candy girl •
11 Oct 2014
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We had Nasu Miso Gake ($4.80) which was grilled eggplant with sweet miso. Unfortunately, I have no idea how this could pass off as being grilled. How is this grilled?! It was served cold and mushy, without any hint of being grilled, with a scoop of miso and some spring onions on top. Did the kitchen forget that they were supposed to grill this and end up boiling it for me? I have no idea, and I finished this in an extremely confused state.
I had the Jya Jya Men ($6.50) which was thick noodles with minced pork and special miso. This tasted like the Chinese Zha Jiang Mian. If I were to compare it with the Chinese equivalent, I would say that this bowl of noodles was sorely lacking. But since this was much like a confused mix between the Chinese Zha Jiang Mian with Japanese influence, I do not have anything comparable to compare it with, so I shall leave it as that. We could add white vinegar and chilli oil into the noodles as we wished and the result was a rather ordinary bowl of noodles.
The boyfriend's Tokusei Tonkotsu Udon ($6.80) which was special pork bone soup with thick noodles. There was nothing special about the soup. It tasted like they poured a copious amount of MSG into a pot of hot water, added some milk, stirred the mixture and served. The soup base was flat. I could not describe it further. Pork bone soup bases are usually very robust and rich, but the soup base here was flat and bland. I applaud my boyfriend for not wasting food. Then again, I applaud myself for not wasting food too.
And this is the highlight of the meal. Definitely the saving grace. We had the Pan Fried Dumplings with Pork ($4.80 for 5 pieces). The gyozas were crispy on the outside with a juicy pork filling. The pork was very fresh and there was a light broth oozing out of the gyoza when you bit into it. This is good. If you do come to Gyoza Ya, I would suggest you only order the gyozas.