Since Shokugeki no Souma has been all about soba for the last month or so, @hungryleow and I decided to taste what it could possibly taste like, without having to grind the buckwheat ourselves.
Hence, we went to soba specialty restaurant Shimbashi Soba in one of the most expensive shopping centres in Singapore, Paragon, stereotyped as where all the rich housewives go to shop. Surprisingly, the food there is middle-range - be prepared to spend around S$25-30 (US$18-22) for a basic meal here - since all the really bank-breaking restaurants have all gone to where the casinos are.
The following mangacaps are from Mangastream.
We wanted to choose dishes that were as close to the ones made by Souma and Nene, which was a traditional style with a sakura ebi kakiage:
And Souma’s, which was fried with duck and leek.
For Nene’s, we went with the classic tempura soba pictured at the top. (you can have it either with hot or cold soba), because they didn’t have kakiage. The noodles were really smooth, and I could literally see the manga sound effect ‘tsuru tsuru’ appearing besides my mouth as I slurped it up. (Ok, not literally, but I should have brought a cardboard cut-out with that sound effect.) However, the noodles didn’t have much bite, and so we suspect that it was made with the first flour mentioned in the manga.
Truth to be told, we found it a bit bland, and if the flavour couldn’t stand out in a country with a coolest point higher than the temperature of a British heatwave and constant humidity levels higher than 70%, no wonder such a meal would not taste as nice in the middle of Hokkaido’s winter. (Low temperatures and low humidity are bad for soba, according to one of the judges.) The tempura was fried well though, crispy and not oil-soaked, though even alternating the bites between tempura and soba didn’t do much to relieve the feeling of the soba’s tepid texture.
In contrast, the duck and leek soup soba that we picked as the closest to Souma’s creation (last 2 pictures) was rather tasty, even though the noodles were the same as the previous tempura one. So, perhaps ingredient choice played a role in his
eventual victory over Nene.
*END OF SPOILER*
The duck was tender and tasty, and I also enjoyed the abuurage (tofu puffs) that soaked up the flavours like a sponge. I’m not sure if it was due to localization, but there was also a dish of chopped chilli peppers that you could dip the ingredients into that was really spicy. (And hungryleow wanted to pour all the chilli into the soup but I stopped her in time.) The waiters also came by with some nutrient-packed water used to boil the noodles that I mixed with the remaining soup and finished with gusto.
I guess we were not really used to eating this kind of smooth and non-chewy soba - even when we went to Japan for our graduation trip, we didn’t encounter it. Hungryleow mentioned that she would rather eat the soba you can get from Daiso that retails at S$2 for 4 servings - a sentiment shared by a couple at the next table whom we overheard. So yes, we would definitely vote for Souma too! Oh, and I guess we’ll save money by eating from Daiso - it’s worth a try but unless I’m in the mood for some cold, smooth soba, I wouldnt’ go back again, especially since there’s a half-hour queue.
The Met Gala 2015 Fashion Analysis: Not Too Racist, Not Very Interesting, I Think I’ll Stop Doing This Soon
So, the theme of the Met Gala this year was “China: Through the Looking Glass.” I did some research to figure out if any of the attendees actually dressed in anything that wasn’t racist, and they didn’t, except for the Chinese ones.
Here’s what traditional Chinese gowns have looked like throughout the ages.
Just in case you were wondering. And now, I will begin my fashion analysis.
The point of Beyoncé’s dress, I believe, was that she wanted everyone to talk about what she was wearing rather than the fact that her sister beat her husband in an elevator at last year’s gala.
The only problem being that she looks like a circus performer.
I was very afraid of what Kimmy K was going to wear, because let’s be honest, most of the time she looks like Kanye dressed her with his eyes closed, just relying on intuition, because he knows fashion.
But this is why I love Kim Kardashian. When she does it right, she really does it right, and I thought she looked beautiful last night. And weirdly demure, in comparison to a lot of other people?
Kanye is making his “fashion” face.
Everyone says Kimmy K was copying Beyonce from a few years ago. Only Kimmy K looks like she’s wearing couture rather than something my sister sewed together while sewing a cigarette and talking to her cats in her apartment.
Her real inspiration, by the way, was Cher.
I thought Rihanna won last night.
I mean, look at this bitch, it was 80 degrees in New York yesterday and she wore a 40 foot long fur coat that made her look like a fantastic Manchurian boy king who got a sex change on a spaceship.