For sushi fans at Bishan, you can satisfy your cravings with the opening of Genki Sushi at Bishan Junction 8.
With many outlets across Singapore, Genki Sushi is a familiar name to many – a popular Japanese sushi chain brand that offers affordable sushi.
There are brands at Orchard Central (#04-30), Chinatown Point (#B1-14), Bugis+ (#01-13), Waterway Point (#02-23), Ngee Ann City (#B2-25), Junction 8 (#01-22/30), Westgate (#03-05), Tampines Mall (#03-26/27), Suntec City (#02-456), City Square Mall (#02-37), Plaza Singapura (#06-05), Hillion Mall (#01-14), NEX (#04-21), VivoCity (#02-65), Northpoint City (#02-52), Compass One (#01-12), Jurong Point (#01-35), United Square (#B1-07)
They are also known to be the first brand outside Japan to adopt the “Kousoku Express” train system designed after the Japanese Shinkasen bullet trains, fresh sushi are delivered straight from the kitchen in a swift, quiet, cool and interesting manner.
The one thing that got me rather intrigued in the launch of Dai Man Zoku (大満足) unique to Genki Sushi, which implies “maximum satisfaction”.
These are actually sushi pieces which are approximately 1.5 times bigger than the regular sized sushi.
And the good news is, the price is still inexpensive at $1.90 per piece.
Larger pieces, at affordable pricing.
Many sushi types are offered, and the variety includes Variety includes Aburi Hamachi Yuzu, Thin-Cut Salmon Teriyaki, Akaebi Garlic Butter, Salmon Belly, Hamachi (yellowtail), Kajiki (swordfish belly), Sukiyaki Beef, Salmon Belly Black Pepper, Unagi Cheese, to Jumbo Ebi Fry.
Some fun fact: Do you know that sushi are larger during the Japanese Edo Period compared to modern day times?
That is because people then saw sushi as a possible takeaway food, and making them larger was for convenience and a comforting treat to fill one’s belly.
Talking about Japan, one of the main reason why Genki Sushi remains so popular is that several of the ingredients used are important directly from Japan.
Take for example the rice.
Top-grade aromatic short-grain rice – known for its exceptional appearance, texture and fragrance, is used.
Here are 10 items at Genki Sushi to feel Dai Man Zoku (maximum satisfaction):
Dai Man Zoku – Jumbo Ebi Fry ($1.90)
Deep fried to a shade of golden brown, the entire jumbo prawn has a piping hot and crispy exterior that eludes distinctive aroma as it gets delivered across the table on the “Kousoku Express”.
A show-stopper that is as long as my palm with a dollop of tobiko mayonnaise on it whereas the interior was soft and tender with a texture contrast with reference to the crispy exterior.
Dai Man Zoku – Grilled Eel & Cheese Roll ($1.90)
One feature of the Dai Man Zoku is that the ingredient is distinctively bigger and more substantial compared to the usual sushi.
With a long grilled unagi coated with a sweet sauce, satisfaction is guaranteed with a bigger portion of protein.
Dai Man Zoku – Maguro Tataki ($1.90)
Fans of maguro (tuna) gets a different method of preparation here, with tender and chewy maguro lightly seared on the surface to bring out a difference in texture.
Dai Man Zoku – Salmon Belly ($1.90)
Purists now get the option for just the Salmon Belly itself (in a bigger portion) as part of the Dai Man Zoku menu.
Dai Man Zoku – Seared Steam Oyster with Black Pepper ($1.90)
This is no joke, with a big, plump and juicy oyster set atop moist and fluffy sushi rice.
Dai Man Zoku – Seared Sukiyaki Beef ($1.90)
The seared sukiyaki beef comes in an elongated manner with a sweet and savoury flavour and slightly charred taste, unlike the usual presentation where the ingredients are placed on top of the sushi rice.
Salmon Roe ($4.20)
As part of the new sushi selection that is served in a pair, generous amount of round, glistening salmon roe on the warm sushi rice.
Think of it as a miniature version of a salmon roe don, with multiples salmon roe that pops in the mouth.
Ebi Fry Don ($8.80)
In addition to the existing dons such as Oyako Don, Salmon Ikura Don, Unagi Don, Kaisen Don, the Ebi Fry Don ($8.80) is newly added to the selection of donburi.
Served on warm Japanese rice with omelette and onions are 3 deep-fried, golden brown prawns.
Maze Soba ($5.80)
Genki Sushi’s existing noodles features a variety of Udon and Soba dishes, such as Poached Egg Udon, Cheese Sauce Udon, Smoked Duck Udon and Beef Udon.
Newly introduced is the Maze Soba ($5.80) – dry noodles which is tossed with sauce, coming with duck meat, a half boiled egg and bamboo shoots.
Crispy Prawn with Yuzu Mayo ($4.80)
The newest addition to the side dishes that offers light, refreshing and citrusy yuzu infused with creamy mayonnaise that complements the lightly battered crispy prawns.
Just so you know, Here are 10 interesting things about Genki Sushi:
1. The logo is a yellow “unhappy” face, because it represents a serious, professional and confident look of a Japanese sushi expert chef. Sodesu.
2. The two red dots on the Chef’s cheeks represent ‘Genki’ – which means young with positive energy.
3. The idea of “kaiten sushi” started way back in 1968 when the founder Chef Fumio Saito pioneered the use of a revolving conveyor belt to serve sushi, combining serving traditional sushi with modern technology.
4. You can order anything, from sushi, sashimi, soups to cooked dishes using Genki Sushi’s Kousoku Express system. It would be delivered via a “Shinkansen bullet train”.
5. Yes, there is an electronic track going around the dining tables.
6. On average, just 2 to 3 minutes is needed to deliver the food (excluding waiting time during peak dining hours).
7. There are over 80 Nigiri, Gunkan, Maki and Temaki sushi pieces on the Genki Sushi menu.
8. And more than 180 core food items.
9. Genki Sushi has outlets in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Kuwait, Philippines, China, Australia, Cambodia, Thailand and Hawaii.
10. There are many outlets in Singapore, including Orchard Central, Chinatown Point, Bugis+, Waterway Point, Takashimaya, and the newest at Bishan Juntion 8.
Genki Sushi – Bishan Junction 8
9 Bishan Place, #01-22/30, Junction 8, Singapore 579837
Tel: +65 6816 2151
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Other Genki Sushi Branches:
181 Orchard Road #04-30 Orchard Central Singapore 238896
Tel: +65 6238 0900
133 New Bridge Road #02-33 Chinatown Point Singapore 059413
Tel: +65 6702 0900
201 Victoria Street #01-13 Bugis+ Singapore 188067
Tel: +65 6636 6606
83 Punggol Central #02-23 Waterway Point Singapore 828761
Takashimaya (Ngee Ann City)
391 Orchard Road #B2-25/26 Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City Singapore 238872
Tel: +65 6694 1110
* Written by Nicholas Tan @stormscape. This entry is brought to you in partnership with Genki Sushi.