Hokkaido is famous for its soup curry and yes, the gravy is drinkable by itself, unlike the thicker Singaporean/Malaysian/Indian curries that most people are familiar with. It’s interesting that one of the Japanese soup curry restaurants has set up shop in Singapore!
Sama Curry offers a choice of 4 different soup bases – Tomato, Coconut, Shrimp and Japanese.
When I visited, there was a lunch promotion, which had a limited choice of soup curries that could be ordered, but it was inclusive of a side dish (choice of Shrimp Gyoza or Hokkaido Imomochi Cheese) and a drink.
We asked the wait staff for her recommendations on the soup base and she said it was down to personal preference, but she did explain that both tomato and coconut were creamier, whereas the other two were much lighter in soup consistency.
This was the regular menu:
After making our selection of curry, we had to decide on the level of spiciness (from 0-30, with 30 being the spiciest level!)
Instructional guide on how to eat the soup curry:
My friends and I ended up ordering the following:
Marathon Chicken (tomato)
Spiciness Level: 5
This was my choice, as I love tomato soup, although initially I couldn’t fathom how a combination of tomato and curry would taste! Surprisingly, it was really good! (and in my opinion, the best out of the 3 soup bases that we had ordered)
The chicken leg was very tender and could easily be removed from the bone. I liked that the veggies were pan fried before being added to the curry, as that added another dimension of flavours to the dish. In addition, the tanginess of the soup curry made it quite appetising and I liked it very much! My friends each took one spoonful of my curry to try and the spiciness seemed to hit at the initial mouthful and thus they were a little worried, as they had ordered levels 13 and 15 for theirs.
Special Soup Curry Udon (coconut)
Spiciness Level: 13
This was rather rich and your taste buds may get tired of the flavours halfway through. The soup curry was creamy, but in terms of flavours, my preference leans towards our local curries if I want to have coconut-based ones. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that spicy and didn’t have that same initial impact on the first mouthful as what we had experienced with the tomato (and that was only level 5!)
Special Soup Curry Udon (shrimp)
Spiciness Level: 15
The shrimp soup curry was indeed a thinner soup than the previous two above and it had a strong seafood taste. As for the spicy factor, when we took the first mouthful, we didn’t feel a thing and were quite surprised as it was level 15, but before we had enough time to react, the burning feeling of the chilli suddenly hit us! It’s the same effect as those mala (麻辣) chilli dishes, where the chilli burn has a delayed impact. My friend seemed to enjoy this, but I still stand by my preference for the tomato based one.
The side dishes that came with the lunch sets included a choice of Shrimp Gyoza (2pcs) or Hokkaido Imomochi Cheese (1pc).
If you order this ala carte, 6 pieces will be included in one serving, but as part of the lunch set only two were given. I felt that the filling tasted similar to those Japanese shumai that can be found at the supermarket’s frozen section.
Hokkaido Imomochi Cheese「北海道芋餅」
This was not bad and even my non-cheese loving friend liked it! It was a little chewy and tasted more like potato rather than cheese. As part of the lunch set, we were given one piece, but if you order this ala carte, you will get two pieces.
Overall, the food was good and I would highly recommend the tomato soup curry, if you are a fan of tomatoes!
Telephone: 6445 2033
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Nearest MRT station: Dhoby Ghaut