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Love tempura bowls but cannot bear the long queues at certain eateries?

Here to feed your love of tempura – minus the crazy waiting time – is Kogane Yama!

Kogana Yama is the brainchild of the folks behind the popular Korean fried chicken chain, Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory, as well as Korean meat stew eatery, Masizzim. This 44-seater eatery pays homage to the humble yet satisfying tendon bowl.

Loosely translated to mean “Golden Mountain”, you can expect a lavish mountain of mouth-watering tempura pieces fried to golden-brown perfection.

Tempura pieces that are fried to a crispy golden brown – perfection!

What sets this new kid on the block apart from others like it is that it gives you the option to customise your very own tendon bowl!

Tendon Bowls The Way You Like Them

Start your journey into tendon heaven by picking your preferred bowl. Although there are only four options available, be warned that you will need to do some serious decision-making!

Be spoiled for choice with four different types of tendon bowls

Chicken Bowl ($13.80)  – Love chicken? If so, this tendon bowl is the one for you! It comes with not one, but TWO tender fillets battered and fried to perfection, paired with vegetable tempura that includes shiitake mushrooms and carrots.

Prawn Bowl ($13.80) – What is tempura without seafood? The generous pieces of juicy prawn tempura accompanied by vegetable tempura will certainly leave you craving for more. That said, the star of this tendon bowl is indisputably the prawn head tempura!

Vegetable Bowl ($11.80) – Loaded with an assortment of perfectly battered veggies, veggie lovers, this is the bowl for you! It includes long beans, carrot, sweet potato, shiitake and enoki mushrooms, and more.

Mixed Bowl ($15.80) – For those who absolutely must have EVERYTHING in their tendon bowl, this is the obvious choice! It features crispy tempura prawns (prawn heads included), chicken fillet, and an assortment of vegetables. In this bowl, the mountain of tempura pieces is topped with a dollop of ebiko (prawn roe).

Try having the unique, thin Udon as your base

Thereafter, you can choose to have your tempura with one of three types of bases: Japanese short-grain rice, Soba, or thin Udon. Both the Soba and Udon are steeped in a clear and fragrant dashi broth, and will cost you will cost you $1 more.

Alternatively, opt for the classic Zaru Soba

Finally, complete your tendon bowl by choosing one of four levels of spiciness for the tentsuyu sauce – a sweet-savoury homemade blend of garlic, sesame oil, and premium Japanese shoyu.

The non-spicy version is ideal for young kids. However, if you are a true Singaporean who loves all things spicy, choose from the other three levels!

Add The Add-Ons

Indulging in a tendon bowl is simply not enough.

You can complement your delicious tendon bowl with two additional items for just another $2!

Complement your meal with additional items!

Options include Chawanmushi, Miso Soup and Green Tea (free flow).

Delicious chawanmushi to go with your tendon bowl

Cool Off With Matcha

Savour the creamy Matcha Latte with Azuki

If the heat from their tentsuyu sauces is too much for you to handle, cool off with their wide selection of ice-cold beverages. These include their signature Matcha Latte concoctions, available in Original ($4.80), Chocolate ($5.80) and Azuki red beans ($6.80).

For something more refreshing to beat the heat in Singapore, go for their Honey Yuja ($5.80) or Honey Ume Soda ($5.80) instead!

Let’s face it – no one can pass up delicious, crispy tempura. If you’re on the hunt for another tendon place to add to your list, Kogane Yama is definitely worth the trip!

Kogane Yama
Address: Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street, #02-50, Singapore 188021
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu: 11am – 10pm; Fri, Sat: 11am – 11pm

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(Header Image Source: Verine Ling)