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Hitsumabushi @ Uya Singapore Unagi 四代目菊川 At Wheelock House Orchard Route |Johor Kaki Travels For Food

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I enjoyed an fantabulous Hitsumabushi or grilled eel amongst rice at the of late opened Uya Singapore unagi eatery at Wheelock Place (conveniently located at Orchard MRT station). Uya serves authentic Hitsumabushi made amongst endure eels prepared yesteryear a Japanese crew inward the kitchen.

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I had the privilege to watch the eel room where the weekly furnish of endure eels are kept. Uya Singapore uses export course of written report eels from a overstep farm inward Taiwan which supplies mainly to Japan. Japanese partner Kikugawa-san is a renowned quaternary generation eel wholesaler as well as possessor of 四代目菊川 unagi eatery inward Nagoya , Japan.

The eels are kept endure inward cool running H2O at 16℃. The fish were lively , squirming as well as flailing energetically - it took quite a lot of endeavour to continue it yet for the painting to a higher identify 😄



The endure eels are prepared when an guild is received. The cutting was swift as well as precise. That dissonance you lot require heed inward the background is the audio of H2O jets that continue the H2O flowing inward the tubs that comprise the endure eels.

Uya occupation 3P size eels (meaning three fish per kilo i.e. nearly 330 grams per fish) for best thickness , tenderness as well as plumpness.

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The freshly filleted eel ready for grilling inward 2 steps - shirayaki (grilling without sauce) followed by kabayaki (grilling amongst sauce).

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Head Chef Kojima Koji as well as his squad grill the eel fillet over open fire hot coal. It was really hot within the kitchen when I took this painting - I had to lean over the stove to teach this angle 😅 

Chef Koji hails from Nagoya , the working capital alphabetic character of Hitsumabushi where he had over a decade of eatery experience.

Head Chef Koji looked therefore cool fanning the eel fillet amongst that traditional crimson newspaper fan. Holding those skewers inward a fan cast reminded me of the 1990 movie Edward Scissorhands 😂 Who remembers?

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The eel fillets are start grilled without sauce (shirayaki) , dunked inward a proprietary tare sauce developed by 四代目菊川four generations agone as well as and therefore grilled over open fire hot coals till they are crisp exterior (kabayaki).

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I had the large signature Hitsumabushi laid which costs S$48++. The medium serving costs S$35++.

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The grilled unagi assault overstep of white rice drizzled amongst unagi sauce was presented amongst the within facing out. It was grilled to a overnice golden dark-brown colouring amongst a fighting of caramelisation hither as well as in that place at the edges.

There was the lovely odor of caramelised sauce escaping when I exactly opened the bento box.

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The grilled unagi is cutting into seize amongst teeth size strips.

I started at the tail (crispiest) as well as worked my means to the mid department (softer).

The tail was tender , lean as well as grilled to a fine crisp outside. The caramelised exterior was savoury piece the meat within was subtly sweet.

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The mid department was meatier , to a greater extent than tender , to a greater extent than moist. There was to a greater extent than eel meat sweetness as well as less savoury caramelised sauce season here. I similar it that in that place was no sugary gustation , exactly natural sweetness.

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Nicely crisped peel which had a subtle toasty taste.

I did non seize amongst teeth into whatsoever os at all throughout my meal.

As I enjoyed the eel's natural flavours therefore much , I did non pay much attending to the wasabi , condiments as well as what non 😛

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I similar Uya's white rice every bit it was tender yet theatre amongst a overnice springy chew to the bite. The rice was sweetness as well as drizzled amongst delicately savoury sweetness unagi sauce which balanced the rice's sweetness. The slightly to a greater extent than robust savoury sweetness flavours from the grilled eel juices which trickled into the rice below , added interesting notes to the rice.

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I also had eel liver - both boiled as well as grilled afterwards dipping inward unagi sauce (kimoyaki).

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The eel liver was merely boiled as well as served. It had a overnice softness as well as low-cal jump to the bite. In the oral fissure , it was creamy as well as had a frail sort of bitter sweetness taste. Dipped into the savoury sauce , it turned into a delicious savoury sweetness process amongst a frail underlying bitter note.

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Enveloping the eel liver inward savoury sweetness sauce as well as grilling it took away the natural season as well as creamy texture of the liver. To each his ain , but my preference is for the boiled eel liver 😄 (I know exactly about people mightiness abide by the natural gustation of eel liver "funny" 😂 )

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I snapped this painting when I stepped inward the eatery earlier the luncheon crowd arrived. Uya sports a contemporary Japanese decor amongst traditional touches - minimalist , functional , elegant as well as comfortable. Like a Zen garden amongst a gilt Autumn tree every bit the centrepiece.

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The eatery filled upward really chop-chop shortly afterwards opening for luncheon at 12 noon.

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👉 Premium lineament endure eels , prepared as well as cooked yesteryear proficient Japanese chefs , earnest attentive service staff , comfortable pleasant ambiance. Delicious Hitsumabushi , total natural unagi flavours delivered amongst finesse inward frail fine bites amongst sauces that complement (not overwhelm the fish). Justifies the slightly premium pricing.

Read to a greater extent than nearly the other endure unagi identify inward Singapore - Man Man at Keong Saik Road 👈 click

Disclosure: Please authorities annotation that this was an invited tasting.

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Restaurant: Uya Singapore Unagi

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Address501 Orchard Road #02-15/16 Wheelock Place Singapore 238880  
GPS1°18'18.0"N 103°49'52.6"E | 1.305003 , 103.831289
Nearest MRT: Orchard
Tel6732 1096
Hours12:00 noon – 2:30pm | 6:00pm – 9:30pm

Date visited: xxx January 2018

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