Osaka Ohsho

The short story: Gyoza and fried rice — very addictive, must-try! Mabo tofu & double-cooked pork — can skip.

The long story: Was running errands with the hubby in City Hall area when we needed to grab lunch. At Raffles City basement, there are couple of new openings. There was a long queue at Nam Nam Noodle Bar, but queues and Vietnamese ain’t exactly our thing. And so, we opted to go Japanese.

Gorgeous gyoza!

Ohsho’s specialty is handmade gyoza. Indeed, they didn’t disappoint. On one side, the dumplings were alluringly browned and crisp, while the rest of the skin remained moist and silky.

Ohsho gyoza

In this close-up, you can see how thin the dumpling skin is. The dough is both soft and resilient at the same time, very well made.

Made up of finely chopped pork and cabbage, the filling is moist, tender, and tasty. The dumpling tastes even better when dipped in vinegar.

Ohsho fried rice

We also enjoyed the chahan a.k.a. Japanese fried rice. It was extremely fragrant and tasty. Its smoky aroma probably comes from the roast pork cubes in the rice, as well as the sear of the wok. Hubby’s only minor grouse was that the rice grains were a little hard for his liking.

Fried Rice & Gyoza set, S$10.90++

The gyoza and chahan are available ala carte or together in a set meal.

Gyoza (ala carte) is S$3.90++ for 6 pieces, or S$7.80++ for 12 pieces.

Mabo Tofu & Doubled Cooked Pork set, S$12.90++ (set lunch price)

We also ordered the Mabo Tofu & Doubled Cooked Pork set, which comes with 3 gyozas, rice, and egg drop soup. The rice portion is on the small side (only half a bowl), but the grains are an excellent grade of Japanese sticky rice.

The rest of the menu is fairly extensive. Most of the offering are rice-based set meals with Jap-style Chinese dishes, like Mapo tofu, sweet & sour pork, and double-cooked pork slices.

Most gyoza in Singapore tend to be an after-thought, conceived as an accompaniment to ramen. It’s nice to have a concept like Ohsho if you’re just craving for good gyoza.

Prices here are very reasonable, with set lunches hovering around S$15 per person.

Final bill (including 1 houjicha, 10% service charge, 7% GST): S$29.20

Osaka Ohsho @ Raffles City B1. (Image taken with iPhone 4s.)

Osaka Ohsho
252 North Bridge Road
#B1-75 Raffles City Shopping Centre
Singapore 179103
Tel: +65 6338 5584

Open daily: 11.30am to 9.45pm (last order)