Whenever I hear the words “hotpot” and “collagen”, my interest piques, following my memorable experience of Bijin Nabe. Similarly, Shirokiya created their own signature hotpot that utilises collagen for its soup base and I was very eager to try it! Located at Cuppage Terrace, the vicinity is popular with Japanese who visit to find food close to home. At Shirokiya, as the night gets later, you can hear Japanese men through their laughters and heavy accents. In fact, Shirokiya is a renowned chain in Japan which aims to support the health and beauty from the inside of your body through food. The atmosphere was charged, yet privacy was not at all compromised with partitions and private booths.
One of the many booths along the wall, stuck with posters of scenic Japan views.
Automated iPad menu ordering system with even a button to alert staff. Huge print-out menus are still available at the table!
Homemade Cold Tofu ($6.80) – Homemade tofus are personally my favourite starters and they can’t possibly go wrong. This one here tasted very similar to soya beancurd but was firmer and the condiments complemented the tofu well.
Minced Tuna Sashimi & Grated Yam ($13.80) – Didn’t get a chance to try this but it was apparently pretty good!
Aburi Salmon Sushi ($15.80) – A little smaller than most aburi rolls, there were no condiments within the roll itself so it was unadulterated melt-in-your-mouth aburi salmon sushis, with 3 perfectly-placed fish roes. OCD much? 😛
Signature Bisyoku Nabe ($38.80) – Here comes the heavyweight. As you can tell, the hotpot consists of numerous healthy ingredients, or rather, mostly vegetables, as well as lean chicken meat, prawns and tofu slices. This can be shared between 2 -3 people. While waiting for the soup within to boil, you’ll pour in the bowls of collagen and grated yam (seen in photo below). The soup was clear yet flavourful. It did feel very healthy – almost like a detox meal if you eat the hotpot on its own. If you like your food light and clean, this is your calling. The grated yam added a thicker consistency to the soup too. Prawns and chicken were fresh!
Side Order: Ramen ($5) – I loved the texture of the noodles! It was springy and did not taste too starchy.
One of the funky cocktails Shirokiya offers and surprisingly, nothing is above $20!
The entire experience at Shirokiya was authentic and the food variety was huge, considering the emphasis placed on hotpots. In comparison to Bijin Nabe, the soup was less salty, though, also less addictive than its competitor. That said, I really liked the concept and as it’s opened till late, it’s time to let loose and drink the night away over hotpot!
白木屋 Shirokiya Japanese Healthy Dining Restaurant
43 & 43A Cuppage Road, Cuppage Terrace
Tel: 6732 8588