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When thinking about Japanese restaurants, SS15 in Subang and KL city centre area usually spring to mind, and it wasn’t until I was invited by Logan to sample the food at Ishin Japanese Dining that there are actually good Japanese outlets in the relative older part of town that is Old Klang Road.

Ishin Japanese Dining, on Old Klang Road
Ishin Japanese Dining, on Old Klang Road

Ishin is located along Old Klang Road, between Scott’s Garden and the junction that leads to Mid Valley Megamall. It is unfortunately, also the part of OKR that is relatively congested during rush hour (as with most part of KL anyway). Good thing is, parking isn’t an issue here at all, as the restaurant provides free valet service.

menu is on a tablet
menu is on a tablet

The restaurant is formerly a residential bungalow building, and seating is split into upper and lower floors. Interior design and ambiance provides a comfortable and somewhat private dining experience due to the structure of the building.

Menu comes in the form of miPad, and pricing is on par with most Japanese restaurants of this statue.

For this visit, we sampled the New Year Eve Kaiseki, available only for one day on this new year eve at 31/12/2015. The set is priced at RM 160 NETT.

fugu skin vinegar jelly, kuri kanroni, anchovies in sweet sauce
fugu skin vinegar jelly, kuri kanroni, anchovies in sweet sauce

For the six course Kaiseki, we started out with quite an exquisite appetizer that comes in three – the fugu skin vinegar jelly, kuri kanroni, and anchovies in sweet sauce.

The fugu skin jelly is quite an experience, slightly sourish with a really soft, have it with the shiso leave and it’s perfect. Kuri Kanroni is boiled chestnut, and tasted a bit like a cross between sweet potato and water chestnut. Anchovies, well, is anchovies, sweet and slightly crunchy, good for a change of texture.

braised Japanese turnip with kani miso served clear soup
braised Japanese turnip with kani miso served clear soup

Second course was braised Japanese turnip with kani miso clear soup, with bits of crab meat tucked into the turnip, beautiful and rather delicious in a simple way. This beats the usual miso soup by miles.

premium sashimi (chutoro, salmon toro, kanpachi toro)
premium sashimi (chutoro, salmon toro, kampachi toro)

No proper Kaiseki is complete without some good sashimi.

The version here is served in a cute little shaved ice igloo with slices of fresh chutoro, salmon toro, and kampachi toro. These are the belly cuts of tuna, salmon, and yellow tail, and they’re absolutely wonderful. The little igloo also served to keep the fish in perfect temperature prior to entering your mouth, plus, they’re cute isn’t it?

unagi kabayaki, sujiko don
unagi kabayaki, sujiko don

The fourth course was pan fried gindara with tsubugai (top shell) butteryaki. The cod was expertly prepared, and the top shell went really well with the butteryaki sauce that carries a strong hint of miso taste to it. I can have this with a bowl of rice and be a happy camper.

unagi kabayaki, sujiko don
unagi kabayaki, sujiko don

Next up was unagi kabayaki, sujiko don. A simple dish with rice, eel, and salmon roe on top. The salmon roe here is cured in-house and has a firmer texture to it which we found rather nice, and unagi is never disappointing.

A thing to note, if you’re free, look up on eel’s life cycle, it is one of the nature’s mysteries. Absolutely fascinating.

cream tsutsumi, ao take macha ogura pudding, fruit tart
cream tsutsumi, ao take macha ogura pudding, fruit tart

The last course of the New Year Eve Kaiseki was a dessert – cream tsutsumi, aotake macha ogura pudding, and fruit tart. The pudding in the bamboo casing was good, fruit tart too was delicious, but what we really liked was the cream tsutsumi mochi, makes for a great ending to a wonderful meal.

Ishin is now definitely in my mind as one of the choices for good Japanese food at reasonable prices in Klang Valley. Check it out.

map to Ishin Japanese restaurant

Address:
Ishin Japanese Dining
No. 202 Persiaran Klang,
Batu 3 3/4, Off Jalan Klang Lama
Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.102737, 101.677789
Tel03-7980 8228

In a blink of an eye we are approaching the end of yet another year, X’mas is coming up pretty soon, and for those of us who are trying to have a healthier lifestyle, this period can sometimes be a challenge.

my home cooked meals
my home cooked meals

Coupled with having recently moved to a new place in Shah Alam, we’ve also been cooking more and hosting friends over for house warming parties, which translates to more food that we love, and sometimes they aren’t exactly the best in terms of nutrition, as I have a natural tendency to put taste as my key priority.

