Shabu Tontei serves up collagen rich soups

SINGAPORE - A new Japanese shabu-shabu (hot pot) restaurant is now at Jurong Point, serving up a tantalising selection of hot pot and cooked food items, in a signature Tonkotsu soup base rich in collagen.

Collagen is often consumed to improve one's beauty and health, said to improve the appearance of skin, hair, and nails as well as strengthen the immune system and general health.

Each serving of Shabu Tontei's Tonkotsu soup base serves two, and contains up to 26,400mg of collagen, according to the restaurant.

The soup is made from high quality pork neck as well as both pork and chicken bones, simmered overnight by the restaurant's Japanese chefs.

Besides the Tonkotsu broth, the restaurant also offers two other kinds of soup base: the Tori Paitan, a creamy chicken broth, and a lighter seaweed broth known as the Wadashi.

To accompany its soups, Shabu Tontei serves a selection of air-flown meats.

Choose from the Momoiro Shabu Shabu Set ($66) with Japanese black pork belly and collar, the Wagyu Beef Plus ($70) with Hokkaido wagyu beef and a choice of Japanese black pork collar or belly, or the Kurobuta Shabu Shabu set ($58) with black pork collar and belly from the US.

Seafood lovers can opt for the special Abundance Kani Suki ($33.80 per person, minimum 2 diners), available only from Feb 3 to April 5. The set includes Alaskan snow crab leg, king crab leg, scallops, mussels and prawns, served with pork broth.

All shabu-shabu sets come with assorted vegetables, chawanmushi (savoury egg custard), and a free flow of rice and side dishes. Additional servings of meat, seafood and vegetables can be ordered a la carte.

Besides the hot pot sets, Shabu Tontei also offers a variety of a la carte items, such as the Hire & Cheese Katsu ($14.90), deep-fried pork tenderloins sandwiched with cheese.