Tsukada Nojo 「塚田農場」 hails from Miyazaki in southern Kyushu, Japan and takes pride in their organically farmed JIDORI chickens which are only found in that area. They specialize in a collagen soup beauty hotpot made by this species of chicken.
There’s a sign at the entrance which says they don’t accept reservations so you’ll need to queue for a table.
We were there at about 1:30pm on a Sunday and there were about 4 persons in front of us in the queue so we didn’t really have to wait that long. Their beauty hotpot 「美人鍋」 is only served after 5pm but they have a lunch menu which offers several types of noodles with the same collagen chicken soup.
When we reached the front of the queue, the lady serving us apologized for the wait and I was pleasantly surprised when we were each served with a cup of their signature chicken soup! Ohh…the aroma and the concentrated flavour of the soup was heavenly and certainly whet our appetites for more!!… As it was my first time there, I was initially undecided about what I should order and whether the Shio (salt taste) which was recommended would be too salty, so that cup of soup really helped me make that decision!
We were told if we were afraid that the Shio flavour would be too salty, a request can be made to the chef to reduce the amount of salt in the dish.
There are 3 different types of noodles to choose from – Thin Egg Noodle, Rice Noodle or Thick Mochi-mochi Noodle. I learnt that the Rice Noodle is similar to the Vietnamese “pho” noodle, while the Thick Mochi-mochi Noodle is similar to ramen and the Thin Egg Noodle from its name is obviously a thinner version.
Here’s what we tried…
Tori Nikomi Soba Shio 「鶏煮込みそば 塩」 – Thin Egg Noodle or Rice Noodle is recommended for this dish. I decided to go with the Thin Egg Noodle.
The soup and noodles are served in a claypot and the ingredients of Roasted Chicken Fillet, half a boiled egg, greens and dried seaweed were served on a separate plate (I don’t take leek so I asked for it to be excluded). Yuzu Pepper paste came with this and you can use it as a dip for the chicken and the egg.
After putting in the ingredients…
It was sooo good that I finished every last drop!! ^_^
Tori Nikomi Soba Curry 「鶏煮込みそば カレー」 – The recommended noodle for this dish is the Thick Mochi-mochi Noodle so we went with the recommendation. Similar to the other noodle dishes, this comes with Roasted Chicken Fillet, half a boiled egg, greens and a grated cheese dip. According to the menu, seaweed is not served with this dish but somehow it was served to us (if you look at the picture below on the right).
The soup base is the same Jidori collagen soup but I felt the taste of the curry overpowers everything so I couldn’t really taste the chicken soup.
Don’t worry about being thirsty as each table is given a pot of tea.
The onigiri (rice balls) looked tempting so we couldn’t resist ordering some to try…
Nikumaki Onigiri 「肉巻おにぎり」 – This is the original flavour and supposed to be the most popular out of the 3 types they offer. It was bigger than we expected and it actually a plain rice ball covered with strips of pork bacon, glazed with a sweet sauce (tasted like teriyaki sauce) and garnished with a sprinkling of sesame seeds.
Nikumaki Onigiri with Cheese 「肉巻おにぎり」 – This was a variation with a piece of grilled cheese on top of it. I thought it tasted like a cheeseburger except it was rice instead of bread. My hubby preferred this over the original.
Homemade Egg Pudding 「自家製濃厚プリン」 – There’s always room for desserts and it was a perfect sweet ending to the meal! At the top of the warm pudding is a crunchy layer of caramelized sugar. It felt as if I was eating a Portuguese egg tart except that it was in pudding form! YUMMMM!!
I haven’t tried their beauty hotpot (Bijin Nabe) yet as the queues on weekends and public holidays are really long! People actually start queuing from 4:30pm (or earlier) just to eat this!! I arrived at about 5:45pm and found the restaurant was full but you can leave your name and mobile number on the waiting list and they will phone you if a table was available. However, by then the waiting time was about 2 hours+ long and there was no guarantee that you can get a table.
| **UPDATE** I finally managed to try the Bijin Nabe 「美人鍋」 on 13th June 2013!
You can read my review here.
Address： ＃03-81 The Atrium@Orchard, 60B Orchard Road, Singapore 238891.
Opening Hours： Lunch 11:30～17:00, Dinner 17:00～22:00