Chicken appears to be the star ingredient (the large Chinese “chicken” writing on the wall is hard to miss) for its specialty dish as one should expect from a restaurant named Toriden (which translates to“chicken plate” in English).
Concentrated chicken broth achieved from boiling 30kg of farm fresh chicken for a total of 6 hours to extract its flavor and natural collagen, its wholesome chicken hotpot is not to be missed!
Mizutaki (RM90 per pax)
The “mizu” of mizutaki stands for water. A local traditional dish from Fukuoka, this chicken hotpot set comes with one breast, one thigh with bone, special minced chicken meatball and fresh vegetables.
The whole dish is specially designed into a multiple tasting course consisting of five steps to appreciate and savour the meal. Cooking and serving was done by the staff so I immediately got comfortable in my seat as I closely observed the assigned waitress bringing the pot of luscious chicken broth soup to a boil.
This brings me to my first step which is to taste the soup in its purest form. And my, was the broth outstanding! The subtle sweet chicken taste from the soup was so addictive. I found myself reaching for seconds and asking if the broth was refillable (yes it is so drink away!).
To enhance its flavour, you can add a pinch of seaweed salt or experiment with the Yuzu Kusyo – Japanese seasoning with Yuzu citrus and selected chili peppers.
Next up is to enjoy the high quality cut chicken pieces topped with green onion and leek. I first took a bite of the boiled chicken before being told to try it together with their homemade Ponzu sauce.
Soaking the chicken in the bright tangy-citrus based sauce, the combination was a match made in heaven! Quickly finishing the last piece of chicken, it was all I could do keep myself from pouring out the entire bottle. This further fuelled my appetite for the next stage – adding the chicken meatballs and seasonal vegetables.
Made with Toriden’s unique recipe of mincing special parts of chicken together with gizzard, the meatball was an explosion of flavour and very tender. The assortment of vegetables (also refillable) sweetened the broth and gave it extra depth!
Lastly to wrap up the meal, rice or noodles are added into the remaining broth for that satisfying finish. Literally, the perfect comfort food on a rainy day!
Opening hours: 11am – 3pm (last order 2pm), 6pm – 11pm (last order 9.30pm)
Closed on Wednesday