The King of Gyoza is in Manila: Osaka Ohsho's first branch in the Philippines is Now Open
There has been a steady stream of foreign restaurants opening in Metro Manila for the past few years. Restaurateurs have been bringing well-established restaurants from other shores to ours. I’ve noticed that a lot of these establishments come from Osaka, Japan. It comes as no surprise really because Osaka is a famous foodie paradise, its citizens are obsessed with food. There’s a Japanese word that’s often used to describe the Osaka people’s love for food: Kuidaore. It means "to eat oneself bankrupt". Eating is regarded as a veritable past time which is why it’s no wonder that there are a lot of good places to eat in Osaka. Our latest import from that gourmand Japanese city is none other than Osaka Ohsho.
Now Open: Osaka Ohsho, located in Mega Fashion Hall, Megamall Building D
Three kinds of gyoza: original, nori, and gyozaOsaka Ohsho offers other noteworthy items on their menu such as their Black Vinegar Chicken (P325) and another Osaka favorite, the Fuwatoro Tenshin Han (P310). The Black Vinegar Chicken, it seems to me, is like a Japanese take on sweet and sour chicken. Chicken karaage is stir fried with black vinegar, capsicum, onions, pineapples, bell peppers and lotus roots. The chicken pieces retain their crunchiness and juiciness. The taste of black vinegar is strong but not overpowering. It’s a pleasant dish overall. The Fuwatoro Tenshin Han is a very fluffy omelette wrapped around rice and drenched in a dark brown gravy.
Black Vinegar Chicken
Fuwatoro Tenshin HanOsaka Ohsho offers set meals that start at P270. All sets include 3 pieces of gyoza, miso soup, a small fruit plate, and an unlimited serving of Koshihikari rice.
Pork Cutlet in Miso Sauce and Black Vinegar Chicken SetRestaurants that specialize in Japanese eats such as ramen and tonkatsu are now commonplace in Metro Manila. Osaka Ohsho is the first restaurant that focuses on gyoza. The dumpling comes from China but Japan has managed to make it its own. Osaka Ohsho wants to spread the word that gyoza is Japanese comfort food. This isn’t hard to believe because Japanese customers frequent the place and have expressed delight that their beloved local establishment, the purveyor of the world’s No.1 gyoza, is now here.
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Photos by Albert Peradilla. Additional photos courtesy of Osaka Ohsho.