Sunday, 5 March 2017

Don Meijin, Chili Crab Tendon @ Ramen Champion, Bugis+

You would have probably gotten a taste of some of the popular Tendon specialist here in Singapore, such as Ginza Itsuki and Tempura Kohaka. Adding on to the list, Ramen Champion welcomes a new contender at their Bugis+ outlet, Don Meijin, offering an assortment of tendon offerings including the main star - Spicy Chili Crab Tendon.



The brand new donburi specialist, Don Meijin serves up a variety of affordable don options on the menu, from tendon to chicken katsu-don, mille feuille katsu don to unagi don, and these are priced from $12.80 onwards. This is probably the most ideal place to fix your craving for Japanese rice bowls.


If you're not looking for fried stuff, the Pork Shogayaki Don $12.80 may just be for you. This is a popular dish in Japan, featuring pork slices in spicy ginger and soya sauce flavour, with a hint of sweetness from Mirin, a Japanese sweet rice wine. It's not as sweet as the typical teriyaki sauce and no doubt the taste of ginger makes this delectable.


The Mille Feuille Katsu Don $12.80 makes a good alternative if you are not a fan of Tendon. The highlight of this dish is that the chef uses a total of 14 layers thinly sliced and marinated pork loin. The slices are then coated with breadcrumbs and put to deep-fried. The exterior is crunchy and within are layers of lean meat and fat alternate.


The main star here is the local-inspired Spicy Chili Crab Tendon $14.80, which consist of fried prawns, asparagus, pumpkin, fish fillet, eggplant and kakiage. You may request to separate your chili crab sauce at the side, otherwise the chef will drenched it into your bowl. There are also small chunks of snow crab in it. The homemade chili crab sauce leans towards the sweeter note while I prefer it to be less sweeter, overall it still kicks up the flavour. 


The offerings also include the Signature Tendon $13.80, it is a dollar difference from the spicy chili crab tendon, don't see a reason why you should get this lol. Anyway, the original tendon can be enjoyed in two ways; add on a mini udon set or go for the ochazuke set like myself. This is done by adding rice crisp and wasabi together with hot dashi soup over the remaining rice. It is extremely comforting, just like mui fan.



Apart from the highly raved Spicy Chili Crab Tendon, the other component which attract diners at Don Meijin would be the variety of donburi options. Moreover, the folks certainly score high in terms of affordability and location. But if you were to ask me if Don Meijin or Kohaku does Tendon better, I'm still with the latter.


Don Meijin @ Ramen Champion
201 Victoria Street,
Bugis+ , #04-10
Singapore 188607
Tel: 6238 1011
Mon - Fri: 11am - 1030pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 1030am - 1030pm



*This was an invited media tasting.
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