Earlier in the week, I dropped by Gyoza King with friends whom I usually go all out at for dinners. Izakaya (Japanese tapa) food is the only cuisine I will pull out the wallet for. Gyoza King has a well established presence in Vancouver with 3 other branches– Nanchu (G-men Ramen), Chicco (desserts), and Gyo-Oh (various seafood).
What is unique with this small place is that in one designated area, customers can sit on a cushion on the floor with low dining tables– Japanese style! On to the food…
I’m a carnivore at heart. The Beef Yukke (Beef Tartar) was heaven. After stirring in the quail egg, I made the first bite. The beef was smooth and tender. The sesame oil in the sweet soy marinate was evident. Much love given to this plate. I almost ate it all alone.
Gyoza King markets their gyoza as the best. They offer a wide array and my friend ordered the Shrimp-Pork-Chive Gyoza. It was pan fried nicely with few charred areas. There was ample amounts of filling. The shrimp was definitely the star.
Chicken Karaage is a must for my friend. While I am usually not a fan of fried foods, it was very tender on the inside and perfectly golden brown on the outside. Not too much oil.
I ordered Salmon Avocado Yukke while my friend had the plain Salmon Yukke. Like the beef one, yukke involves raw meat and yukke sauce (sweet soy-sesame based sauce). These 2 dishes are meant to be eaten with a sheet of seaweed like tortilla chip with dip. Unfortunately, this yukke falls flat. I found that the quail egg added to the natural slick feeling of fish and the addition of avocado made it very pasty. For my plate, there was not enough sauce. There was simply no kick in this dish.
The Scallop Mushroom dish was the most savoury. It had a deep butter flavour enveloping the various mushrooms (shiitake, enoki, and white mushrooms) and onions.
We were stuffed at the end. I really enjoy Gyoza King as I find the menus on all their restaurants are unique and long. Not many restaurants carry yukke items. One friend took the bill and fortunately I did not see the eye-bulging bill. But each dish roughly costs $8-10 so things quickly add up. Despite the cost and distance, the food is awesome and best enjoyed among friends.