When in Shiga: Honke Tsuruki Soba 本家 鶴㐂そば @ Otsu, Shiga – 300 Year Old Soba Restaurant; English Menu Available

There are long-standing businesses that you grow up with as a child. Then there are those that have been established long before your parents’, or your grandparents’ time.

Honke Tsuruki Soba 本家 鶴㐂そば has been serving up traditional hot and cold soba in Otsu, Shiga for close to three centuries. Located a brief 10 minute walk Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine, the restaurant is housed in a sizeable building overlooking a quaint neighbourhood.

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Kanada-Ya @ Marina Square, City Hall – London’s Top Rated Truffle Ramen From Fukuoka Lands Its Third Singapore Outlet (Media)

Kanada-ya, the award-winning authentic tonkotsu ramen specialist hailing from Kyushu, Japan, has landed its third Singapore outpost in Marina Square, City Hall. Shoppers and office dwellers in this part of Singapore can now get a taste of its limited edition truffle ramen, rice bowls, and more. With its other centrally located outlet a couple of train stations away in Change Alley, Raffles Place. 

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SAKANA Japanese Seafood – Fresh Seafood Delivered to Your Doorstep; 50% off Kabayaki Unagi Fillet Till 20 Oct (Media)

Let your inner Japanese food goddess come to life with SAKANA Japanese Seafood’s high-quality goods delivered right to your doorstep. Founded in 1971, this Japanese seafood specialist first made its name for top-quality salmon and salmon roe in Japan, before expanding into premium seafood sourced sustainably from around the world. 

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Kiroi Freshly Baked Cheesecake @ Bukit Merah Lane, Queensway – Jiggly Japanese Cheesecakes Baked Fresh in the Heartlands

When it comes to cheesecake, no one does it quite like the Japanese. Soft, fluffy, and jiggly – these cloud-like darlings are lightly-flavoured, and don’t make you feel too guilty for indulging in a little post-meal sweets.

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While chain bakeries pop up relentlessly across Singapore, Kiroi Freshly Baked Cheesecake goes against the grain by staying true to their humble roots as a small-scale bakery.

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Chen’s Mapo Tofu @ OUE Downtown 2, Tanjong Pagar – Japanese-Szechuan Food by Michelin-Starred Chef; Islandwide Delivery Available via Oddle

I had my first taste of Chef Chen Kentaro’s 2-star Japanese-Szechuan cuisine during a media session at Shisen Hanten years ago. And since then, I haven’t been able to get my mind off his melt-in-the-mouth, buttery smooth Mapo Tofu with a spicy kickk

Well, good news for foodies on a non-Michelin budget: you can savour Chef Chen Kentaro’s mouthwatering creations at price-friendly points at Chen’s Mapo Tofu in the heart of Singapore’s central business district, OUE Downtown 2 in Tanjong Pagar! 

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Signature Combo ($12.80)

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