On November 15, 2018, the Guangzhou Market Musub Tamachi branch was opened near the Tamachi train station. We arrived in Tokyo at around the same time so we were technically one of the 1st person to try the Wonton ramen at this place. It’s located at the new shopping centre and just 2 minute walk from Pullman Tokyo Tamachi (Pullman Tokyo). Super convenient!
During this whole entire trip to Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, I tried to eat as many Japanese food as possible. That’s coz Japanese food in Japan are authentic, tasty and fresh. And ordering food such as Western or Chinese food are relatively more expensive as it’s relatively rare to find around the city. And I am not kidding either, I didn’t order any western food items at all during this trip coz I know when I come back to Canada, I can have as many western meals as I want.
Anyhow, I did managed to dine at a Chinese-Japanese fusion restaurant. It’s called “Kosyui Chiba (Guangzhou Market Musub). This place was opened just opened 2 weeks before my visit to Japan and it was located at the brand new Msb Shopping Centre, located right across the Pullman Tokyo Tamachi Hotel (where I stayed). The Tamachi area is growing with new shopping centres, hotels and restaurants. I actually didn’t have any intention of dining at Kosyui Chiba but as I was exploring this shopping centre, I happened to walk by and saw 2 hardworking staff hand making fresh wontons. The wontons looked fresh and I kind of wanted to try the Chinese food in Japan, just once, to see how they tasted.
This restaurant apparently have a few other locations around Tokyo, so this Tamachi restaurant is the latest location for the brand. The space was spacious, you can choose a few tables located outside the restaurant. It’s kind of like a pseudo patio but inside the shopping centre, overlooking the shoppers. Then, there were tables inside the restaurant. Since I was on my own, I chose a counter spot facing the chefs. Most often, I love sitting at the counter so I can see all the happenings in the kitchen area and observe chef’s daily routine.
As I looked at the menu, there were tons of choices, even just wontons alone, there were many variety. Apparently, this restaurant serves up wontons with ramen noodles, which is different from our traditional Chinese thin egg noodles. But since I am restaurant hopping, I can’t intake a bowl of noodles, so I opted to order pork wontons in soup only. I noticed there was an interesting combo on the menu. Apparently, they offered you a bowl of wonton soup ramen plus a bowl of pork rice. I was a bit puzzled coz both ramen and rice are heavy carbs, I just didn’t know how a person could manage to finish all of the rice and noodles. Anyway, perhaps the Japanese likes to eat like that. I am always open minded with how chefs be creativity or add a twist to the traditional food.
The best part of dining here? They offered cold tea in a pitcher, so I could drink as much as I want coz I am always thirsty. LOL In front of me, there were a bunch of sauces, from red vinegar to chilli sauce and other goodies.
One interesting utensil that I saw was a big ceramic deep spoon. I don’t always see this type of spoon at the Chinese restaurants that I visited in Hong Kong or in North America. Most of the time, we are offered with the usual traditional Chinese spoon for drinking the Chinese soup. But for this wonton purposes, the deep spoon works amazingly, the depth of the spoon holds the wonton perfectly and allowing me to add sauce to each wonton. It’s actually very functional.
Anyhow, it was my ONLY Chinese meal I had in Japan and the main reason was that I wanted to check out the restaurant located across Pullman Tokyo Tamachi, the hotel that I stayed, so to check out the scene per say, but the moment I walked by and saw the staff making fresh wontons on the spot? I just couldn’t resist.
Overall, the pork wonton soup that I ordered was amazing. In fact, the pork wontons were some of the best I have eaten in my life. Let me tell you why I like it. The soup broth was nice and hot in temperature, the richness was on point. It’s not too dilute or salty. The pork wontons were wrapped nicely. The wonton wrapping was not too thick or too thin. The pork meat was juicy, tender and easy to bite and chew on.
I highly recommend you to try this restaurant, especially if you are in the Tamachi area or staying at the Pullman Tokyo Tamachi.
MoVernie Ways of Eating A Bowl of Wonton Soup
- Drink the broth soup first. Perhaps scoop the soup twice with the spoon. Get the flavour in your taste buds going.
- I always don’t like to put any sauce from the get-go as I prefer to eat the wonton straight up on its own, coz if you start putting sauce from the start, you wouldn’t be able to taste the wontons and soup itself.
- Don’t intake the entire wonton, grab a bite of the wonton in half, that way it’s a good size that gets into your mouth and also you get a chance to see what’s inside the wonton, how’s the pork? What else are inside?
- Usually when you order a bowl of wonton soup without noodles, the restaurant will give you 2 more wontons than a wonton soup with noodles. I usually like to eat 2 to 3 wontons straight up with any sauce.
- For the 4th to 8th wontons, I started to put in red vinegar in a small sauce plate, then I like to dip the wonton onto the plate with the red vinegar, just a few dips is fine, don’t drown the entire wonton in the vinegar as you don’t want the vinegar to overpower the entire bite of the wonton.
- Then, I will give the wonton a bite in the half of it, once you see what’s inside, I like to give a few dip drops of chilli oil into the inside of the stuffing of the wonton so that it gets the chilli oil in it, then I will indulge the second half of the rest of the wonton.
That’s how I like to it my wonton. The MoVernie Way! What’s your way of eating your wonton? What’s your flavour? Let me know, I am interested to know.
Major Difference between Chinese Wontons and Japanese Wontons:
Based on my dining experience at Guangzhou Market Musubu Tamachi, here are my own opinions and observations on the differences between Chinese wontons and Japanese wontons.
- Chinese wontons are served with thin egg noodles, meanwhile Japanese wontons are served with ramen
- A normal Chinese spoon is used to hold the wonton, meanwhile there is a deep spoon that holds the Japanese wontons
- Chinese people usually like to pour little bit of red vinegar and chilli oil, although this restaurant also provides red vinegar and chilli oil, it also provides ginger and chops of onion, which is quite different
- Chinese wonton soup usually offer either some lettuce or no lettuce in the soup, meanwhile, the Japanese version, the wonton soup serves with spinach and bamboo shoots
Guangzhou Market Musubu Tamachi
Address: Minato Ward Shibaura 3-1-21 msb Tamachi Tamachi Station Tower S1 F