Tsukada Nojo

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. 






Hazy Hazardous Singapore

Okay we are literally choking on the haze from Indonesia’s forest fires. The smell of the air is terrible, really. Masks are swept off the shelves and herbal teas are selling fast. I’m quite sure businesses for air purifier and portable air-con are brisk too. The PSI has hit a new high of 290 at 9pm just now. The fact that the PSI jumped a 100-point within an hour was alarming for me to go “WHATTTTTT?!?!”. Many households had their windows shut and monitoring the PSI level on TV. It’s like monitoring the stock market, people get hyped up when the level goes up. I think a lot of people are secretly wishing that the PSI will go beyond 300 and the govt will announce that there’s no need to go to work. It was quite hilarious to see commuters standing in a line on the MRT platform, taking pictures of the hazy evening. I do not have any photos to post but you can just google ‘haze in singapore‘ and voilà! There will be more than enough pictures out there.   

While I’m typing this post, the PSI shot up to 321. Somehow I’m thinking of those stray animals out there. We have masks and air-con but they have nothing. They must have felt sick too.