Tampopo was the first restaurant I went to after the Circuit Breaker. Now a year later, we went back again for another meal – this time for their famous kurobuta pork.
Kurobuta Shabu Shabu
When it comes to meat, Japan’s Big Three are wagyu beef, jidori chickens and kurobuta pork. And all three are perfect for the hotpot, whether it is nabe (casserole), sukiyaki or shabu-shabu. Today, we tried Tampopo’s signature kurobuta pork shabu-shabu.
Kurobuta or “black hog” pork comes from the famed Berkshire pig. Conventional farm-raised pigs tend to lack the incredibly tasty fat that heritage breeds have maintained, and which keeps their meat juicy, tender and, yes, expensive. But if you’re a true fan of pork, heritage is worth every succulent bite. And we had an extra portion of the wonderful pork collar.
The correct sequence of eating the shabu-shabu is to enjoy the meat first. The stock was simple konbu (kelp) dashi. It brought the sweetness and tenderness of the pork. And when you finished all the pork, you can enjoy the fish Japanese vegetable and shiitake mushrooms.
Sushi and Sashimi Set
Besides the shabu-shabu, the sushi and sashimi set is really value for money. The fish used are really fresh. Even the salad was not a simple lettuce and ponzu salad.
Hidden in the salad, chirimen (dried white baits) were sprinkled in to provide additional umami to the salad.
And to round up the meal, we ordered a serving of tempura vegetables.
The service was fantastic as usual. The uncle that was serving our table was very attentive. We had a really enjoyable meal.
391A Orchard Road #04-28, Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Singapore 238872
Tel : +65 6735 2959
Date Visited : Feb 2021
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