 1/2PPUDO Celeo Hachioji, 1/2PPUDO Lumine Tachikawa, 1/2PPUDO Shibuya Hikarie, IPPUDO Lumine EST Shinjuku
Price: Single Bowl – ¥815 (Before Tax) / Set Menu – ¥500 (Before Tax)
*The size of the servings at 1/2PPUDO are smaller than at regular IPPUDO branches
*The ¥500 set menu option is not available at IPPUDO Lumine Est Shinjuku
Quantity: 30 servings per day
1/2PPUDO Celeo Hachioji: https://www.ippudo.com/store/celeo_hachioji/
1/2PPUDO Lumine Tachikawa: https://www.ippudo.com/store/lumine_tachikawa/
1/2PPUDO Shibuya Hikarie: https://www.ippudo.com/store/shibuya_hikarie/
IPPUDO Lumine EST Shinjuku: https://www.ippudo.com/store/lumine/
BAOBAO opens up at Ichijōji, Kyoto, specialising in the widely popular spicy Chinese ramen “Malatang”
28.February.2019 | FOOD
BAOBAO is Kyoto’s first ramen shop that specialises in “Malatang”, which is a kind of Chinese street food. On 5th February 2019, a new shop opened up in the famous ramen hotspot Ichijōji!
The Malatang soup broth is made using a variety of Chinese ingredients. Sichuan pepper provides a tongue-numbing spiciness (麻), whilst chilli pepper produces its hot spiciness (辣). The soup goes perfectly with glass noodles. Malatang is a massive hit in Japan. Many major food companies and restaurants are churning out masses of Malatang-flavoured snacks and food menus. What’s the secret to Malatang’s popularity? You can enjoy this meal and still obtain lots of nutritious vegetables, the glass noodles are healthy, and the spices are also good for your body!
The soups made at BAOBAO are packed with over 20 varieties of traditional Chinese medicinal herbs, blended using natural methods and boiled to make a soup. Just how you can in China, customers can tailor Malatang to their liking as the restaurant has 30 different toppings that you can choose from. There are also 5 levels of spiciness to choose from, so those who are bad with spice can also relax and enjoy a hearty meal here.
The flavours of this Malatang ramen are the result of thorough and rigorous preparation. The chefs studied Chinese cuisine at a first-class hotel and created this menu with the goal that all customers feel their bodies satisfied and full of joy after finishing their meal.
Besides Malatang, there is also minced pork rice, soft and tender steamed chicken prepared at a low heat, yumcha tea and other various sides. This place caters for both those who want to go all out for dinner and those who are on diets.
This simple ramen restaurant is perfect for anyone ー whether you come alone or in a group, please check it out!
Address: 21-5 Daishinkaichō, Ichijōji, Sakyō-ku, Kyoto
Opening hours：Tuesday ー Friday 17:30 ー 22:30
Weekends & national holidays: 11:30 ー 22:30
A new ramen food zone called Ramen Gekisenku Tokyo Marunouchi is set to open in KITTE GRANCHE, a shop and restaurant area located on floor B1F of KITTE Marunouchi, on March 5, 2019.
The new gourmet area will be filled by popular ramen restaurants and long-standing ramen eateries that have been picked up by the media multiple times. The Marunouchi area is connected directly to Tokyo Station making it easily accessible for ramen lovers. There will be no preparation time from opening to closing meaning customers can enjoy the restaurant at both lunch and dinnertime.
Chuka Soba Fukumi (中華そば 福味)
Fukumi is a famous restaurant expanded to New York in 2007 and even made it into the New York Times. The ramen broth is made with whole Shigentori chickens―a brand of chicken. And by using RO water, a type of water that removes impurities, the full delicious flavour of the chicken is brought to the palette. The bowl is made with a refreshing and full-bodied broth and a rich hot water soup. The noodles are homemade using Waka, a wheat flour made in Hokkaido that ensures good texture that slides down the throat well.
Matsudo Tomita Menban (松戸富田麺絆)
Tsukemen noodles are the standard eaten at this restaurant managed by restaurant owner Tomita. They are known for their pork bone and seafood broth and incredible homemade noodles. The owner himself appeared in the documentary Ramen Heads which received coverage worldwide. He has served ramen at an overseas film festival and has even been called “the absolute king of the ramen world.”
Tokyo Style Miso Ramen Do Miso (東京スタイルみそらーめん ど・みそ)
Do Miso specialises in miso ramen and since opening in Tokyo has gone on to serve ramen made with a sweet and full-bodied broth containing rich red miso. The miso used is an original blend of five miso varieties such as Edoama Miso and Shinshu Miso. The soup is a mix of two soups: one made with meat such as pork and chicken and a Japanese-style made with kombu, shiitake mushrooms, mackerel and skipjack tuna. The noodles were made to complement the miso – they are flat curly noodles made with tapioca.
