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Lot 10 KL is one of the best places in all of KL if you are a fan of Japanese food, the lower ground floor the 4th floor of this building is home to some 2 dozens Japanese restaurants, serving up anything from shabu shabu, to omakase sushi.

Today, let’s look at one of their less glamorous outlets at Isetan the Japan Store’s supermarket section – Hirashima Sushi.

Hirashima Sushi, Isetan KL, Lot 10
Hirashima Sushi, Isetan KL, Lot 10

Hirashima Sushi is basically the sushi counter for the supermarket, with an open chiller section not unlike many grocery stores in the city – offering pre-packed sushi/sashimi cuts to go.

What’s different at Hirashima Sushi is that they happen to also have a small sushi bar offering sushi bowls and selected nigri sushi (menu below), priced from RM 36 to RM 88 and comes with free flow green tea.

toro kaisen don - tuna belly, uni, ikura
toro kaisen don – tuna belly, uni, ikura

Being a huge fan of toro (tuna belly), I went for the toro kaisen don (RM 88). The bowl of sushi rice comes with four slices of tuna belly, uni (sea urchin), and quite generous amount of ikura (salmon roe).

Quality wise it was rather decent, and definitely packs a punch above it’s asking price if you ask me. There aren’t many places you can have this sort of combination below RM 100. I was well satisfied.

hotate kaisen don, Elizabeth
hotate kaisen don, Elizabeth

My dinner date for the day, Elizabeth, chose the hotate kaisen don (RM 68), basically the same set with raw scallop instead of tuna belly. I had a piece of the scallop and was happy to say that it definitely did not disappoint.

I have a feeling I’ll be going back to this place again pretty soon.

menu at Hirashima Sushi

map to Lot 10, KL

Address:
Hirashima Sushi
Lower Ground Floor
Isetan the Japan Store

Lot 10 Shopping Mall
Jalan Bukit Bintang
GPS: 3.146462, 101.711758

For Sarawak Laksa lovers who makes PJ their hunting ground, most of you would have tasted Aunty Lan’s Sarawak Laksa, who used to operate at NZX food court since 2017.

The stall has since moved out, and for many weeks many of us was at a loss on where she’s moved to.

Tin Ha kopitiam, Kampung Subang
Tin Ha kopitiam, Kampung Subang

Well, today is your lucky day, thanks to Uncle Meng, I was informed that Aunty Lan has moved to the new location just a few minutes away from Subang Airport, at Tin Ha Kopitiam.

Located at the light industrial area of Kampung Pinggiran Subang, this new kopitiam enjoys a very good location when it comes to parking on a weekends. Also, if you’re a fan of good prawn mee, Johnny’s Prawn Mee & Loh Mee is just a couple minutes away.

Aunty Lan's sarawak laksa, now at Tin Ha kopitiam
Aunty Lan’s sarawak laksa, now at Tin Ha kopitiam

Anyway, we’re here for the Sarawak Laksa, and I’m happy to say that they are just as good as I remember – with thick gravy that’s full of flavor, and generous ingredients of three prawns, those eggs, shredded chicken, and bean sprouts. It’s proper to me, and some of my more knowledgeable Sarawakian friends agree.

those prawns are proper
those prawns are proper

If spicy breakfast isn’t your thing, the kolo mee is a pretty worthy alternative around here. For the uninitiated, kolo mee isn’t just wantan mee without dark sauce or wantan, the noodle itself is very different from your usual wantan mee, with a lighter and springier texture to i, I find myself enjoying it quite a bit.

Sarawak kolo mee is pretty good too
Sarawak kolo mee is pretty good too

Unfortunately the Koay Chap is sold out when I was there, I’ll make it my mission to have Aunty Lan’s koay chap again soon!

Happy food hunting!

map to Tin Ha kopitiam, Kampung Subang

Address:
Tin Ha Kopitiam
39, Jalan Apollo U5/192,
Bandar Pinggiran Subang,
40150 Shah Alam, Selangor
GPS3.156444, 101.548167
Tel03-5887 4905

Those who’s been following this space for a while should know that I’m a huge fan of curry mee, but usually for me though, curry mee is the Penang version that comes with pork blood, prawns, santan broth, and those sambal with a charred note.

