Sunday, November 12, 2017

Ichiriki Japanese Restaurant

It is very rare that I keep coming to Midvalley but it has been the two weeks in a row that I do this this time round to visit the Tastefully Food and Beverage Exhibition. We wanted to try the Ippudo Ramen which has a branch in Gardens but there were quite a number of people queuing up so we decided to go back to try Ichiriki which I haven't tried before. The bamboo decoration look so similar with Yuzu which is located 2 levels up in the same location. Both restaurants have set meals at RM 25-30-40 which is quite reasonable given the portion. I was tempted to order most of the set meals which come with sushi / nabe / grilled salmon etc. Sometimes I feel it is much cheaper to eat Japanese food in Malaysia than in Japan itself whereby 1 simple main dish like ramen with meat can cost RM 40 (1000 yen). 

Tsukemen Udon / Ramen (RM 18) 

I ordered this because the other set has rice. I opted for ramen as I am not a big fan of thick noodles like udon. The good thing is that albeit being cold noodles, they still serve pork soup at the side so we can dip the noodles inside. The ingredients such as 3 slices of pork, carrot, cabbage, bean sprouts, greens, black fungus and 2 runny yolk eggs were just amazing! 

Unagi Kabayaki & Tonkatsu Gozen (RM 45) 

I was craving for unagi for a long time so I ordered this since it was only RM 45 which comes with radish and cucumber and also kimchi appetizer, chawanmushi, rice, miso soup, watermelon. By the time I ate a little of this, I was already full. The tonkatsu is served with freshly ground sesame and also sweet sauce. Moreover, I feel that the tonkatsu has such thin layer of crumb that it even won my heart over compared to the one sold by Tonkatsu branch. I rarely opine Tonkatsu as tasty as I don't eat much pork let alone deep fried ones. The pork is deep fried till super crispy when you sink your teeth into it yet one does not taste the super thick layer of breaded crumb. They even serve a small spoonful of thin rice noodles with the bed of raw cabbage with yuzu sauce! I like picking on the noodles. 

We were full to the brim after the hearty lunch and the full price paid including GST and service charge at RM 78.10 is just so worth the big portions! 

The hot ocha costs RM 2 per glass. 

Add: Ichiriki-Japanese Restaurant, F237B, 1st Floor, The Gardens, Midvalley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 KL 
Tel: 03-2284 0688 / 03-2283 4588 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Todak Orang Asli Seafood JB

View of Singapore from JB 

During one of the company events which brought us to JB again, Francis, Kenneth, me and some shop staff went to this place which overlooks Singapore, meaning it Singaporeans can cross the bridge and come here to eat seafood at a cheaper price than SGD. After an event, it is quite guilty for me to eat so much at such late hour but then again since it is not every day I get to come here for food and would not know how to come here without the shop manager's guidance, let's just forget it! 

Tofu Soup (RM 20) 

The tofu seafood soup is refreshing.

Claypot Prawn Curry (RM 50) 

We ordered mantou (RM 5)  to be eaten with the prawn curry albeit the curry was a tad too oily. The prawns are very fresh and succulent and juicy. 

Steamed Seabass with Soy Sauce (RM 50) 

I rarely eat steamed fish at such a late hour but the fish was fresh, soft and just amazing. 

Deep Fried Octopus (RM 26) 

Francis likes to order fried octopus everywhere he goes whereas I am the opposite and won't order any deep fried items usually.

Chicken with Dried Chilli (RM 14) 

This is just so-so for me. 

Black Pepper Crab (RM 100) 

The black pepper crab is just fragrant, fresh and succulent. 

Can you believe it that the entire meal came up to a mere RM 210 when I thought it would have cost RM 400 plus? WOW incredible! It was also surprising that we finished so many dishes at such late hour! Probably because we were too hungry. 

Add: Restoran Todak, No. 1, Pusad Makanan Telok Jawa, Masai, 81750 JB 
Tel: 07-3863696

Garden Seafood

During our rally in Sungai Petani, I went with the BT Manager Aini to and fro. On our journey back to KL, she brought me to an amazing place called Garden Seafood in Tanjung Malim which is brimming with people when we reached at 7pm. A lot of people come here due to the halal status. Ain said this is one of her favourite places with amazing halal seafood.

I ordered the Mango ice-blended juice whereby the thickness makes us feel so full. 

Honey Sotong 

The honey glazed fried octopus is just awesome, sweetness on the fried item. 


The fried mantou with very thin skin was just amazing, so soft and so addictive and incredible when eaten with the Sweet and Sour prawns.

Sweet and Sour Prawns 

Ain ordered giant prawns which were succulent, fresh and springy and beautifully coated with egg and sauce. 

Belacan Asparagus with Scallops 

There were just 4 scallops cooked with the asparagus which I felt was a tad too oily. We were so full by the time this dish came as both of us ate 4 items! 

Anyway the prawns are definitely to die for as they were so fresh and succulent. 