Shisen Tantanmen Aun (四川担担麺 阿吽)
With its main branch based in Yushima, Aun is often called Tokyo’s number one amongst fans of tan tan noodles. This restaurant is credited with creating a boom with its broth-less tan tan noodle dishes. It is made with homemade raayu red chili oil and Sichuan pepper. There are seven spice levels to choose from that range from 0 to 6. The restaurant’s recommended level is 3. The 6th level is open only to those who have cleared the 5th, making this restaurant popular not only amongst ramen lovers but spice-seekers too.
Hakata Yatai Ramen Ikkousha (博多屋台ラーメン 一幸舎)
Ikkousha has expanded to 9 countries overseas in Asia. By cooking their rice with large quantities of pork bones, the soup becomes rich and creamy which when spooned into the mouth instantly bursts with delicious flavour. This dish respects the tradition of tonkotsu ramen while evolving it. It is a street food style ramen that has been loved by the people of Hakata for years.
If ever you’re in Tokyo be sure to pop on over to KITTE Marunouchi to try the ramen of many famous restaurants.
Ramen Gekisenku Tokyo Marunouchi
Grand Opening: March 5, 2019 at 11:00 (JST)
Address: KITTE GRANCHE, KITTE Marunouchi Floor B1F (JP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo)
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:00-22:00 / Weekends 11:00-21:00
Address: JP Tower, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Restaurants: 11:00-23:00 (until 22:00 on Sundays and holidays)
Grocery Zone: 10:00-21:00 (until 20:00 on Sundays and holidays)
Seijo Ishii: 8:00-22:00 (until 22:00 on Weekends and holidays)
*Business hours may differ at certain shops.
Tokyu Hands to Open New Branch at Singapore Changi Airport
28.January.2019 | SPOT
Tokyu Hands has announced that it will open a new branch at the new Jewel Changi Airport set to open at Singapore Changi Airport in spring this year. This will be the chain’s fourth branch to open in Singapore.
Tokyu Hands is a Japanese department store which describes itself as “the one-stop shop chock-full of many products unique to Japan.” Its stores stock a wide variety of products, and those visiting the new Jewel branch too can expect to get their hands on a range of items from Japan including high-quality living ware, hobby and lifestyle products and more.
If you’re passing through Singapore Changi Airport be sure to pop in for a visit this spring.
Tokyu Hands Jewel (Temporary Name)
Address: 78 Airport Boulevard #02-203 Jewel Changi Airport Singapore 819666
Business Hours: 10:00-22:00 (subject to change)
Opening: Spring 2019
Official Website: https://www.tokyu-hands.co.jp/en/
Gion’s Popular Ramen Restaurant Muraji Ramen Opening New Branch in Shijo Karasuma
04.December.2018 | FOOD
Muraji Ramen, a popular ramen restaurantin the Gion area of Kyoto known for its queues, has announced that it will open a new branch called Muraji Muromachi in the Shijo Karasuma area.
The new restaurant is housed in a renovated building at the interaction of Muromachi Takoyakushi which is right next to Shijo Karasuma Station. The building itself has a strong Taisho roman quality to it and was even selected as one of 2013’s most desired-to-keep buildings of the Meirin School district for its old and traditional Japanese atmosphere. They pride themselves on their toripaitan chicken ramen.
The restaurant will also open its third branch in Pontocho, a popular area in Kyoto amongst foreign tourists, on December 15, 2018.
Muraji Ramen opened its main branch in Gion in November 2015. It is located in Gionkiridoshi which is located not too far from Shirakawa Street and lined with old Kyoto style town houses. It won’t be found on the main path but in the side streets. On a busy day the restaurant boasts over 350 customers. Their toripaitan chicken ramen is good for the heart and body and particularly popular with female customers. They also have a lemon chicken ramen dish which has even been picked up by the media and has seen its fair share of shares on Instagram.
Muraji Muromachi offers a standing-and-eating style experience on the first floor and table seating on the second floor. They will sell limited quantities of their chicken karaage bento takeout which is hugely popular at the main Gion branch.
Enjoy a luxurious atmosphere and taste at Muraji Ramen’s new branch.
Address: 536 Yamabushiyamacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Opening Hours: Weekdays 11:30-15:00, 17:00-22:00 / Weekends & Holidays 11:30-22:00
*Last orders 30 minutes before closing time.
No Fixed Holidays.