Sunday, December 6, 2015

Media Tasting - Maru Ten Udon @United Square

My friend, Pauline, brought me along to a food tasting session with Maru Ten Udon at United Square shopping mall. The Udon specialist shop is located at basement 1 of the mall.

This cozy little space serves up signature Sanuki Udon using tradition recipe and ingredients imported from Japan. The fragrant Dashi broth is freshly brewed daily, and a selection of crispy battered Tempura toppings are available for customers to add on to their soupy bowl of noodles (prices from $1.00 - $3.00).

On top of affordable payable items, there is a Condiments station for customers to add flavors to their Udon dish, without charge. Free flow ice water is also available here.

Tempura bits, scallions, seaweed

Plum, lime, chilli padi, mince radish & ginger

Our tasting menu for the day includes Maru Ten's signature Udon noodles and Ten don. And also, a festive Christmas creation for the month of December.

We began with the most basic Udon noodle in light Dashi broth, Kake Udon (small $3.80, regular $5.60, large $7.40). This dish can be eaten plain with complimentary condiments, or with your favorite fried Tempura items.

I tried the Udon with my fave crispy Tempura bits, seaweed, plum and scallions. The noodle was pretty good, I liked that the broth wasn't too salty. The assorted Tempura items were rather normal though.

Moving on to the 2nd dish, Curry Udon with Chicken (small $6.80, regular $8.60, large $10.40). The curry sauce was a tad watery and too salty for my liking. This dish may appeal to people with a heavier palate.

Next up, the Kama-age Udon (small $4.80, regular $6.60, large $8.40), served warm with a savory dipping soup. This Udon has an extra springy texture, I like this dish the most! We paired this dish with a breaded chicken chop, which was not too bad.

For a limited period, a Festive Christmas Udon dish will be available at the United Square outlet only. This brightly colored dish comprises of Maru-Ten's signature al dente Sanuki udon infused with fragrant matcha flavor, and topped with its in-house tangy tomato sauce. These are accompanied by a trio of crunchy delights - crispy Arancini (a croquette of rice and shrimp), tempura Shiso leaf and sweet Pumpkin slices. The Christmas Udon is priced from $11.80 for small portion, $13.80 for regular and $15.80 for large portion.

This pretty Italian-style Japanese Udon dish does look very tempting, but since I have a phobia of cheeses, I did not try this dish but from the reactions of my fellow food tasters, it was well received by everyone. The Christmas Udon will be available from now till Christmas Day, do give it a try if you love creative East-meet-West dishes like this.

After having a lot of Udon, the final dish of the day is surprisingly a soupy rice dish. Let's take a look at the 5 steps to order the Soup Ten-don.

First, pick a bowl size (small $2.80, regular $3.80, large $4.80). The bowl will then be filled with pipping hot imported Japanese steamed rice.

Small 220g, Regular 330g, Large 440g

Then, choose your preferred Tempura toppings, and pass the bowl to the friendly staffs for adding of original Ten-don sauce. Proceed for payment and help yourself with the hot soup dispenser at the counter.

From right - Broccoli, Tamagoyaki, Ebi & Pumpkin Tempura

I did not add a lot of soup though, just enough to moisten the rice for easier consumption. My choices of Tempura items were mostly alright except for the battered Tamagoyaki which was very dry, I didn't fancy it at all. Otherwise, this was an okay dish. I still prefer having Udon over rice if given a choice.

**Thank you Yuji san, and Japan PR Agency for the tasting session.

Media Release
For those who are interested in experiencing how Maru-Ten’s udon is made, a special udon-making workshop will be held on Monday, 14 December 3-5pm at the United Square outlet.

For more information on the workshop, please visit: or

About Maru-Ten Udon
Maru-Ten Udon is the newest place in Singapore to get authentic Japanese udon at a reasonable price. Its signature Sanuki udon is made from carefully selected flour from Japan and its dashi soup is made fresh every morning using its original recipe. Classic tempura, as well as specially created ones, are made from a special blend of flour resulting in a light crispy batter. With the first outlet opened in June 2015, Maru-Ten Udon now has four outlets and is planning to add more franchised stores.

Maru-Ten Udon’s outlets

United Square
101 Thomson Road, #B1-07
Tel: 6258 7783
Business hours: 11:00 to 22:00 (Last order 21:30)

Parkway Parade
80 Marine Parade, #B1-85 to 87, 112 to 146 Food Republic
Tel: 6348 0217
Business hours: 11:00 to 22:00 (Last order 21:30)

9 Bishan Place, #04-01 Food Junction
Tel: 6734 1796
Business hours: 11:00 to 22:00 (Last order 21:30)

Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Avenue, #B2-50 Rasapura Island
Business hours: 11:00 to 22:00 (Last order 21:30)


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