Gyoza King @ Tanjong Pagar

At the foot of Orchid Hotel at Tanjong Pagar, you will find a trove of Japanese restaurants including one of my favourite ramen places, Menya Sanji Kagoshima Ramen and the famous Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King which I haven't been (yet). The day didn't feel like a ramen day, so gyoza seemed like a great alternative. Gyoza King reminded me of Wasabi Tei's homely setting at the first impression, with a U-shaped counter facing the gyoza chefs whipping up our orders diligently. There are no tables, just a long bar, which made it feel more authentically Japanese. I haven't been to Japan to determine how close to reality it is, but I do hope to go in the near future. All references to authenticity is determined by pictures of travelogues by other people.

This was considered as one set at Gyoza King! I am quite impressed by the serving for one person, which includes one gyoza tray + two side dishes + rice + miso soup. You can order less rice, average amount of rice or more rice - all for the same price. I like how eco-friendly in that you can order the amount you can finish to reduce wastage.

Look at these Tonkotsu King Gyozas with pork fillings oozing with succulence! I am hungry again just looking at them! Pan-fried to perfection: it has this slightly torched effect on the surface of the skin, so there is a semi-burnt taste without feeling cancerous. The pork fillings also tasted fresh and chewy. Well, they are called Gyoza King for a reason. Yummy yummy!

This was one of the side dishes - deep fried tofu with minced pork gravy. Although it is named deep-fried but it doesn't have a crunchy exterior just a little bit crispy on the skin. The tofu used is the normal sort instead of egg tofu which I was secretly hoping it was. The minced pork gravy was savoury and quite tasty, so kudos to that!

I guess nothing could go wrong with the stir fried egg with Chinese chives, and it tasted exactly like I imagined. It could be salted with more soy sauce though, and a little too watery.

Overall, I found Gyoza King a value-for-money location for dinner. Come on, who wouldn't be full with such a huge serving? If you aren't, there are plenty of dessert options along the stretch ;) It is often dwarfed by its ramen counterpart's popularity, but definitely don't miss out on their gyozas. It's always a good time for gyozas - if you're craving for them in Orchard, you can get them at Gyoza-Ya, the basement of Orchard Robinson.

Gyoza King
Orchid Hotel
1 Tras Link #01-15
Singapore 078867


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