Singaporeans’ love for food is undeniable and Japanese cuisine has always been one of our top picks. Lucky for us, we have a wide range of eateries offering authentic Japanese cuisine, which means we don’t have to travel to Japan just to savour their food 😉 And here to spice up our Halal food scene is Fu-Men!

Reigning from Hakata, a district in Fukuoka, this newly Halal-certified eatery is a rare gem. Hakata udon is mostly only found in Japan which means it’s rare that you find it in other parts of the world, much less in Singapore. And the fact that it’s halal makes it all the better 😍

Plus, there’s no questioning the quality of food here. The restaurant’s founder is Chef Teppei Yamashita, born in Fukuoka, and known for his famous Teppei Japanese Restaurant in Singapore. He heads over 15 food outlets but this is his first Halal-certified one, so we’re definitely in for a treat!

Credit: Fu-Men Japanese Udon & Donburi restaurant on Facebook

Our top pick is Fu-Men’s signature udon, the Gobo Ten ($12 for regular, $7 half)! This Burdock Tempura Udon is native to Fukuoka and is made up of crunchy and sweet burdock (a type of root) coated in tempura batter, then fried to perfection. You can choose to have it with soup or dry. If you decide on the latter, you have the added option of choosing either hot or cold udon 😋

We’d personally recommend going for the soup as the broth here is on another level. The broth takes over 45 minutes to make as it requires rigorous temperature control. Plus, it is preservative-free and filled with Japanese kelp, Japanese anchovies, saba, tuna and sardine!

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Don’t stop there though. This delectable bowl of Maze Udon deserves your attention too! Your udon is filled with generous servings of tempura bits and minced chicken, topped with an onsen egg. There’s not much chewing to be done here as your udon is amazingly soft and will almost melt in your mouth 🤤

#HHWT Tip: The portions are pretty big (enough for 2 to share!). Choose the half portions if you’re eating there alone!

Credit: Fu-Men Japanese Udon & Donburi restaurant on Facebook

Now if you’re looking for something that blends both Japanese and Singaporean cuisine, their White Laksa Udon would pretty much take the cake. It’s the same, yummy udon filled with rich laksa gravy, topped with fresh prawns.

#HHWT Tip: Add some of Fu-Men’s wide array of condiments (think yuzu chilli and ginger) to your udon!

Credit: Fu-Men Japanese Udon & Donburi restaurant on Facebook

For those who prefer sticking to the normal Japanese dishes like Prawn Tempura Udon and Beef Udon ($15 regular, $8.50 half), you’d be happy to know that these are available here too!

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Helmed by a native Japanese chef, this restaurant is definitely not to be missed! And their reasonable prices are a total steal 😍 Let a foodie know – it’s time for a trip here!

Halal status: Halal-certified

Address: #B1-17/18 Hong Leong Building, 16 Raffles Quay, S048581
Opening hours: Mon to Fri (10am to 8pm), Sat (10am to 2.30pm), closed on Sundays.
Contact No: 6224-1134

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