Thursday, December 29, 2011

Ootoya, Orchard Central, Singapore - Just Like Home, Only Better

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Katsu Toji, Ootoya, Orchard Central
Katsu Toji, Ootoya, Orchard Central
Katsu Toji Set, $23.50

How was the holidays? We are dangerously close to the next one, so I'm sure the celebrations must already be starting up again for you! Before it all became a flurry of parties and dinners though, I had a great, homely meal at Ootoya with my best friend, S. It's a little bit surreal now considering all I've been having these past few days were hearty, hearty fare. Well-prepared, homely food is just what I need right now.

It wasn't my first time at Ootoya. I first visited it in Bangkok at a good friend's recommendation, and I've been meaning to try it in Singapore ever since. I have to say, I definitely prefer the Katsu Toji Set to the normal Katsu. The soggier and more abundant egg at the sides and beneath that has soaked in all the wonderful juices from the pork really is too good to pass up. I also loved that the katsu had a decent crunch amidst the delicious sogginess - I'm getting a bit abstract here but I think you know what I mean.

Steamed Clams Bamboo Rice, Ootoya, Orchard Central
Tofu Soup, Ootoya, Orchard Central
Steamed Clams with Bamboo Rice and Tofu Soup Set, $19.50

Admittedly, Katsu Toji isn't something that particularly reminds me of home cooked food, so to speak. But the Steamed Clams with Bamboo Rice and Tofu Soup Set definitely is. The soup was a thickened broth with home-made tofu that fell apart upon the gentlest nudge. The almost indiscernible grainy texture added a bit of rustic feel to the dish. To be completely honest, the tofu was pretty much tasteless on its own, but it tasted good paired with the gravy-like broth. The steamed clams with bamboo rice was surprisingly satisfying and much tastier than it looked. The clams were juicy and the rice definitely soaked up some of the clam goodness. This is clearly the healthier option, but still delicious!

P.S. UOB is currently running a 15% discount at Ootoya!

181 Orchard Road, #08-12
Orchard Central, Singapore
Tel: +65 6884 8901

Opening Hours
Daily: 12pm – 9.30pm

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