Osaka Ohsho, the gyoza specialist opened their first store in the Philippines in SM Megamall’s Fashion Hall. They started off serving only 3 type of gyoza and 1 fuwatoro tenshin han. They recently released a number of new items to complement and excite diners. I actually tried the mapo tofu fuwatoro tenshin han in Osaka when I visited in March and suggested they add it to the menu because it was so good.
We started with something light, the Osaka Ohsho Salad (P330/full, P195/half). Crisp green with tomatoes, crab sticks, candied walnuts and mango balls drizzled in a citrus dressing.
The Beef with Eggplant with Hokoro Sauce (P330) was quite a surprise. I’ve been to Osaka Ohsho a few times already but always overlook it on the menu. The dish is quite tasty and a perfect match to some steamed rice.
Their newest gyoza variant is the BACON Cheese Gyoza (P190/6 pcs, P380/12 pcs.). Pieces of crunchy honey cured bacon peppered throughout their gooey cheese gyoza. My old favorite was the Nori gyoza but I have now switched my allegiances to the new King of Gyoza – the Bacon Cheese, which is only available in the Philippines. I’m sure the other countries with Osaka Ohsho branches will be eager to add this because it’s just so good.
We took Lauren to eat at Osaka Ohsho last week and she finally tried her first gyoza, the bacon cheese variant. She loved it so much, we even had to take home a box.
All of the fuwatoro tenshin han dishes can be ordered as ala carte or a set good for 2 persons that is under P700. The sets come with 2 servings of miso soup, 6 pieces of original gyoza and 2 servings of fruits. These new variants are really great deals since they add quite a bit of protein/meat and makes it a meal in itself.
Mapo Tofu Fuwatoro Tenshin Han (P380/ala carte, P650/set). My suggestion is here and it definitely kicks the regular fuwatoro up a notch. My initial taste of the mapo tofu was a bit mild with hardly any spiciness which I’m happy to say they’ve since corrected. There’s a bit of spiciness but it’s not overwhelming which complements the omelette quite nicely.
Chicken Karaage Fuwatoro Tenshin Han (P395/ala carte, P675/set). The regular fuwatoro tendshin spruced up with ebiko (shrimp roe) mayonnaise and three pieces of Japanese fried chicken. I like the ebiko mayonnaise but I still think Irene’s version of Japanese fried chicken is superior.
Tempura Fuwatoro Tenshin Han (P395/ala carte, P675/set). This one comes topped with 3 pieces of fried ebi tempura. Not really exciting to me compared to the other variants but should satisfy a lot of kids.
Curry Cheese Tonkatsu Fuwatoro Tenshin Han (P450/ala carte, P695/set). This is the most complicated of the new variants with curry sauce replacing the light Japanese gravy and crowned with a piece of cheese stuffed tonkatsu. The tonkatsu is pretty good considering their specialty is gyoza but can’t compare to Yabu or Ginza Bairin.
Beef Saikoro Teppanyaki (P450). This is another dish I missed trying. Stir fried beef cubes in soy and garlic, served with mixed vegetables on the side. Lauren would probably enjoy this one as she’s ordered this before in other restaurants.
When I heard Osaka Ohsho was introducing a Peanut Butter and Banana gyoza, I thought they were joking. I stupidly asked if they were serving it as a savory item. I later found out that it was going to be part of a dessert plate. The Peanut Butter and Banana Gyoza Plate (P210) has 4 pieces of gyoza and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. They use JIF crunchy peanut butter together with caramelized bananas wrapped in their signature gyoza skin and cooked the same way.
This is something weird that just works, you’ll have to try it our for yourselves to judge if you are going to like it. I surprisingly did despite not being a fan of peanut butter. The crunchy peanut butter adds nice texture while the bananas added sweetness. I’d actually describe this as something close to a crepe dessert.
The new gyoza and fuwatoro tenshin han variants are great additions to Osaka Ohsho’s menu. Be sure to pay Osaka Ohsho another visit and try the BACON cheese gyoza, did I mention they have BACON cheese gyoza.
Osaka Ohsho3/F Mega Fashion Mall, SM Megamall Bldg. D Contact No.: (632) 631-7074 and (0917) 828-5011
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