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Hajime Tonkatsu & Ramen review @ MyVillage
Hajime Tonkatsu & Ramen @ MyVillage is steered by Chef Tan-San who is famed for various creations such as Kurobuta Pork Tonkatsu and Tonkatsu Ramen. Naturally it has to be our choice.
Pork loin is a fairly lean, mildly flavoured meat with a thick cap of fat on top and tender if cooked properly. The term “premium” did evoke some expectations, especially with the listed premium price, however while the tonkatsu was crisp with nice golden brown panko (bread crumbs), the texture was tough and dry. Premium? May be this is what exactly “premium” quality pork loin should be for the texture but unfortunately we don’t really appreciate it.
The tough and dry premium pork loin was a huge contrast to the ordinary tonkatsu which was juicy and tender. What? Ordinary pork loin tasted better than the premium? Sorry, that was our opinion and we kind of regretted the “premium” price paid.
The tonjiru (pork soup) was light but flavourful and the imported Niigata rice was unquestionably superior.
It might just be a simple bowl of salmon and rice but it was packed with flavour and full of fragrance. The tenderly cooked salmon was done with a perfect texture and seasoning. Probably the best meal of the day.
If you like a rich and thick ramen broth base, the uniqueness of Hajime Tonkatsu & Ramen’s light broth may not please your palate. However, don’t be fooled, while it looked deceptively plain, the consensus of everyone who tasted it was surprisingly positive! The light but deeply flavoured broth laced with the earthy miso and served with slices of chashu.
Not too bad for its nice filling and alluring taste.
In general, Hajime Tonkatsu & Ramen serves reasonably good Japanese food with affordable prices. Chef Tan-san has proven culinary skills and his friendly crews make dining here a pleasant experience.
Hajime Tonkatsu & Ramen
A: myVillage @ Serangoon Gardens 1 Maju Avenue, #02-07/8/9 , Singapore 556679
H: Mon to Fri: 11:30am to 3:00pm 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 11.30am to 3:00pm 5:00pm to 10:00pm