One of my corporate gift vendors recently recommended me to a Japanese restaurant at Cuppage Plaza and I decided to head over to check out the restaurant until I spotted this small Japanese style Chinese food eatery at the side entrance area that was full house. While stealing a glance at the dishes that these customers had ordered, the smell of good old fried rice, gyozas and ramen in the air had deeply captivated me.
It looks like a very normal home-made type of salad but this is much better than I expected. There is a tinge of shoyu taste in the thousand island dressing, making it sweet, sour and salty at the same time. The potato mash is lovely; greens are crunchy. Definitely a good appetizer to start your meal with.
Gyoza $4 (6 pcs)
This is the pan-fried version of pot stickers. Plenty of juicy meat filling in them. Dip them in the chilli-vinegar dressing that the shop provides – simply yummy!
Age Gyoza $4 (6 pcs)
This deep fried version strongly surpasses the pan-fried ones in taste. I thought these would taste super oily and greasy but they turned out to be light and really crispy. A must-order!
Chahan (fried rice with pork) $8
This has become my all-time favourite fried rice now. Nothing fanciful – just fried rice with pork, egg and spring onions. Surprising thing is that the dish is so full of flavours. It reminds me of my granny’s fried rice when she used to cook for me when I was little so this dish definitely brought back some childhood memories.
Stamina Ramen $14
A very standard bowl of ramen with plenty of cabbage and a few slices of chashu. Ramen is not their forte for sure as the broth doesn’t taste natural like RamenPlay’s one that is simmered with pork bones, etc.
This is similar to our local mui fan i.e. seafood and vegetables with gravy poured over rice. Very hearty portion I must say and it was served piping hot which I like. Taste wise, it’s similar to what you get from most tze-char stalls so nothing amazing to rave about.
To enjoy wholesome Jap-style Chinese food at a lower fraction of the price in the heart of Orchard Road, this could be the next big thing in town. Try their gyozas, salad and fried rice. Simply yummy!
Gyoza no Ohsho
5 Koek Road
#01-10 Cuppage Plaza
Tel: 6735 7068
Opens: 11.30am to 1.30am Mon to Sat, 12.30pm to 11.30pm Sun & PH