Hakata Ippudo, The True Ramen Experience

Hakata Ippudo Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

I would say this is the hottest ramen restaurant in town and it’s a waste if you don’t give it a try. My BF was saying that this is one of a MUST-TRY ramen ever since we discovered it on February 8 when it was still under renovation. Hakata Ippudo is finally opened in Kuala Lumpur officially on the February 21. Let’s learn more about Hakata Ippudo before looking into what I have ordered.

IPPUDO was founded in 1985 in Japan’s ramen capital of Hakata by Shigemi Kawahara, the internationally renowned Ramen King and CEO of Chikaranomoto Company, which encompasses some of Japan’s finest restaurants. There are over 65 stores in Japan, and globally in places such as New York, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Shanghai. IPPUDO has become the most popular ramen restaurant over the years. Kawahara was crowned Ramen King in 2005 and holds a place in the Ramen Hall of Fame after winning the championship 3 times consecutively between 1995-1998, on “TV Champion Ramen Chef,” a reputable Japanese television show produced by TV Tokyo.

Hakata Ippudo Pavilion Kuala Lumpur - Interior

We were served quickly upon seat availability, it was less than 5 minutes waiting time. The interior of the restaurant is keeping the theme of red, black, white with wood furnishings. The environment is cozy and busy. Initially, we were seated at a table of two but requested for a change to sit by the bar. We wanted to see the happenings at the open kitchen and of course, we have something to share! It was very nice of the waiter to only allow us to have our seats by the bar after the cleaned the dishes from the previous customers.

Hakata Ippudo Pavilion Kuala Lumpur - Open Kitchen

We’ve watched and learn to see how the dishes are being prepared by the open kitchen. This chef were mixing all the ingredients once the ramen has been prepared. Like a typical ramen shop, greetings of orders coming in and welcoming customers never stopped making the environment is a little noisy if you’re not used to it. Your ramed are rest assured to be served warm because if you look at this photo carefully, behind this chef is where they literally cook their bowls. The bowls are not extremely hot, warm enough to ensure your ramen warm when it is served to you.

Hakata Ippudo Pavilion Kuala Lumpur - Akamaru Tamago

Akamaru Tamago

“IPPUDO’s original tonkatsu broth enhanced with special blended miso paste and fragrant garlic oil. Served with thin noodles, belly chashu, kikurage and spring onions. A refined, modern-style ramen. – Akamaru Shinaji”

Akamaru Tamago is the combination of Akamaru Shinaji with flavoured egg. Upon ordering, we were also asked for the softness of the ramen and I have chose normal. The ramen softness was a little hard at the beginning but slowly soften by thewarm soup. The soup is creamy and with the fragrant garlic oil makes the flavour much more intense. BF didn’t like the heavy garlic oil scent but I’m good with it. There was also 2 pieces of belly chashu of 0.5cm thick and the whole egg was slightly cooked that I have imagined because I was expecting that the yolk should be melting its way out.

Price: MYR 30.00

Hakata Ippudo Pavilion Kuala Lumpur - Karaka Tamago

Karaka Tamago

“IPPUDO’s original tonkatsu broth with special spicy miso & ground pork. – Karaka-men”

This was ordered by BF with medium ramen softness. Karaka Tamago is the combination of Karaka-men with flavoured egg. This dish is spicy and I would put it at mild to medium spiciness level.  The medium softness ramen is indeed softer than the normal softness. The soup is not as creamy as my dish but I freaking love the ground pork. Once bitten, it melts in my mouth. We have ordered additional ramen (Kaedama, MYR 4.00) for soft ramen but we can’t really tell the difference from this with medium softness.

Price: MYR 30.00

I would definitely recommend these two dishes and its worth the experience of dining in there. However, we were very thirsty within an hour after having the ramen and thought MSG might have been used but thinking about it, Ajinomoto is after all from Japan. Dining in are subjected to 10% service charge and 5% of government tax. Operates daily from 11:00AM to 11:00PM and food served is non-halal. For their latest update, support Ippudo Malaysia by liking their Facebook below!

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Lot C4.07.00, Connection Level 4,
Pavilion KL,
No 168, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2110 6233

 

Arthur’s Hokkaido Mille Crepe Cake

creep…creep…creep…desserts for the world!!!

I can’t deny my love for desserts. Last month, I found this love as I was window shopping with my Lover. It’s crepe cakes!!! Have you tried any? This is my first encounter on crepe cakes and I’m amazed when it has existed long ago. Gosh, how could I not know about this?

They came with a few selection in their deli. There is:

  • Rum and Raisin
  • Hazelnutty Delight
  • Strawberry Oiishii
  • Original Classic
  • Chocolate Banana
  • Chocolate Supreme
  • Black Forest
  • Mocca
  • Café Latté
  • Macca Latté

There is one more selection that I have missed it’s name. It’s so hard to decide as they all look so YUMMY!

I finally decided for something really sweet and chose Chocolate Supreme. It kind of sounded like a pizza’s name, doesn’t it? With it’s name, I expected it to be super chocolaty and sweet.

Look how presentable the cake is? Topped with a layer of chocolate, shaved chocolate and pieces of pistachio, you can see layers of crepes piled together neatly to form as a cake. Talk about hardwork and effort, this is surely one great one. Each crepe needs to be made thinly as it is and to be perfect.

I could taste the layers of crepes with its cream in between. It wasn’t too sweet and I was really afraid by the time I finish it, I’ll be looking out for drinking water to clear my throat. But I was wrong! The sweetness is still the same from the start till the end, nothing too overwhelming. The chocolate layer isn’t oily and it was really good. Each slice is for MYR 7.90.