I actually do like this taste of apple + banana
I actually do like the combined taste of apple + banana

Which brings us to the benefit of having a balanced digestive system with good gut bacteria that helps the internal functions of our body – something NESTLÉ BLISS Yogurt Drinks fits in. The number one yogurt drink brand in Malaysia is made with real fruit juice with no artificial coloring, those are certainly the plus points I liked, furthermore, and perhaps and most importantly, there’s live cultures in every bottle (not the one that paints or give live performances, but of the microbiological type that helps digestion).

nestle bliss
instead of bringing wine to a party, what about Bliss?

For this X’mas season, NESTLÉ BLISS has introduced the new limited edition Apple Banana flavors that comes in a beautiful packaging that befits the holiday spirit. I gave it a try and I must admit that while I thought the mixture of these two fruits (they’re not even from the same temperature zone) sounds a little weird to start with, it actually blends perfectly well together and gave it a unique fruity sweetness that I find myself enjoying it.

instead of bringing wine to a party, what about a Bliss?
NESTLÉ BLISS with its greeting tag

This limited edition NESTLÉ BLISS also comes with a gift sleeve, making it a fitting gift option as well. Instead of bringing a bottle of wine or other drinks, why not half a dozen healthy yogurt drinks to a party? We don’t have to be associating holiday season with over eating or even hangover, staying healthy is the way to go!

Enjoy A Blissful Celebration With The New Nestle Bliss Limited Edition Apple Banana
Enjoy A Blissful Celebration With The New
Nestle Bliss Limited Edition Apple Banana

For more information on NESTLÉ BLISS, check out their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NestleBliss/

Happy Holidays!

While we’ve been cooking more at the new house, I’ve been somewhat neglecting updates on writing about the food we’ve been cooking. Well, here’s one that I made several weeks back that should be easy for anyone who knows how to light the stove – a simple mushroom and prawn fried rice dish.

home cooked mushroom and prawn fried rice
home cooked mushroom and prawn fried rice

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups of rice (cooked & cooled)
  • 6-8 medium prawn, peeled
  • 2 eggs
  • half a yellow onion, chopped
  • a handful of mushroom, sliced
  • 3 tablespoon cooking oil
  • half a clove of garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dark soya sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon soya sauce
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • chili & some basil (optional)

fry the ingredients one by one, and eggs last
fry the ingredients one by one, and eggs last

Cooking Instruction:

  • prepare all ingredients and place on the side
  • heat 2 tablespoon cooking oil and fry garlic and onion till it starts to fragrant
  • add mushroom, then prawns a minute later
  • add rice once prawns starts to cook, stir and add sauces
  • part the rice in the center, add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, then add eggs
  • stir everything till egg is cooked
  • add greens on top and viola, you have a plate of awesome fried rice!

This is a complete meal in a dish, add sambal for extra kick.

Several weeks ago, a bunch of us went for another lunch session that’s worth sharing, especially for those who work or stay near the East side of Klang Valley – Warisan Rasa Kuale (Ribu Ribu) at Medan Selera Taman Keramat. A place that serves up quite a good selection of local Malay dishes, and some awesome ikan bakar to boot.

Warisan Rasa Kuale (ribu ribu) at Medan Selera Taman Keramat
Warisan Rasa Kuale (ribu ribu) at Medan Selera Taman Keramat

Warisan Rasa Kuale is located at the food court right opposite Sapura building on Jalan Enggang at Taman Keramat. The stall itself is deep inside the food court and not visible from the street, you’ll have to walk some 20 meters in.

The food court is your typical medan selera with tables covered in laminated plastic, and plastic chairs that are usually good enough to barely hold the weight of average Malaysian. Hygiene isn’t top notch, but was acceptable.

huge selection of ulam, ikan bakar, and other lauk
huge selection of ulam, ikan bakar, and other lauk

The selling point of this stall is the choices of ikan bakar and the dishes they serve. There’s no less than half a dozen different fish to choose from, including siakap, tilapia, kembung, keli, bawal, caru, patin, and even salmon! Additionally, they also have grilled lamb and grilled prawn.

