We discovered a little gem on a cold, rainy day when we were craving something warm in our bellies. Tamoya Japanese Udon Restaurant is tucked away on Level 1 of popular Japanese haunt Liang Court for a no-frills, quick dinner. As it turns out, Tamoya Udon is opened by udon champion Tamotsu Kurokawa. It’s one of the best udon chains in the “Sanuki (Kagawa) prefecture in Japan, the home of udon in the country. It’s been more than 10 years but this outlet in Clarke Quay is its first overseas branch.
Here’s how it works: It’s basically an queue, order and collect system so it’ll be great to know what you want to order beforehand to avoid holding anyone up.
You can have your udon hot or cold, and the most basic Kake ($4.80) in clear broth with green onions was what I went with. You could go with the chilled Zaru ($4.80) with a thicker dipping sauce if you prefer your udon cold. And for those who like their udon thicker and more stiff, you can go with the Sanuki ($4.80) that has a stronger soy flavour. They even have curry options if you want something heavier.
They had a special of Miso Chashu that day so I decided to give that a try. After choosing your favourite udon base, you can select your favourite toppings like tempura, or deep fried items for a very affordable $1-$2.50.
Then, you proceed with your bowl and additional items to the cashier.
Now comes the fun part. You can basically dress your udon in any of these fresh condiments like spring onions, wakame, lime, pickles, shredded radish, ginger, garlic, and tempura bits to flavour your udon bowl or to add texture.
The verdict? We LOVED it. The udon was springy, had a wonderful bite and I really appreciated how light the broth is so you can savour the quality of the handmade udon. Udon in many places in Singapore is often overcooked, and the broth too heavy. This one truly felt like a bowl we might have in Japan!
Affordable, fresh, so comforting and like nothing I’ve had in Singapore yet, definitely recommend this place for a slurpy bowl of chewy, soul-warming goodness. Thumbs up.
Tamoya (Liang Court)