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We love going to Hanazen on Tuesdays or Fridays cause that’s when their supply of awesome Japanese ingredients arrives. If you’re up for some omakase, grab a spot at the sushi table, let the chef know how much you’re willing to spend & he’ll work his magic 😉

 Sometimes when we’re not adventurous, we usually just go for the chef’s special sushi moriwase. The spread and quality of this is value for money.

Other times, I’ve had the grilled tuna eye.. It was as huge as the size of my fist before it was grilled! Check out that pearly white eyeball 😋

  

We were once served cold white corn as an appetizer and thought what’s so special about having corn? Upon our first bite, we knew we were so wrong to undermine it.. It was sweet and juicy like you’re having a dessert. My words won’t do the corn justice, you’ll have to try it out for yourself!

 

  
And when you have the mood to splurge or an occasion to celebrate, the Yonezawa beef is also available here. Apparently only a handful of places in Kl sell them. 

  
It was also my first time trying the Kinki fish! There’s so many more things left to try in Hanazen. 

Every trip is a delight for both Y and I because even a tomato can taste unique & a grape tastes like a grape :p

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Ichiro Sushi Bar
2nd Floor
Eat Paradise
Isetan 1 Utama
Tel: 03-7726 5899
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time finding good meals in shopping malls. Malls usually have like a hundred food restaurants, but I can only find that one or two satisfies my tummy. Whenever I’m in One Utama, I dread thinking of where to eat. So, these are the times where my friends come in handy! They usually just do the thinking for me. Now you know what friends are for 😉

So Krystle and En Tzer has been talking about this sushi bar, ICHIRO, for ages, and we’ve only managed to try it out last week. Pretty surprised that the crowd is lacking given that the seafood cuts there were pretty fresh and prices were reasonable.

IMG_8722Ipad ordering system. Like how they show pictures so that you’d know what to expect from those whacky sushi names.

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Their signature Ichiroll, RM 35

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Horse Mackarel (RM 12 for singles, RM 22 for pairs)

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Prawn Tempura Roll (RM 15)

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Squid (RM 7 for single, RM 12 for pairs)

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Salmon (RM 7 for singles, RM 12 for pairs)

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Tsubugai (RM 16 single, RM 28 for pairs)

Tsubugai is whelk which is like a sea snail. It’s slightly crunchy and has a natural sweetness to it. I’ve never seen this on a menu before!

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Wild Shimaaji (RM 10 for singles, RM 18 for pairs)

Also heard that they’ve got pretty cheap lunch deals. Too bad I won’t be wondering around One Utama during lunch hours.

**The only thing that bugged us was that they did not charge us a flat per piece price when we ordered sets of three. As you can see it’s clearly cheaper when you order in pairs. So how they charged us on our bill was a pair and a single so it’s like (RM 18+RM 10) for three wild shimaaji sushis when it could have been RM 9 x 3.

Tori Yasu (Niao An)
890 Changning Lu,
near Huichuan Lu (entrance)
长宁路890号,
近汇川路

I’m finally in Shanghai!

It’s been 3 years since I’ve last set foot here. Well, it doesn’t look like it has changed much. Atleast everything still looks familiar!

I’ve basically spent the whole day yesterday sitting on my bum. Flight was delayed while we were all seated inside. Managed to reach Shanghai after 6 hours on the plane (it was torturous) and then another hour in the car. My butt hurts from sitting too much. Soooo can you tell how fun it was spending a whole day travelling instead of eating?

Thank god dad salvaged my day by bringing me to Tori Yasu for some yakitori.

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Felt like Alice in Wonderland as I was entering the door. It was really tiny and short. You gotta watch out for your head!

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Very good yakitori chef on duty

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Dad ordered this sourish drink for me, claims that it’s like a yogurt mix. Pretty refreshing.

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Got my hands on these grilled chicken skin. They were to die for! Absolutely delicious. I could have 10 of these and not get sick of them. Someone’s arteries were cringing when I told him I was having these.

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Ox Tongue

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This is my first time having chicken heart. It tastes a little bloody and has a very slight chewiness to it. I loved it! I shall be the innards queen of oinks, moos and cuckoos.

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Gotta have shishamos… I love these pregnant fishies.

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Grilled chicken wings

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Grilled rice

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Ribs! It was juicy and succulent but a little too salty! Dad says it’s usually perfect, they were a little heavy handed on salt today.

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Ramen with pork bone broth. Springy ramen with flavourful broth that has just the right amount of oil to allow us to chuck down the soup!

The bill came up to about RMB250 for the both of us. I thought that it was pretty alright for the amount of food that we had.

