Ichiban Boshi is whisking you away to Japan’s Tōhoku region, with seven dishes from four of its prefectures: Aomori, Akita, Miyagi, and Iwate.
A standout is the Morioka Reimen ($13.90++), which hails from the Iwate region. The chilled noodles come in a refreshing sweet vinegar soy sauce, and are topped with succulent beef slices, kimchi, cucumber, tomatoes and an egg. Garlic chilli oil adds a punchy, spicy kick.
Also worthy of your attention is the Senbei Jiru ($14.90++), a country-style dish from Aomori. Chicken chunks, shimeiji mushroom, and cabbage sit in an umami dashi broth, with Japanese rice crackers that you can break and dunk into the soup. Also from Aomori is the Hotate Miso Tamago Kaiyaki ($16.90++) with plump scallops imported from Hokkaido and shimeji mushrooms nestled amidst scrambled eggs. We found this a tad salty on its own but otherwise great with a bowl of rice.
From the coastal area of Miyagi, tuck into its signature dish of Salmon & Ikura Harakomeshi ($16.90++), with salmon, ikura, salted kelp, shredded egg and yuzu zest atop a bed of firm sticky rice.
The seasonal menu is available from Feb 16 to May 9, at all Ichiban Boshi outlets. Visit Ichiban Boshi’s website for a list of locations.