Pregnancy cravings? Yep, pretty much gotten it satisfied at Yakitori Dining Fukuda & Shitamachi Tendon at Evolve Concept Mall, Ara Damansara recently as they have just introduced their new summer menu that's available for a limited time period. Right now Japan must be experiencing the near ending of summer as they prepare to welcome Autumn in October but it's alright for us Malaysians to enjoy Japanese summer dishes anytime of the year because we are summer almost all year round lol.
Our afternoons have been blazing hot lately that i couldn't even survive one day without switching on the air conditioner but night time seems abit more bearable at least if not my electricity bill would have been over the roof. Thank goodness for office and shopping mall airconds lol :-P
Belly full of delicious Japanese Food = happy baby
Through this short demo and tasting session alone, i've managed to learn a couple of useful things like how you can make your own "pressed sushi" by using a recycled milk carton.
Sushi is sushi, just that presentation wise instead of your typical sushi rolls you can make them look like layer cakes instead lol.
I know the Japanese are very economical and environmental friendly people, but having to use a milk carton to make sushi is pure genius! Cost efficient sushi making tool you can get at home after finishing off your milk and yet presentation looks like it's been made by a professional, it's a good way to "cheat your (guests) feelings" if you are planning to make sushi for potluck gathering next time haha!
Taste of Authethic Japan has taught me the various ways on how to cook and enjoy soumen, followed by Yam as their 2nd main fresh produce highlight of the day, and last but not least meals are never completed without dessert of the day for this summer menu they have come up with a kyoto style parfait Matcha jelly made from real matcha (green tea) powder allowing diners to enjoy the rich taste of matcha with every scoop.
So if you are a matcha lover like me who can drink hot green tea everyday and eat any kind of desserts that has the word "matcha" on it, yes i am that hardcore lol then you might enjoy this mini parfait very much!
We need more hands on demos like this in order to properly appreciate these fine works of art! :)
It's tradition to enjoy somen during the hot Japanese summer, it's easy to prepare as it's quickly boiled and rinsed in cold water to cool down before serving. Think of this as your Japanese version of our local "bihun" except these are much more smoother and softer making it easy to slide through your lips as you suck it in. That reminds me of a crazy funny article i recently came across on RocketNews (my fav website for random Japan lifestyle updates) on how to "properly" enjoy somen lol under Sato-san's standards.
Grilled Conger Unagi (eels) are considered as one of Japan's summer food too despite it being enjoyed all year round by locals with it's tantalizing sweet savory sauce dripping all over the unagi as its being grilled to perfection over the stove and watching our chef of the day turning his grilled conger unagi into pressed sushi along side with a sashimi version of it.
Pacific Place@Ara Damansara,
Jalan PJU 1A/4, Ara Damansara,
47301, Petaling Jaya,Selangor.
Duration: 9th September to 8th October 2016
Also here's a Tsukemen recipe that you guys can try out if you do get your hands on a packet of somen at your nearest Japanese food market like Isetan/ Aeon/etc. But if you can't find any, bihun would be a good substitute as well since both textures are similar.
- 50g Minced Chicken
- 1 (100g) egg plant
- 1/2 teaspoon each of grated ginger, garlic & Chinese chili bean sauce
- 200ml coconut milk
- 1 table spoon Thai Fish Sauce
- 1 table spoon Oyster sauce
- 1 table spoon oil
- Some coriander leaves
1. Boil a large pot of water, adjust the heat to make sure the pot does not boil over. Add in the somen (or bihun) stir around for roughly 1-2 minutes.
2. Once soft, immediately drain the hot water and rinse it under cold running water.
3. Best to consume as soon as possible as the noodles tend to stick to each other as time passes.
If you are in town don't forget to check out Kansai fair happening in KLCC concourse till next week! There's quite a number of foods from Kansai region (southern part of Japan) that you can try there. Of course expect to see tons of matcha blends, traditional sweets and of course there's even tour agencies there, where you can inquire more about kansai and the tour packages available according to our budget and interests.