They are located in the golden triangle in the city of Kuala Lumpur. I’m looking forward to try more flavors! I definitely recommend this!


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Lot TC030 3rd Floor Sungei Wang Plaza,
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: +6016-981 6882

Catch up for more updates at Arthur’s Hokkaido Mille Crepe Cake’s Facebook!
 

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh

Sakae Sushi New Ordering System!

Here is a tea session at Sakae Sushi after Shills Meet The Beauty Bloggers. What’s awesome-sauce is I have my seat with my name on it!

What’s different now is that they launched the iPad ordering system as their interactive menu. Previously they were using touch screen system and now with the hype of Apple products, Sakae Sushi has upgraded their menu system. This system is first launched in outlets of Berjaya Times Square, Sunway Pyramid and The Curve.  This system will be implemented across their outlets in Klang Valley.

Sat in a table of four, we have been introduced on how to use this system. This is a whole new experience to introduce the level of convenience and interactivity while placing orders. This enable them to increase their efficiency by reducing serving time by 30-40%. Just imagine your physical menu but its all in the iPad, like an e-book! This is how you use it:

  1. You flip through the pages from right to left to select your desired food.
  2. Select your desired food by tapping on the screen.
  3. Pinch and unpinch on the food images to zoom in and out for a better look on the food.
  4. Add to cart when you decided to have the food.
  5. Select the quantity  of your food selection listed in the cart.
  6. Changes can be made before confirming your order. Once you confirm your order, it will be send directly to the kitchen.
  7. Just wait for the food to come!

On the tea session our food has been selected earlier. I only had these three dishes and I believe there was more. Shills has scheduled the event to end at 5:30pm, however it didn’t finish on time and I couldn’t stay any longer as I have other errands to run and left at 5:45pm.

Here are the gorgeous ladies from my table. From left to right, there is Pinky Fhang, me, Wendy Pua and Fish Fong. The only downtime for such menu is when the iPad is out of battery and at the same time there isn’t any electricity, which pretty much wouldn’t happen I suppose. If it does, its really ironic.

The mascot of Sakae Sushi appears in the middle of the tea session. Yes, it is a green frog! It’s huge to go across the corridor where we have our session, seems a little clumsy too. This is the moment I had to leave, so I took a quick snap of it.

Image Courtesy of Sakae Sushi Malaysia

They are currently celebrating their 14th Anniversary and their have Super Lunch Deals at MYR7.90 onwards. Every meal comes with a FREE green tea or add-on MYR2.00 for a bottle of Tropicana Twister.

Check them out for more info in Sakae Sushi Facebook!

 

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh

Suki-Ya

The fasting month is over and this is definitely a MUST TRY! Suki-ya opened in Tokyo Street earlier this month. If you ever visit Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, don’t forget to drop by to Suki-ya!

With wood,  rounded and square seating designs, it adds into the ambiance of modern Japanese style-like. The interior is very cozy and it’s packed with customers.

Suki-ya offers buffet of sukiyaki and shabu shabu. The charges are as per image and drink are not included in the buffet, therefore you need to order it separately.

Here are the choices of soup that you can chose from which is Shabu Shabu, Sukiyaki and Kimuchi. I recommend Sukiyaki and Kimuchi soup as the soup has better flavor. Sukiyaki basically tasted like miso soup while Kimuchi tasted like kimchi.

Head down to the healthy bar where you have a variety of vegetables and steamboat foodies. There’s cabbage, lettuce, oyster mushrooms, needle mushrooms, corns, crab sticks, egg tofu, cheese egg tofu (heart this extremely!), meatballs, leeks, carrots, yam, cherry tomatoes, eggs and etc.

There’s a fridge next to the healthy bar and this is where your meat is chilled. The meat is sliced thinly and you can see the freshness of the meat, one plate serves about 8 slices. There are also grated radish and chopped spring onion served in the sauce plates, you are suppose to mix these into your sauce. You are suppose to order all these from the waiter, the gullible me and my peeps took straight from the fridge  *huge smile*.

These are the two sauces which is Ponzu and Misotare. Here’s some information to share for both sauces that I’ve saw from a paper on their table.

  • Ponzu (Shoyu with Vinegar)

Suitable for vegetables. Add grated radish and chopped spring onion to your preference. To spice it up, add chopped chillies.

  • Misotare (Bean Paste Sauce)

Suitable for meat. Good on its own. Add spring onion, garlir or chopped chillies to your preference.

  • Gomatare (Sesame Sauce)

Suitable for all ingredients. For a nutty flavor, kindly ask from their service crew.

There is one sauce I love so much that I forgotten to take a picture of it. The flavor might not be a favorite for everyone because it has quite an intense sesame scent and flavor that carries along with nutty taste.

The hot pot comes with a divided half, where you can have two soups at the time. On the left is the Sukiyaki soup and on the right is the Kimuchi soup. Look at how colorful my soup is!

The ice creams are fun to dispense, it comes with vanilla, chocolate and mix of both. There are cornflakes by the side to add some crunchiness to the ice cream. However, the ice cream was disappointing because it doesn’t taste as creamy as expected.  I love the texture but for it to be not as creamy, the flavor seems to run out of proportion too. The cornflakes are too chunky to go with the ice cream, it kind of pokes your throat as you slides the ice cream into your mouth.

I highly recommend Suki-ya and now I’m missing it already! It’s a great place for family and friends especially those who love steamboat, shabu shabu and sukiyaki. That’s a great combo, huh?

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Suki-Ya is located at:

Lot 6.24.04 Level 6,
Pavillion KL Shopping Center,
55100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Tel:03-21414272
Email: info@suki-ya.com
Facebook: SUKI-YA, Pavilion KL

xoxo,
Traclyn Yeoh