I would have been happy with normal gyoza, but the curious side of me ordered the different ones every time. This furry looking gyoza was delish! The use of takopachi ingredients – Japanese mayonnaise with seaweed and dried bonito flakes – brought a whole new level of yummy to the classic pan fried gyoza.
And we didn’t just stop at ramen joints to enjoy gyoza. A special trip was made to the gyoza food museum in Namco Namjatown. It was like a food place where everyone sold gyoza. You can either eat at the individual stores, or order takeaway and feast at a general eating area.
Here’s what we tried:
Mini gyoza in beer broth
Shrimp Gyoza that are wrapped like spring rolls
A set of cheesy gyoza, cold udon and lemonade
Ah, I really miss gyoza!
Related post: A taste of Japan: Ramen
Tokyo was a blast. None of our meals was disappointing even though we usually order by pointing at the pictures since we can’t read japanese other than the occassional characters that are similar to chinese.
I can’t tell you exactly what we tried but we went for quite a few ramen joints. Our first dinner in Tokyo was the spicy tofu ramen that was just across our hotel. We also had spicy cream based ramen that was flat like mee pok the next day for lunch, and I think the rainy day made the pipping hot noodles tasted even better. Priced between 15 to 35 SGD (750 – 2000 yen), most of them had strong flavor which can at times be too salty.
Our friend in Tokyo also brought us to Santouka Ramen that was located in a discreet alley between the shopping malls in Harajuku. He mentioned that it is a popular ramen chain in Tokyo and the Japanese, especially young adults, enjoy eating ramen. There were the usual broth like shio (salt), miso (soybean) and shoyu (soy sauce) as well as kara-miso (spicy miso) and a dry ramen that you can dip into the sauce. It may not seem very special (i blame globalisation) but I don’t think it will be easy to replicate the heavenly cha-su anywhere else. The meat was so soft that it simply melted the moment we place it in our mouth and the fats turn into yummy goo that’s worth any extra cholesterol.
Wow, I just realise that they have two outlets in Singapore! Maybe I should try it soon to taste the difference. 🙂
- 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #02-76, The CENTRAL, Singapore 059817
- 21 Cuppage Road, Cuppage Terrace, Singapore 229452
Seeing the new designs of my favourite brand is like hearing a new album from my favourite artist!! It’s always so fun to pour through the whole collection.
Anyway, hope everyone’s having a great weekend. I will be going to Tokyo on Tues and I hope to share the results of my extensive research. lol
PS: I just saw Aeropostale at Citylink! It was quite a surreal moment to see it in Singapore though the prices are quite steep though, like $30-$40 for a top and $99 for a cardigan. I can’t imagine how expensive Abercrombie will be in Singapore.