With Japan shutting its borders to foreign travelers, Japanese food lovers will have to resort to local eateries to curb their cravings.
Opened on November 27, 2021, Japanese fusion street snack stall Oishi Boru specialises in Western-Japanese fusion dishes with a focus on bite-sized boru (Japanese for balls) and sushi bakes.
Oishi Boru has been a household name for halal Japanese snacks since its inception as a home-based business. It has appeared in several events and even won Best Takoyaki in Halal Awards 2020.
If you’re keen to take a break from eating beef gyudon and Japanese curry at home, you can consider this newly opened shop for Japanese snacks instead.
Known as takoyaki, Japanese octopus balls are ball-shaped Japanese snacks made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special molded pan. They are typically filled with minced or diced octopus, and topped with takoyaki sauce, bonito flakes, aonori (green laver), and Japanese mayonnaise.
At Oishi Boru, they offer balls with various fillings ranging from prawn to beef which is probably why they’re referred as boru instead of the misnomer takoyaki.
The borus come in these sets:
- 6pcs Personal Borus, S$6.90
- 12pcs Upsized Borus, S$13.60
- 35pcs Teaser Platter (currently unavailable at time of writing)
More interestingly, these borus come in a variety of fillings and flavours, most of which are unexpected combinations that make for a fusion flair. Check them out below:
Chuka Idako (Baby Octopus)
Chicken Ham & Cheese
Oishi Boru also serves a range of sushi bakes, possibly the first shop we’ve seen selling this trendy item made popular by many home-based businesses.
But, in case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s what a sushi bake is: Deconstructed, layered, and baked sushi in a casserole format. It is typically made of seasoned rice which is topped with the usual sushi ingredients before it all gets heated up in the oven.
Each Personal Tray weighs approximately 350g and is priced at S$11.50.
3 flavours available:
An alternative to a California maki, this sushi bake features Japanese layered rice with avocado, tamagoyaki (omelette) and kanimaki (crab stick), dressed with tobiko (fish roe) and mayonnaise.
Kanimaki and salmon marinated with teriyaki sauce adds a salty umami to the rice while the flame-torched mentaiko on top makes this dish look super inviting!
Garlic Butter Prawns
Takeaway shop in 111 Somerset
Oishi Boru is located amongst the eateries located on Level 1 in 111 Somerset.
The shop offers both delivery and self-collection, although it’s advisable to make your orders in advance via this form to avoid disappointment.
Read this post below for full instructions:
Top photos by Oishi Boru.