We finally visited the newly opened Japanese restaurant in Singapore – Tsukada Nojo! What are they famous for? BIJIN NABE. It’s so well-liked that they do not accept reservation and you need to reach before 5pm to queue. So, what’s Bijin Nabe? It means Collagen Beauty Hotpot and 美人锅 in Chinese. The restaurant at Plaza Singapura is quite small, so you definitely have to reach before 5pm in order to secure a table on weekends. Oh, they serve Bijin Nabe for dinner only. We were very determined to have it for dinner on Saturday, so the boyfriend reached at 4.30pm to queue. We were the first few in queue! And, they will only give priority to groups with all members present, so better to be early than late!
The hotpot will come in chunks of ‘collagen goodness’ and they will melt after 10 minutes. The hotpot includes several types of ingredients such as minced chicken, yellow zucchini, lady’s finger, watermelon radish, baby corn, deep-fried tofu skin, sunflower sprout, black fungus, lettuce, golden mushrooms, baby sweet potato leaves, prawns and your choice of noodle. We had the thick mochi-mochi noodle. It well very well with the soup. Now, the main highlight of the hotpot is the soup. The rich chicken collagen-based soup is so so so good! It is very flavorsome. We finished the entire pot of soup before leaving. You really have to try it yourself to believe how good it is.
Service staff is great. Some of their staff are japanese. You can request for the staff to help you put the ingredients into the hotpot in the correct order after the chunks of collagen have melted. They even presented us with a plate of dessert at the end of our meal. How sweet! They also gave us a loyalty card in the form of a ‘namecard’ to encourage us to patronize them again.
Although it is a little pricey but the soup is really worth it. The bill was $68 for 2 pax and we are definitely going back again.