Hailing from the Saitama prefecture of Japan is 60 year old Hibiki, one of the only outlets representing the Hibiki empire outside of Japan! Ask any Japanese living in Saitama, part of the Greater Tokyo region about Hibiki and they will be familiar with this yakitori legend. They have countless kiosks, selling yakitori at train stations and convenient areas, much like the Tori-Q seen in Singapore and serving dining delights at over 30 restaurants. Hibiki at Bukit Timah has recently been taken over by Irene who did a new makeover for the restaurant, leading it to a more purist Japanese direction, as Hibiki is deeply rooted in the culinary culture of the Japanese.
Located along Bukit Timah Road, you could easily drive by this place and miss it, as it is sandwiched between a pizzeria and an Italian restaurant. It has it’s own car park, but there’s also coupon parking just parallel of it, along Anamalai Road, with free parking on sundays and PH. The menu is printed with English and Japanese, you can easily tell that this restaurant was catered towards the Japanese living in Singapore who miss their authentic Japanese food. Their charcoal grilled items are their signature offerings that require the art of barbecuing to perfection.
Hibiki’s yakitori are served with these specially imported miso paste, there’s the original miso paste, as well as the yuzu infused miso paste. I’ve never tasted anything quite like it. Salty, refreshing and yet brings out the taste of the barbecued meats and vegetables.
- Sake Shabu-shabu(2 person serving)
The shabu-shabu broth at Hibiki is unique as sake is infused into the aromatic mixture. Served with assorted vegetable platter (White cabbage/Spinach/Shiitake Mushroom/Tofu/Carrot/Konyaku stripes/Japanese Leek)
What do we love about Japanese hot pot? It’s a fun communal dining experience, you get SO MUCH variety in your meat and vegetable offerings (think everything from wagyu beef and kurobuta pork to sweet cabbage and shiitake mushrooms), and it’s a rather healthy, nutritious dish that doesn’t pack in calories. So if you’re craving a hearty shabu shabu feast, we recommend none other than Yakitori Lounge Hibiki in Singapore.
Kurobuta belly and Kurobuta collar is served here and sweetens up the broth, with every slice. Home made sesame sauce for vegetable dips/Home made ponzu Sauce for Meat to dip with spring onion and spicy raddish smash. To pair up with the Shabu Shabu, we also had Tako Karage, Miso Caesar Salad, Vegetable Sticks and Tempura Moriawase.
The sake flavour is subtle and evaporates so you will only imaginatively taste the sake in the soup, however, there is a lingering sake aroma if you give the soup a good whiff.
2) Miso Sukiyaki
Vegetable platter(White cabbage/Spinach/Shiitake Mushroom/Tofu/Carrot/Japanese Leek/Yama Imo-Wild Yam/ Onion)
Miso soup bases are hard to find in Singapore, much less something as delicious as pork and miso! We believe that anything that contains pork has got to taste great. The miso soup base is perfect for steamboats with any type of ingredients. The miso itself adds a more distinct savoury flavour to every item cooking in the hotpot.
3) Miso Caesar Salad
Mesclun Salad, Shredded Capsicum , Shredded chicken, Parmesan Cheese, Sweet Potatoes Chips. Serve with Caesar hibiki Miso dressing. The sweet potato chips are so addictive, I joked with Irene that she should sell these in bags for takeaways! A very interesting and colourful salad, made to brighten up your day and whet your appetite.
4) Hibiki Yakitori 5 Stick Mixture pork and Chicken $22
Hibiki’s favorable 5 sticks of mixture Kurobuta and Kampong Chicken mixture sticks.
Ingredients used in the yakitori includes Kurobuta Belly, Kurobuta Collar, Chicken Mid Wing, Homemade minced ball. Every item is carefully cooked to perfection on the charcoal grill, giving them a slightly charred flavour and texture.
5) Hibiki Yakitori 5 Stick Japanese Vegetable $12
Mixture of the Favourite 5 sticks vegetable
My personal favourites were the homemade minced ball, which were so tender and juicy, and also the grilled onions! I never expected grilled onions to taste so good, especially with the miso dip!
6) Tako Karaage
Deep fried special Marinated Octopus. I’m a huge fan of octopus, and this was my first time trying octopus marinated and deep fried in this manner. The outer layer was thick and crisp, giving you a nice crunch. On the inside, you have a sizeable octopus tentacle which has a fresh aroma of the octopus and the marinate. The octopus was well marinated as it was very tasty on it’s own!
7) Tempura Moriawase
Hibiki’s Secret Recipe Mix Vegetable and Prawn Tempura. Fan of tempura, raise your glasses of SAKE! Great sides to be paired with your yakitori and sake. These lightly battered brownish tempura mix is light and airy, with a fluffier tempura texture.
8) Yamakawa Fu Nabe
Burdock steam fried with Egg and Kurobuta Pork Belly. The sweet sauce really brought out the flavours from the Kurobuta Pork Belly and the egg. The Kurobuta Pork Belly used here was of outstanding quality and I’m so coming back for more!
9) Authentic Japanese Ice cream
Tenpien – Sea salt Ice cream serve with Sweet potatoes stripes
Houji Cha – Roasted Tea Ice cream serve with sweet potatoes stripes
Yaki Imo Ice cream – Grilled Sweet potatoes Ice cream serve with sweet potatoes stripes
Hibiki’s Home made Sweet Potatoes Cake and Sweet potatoes Stripes serve with Vanilla Ice Cream
Hands-down the best ice creams I’ve ever tried. There is no ice-cream in Singapore quite like the Yaki Imo Ice Cream, you can taste the distinct flavour of the grilled sweet potato, with visible cubes of sweet potatoes embedded into the ice cream!
Overall : Would I come back? Yes! If you are local Singaporean and want to try some Sake infused shabu shabu, or if you are looking to try out some variants of different Sake, do give Hibiki a try! Even for Japanese living in Singapore, I’m quite sure you will be satisfied with the authenticity of the food quality and service at Hibiki.
Thank you Irene from Hibiki for the invite.