Gyoza no Ohsho (餃子の王将): The star is the tenshin chahan [Updated]
Updated on 7 Dec 2016
Gyoza no Ohsho is a chain from Japan
Gyoza no Ohsho (餃子の王将) is a Japanese chain that specialises in Chinese cuisine. There are more than 600 branches in Japan, majority of which are clustered in Kyoto, Tokyo, and Osaka.
In Singapore, there is 1 branch at Orchard road. Most Singaporeans come here for the ramen. Personally I find the ramen here ok, but a short walk takes you to Ippudo and other ramen places that serve better ramen.
The awesome off-menu item
The key reason why I visit Gyoza no Ohsho is the tenshin chahan (天津炒饭). This is undoubtedly the star here, but most people do not know about it because it is off-menu. This dish is a combination of 2 other dishes on the menu: tenshinhan (天津饭) and chahan (炒饭).
From the outside, tenshin chahan looks exactly like tenshinhan. The top is a crab meat omelette (crabstick meat in Singapore’s case) and the dish is served with a generous helping of a thick, sweet, soy-based sauce.
Under the omelette, tenshin chahan uses chahan instead of the plain white rice of the tenshinhan. The chahan has ample wok hei, and that makes a lot of difference here.
The killer combination of omelette, chahan and sauce provides an explosion in the mouth that almost, but does not, overwhelm the tastebuds. I can easily polish off a plate without feeling jerlat at all.
I highly recommend ordering tenshin chahan if you have not tried it before. Who knows, you may love it as much as I do. And of course, one dish does not make a meal; the gyoza here is great (it is in their name after all) and you definitely should have some if you visit.
[Update] The gyoza specialist
We came by last weekend to have lunch before heading to Isetan Scotts for the Winter Kyushu Fair. We had tenshin chahan and gyoza again. I will talk more about the gyoza here.
The gyoza from Gyoza no Ohsho is cooked in standard Japanese style, which is to steam first to cook the gyoza and then pan-fry for a crispy bottom. The skin is thin but firm while the filling is flavourful and has a softer texture than most gyoza elsewhere. This is definitely one of the best gyozas we have eaten. In addition, the gyoza actually tastes and feels like the ones we had at the Japanese branches of the chain, which speaks volume for the exact standards that goes into the manufacturing and cooking of the gyozas.
- Tenshinhan is named after the city of Tenshin (天津) in China. However, it does not originate from Tenshin and is a Japanese creation
- Tenshinhan is a character in Dragonball. Both him and Chiaotzu are named after Chinese food.
- Gyoza no Ohsho in Japan uses real crabmeat in the tenshinhan
- Gyoza no Ohsho is not to be confused with Osaka Ohsho
Address: #01-10 Cuppage Plaza, Singapore 228796
Access: 5-minute walk from Somerset MRT station
Website: Gyoza no Ohsho facebook page