How come we don’t get good stufflike this in KL ;(

One of my favourite Ethan & grandpa moments. Ethan loves clinging on to my grandpa. Mostly because grandpa never scolds him. Which was totally what I did when I was a little kid!

Lunch was at Sanuki Udon, this place that everyone goes to for cheap udon. A few years ago I’ve tried this place and liked their yakitori, ALOT. but I didn’t remember the shop name or the location so too bad… for me. Also too freaking bad for me because they stopped serving yakitori! Instead they are churning out the deep-fried version, kushiage ;(

Not that it wasn’t nice, but yakitori would have beaten it hands down!

House special udon RM 5: just udon & egg.. nothing special eventho the udon’s cooked really nicely. Fresh, and still had a little chew to it.

Cha cheong udon RM 6: grandpa was slurping his first bowl of udon as he’s never tried any before! I’ve had nicer cha cheong elsewhere though…

Chicken Karaage RM 3: This one I loved!!! One of the yummiest, juiciest fried chicken ever and the saltiness was just right!

Kushiage RM 2 each. We had the chicken leg meat (did not marinate, thus bland), mushrooms & sweet potato was pretty delicious.

Despite the fact that the udon was really good, I don’t think this place was good enough to make me a regular. Maybe it’s just me and my lack of love for udons and there’s only so much fried stuff a person can handle anyway. I’d definitely head back for some yakitori if it pops up in the menu again!

Sanuki Udon
9, Jalan Bukit Desa 5,
Taman Bukit Desa,
Off Jalan Klang Lama,
Kuala Lumpur.
0122418131

I first stumbled onto photos of Kki’s desserts when I was playing around with Instagram. I thought their desserts looked really appealing and made a bookmark of the place on my google maps just in case I ever drop by Singapore. That was sometime in August. Imagine how ecstatic I was to be able to visit this place and sample their amazingly pretty desserts!

They’ve got about 10 desserts for you to choose from. They may look petite, but don’t be deceived by the looks of it. The portion is actually just nice to fill you up! Btw, Kki only sells desserts so be sure to grab some lunch beforehand and leave enough space for some tea/coffee & desserts.

Me doing my thing

The Little Red Riding Hood is actually chocolate mousse with raspberry filling and finished off with chocolate glaze. I was attracted to its glossy chocolate exterior. It just looked so exquisite! This is actually pretty rich and dark. I couldn’t stomach this thing myself, so I would suggest it’s best to actually share this and get something light to go with it…. which was exactly what we did!

Kinabaru: This was our favourite out of the three that we’ve ordered! It’s coconut mousse with passionfruit layer. The lady told us that the coconut milk that they use for the mousse is actually the pure type, not the canned ones. I love the combination of flavours and layers! It’s ingenious!

Matcha souffle: The texture of this cake is rather unique! It’s soft but dense at the same time. Like a cross between a souffle and a cake. We liked this but thought it wasn’t as spectacular as the other cakes.

The happy me! On a side note, the angle makes my arm looks fat ;(

Well, Kki I hope you could open up a shop here in KL, or I’ll just have to wait till my next visit to try out the rest of your pretty desserts ;(

If any of you that’s reading are from Singapore or are planning to head to Singapore, please mark this place down for some sweet Japanese treat!

Here’s their opening hours:
Tue–Sat: 12pm – 7pm
Sun: 1pm – 7pm
(Closed on Mon)

Kki,
7 Ann Siang Hill,
Singapore.
https://www.facebook.com/kki.sweets

When I left to Melbourne for my studies, the first place I stayed at was in Albert House. There, I have made lots of great friends, most of which I still keep in contact with up till now. The bunch of us have decided to pursue a career back home in familiar grounds. Though I am not as close knitted as some of them are with each other, I’m glad that they consider me as part of their group and still call me out for their outings. Looking forward to the everlasting friendship!

Thanks Kendrick for the wonderful dinner and for introducing us to a favourite of yours, Kin Shui Tei.

Some Sashimi to start: Yakou Clam, Salmon & Hamachi.

Gindara (Cod Fish) with miso

Soft Shell Crab Maki

Uni (Sea Urchin) Sushi

Toro (Tuna belly) sushi

Beef teppanyaki

Garlic fried rice

Green Tea Ice Cream

The chawanmushi here is also deliciously silky and smooth!

My go to Japanese restaurant is usually Genji at PJ Hilton. After trying this place out, I’ll definitely add this on to my Japanese list too! The stuff that they have are really fresh. Mel said that it’s best to visit during the weekends as the fresh stuff usually arrives then.

Lunch : 12.00 – 2.30 pm
Dinner : 6.30 – 10.00 pm

Kin Shui Tei,
Tropicana Golf & Country Resort.
03 7804 2079