If ever you thought gyoza was one of those foods that would make a bridesmaid but never the bride, Gyoza King serves to dispel the notion. An offshoot of the wildly successful Keisuke chain of ramen restaurants, and located barely a couple of doors down from the flagship Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King, the izakaya-styled shop puts the humble gyoza front and center on its menu.
Here, you get a rice, a soup, and 2 side dishes, all centered upon your choice of gyozas. You round that off with unlimited helpings of their signature marinated beansprouts, something that I look forward to whenever I dine at the Tonkotsu King chain of restaurants.
Between the pork-based Tonkotsu King Gyoza Set (top $13.90) and the shrimp diced Keisuke King Gyoza Set (bottom $13.90), I preferred the pork dumplings (but marginally so). This was laced with spring onion, so finely minced it was practically a puree, but even so, I thought these were the best gyozas ever. Fresh, juicy, and absolutely scrumptious. Messy eaters best put on a bib to catch those delicious juices.
The set meal comprises a bowl of Koshihikari Rice, Japanese steamed short-grained white rice sprinkled with furikake, which can be customised to small or big (or very big!) eaters.
Get the Vegetable Soup, I much prefer the cabbage-sweetened broth over the basic Miso Soup.
Out of the 8 options for side dishes, a must-try is the Tempura Fish, beautifully battered and dunked in a pool of delicate dashi and tempered with a dollop of grated daikon and ginger for a bit of heat.
The Pork Sukiyaki followed closely for its homestyled flavours. We'd skipped the raw egg dip, such a maneuver harkens of a bulk-building Rocky Balboa.
If you're a fan of chicken popcorn, the Deep Fried Chicken with Spicy Sesame would likely be a side dish right up your alley. Crunchy, and spicy, this was perfect couch potato fodder.
Have I already professed my love for the Tonkotsu King restaurants' complimentary starter of Marinated Beansprouts? It's totally addictive!
1 Tras Link #01-15
Tel: 6604 6674
Open daily from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch; 6pm to 10.30pm for dinner