There’s also over a dozen different ulam to choose from. You want pegaga? petai? cherry tomato? bitter gourd? They’re all here.

you gotta have greens, and spicy stuff!
you gotta have greens, and spicy stuff!

Other than those grilled stuff and green stuff, there’s also a good selection of other dishes. There’s fish curry, sotong, several types of masakan lemak, there’s kangkung belacan too.

Overall the food quality was rather good, and we liked that they serve three different types of sambal with ulam. I particularly enjoy the ikan bawal bakar (RM 20) with it’s fatty flesh, as well as their grilled lamb (RM 7). Those are some of the must-order dishes if you’re there.

fulfilling lunch for sure
fulfilling lunch for sure

If you’re up to some awesome traditional Malay lunch not far from Keramat/Ampang area, this is quite a decent place to check out. Prices are quite reasonable for what you get too.

map to Medan Selera Taman Keramat

Address:
Warisan Rasa Kuale (Ribu Ribu)
Medan Selera Taman Keramat
Jalan Enggang, Dato’ Keramat
Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.176489, 101.753114

We don’t always go to Kota Damansara thanks mostly to the fact that traffic is quite horrendous due to the on-going MRT construction, but when WeiZhi & Lex asked that we join them for a steamboat lunch review at Gourmet Definition Steamboat, we immediately agreed.

Gourmet Definition Steamboat at Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara
Gourmet Definition Steamboat at Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara

The reason is two fold – the two fellas behind KBCG are good friends, and secondly, the photos from what I can find about Gourmet Definition Steamboat looked mighty promising.

we tried both the spicy and signature golden soup
we tried both the spicy and signature golden soup

Located at the main strip of Sunway Giza, Gourmet Definition has quite a “fresh” and new look to it that’s unlike any other steamboat places in town. The restaurant manager and part owner explained to us that great expense and thought was put into the planning and renovation stage of the restaurant, to ensure a comfortable dining experience, and most of all, top notch cleanliness standard.

I felt that they definitely achieved these goals with white marble tables, good air conditioning, and above all, prompt service (they even change your plates from time to time).

the deluxe set menu A for 4 pax at Gourmet Definition
the deluxe set menu A for 4 pax at Gourmet Definition

We were served the Deluxe Set Menu A for the four of us (RM 238 promo, usual RM 328), and it came with the following items:

  • signature golden soup or heat reducing preserved egg & parsley soup
  • King’s water prawn (4 pcs)
  • sliced pork
  • handmade three treasure meatballs (fish, pork, octopus, 4 pcs each)
  • tiger prawns (4 pcs)
  • sliced grouper (8 pcs)
  • Hokkaido scallop (4 pcs)
  • green mussels (4 pcs)
  • deep fried fish maw
  • golden crispy beancurd skin
  • stuffed beancurd puff & brinjal
  • signature chicken wings (4 pcs)
  • high-fiber organic green platter
  • Japanese udon, vermicelli, fresh eggs
  • free signature Ling-zhi premium drinks (1 jug)

plum juice, iberico pork slices, signature chicken wings, beancurd, brinjal, fishball
plum juice, iberico pork slices, signature chicken wings, beancurd, brinjal, fishball

There are only two items we tried here that’s not in the set menu – the HUGE imported fresh oyster, and the extra flavor of soup (the spicy one). Everything else is as listed above.

the fresh oyster was absolutely delicious, and huge!
the fresh oyster was absolutely delicious, and huge!

But enough with the listing of ingredients, the important question is, are they any good?

The answer is a resounding yes. Fresh ingredients with pork bone infused herbal soup base, it is actually not easy to go wrong here.

My favorites were the iberico pork slices, those red roe in the river prawn’s head, the homemade fish balls, and also most definitely those huge oysters. Those chicken wings too were pretty spot on as well.

Haze, Weizhi, Lex, & KY
Haze, Weizhi, Lex, & KY

Prices at Gourmet Definition is on the higher side, but the ingredients, service, and dining experience more than equal what you’ll see on the bill. If you’re up for some top notch steamboat, this place should be on your radar screen.

map to Sunway Giza, Kota Damansara

Address:
Gourmet Definition Steamboat
Unit A-13A & 15, Sunway Giza,
No. 2, Jalan PJU 5/14, PJU 5,
Kota Damansara, 47810 Selangor
GPS: 3.150799, 101.581231
Tel03-6151 8638
Hours: Lunch & Dinner daily