Oishii Corner – Uncovering a Halal Japanese Hawker Stall in Toa Payoh!
Hidden in the corner of Kim Keat Palm food centre, Oishii Corner – a Muslim–owned hawker stall sells Japanese fare at affordable prices. The menu boasts a modest selection of ramen, udon, donburi, as well as a few side dishes.
One of the most attractive options is the Oiishii Beef Don ($5.50). The dish comes with a generous amount of short grain rice that’s topped with a simple assembly of spicy beef slices, cabbage, cucumbers slices, as well as seaweed flakes and chopped spring onions.
While both tempting and convenient to chow down the beef slices, cabbage, and rice altogether, I highly recommend that you savour just the stir-fried beef first. Don’t say we didn’t warn you : the beef packs a slight fiery punch that will make you go “oishii”! The spicy coating on the beef appeared to be sambal. Packing bright flavours, and a light heat, the sambal chilli resembled the kind that you can find on sambal stingray. I really like how the owners have decided to infuse local flavours into a classic Japanese gyudon (beef bowl). While the texture of the beef was slightly chewy, it was really tasty.
If you’re craving a soupy dish, get your tummy ready for the Terriyaki Chicken Udon ($5.50) which comprises udon, terriyaki chicken and narutomaki slices steeped in udon broth. At first glance, there wasn’t a lot of noodles, but the texture of the udon was pretty decent. The clear broth, with its light and sweet flavours, was quite addictive. I was impressed by how they were able to prepare such a flavourful broth without the use of mirin. If anything, the broth reminded me of a sweet sukiyaki broth.
Oishii Corner keeps their udon dishes simple. Our udon came with three thick pieces of teriyaki chicken. The chicken was tender and mildly sweet, and added to the overall richness of the dish. Finally, do what I like and end off the dish with a light and buoyant slice of narutomaki. For a Halal option, I’d say that the terriyaki chicken udon is a pretty decent pick, but not an outstanding one.
How about some simple side dishes to go along with your mains? Customers may enjoy the house-made Chawanmushi ($2), which comprises egg steamed with a couple of narutomaki and mushroom slices. I have to say that the stall’s rendition of chawanmushi is not too bad — the flavour, and texture, is surprisingly good.
It is pretty tough to find Halal Japanese hawker fare in Singapore, so kudos to the team behind Oishii Corner for making Japanese food more accessible! Although the food will not blow your mind, it’s affordable and caters to our Muslim pals too!
Address: Kim Keat Palm Food Centre, 22A Lor 7 Toa Payoh #01-161, Singapore 311022
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 7pm daily. Fridays closed.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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