Teppei Daidokoro: Food on sticks and a mean Kaisendon

I've always shied away from standing, take-away food kiosks. Mainly because I used to shun the thought of judgemental stares when eating alone or when I pick unglamorously at my teeth for stray strands of fibres fearfully under the public's watchful eye. But for once, I would actually consider ordering from a kiosk and braving the ridicule (apparently this only exists in my imagination) for a quick lunch - reason being, the food at Teppei Daidokoro, a spin-off the original and almost out-of-reach Teppei - is reasonable on the pockets and surprisingly gratifying for what it's worth.

The latest Japanese yakitori concept of Chef Teppei Yamashita and a local couple. Daidokoro is a takeaway kiosk concept offering yakitori sticks, fried croquettes in various shapes and sizes as well as their infamous kaisendon. Despite it not having the customisation options of the Syokudo in ION Orchard (read my review here), you'll still be bogged down for choices given the extensiveness of the small kiosk's menu; each and every glistening stick vying for attention.

Besides the yakitori options, the Pork Curry Katsu ($15.80) is a worthy investment. A hefty steak of fried pork cutlet, boosted with immaculately succulent innards underneath crispy fried crumb cuddles up to a heap of rice; red pickles are a sight for sore eyes. I can't say the Japanese curry quite captivated my attention - sour to the taste with a lingering tint of powdered curry at the end note. You've probably had better renditions; but for $15.80; this would put any rainy day woe at bay; with immediate effect.

Needless to say, the star attraction is still the multitude of yakitori options in the kitchen. Fuel up on sticks such as quail egg, pork sausage, chicken balls, pork belly and chicken skin; however, take note that not all of them speak in tones of confidence. Take for example, the pork belly which is rigid to the bite and the salmon belly, which delicate oily nature was tainted by stale oil from continuous cooking. Stick to crowd favorites such as the quail egg, pork sausage and terriyaki glazed chicken balls for gratification.

Then there's the Kaisendon ($16), a luxe version of the regular bowl at Syokudo; both by price and visual comparison. Rid the notions of customization in favor for this bejeweled bowl of salmon, tuna, scallops, ikura and sushi rice; presented in much more generous portions  this acts as the ultimate power lunch. Do take note that half portions are available in the Bedok branch of Teppei Daidokoro, so do keep a lookout for that!

Teppei Daidokoro
Raffles City Shopping Center
t: 68370128

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