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What is the “King of Dumplings”?

A popular Chinese chain store from Kyoto.

Opened in 1967. It has chain stores that extend across the country around the Kansai region, and there are more than 600 stores in the country today.

Adhering tirelessly to their “more delicious, more affordable, and speedy” principal in order to respond to the needs of customers, it also allowed them to create a big franchise.

CM: King of Dumplings, 30sec ver.

It’s a old TV commercial showing its age, but it’s still televised today without changes.

In 2008, it achieved booming popularity because of a certain event.

The King of Dumplings has boasted a favorable reputation since the business opened, but in 2008, it got explosively popular after a certain event.

What is it?

“Entertainers Who Love King of Dumplings”

It began on a popular variety show, Ametooku. Entertainers who like the restaurant gathered to talk about the King’s magnificence in one episode. Since then, it has experienced a boom.

The reason for its popularity?

1. Delicious.

The King (Ohsho) is a restaurant of the masses. It is not comparable to a high class restaurant but anything on the menu is delicious. It features a rich taste and is suitable with rice or beer.


This is the most popular item on the menu. It evolved overseas, and is often seen in Chinese food stalls. There’s no mistake that you would get addicted once you try the gyoza from the King that’s full of juicy pork.

Deep fried chicken (Tori no karaage)

2. Affordable.

Starting at 220 yen for six pieces of gyoza, you can buy almost any dish for 500 yen. By paying an extra 100-200 yen, you will get a full set meal. 1000 yen and you get a bottle of beer and a full stomach.

3. Regional Menus

There are standard dishes that change regionally for please the local customers by matching their palate.

For the Kanto/Tohoku Regions

For example, this is a dish called “Kanitama.” It’s an egg (“tama”) omelet stuffed with crab (“kani”) and seasoned with a thick sauce. In the Kanto/Tohoku regions, this sauce is made with dashi stock.

For Western Japan

On the other hand, in western Japan such as in Kansai, it’s seasoned with a sweet-and-sour sauce made with vinegar.

Every shop makes an original special of the day.

Also, every shop can make their own original menu. Even the same chain will have a fresh flavor when you visit one you normally don’t go to.
This store has mini versions of the original menu. It might be a store with many female customers.

This store puts out sets with large volumes. You can eat a lot. I wonder if there are more male customers?

One note of caution!

The floor is slippery.

Chinese dishes use a lot of oil, so there are a lot of stores with slippery floors.
While enjoying a good time with the delicious food and beer, pay attention to your feet when leaving the table!

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