The first was purely accidental. I was really new here and with my birthday coming up, I just made a quick research on where's the newest ramen shop in town. This brought me to Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King Four Seasons that was the first time that the NKids have ever tried this restaurant and we all loved it! In fact, this particular branch has been on top of our list when it comes to saying where's the best ramen in Singapore. Then, on the first day in our new office, my colleagues and I tried Ramen Keisuke Tori King. I never thought I'll ever like Chicken Ramen as I would imagine it to be served like a Chicken Macaroni Soup. Safe, bland and boring. Well, to say that Chef Keisuke's Tori Ramen impressed me would still be an understatement. It's probably best to say that I was blown away.
Now here comes my Gyoza Sets! I've been to Keisuke Gyoza King thrice so all these photos is a compilation from all my visits. I would always get the Regular-Sized Rice and would mix and match the soup, gyoza and sides.
|Shrimp Gyoza Set|
|Pork Gyoza Set|
Actually the serving is quite big and I always end up so full every time. This is why Paul and I agreed to share a set and to just order an extra bowl of rice on my 3rd visit which turned out to be just right. The Vegetable Soup is a clear-based soup with shredded carrots and cabbage. It's perfect for those who wants something light. Whereas the Miso Soup was really good and according to friends who have been to Japan, it tasted very authentic too.
As for the gyozas -- I was also able to try the Pork Gyoza which for me was the best among the three. Juicy, pan-fried gyoza which has a small amount of juice inside so be very careful when taking your first bite. It was so yummy! The Shrimp Gyoza has crab broth but I feel was a bit lacking in flavor. I couldn't really pinpoint any distinct taste of shrimp at all. It was okay for seafood lovers but I'd still recommend the pork over this. I have yet to try the Chicken Gyoza which is said to have the same stock as the one served in Keisuke Tori King.
Oh, be sure to go early as there's normally a queue that forms especially at night. The restaurant closes after lunch hour and re-opens at 6PM. We got there 30 minutes after and found ourselves 5th in line (which meant the 1st batch of diners have filled up the entire restaurant already). The restaurant is very small where only about 15 can be seated inside and there are two small tables outside. Sadly, they don't accept reservations so it's best to strategize your arrival time or to just go in small groups. Furthermore, they only accept CASH so be ready with that. In case you really ran out of cash, there are ATMs nearby but that can be quite a hassle, don't you think?
Gyoza King has now been included in my list of favorite places to eat in Singapore. It's the best place to get authentic Japanese gyoza for such a reasonable price.
Visit Gyoza King at 1 Tras Link, 01-15 Orchid Hotel, Singapore. Nearest MRT is Tanjong Pagar (then go to Exit A).