Tucked away in a quiet corner of Crown Centre in Bukit Timah is a casual dining space dedicated to dishing up collagen-rich Hakata-style hotpots called Mizutaki (水炊き).
As part of the of a chain of restaurants by the Ishida Kikaku Group, originating from Fukuoka in Kyushu, Japan, Torikin (鶏金) is the first overseas venture by the Group and embodies its founder, Mr Kyota Ishida’s philosophy of allowing all customers to discover the authentic taste of Kyushu, without compromising on quality.
A specialty of Hakata in Kyushu, Mizutaki is a hotpot chicken dish that is healthy, rich in collagen and fibre. At Torikin, the stock is made daily from Sakura chickens and boiled for more than 6 hours, with no additives at all. What you get is a pale, white stock of natural collagen and a lighter, more refined taste, compared to other collagen-enhanced hotpots.
For Singaporeans looking for a more robust taste, drizzle tangy homemade Ponzu sauce over the tender chicken parts or pair with Yuzu Pepper which resembles a sambal chili paste.
As part of the Mizutaki experience, the server will skillfully roll minced chicken into balls to be dropped into the soup, together with cabbage, mushroom and tofu. Towards the end, the broth is thickened with egg and rice is added for a rich concoction of nutritious porridge.
Besides the Mizutaki, you should definitely not miss out on ordering sides such as the piping hot Hakata Tonpei Yaki, which is a sort of Okonomiyaki. Served up sizzling on special earthenware plates with an infra-red effect to draw out the taste of the ingredients evenly, Tonpei Yaki is made of sheets of pork wrapped in an eggy batter and smothered with mayonnaise and Tonkatsu sauce. The result is a rich, oozy and flavourful comfort food that goes so well with ice cold beer ;).
For those looking for a lighter and healthier side dish, try the Oden which comes in a dashi stock usually boiled for a full day before being served. The Oden is an assortment of yummy goodness made from a variation of tofu skin, daikon (radish), fish cake and konyaku.
After the wonderful dining experience the of Torikin here in Singapore, we are definitely inspired to plan a trip to Kyushu to check out the origins of its gastronomic delights.
Torikin Japanese Restaurant
557 Bukit Timah Road #01-14/16 Crown Centre, Singapore 269694
Mon-Fri: 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Sat-Sun: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Phone: +65 6465 5908