Ordering your rice and noodle bowls at Korean-Japanese fusion idea Omoomodon (pronounced omo-omo-don) is like one thing out of a science-fiction movie.
A self-service meals idea means there isn’t any one to take your order. Instead, you key it right into a touch-screen kiosk close to the kitchen, the place you possibly can select from one of many 17 bowls on supply.
The mixtures at this lately halal-certified joint embrace meat and rice, meat and noodles, seafood and rice, seafood and noodles and even vegan bowls.
I choose one known as Yes Sir! Yes Sir! ($12) that comes with sirloin steak, a purple multi-grain rice known as japgokbap in Korean, kimchi omelette and a drizzle of teriyaki sauce.
There is even the choice to specify the doneness of the meat; my medium-rare steak slices are completely cooked.
The dish is balanced, with simply sufficient teriyaki sauce in order that it’s not overwhelmed with sweetness, whereas the kimchi within the omelette provides a barely salty and vinegary be aware.
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My eating companions select Bird’s Nest ($10), which contains spicy rooster and an onsen egg atop a mattress of Korean glass noodles, that are thicker and have extra chunk than tang hoon noodles.
The actual star is the scrumptious sweet-savoury Korean barbecue sauce that glazes the noodles and elevates the dish.
We additionally have the extra Japanese-style Fri-Date With Me ($12), which is an udon bowl with a bland soya-based soup and topped with breaded salmon and an onsen egg.
For $5 extra, you may make the meal a set with one facet, corresponding to fried dumplings, takoyaki or spicy tofu, and a comfortable drink or water.
The total course of is seamless. The machine dispenses your change and also you wait in your quantity to be known as. One gripe was that the wait is slightly lengthy for a course of that’s in any other case fast.
When you choose up your bowl, you get to select from 5 dipping sauces: BBQ mayo, bibimbap, cho gochujang, teriyaki and yuzu wasabi. You can both tip it into your bowl or use it as a dipping sauce.
The parts within the heavy ceramic bowls usually are not notably beneficiant, however filling nonetheless.
I like that the don bowls are inclusive with out compromising on high quality.
Although pork is extensively utilized in Korean cooking, I don’t miss it in any respect within the flavourful dishes right here.
The sides, although, are disappointing. The takoyaki balls are extra flour than octopus and the rooster karaage is chewy.
I do know somebody who has been again 5 occasions and tried a brand new bowl each time. With so many choices, it’s no shock.
You also can customise your bowl from scratch from $eight. Choose from a base of Korean white rice, multi-grain rice, fried glass noodles, udon or blended greens, adopted by proteins starting from rooster karaage and grilled salmon to fried mushrooms and vegan “prawns”.
Omoomodon has three different shops – at Kallang Wave Mall, Downtown East E!Avenue and Northpoint City – and all shops are halal-certified.