Sunday, March 15, 2015

Todai Singapore : Birthday Dishes Around the World

Many people often ask,"What is the last meal you want to have before you die?" A more meaningful question would be "What is the dish you want to eat on your birthday?"

In conjunction with their 4th anniversary in Singapore, Todai presents an array of birthday dishes from mainly China, Korea Russia. I was surprised that Longevity Bun and Yi Mien Noodles are served instead of mian xian (vermicelli) and red eggs because the former are usually eaten to celebrate the birthdays of elderly people. It might be good to bring the pioneer generation here to try the promotion.

Out of the 7 birthday dishes, the Korean representative, Jap Chae, is the most deftly executed dish as the glassy sweet potato noodles were chewy and not clumpy. Stir fried in black fungus and egg crepe, the noodles released a very fragrant sesame aroma without being overly sweet. It marries well with the Miyeokguk, a seaweed soup that is rich with iodine and calcium. 
It is my first time trying African dishes like the Jollof Rice from Nigeria and Oto from Ghana. Perhaps due to the air-con, the dish became stodgy lumps of tomato rice that seemed unevenly mixed. A pity because the enticing mixture of coconut oil, fresh red pepper and spice blend suggested a high potential dish. Eggs symbolized purity and fruitfulness and this egg-mash of yam and oil might not struck one in awe instantly but is still quite a unique dish worth a try. 
Did you know that the "rainbow" cake originated from Russia? Deck in strong neon colours, the buttercream frosted sponge cake is fairly average and doesn't impress as much as the pillowy Green Tea Chiffon Cake, which is the better dessert out of the mediocre crop. 
Just like the rest of the desserts, the seafood and sushi did not taste as fresh or interesting even though efforts are put in to make them as creative as possible. A disappointment as Todai started out as sushi and seafood restaurant in California in 1985.
After tasting most all the dishes, I realized that our favourites come from the Korean Section. The grilled pork and beef were cooked to the right degree with well-controlled seasoning. What piqued my interest was this Acorn Jelly, a gelatinous square that tasted like seaweed with the special korean chilli dressing. There is also a delicious variety of bancai (side dishes) to go along with the steamed rice. In case you are not sure where to start from, head to the Korean section if "quality" is the thing you pursue instead of "quantity".

Todai 
#B2-01, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Avenue
Singapore 018972
Mon – Fri 11.30am – 3pm; 5.30pm – 10pm 
Sat 11.30 – 3pm; 5pm – 10.30pm 
Sun 11.30am – 10pm 
Lunch from S$42 to S$64++ 
Dinner S$58 to S$68++ 
10% off for UOB and Maybank card holders 
Kids dine free for every paying adult during Saturday lunch and all-day Sundays. 

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