Innovative Yakitori. Affordable Prices.
I was recently invited to a food tasting at The Burning Oak, one of the stalls of the newly renovated Bedok Market Place. Here at The Burning Oak, they specialize in delicious Japanese yakitori; their food making use of modern techniques and flavours. The place is helmed by Jeremy Han, who coincidentally was a classmate of Charles Tan, the owner of Fatcat Ice-cream Bar.
Bedok Market Place.
The Market Place
The Bedok Market Place was recently renovated, giving the place new life with an array of both old & new food stalls. The entire second level; which is the food court, has been upgraded to recreate the look of old shophouses. The whole place is quite reminiscent of food courts like the Food Republic over at City Square, as well as “kopitiams” like the well-known Telok Ayer Market.
Skewers, ready to be cooked & served! Check out their menu here.
As mentioned earlier, The Burning Oak specializes in Japanese yakitori. Initially, Jeremy was interested in opening his very own French restaurant, however when that plan felled through, he decided to start up The Burning Oak; being a fan of Japanese cuisine himself. The skewers here are separated into two categories, one being “Classic”, with “Premium” being the other. You’ll be able to find an array of yakitori here, ranging from chicken, pork to Wagyu beef & even salmon. Only the highest quality of ingredients are used here, including high quality Japanese charcoal (Binchotan) for the grilling of their skewers.
While the prices here are touted to be affordable, it did seemed to be more towards the higher average range. Each classic skewer hovers around $2 per, while the premium ones could go up to $6 a skewer! Of course, you’re paying for quality over quantity, not to mention that finding good Japanese yakitori around these parts can be a pain.
Sake, Grenadine Syrup, Orange Juice, Ginger Ale
This was one of the drinks that was served during the food tasting session. Both my friend & I loved it, it tasted really great. The reason it’s called “Sunrise” is due to the grenadine syrup. Mix the entire drink & it turns into the colour of a sunrise! Neat.
This was the bottle of Sake that was used in the drinks. Not only was it pretty huge, it was also specially imported. (If I’m not mistaken.)
Sake, Gin, Tonic Water, Lime Juice, Black Olives
This was the second drink to be served. My first thought when I tasted it was that it tasted a lot like flavoured water. Which was pretty ironic as it was mixed with tonic water, hence it’s pretty much what it is.
The drink was definitely refreshing, especially for the hot day. The encrusted black olives around the rim of the glass was pretty ingenious. Nonetheless, both my friend & I actually preferred the Sunrise over this.
Soft Boiled Eggs
These was served for starters. Soft boiled egg with homemade sauce (Had flavours of Shoyu), red pepper flakes & fish flakes. The entire combination of ingredients worked really well with the egg & it was a great starter.
Curry Risotto Balls
These were one of the more innovative dishes of the day. A fusion of Italian & Japanese cuisine, it was quite reminiscent of a croquette. Nice hint of curry with a texture of rice towards the end. Delish.
Pork Belly ($2 per skewer)
The pork belly skewers were served with apple purée on top. The combined flavours of sweet & salty worked wonders here with the tender pieces of meat. Overall, I adored the innovative mixture of flavours & these are definitely worth a try.
Chicken Thigh ($2 per skewer)
Of course you can’t have yakitori without chicken! The chicken skewers were pretty good. A unfortunate fact was that it paled in comparison to the other innovative skewers such as the Pork Belly or the Wagyu Beef. Worth a try anyway.
Basically Japanese Green Peppers, these was offered as a palate cleanser. While they resemble chilli, they had a bitter after taste & were not spicy at all. Pretty interesting.
Chicken Meatball ($2 per skewer)
I actually found that I quite liked the Chicken Meatballs. They were not only quite soft & juicy but was bursting with flavour as well. (I’ll rather have these than the meatballs over at Tori-Q.)
Iberico Pork Cheeks ($5 per skewer)
These pork cheek skewers are one of the two items on the premium section of the menu. The delectable tender pork cheeks were slow cooked for over 7 hours & were topped off with what tasted like pineapple purée. Definitely a must-try!
Wagyu Beef Short Ribs ($6 per skewer)
Saving the best for last, the pièce de résistance if you will are the Wagyu Beef Short Ribs! These are slow cooked for a whopping 72 hours, hence it’s priced at staggering 6 bucks per. (I was taken aback after Jeremy told us the price these.) The result of being slow cooked for over 3 days, leaves you with extremely tender beef short ribs. I found that these retained the most flavour of being grilled over Binchotan. Highly recommended! Though be quick to get yours as they are limited in quantity due to the long preparation needed.
It’s a wonder how anyone can be a vegetarian with awesome yakitori skewers like these. (Not meant to be taken as an insult please.)
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
While I really enjoyed the entire food tasting session, including all the delicious Japanese yakitori that The Burning Oak has to offer, I did feel that the prices were still a tad high for my liking. Of course, you’ll be paying for quality & consistency, which I’m definitely a fan of. The Burning Oak is definitely worth a try, offering pretty fantastic skewers, especially since it’s hard enough to find good yet affordable yakitori around Singapore. (The only place I can always think of is Tori-Q.) I would love to try their salmon skewers the next time I’m nearby. (And those Wagyu Beef Short Ribs!)
I’ll also like to specially thank The Burning Oak & Sophie for the food tasting invitation & for being a great host for the session!
THE BURNING OAK
348 Bedok Road #02-16, Simpang Bedok, Singapore 469560
(Nearest train station: Tanah Merah)
Contact: 9873 6093
Tue – Thu: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
5:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Sun: 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
5:30 pm – 10:00 pm