Yoshinoya Singapore's Spicy Beef Bowl
Localization here in Singapore usually involves chili peppers of some form or another. Fortunately, I like spicy food, so some of these things have worked out for me in the past, including a spicy Whopper that I rather enjoyed not long ago. When I noticed that Yoshinoya was running a promotion featuring not only a spicy beef bowl but also a kimchi beef bowl, I was a bit curious. Tonight, I ordered one of each just to see what they would be like.
My jaw dropped when the cashier produced the bowls in question. When they originally mentioned a "spicy beef bowl," I was thinking that maybe they elegantly worked the spices into their famous onion-based beef brew. Instead, what I got was a normal beef bowl with a huge scoop of plain dry chili pepper flakes (like the kind that one sprinkles on pizza) simply dumped on top of it. Really? That was all there was to it?? Sheesh!
Well, those dry chili pepper flakes did make it pretty darned spicy, but it was just way too crude and overpowering. I should just stick to the basic gyudon, and use the much more refined ichimi togarashi that they already provide at each table if I want a little more kick. And in case you're wondering, the kimchi version was nothing to boast of either, with supermarket-quality kimchi sitting on top. What a disappointment.