East Asian food fix: Tanjong Pagar Centre's new eats
Tanjong Pagar Centre boasts good Japanese and South Korean fare
Tanjong Pagar Centre - situated next to the Tanjong Pagar MRT station - is turning out to be the place to get your East Asian food fix, especially for food from South Korea and Japan.
And because it's so near the train station, it's ideal for a quick meal. Here are some recommendations.
SBCD KOREAN TOFU HOUSE
Opens daily 11.30am to 10pm.
SBCD Korean Tofu House focuses on soontofu, a variety of South Korean soft tofu soup.
The tofu is made in-house daily and is silky, almost creamy. You choose the spice level, too.
I am fine with the medium level, and was told you must be able to able to handle your spices if you choose the level aptly named "Crazy Hot".
Prices start from $17.90 for the non-spicy, sesame version. Also try the seafood ($19.90) and Ham & Cheese ($19.90). The portion is good for sharing.
The non-stew dishes are also worth considering.
The LA Galbi ($35.90) is short ribs marinated in a sauce made out of soya sauce, date, honey and pears.
Also recommended is the Prawn Tofu Pancake ($19.90).
And if you are short on time, the SBCD Soontofu Dosirak On-The-Go meals start from $14.
Japanese fare available too
There are a number of Japanese restaurants in the building too:
JAPAN RAIL CAFE
Opens 11am to 9pm
Opened by East Japan Railway Company (JR East), you can get food, products and even rail passes here. One item to try is the Kaisen Avocado Don.
Opens 11am to 3pm; 5pm to 10pm
This is the Singapore outpost for the Malaysian chain. The highlight item here is the Dragon Roll.
Opens 11.30am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 9pm
Imakatsu is a tonkatsu specialty restaurant and its Roppongi outlet was awarded Michelin's Bib Gourmand Award in 2015.