Updated: Nov 30, 2018
Last review I shared about my first brave encounter with char-grilled beef tongue; so have you guys took up the challenge yet?! Maybe you can be convinced by THIS review to try it out because my 2nd take at gyutan by OOTOYA is a much better one!
Ootoya is an authentic Japanese restaurant that is family-friendly as they offer balanced set meals served with adequate portions of meat, vegetables and minerals without MSG to promote healthy living. Gyutan is nutritious in proteins, minerals and vitamins but should be taken in moderation.
This time round i got to try out the Stewed and Grilled version of the gyutan.
Gyutan pieces were lightly stewed in a slightly thick brown sauce with diced up carrots and baby potatoes. The stew sauce tasted a tad bit sour with a tinge of sweetness to it whereas the pieces cooked in it were gentle and easy to chew on. The stew sauce has definitely succeeded in its purpose by providing moisture to the pieces.
Overall I did enjoy my first stewed gyutan experience because the stew made the whole dish really tasty and filling as well since its paired with rice. However, I do feel that the stew sauce's taste overwhelmed the original taste of the gyutan. So for those that want to savour the taste of originality, the next one is for you!
Grilled gyutan (Ala Carte- $18.50, Set- $23.50) tasted slightly tougher than the stewed version but is really chewy. Since there is no sauce on the side, the grilled gyutan is more dry. However they do have a special miso paste that enhances the taste. One dip into the thick creamy mustard-coloured paste and your grilled delicacy will have a whole new flavour, from savoury to sweet and spicy!
The dish is served with rice, pickles and Aoto miso soup on the side. I'm totally in love with the miso soup which tasted more like a broth with strips of beancurd puffs inside! I'm convinced it's partly due to the soup that i was able to feel at home when i indulged in this Teishoku (Japanese rice set prepared for family meals) because the soup surely enkindled the vibe of the meal being prepared with love by a mum for her family.
The miso paste is definitely worth a try for the magic it can create. Nonethless, the paste is considered a little spicy for me even though I can handle spice quite ok. So do take note that your children or anyone that do not take spice to avoid the miso paste!
All in all, I think my favourite for the main dish alone is the Stewed version! I guess i really adored the sweet and sour taste of the stew with soft and moist gyutan cubes. Being cooked with vegetables is the bonus to a healthy meal. You guys should try the versions out at Ootoya and let us know which is your favourite and why!
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Reviewed by: _shixuanxuan
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