Add: Jalan Wangsa Jaya 8 & Jalan Wangsa Jaya 7, Taman Wangsa Utama, 35900 Tanjong Malim, Perak
Opening Hours: 11 am - 11 pm 
Tel: 05-4583398


We happened to be in Starling Mall and Uptown area. Since it was a long time since I have had shaved ice, we went to Tsukiji which looks like a new kid in town. We tried the matcha ice with some balls and also red bean on top. It was rather expensive at about RM 20 after service charge for a tiny ice-cream. I sometimes wonder how places like here can survive as the entire shop lot only sells shaved ice and ice-cream with limited variety. People can come here once or twice but not always.


Since I am always in the hunt for sashimi every weekend, this time round I decided to try Hanuzen at SS15 after much deliberation as I thought the price was a bit expensive.

I ordered the beef which was made in such a way of being half-cooked and the result was great!

Sashimi is quite fresh, thick and bountiful here and it comes with plain udon soup. It is also complete with giant grilled scallop. The tempura was also amazing. I also like the Japanese styled salad.

Add: No. 26, Jalan SS15/4, Subang Jaya, 47500 Subang Jaya

BBQ Ma Eul Cup Bab

I was recommended this incredible restaurant by my colleague when we went to attend a centre meeting in the surrounding area. Earlier when she recommended us this place for Jasper's farewell, I didn't want to go because of my tight schedule. After that, I regretted as the price is so reasonable and the deal is very good.

Anyway, we came here quite early at about 6 pm because we have got no where to go anymore.

BBQ Chicken 

One just need to order any main dish and can refill the banchan ourselves from the banchan buffet! The chicken is barbecued till very fragrant.

For the first time, I see glass noodles as banchan as normally people sell glass noodles as main dish.

Kimchi Soup 

The kimchi soup was so awesome, flavoursome that I finished every drop of it.

The radish banchan is also delicious as it is sliced till very thin pieces. Another reason why I like this place is they give the fresh salad for us to take as we wish.

Another reason I really like this place is they have great deal for Scarlet Korean wine (peach flavour only) at only RM 10 which is a steal as it cost about RM 16.90 at the local hypermarkets.

Add: 4, Jalan SS 21/39, Damansara Utama, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03 7732 9955 

Chuka Cafe

If we are ever in Subang Jaya area and feel like eating Japanese food that doesn't cost a bombshell, we will drop by at Chuka Cafe, as one of the only Japanese cafe inside the clubhouse of a condo whereby the waitress/ladyboss can speak Japanese to the majority Japanese patrons. It is interesting to dine here and you seem to be transported to Japan when you hear the patrons surrounding you speaking Japanese. There are also Japanese magazines, newspapers and manga book shelf.

The cafe serves Chinese style fusion Japanese food. I saw the Japanese eating things like fried rice, salad and even mapo tofu which I can cook easily at home. Moreover, the tofu is just served beside the bed of rice.

Spicy Ramen (RM 17) 

I ordered my favourite spicy ramen as I can never tolerate anything without spice. There are a lot of bean sprouts, 3 pieces of pork and half an egg. Too bad the egg yolk is not watery as what I expected.

Saba Fish Teppan Set (RM 17) 

Any of the meat or hot food can be made into a set by adding RM 5 to get a slice of orange, tofu, appetizer and white rice. The saba fish was cooked in a way that I dislike, in sticky sauce and a lot of leek, something some of the leek haters would not appreciate.

Add: Shah Alam (North) Saujana Villa Condominium, No. 13, Lingkungan Golf Saujana, Seksyen U2, Subang
Opening Hours: 12–2:30PM, 6–9:30PM
Tel: 03 7846 7664 


Foret Blanc


Ever since I saw bloggers posting about Foret Blanc, I harboured a dream to try the desserts here which look like works of art. The most famous items here are the Unicorn art called Berry Mallow Corn at RM 24.50. All the artistic desserts here cost at least RM 24!

Looking at such an amazing art piece, it took just a few minutes for the food to arrive on our table, with smoke coming out!

Most of the items inside are made of cream / meringue even the strawberry!

The one we ordered consists of a whole list of items like vanilla mascarpone ice-cream, vanilla semifreddo, strawberry compote, sable crumbs, vanilla Chantilly, strawberry and lime gelee, strawberry cheesecake cube, strawberry chocolate bon bon, lemom marshmallow unicorn horn, lemon diamond marshmallow and meringue wing 

Since I didn't like Vanilla ice-cream, I have opted to change the vanilla ice-cream to Grand Wedding flavour which consists of earl grey, passionfruit and also peach which has a fragrant smell.

The cafe is also bright with natural lighting that shines through glass.

We can get the rose raspberry soda if we add RM 8 to the ice-cream.

The other 3 types of desserts - Chocolate caramel inspired and also the fruity snowy inspired

Add: 49G, Jalan PJS 1/50, Petaling Utama Avenue KL
Opening Hours: 1 - 10 pm (Sat 1 - 7 pm, Mon closed)