Curry Mee stall at Sun Fatt Kee, Seapark
Curry Mee stall at Sun Fatt Kee, Seapark

However, being a food enthusiast with an open mind, I am always up to trying anything that is good, even tho certain dish may share the same name and hence, somehow has an unfair prejudice attached to it, from a cultural-location superiority complex basis.

Anyway, what I am trying to say is, there’s also awesome non-Penang curry mee. Especially this version at Sun Fatt Kee kopitiam, PJ Seapark.

The curry mee stall at this kopitiam has been serving up (according to many) the best curry mee this side of KL.

A bowl of this curry mee comes with your choice of noodle, perfectly prepared shredded chicken, tofu pok, long beans, bean sprouts, sambal, lime, and possibly the best cockles in any curry mee you’d find, from anywhere, and I don’t use the word “best” lightly.

curry mee with perfect cockles
curry mee with perfect cockles

Yes, a bowl cost RM 7, and yes, the portion isn’t big at all, but I’ll be damned if I don’t go over and order me another one pretty soon.

And this time I’ll make sure I get them with extra cockles!

I usually favors Penang style curry mee, but can't say no to this one
I usually favors Penang style curry mee, but can’t say no to this one

Teow Chew Porridge at Restaurant Sun Fat Kee

The same kopitiam has one of the better nasi lemak at night, and opposite it there’s the Soo Kee Ipoh kueh teow soup during the day time.

Address:
Jalan 21/11b,
46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.109920, 101.622301

I’m always a fan of a good bowl of Penang style kuih teow soup, a dish that somehow seems to always play second fiddle to pork noodle in Klang Valley.

While my kolo mee fix at Restoron Tropikiri was on their rest day, I took the opportunity to give this prawn mee and kuih teow soup stall a try.

kuih teow soup & prawn mee stall, Restoran Tropikiri
kuih teow soup & prawn mee stall, Restoran Tropikiri

As it turned out, it was one of my lucky days, the stall offers a version of kuih teow soup that comes with duck meat.

A bit of background for those who aren’t familiar with this dish, Penang style kuih teow soup usually comes with kuih teow in a clear broth with fish ball, duck/chicken/pork meat, sliced fish cakes, chopped spring onion, fried garlic, and sometimes a bit of pork lard and even coagulated blood (like the O&S version)

The version here is as proper as any, the soup was light yet carries a sweetness undoubtedly contributed by duck meat, and the bits of fried lard certainly gave it an extra savory taste. I enjoy the bouncy fish ball that was included as well.

If you want a comfort breakfast that doesn’t attack your sense of taste too early in the morning, this dish is never a bad idea.

Penang style kuih teow soup with duck meat
Penang style kuih teow soup with duck meat

map to Restoran Tropikiri kopitiam

Address:
Restoran Tropikiri
2, Jalan BM 1/2,
Taman Bukit Mayang Emas,
47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
GPS3.125287, 101.595897

Pasar malam, or weekly night markets in Malaysia often offers unique dishes you can’t find at any other settings. This is especially true when it comes to stinky tofu, as so far I have yet to see any stinky tofu stalls outside pasar malam setting.

Black Tofu, SS2 Pasar Malam (every Monday)
Black Tofu, SS2 Pasar Malam (every Monday)

And when it comes to this smelly delicacy, there are several different variations to choose from, all of which involves deep frying a particular stinky version of tofu and served piping hot with some condiments.

Examples of these stinky tofu are Hong Cha SS2, the one at Meru Klang (stinkiest of them all, love it), and the one at Connaught Pasar Malam.

However, of all these, Black Tofu at SS2 is perhaps one of the more unique version out there. In this version, the tofu is pre-cut into smaller chunks before being deep fried instead of after, and then being served with some sort of soup, crispy bits, spring onions, and best of all – sambal!

the tofu is soaked in soup, and you can make it spicy!
the tofu is soaked in soup, and you can make it spicy!

As with most stinky tofu in Malaysia, this too isn’t particularly smelly, perhaps done so to cater more to our local taste. Nonetheless, black tofu carries a more complex taste profile and one that has more of a kick to it with the inclusion of sambal.

Each portion is priced at RM 7, so while they’re not cheap, it is less pricey than the equivalent at Hong Cha, which I find slightly less inferior than this one.

Happy eating!

map to SS2 Pasar Malam

Address:
SS2 Pasar Malam
Jalan SS2/61
Petaling Jaya
47300 Selangor
GPS3.117366, 101.621668
Hours: Every Monday Night