Tsukeru Shabu-Shabu @ Emporium Shokuhin, Marina Square

Covering over a total of 34,000 square feet at Marina Square’s new lifestyle and dining wing, Emporium Shokuhin is Singapore’s first integrated Japanese emporium with a live seafood market, beef dry-aging facility and 8 dining concepts, including Tsukeru shabu-shabu, Gyuu+ yakiniku grill, Umi + Vino seafood and wine bar, Senmi Sushi sushi bar, Burosu Honten gyoza and ramen, Kohi-Koji cafe and bakery, Takujo fine dining, and a Ready-To-Eat section for quick take-away meals. These dining concepts are a natural extension of the brand, showcasing the pristine ingredients and food items that are sourced and brought in by Emporium Shokuhin.

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For the shabu-shabu lovers, you can head on down to one of their dining concepts named Tsukeru, where you can choose a range of Japanese or Asian soup base, served up in an individual hotpot, with a wide selection of seafood and premium meats of your choice.

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Given the various range and choice of soup bases, you will be spoilt for choice between Japanese and Asian flavours. Go for the Tonkotsu Miso Broth ($6) and Tsukeru Konbu Seaweed Broth ($5), or the Tom Yam Broth ($6), Tomato Broth ($5) and Bak Kut Teh ($5), if you’re “feeling” more Asian instead.

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We ordered a wide variety of fresh produce ranging from meats to seafood to vegetables and mushrooms. Starting off with the meat selections, we had the premium sliced A5 Miyazaki Wagyu Shin Rosu ($28). Check out the beautiful marbling of the beef- delightfully juicy and tender with a buttery flavour, making it distinctly superior than some of the other meats.

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Taking a dip in the Tonkatsu Miso Broth is the other superior grade of beef, the Prime USDA Ribeye ($18), giving a fine texture and amazing flavour as you savour the juiciness wrapped in warm broth.

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The last from the meat section was the Kurobuta Pork Belly ($8) that carried a rich flavour and possessed a remarkable melt-in-your-mouth texture. This meat is preferably cooked in the Tsukeru Konbu Seaweed broth to help retain the delicious tenderness of the pork.

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Moving onto the seafood portion, we had huge and fresh Tiger Prawns ($6/100g) that were succulent, meaty and sweet after being boiled in the broth, concurrently enhancing the thickness and sweetness of the broth.

If you’re looking to complete your meal with fresh fish from the lot, Tsukeru serves only premium Hamachi slices ($14) to suit the discerning palettes. When dipped in the broth, the carpaccio thin slices of yellowtail provided a distinctive sweet, rich and buttery taste that is not found from your usual steamboat fare.

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Lastly, we ended with the Vegetable Platter ($16) consisting of the Japanese Tang-O, Chinese Lettuce, Sweet Corn, Tomato, as well as the Mushroom Platter ($18) comprising of Shimeji Mushrooms, Shiitake Mushrooms, Enoki Mushrooms, that serves approximately 2 to 3 persons each.

There is always room for desserts even after a hearty meal and so we had the Homemade Tiramisu and the Homemade Crème Caramel ($5). Personally, I liked the Tiramisu more even though the alcohol flavours hit you on the first bite and dissipates after a few more mouthful of it. It is definitely my kind of pick-me-up any day.

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If you would love to experience both food shopping and dining in the same area, be sure to check out the Emporium Shokihin and spend about 10 to 15 minutes exploring the different Japanese produce and foods sourced directly from premium purveyors in Japan, before you savour the freshest ingredients and dishes at one of their 8 dining destinations.

6 Raffles Boulevard
#01-18 Marina Square
Singapore 039594

Opening hrs:
Emporium Shokuhin
Daily: 8.30am to 9.00pm (Live Seafood Market)
Daily: 11.30am to 9.00pm (Gourmet Grocer)

Tsukeru Shabu-Shabu
Daily: 11.30am to 3.00pm, 6.00pm to 10.00pm

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Words and Photography by Ruth Sim
The writer believes that the beauty of life comes from the essence of many little things and food is definitely one of them. 

Singapore

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