Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel, Tras Link

The ground level of Orchid Hotel is becoming like a mini Liang Court. Tiny and compact Japanese eateries are opening here. One restaurant in the middle has a 3-4 months waiting time. The busy corner facing the Tanjong Pagar MRT still has long queues forming until today.

Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel

On this corner, which is shown in the photo above is the Gyoza King, the sister company of the ramen place at the other corner. Keisuke Tokyo is opening restaurants of very different format all over!

Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel

It’s only a small place, with around 16 counter seats. You get to watch the chefs prepare your food as you wait. The simplest way to enjoy the food here is to get the Gyoza Set meal for $13.90. You will be given an order chit that guides you through the 3 Steps of ordering. Just tick!

Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel

Step 1: Choose your Gyoza, there’s Pork, Chicken and Prawn.
Step 2: Choose your rice portion, Small, Regular, Large or Extra Large plus your Soup (Miso or Vege)
Step 3: Choose 2 side dishes from the list of 8.

Order your drinks if you want. I like the Green Tea Cola. 

Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel

No unlimited free eggs here like in the sister branches, but there is cabbage pickle here. There’s still the unlimited delicious beansprouts that I like. They will periodically top up the pickled beansprouts and cabbage. It’s nice and cold and really appetizing.

Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel

The gyoza dip is DIY. They have 3 sauces: soy, vinegar and chilli oil at the counter. The recommended ratio is 3 seconds of soy, 2 seconds of vinegar and 1 second of chilli oil. If you want it  more sour or spicy, just add more!

There’s also chilli and dry seasonal for you to pour over your rice. 

Step 1: Choose your Gyoza, there’s Pork, Chicken and Prawn.

Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel

If you look at the names, you will notice that it’s the name of the sister restaurants.

My recommendation is the Keisuke (Prawn) Gyozas (top left). It’s a mixed of minced prawns and pork that has been infused with strong crab stock. No crabs in the gyoza but they use it in the broth that is mixed into the meat.

Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel

The Tonkotsu King (Pork) Gyozas are made from mince pork mixed with rich and thick tonkotsu broth. It’s for those who love the aroma of thick porky taste.

Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel

The Tori King (chicken) Gyozas are made from mince chicken and has thick chicken broth in it. This is a bit too salty for me.

Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel

Gyoza skin is not too thick or too thin. It’s just nice for me. It has a nice crispy side and the soft tender side. As you bite into it, it’s juicy and flavourful. It’s nicely cooked and like in many places I have observed, they are very precise in the timing. You can hear timers buzzing now and then.
 

Step 2: Choose your rice portion, Small, Regular, Large or Extra Large plus your Soup (Miso or Vege)

Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel

This is my small portion of rice. We were told we can always ask for more rice anyway. I did not want to waste the rice.

If you notice when you are there, there is a row of rice cookers cooking. They are Induction Heating Rice Cookers. It’s suppose to cook the best rice ever! The chef says that their rice is from Uonuma from the Niigata Region. The place in Japan that grows the best and most expensive Koshihikari rice. So don’t waste the rice!

(Personally, I am a gadget guy, and I nearly bought one of the IH Rice Cookers! I have 3 rice cookers at home and the fav is the little Japanese rice cooker that cooks very good rice! I can replicate this at home. I use US planted short grain rice because the Japanese ones are beyond my budget.)

Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel

You can choose either a Miso or Vegetable Soup.
Both are very salty, the Japanese kind of salty. It’s nice if you like the saltiness level.

Step 3: Choose 2 side dishes from the list of 8. 

If you go in fours, you get to try all 8 side dishes like we did!

It’s an open concept, so you can observe what is done as you order. After ordering, you will see that they start to prepare the side dishes. Freshly made!

Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel

Deep fried chicken with spicy sauce and mixed sesame.
This is for you if you like deep fried chicken.

Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel

Stir-fried egg with Chinese chives. For those who likes chives. I know many people don’t.

Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel

Stir fried pork and cabbage with miso.
This is my favourite of the 8! Order this, it’s delicious.

Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel

Deep fried tofu with minced pork gravy.
Personally, I don’t like deep fried tofu.

Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel

Chicken Nanban with Tartar Sauce. This is also very delicious.

Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel

Stir fried egg with tomatoes.

Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel

Stir Fried egg plant with Miso. This is also one of my favourite.

Gyoza King @ Orchid Hotel

Deep fried potatoes with minced pork gravy.
You get a good choice to pick from.

It’s a very filling meal! If you order the gyozas sets, it’s not only gyozas but a meal with sides. You won’t leave this place hungry. If you want more gyozas or sides, you can order them a-la-carte too.

Gyoza King
1 Tras Link #01-15
Orchid Hotel
Singapore 078867
 
Hours : 11:30am – 2:30pm and 6:00pm – 10:30pm.  Daily. (Incl. Weekends and Public Holiday)



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