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Healthy cauliflower fried rice

Healthy cauliflower fried rice

We’re going into Day 3 of Restricted Control Order (RCO), and some people are already getting cabin fever. Since everybody is stuck at home, we might as well do some cooking, right? Most people can do, or have tried to do a basic fried rice. 

Neighbourhood joint Yi Pin Chu scores big

Neighbourhood joint Yi Pin Chu scores big

When weekends come by, we usually eat out as I wanna take a break from cooking. There are so many new cafes and restaurants popping up. Sometimes, I forget that there are many outlets in my own neighbourhood which I haven’t been to. Passed by 

Burrito and burgers at Sushi Brito

Burrito and burgers at Sushi Brito

There’s sushi and there’s burrito, and then there’s Sushi Brito.

Sushi Brito offers a mash-up of foods from two different cultures. A Sushi Burrito is essentially rice ball with stuff in the middle in long roll format or, imagine a California roll, except that the cone is now a rectangular roll instead.

What’s in a name, right?

Giving it a go, we tried the Salmon Brito, which tasted like what we expected – Onigiri. It had rice enveloping some salmon, a bit of salad, dressing, like a larger version of Onigiri, but with more stuffing. The whole roll was divided into four parts, which wasn’t satisfying for No. 2 who didn’t find his choice terribly exciting. Maybe this was meant to be like a starter and not a full meal?

Modern trendy Japanese restaurants go beyond just conventional Japanese food and Sushi Brito is no different, with burgers, pastas, Western meals and even sushi in a spoon on the menu.

I had the Japanese version of Salmon Burger that came with rice instead of a bread bun which sandwiched the fish in the middle. Remember the now defunct Japanese burger chain Moshi Burger? This was just like that – the ‘burger’ simple, but fulfilling as the rice was quite tasty, smeared with teriyaki sauce. They also have charcoal bun for those who prefer more predictable burgers.

No. 1 chose Udon with spicy soup, which we reckon was the best out of the four dishes we ordered. Mildly spicy, the soup gave the dish character; portion was better with thin slices of tender beef and quite a bit of udon.

No. 3 also had udon, but with salmon and pesto sauce, made creamy with an onsen egg and sprinkled with walnuts. This was an curious blend which confused the palate. Takes a bit of getting used to, this East meets West thing; sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. The creamy flavour of the pesto was quite good, but didn’t quite go with udon as the fat noodle doesn’t absorb flavours so well.

As it is with all Japanese fast food joints with sushi on a conveyor belt, you always inevitably end up grabbing a few even if you had no intention to. This added to the bill, otherwise prices were very reasonable, averaging about RM15 per dish. Add another RM5.50 and you get a miso soup, chawan mushi as well as a drink as a set to go a main course.

Calling it for what it is, a Japanese fast food joint, Sushi Brito offers reasonably priced meals for the local neighbourhood. Once teeming with only Chinese coffeeshops, now Taman Megah appears to be getting slowly gentrified with ‘fancy’ establishments. When one gets tired of the usual wantan mee and chicken rice choices, sushi is a nice change.

I’m just waiting for a decent cafe to open here and I’ll be set for my coffee fix.

Add: 17, Jalan SS 24/8, Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya. Tel: 011-6331 7600

Refreshing and healthy Thai style sweet sour noodle

Refreshing and healthy Thai style sweet sour noodle

I was going for something different with meehoon (rice vermicelli) other than the usual stir-fry and meehoon soup variations, and I found a recipe for Thai minced beef noodle. This turned out quite refreshing and the boys gave their stamp of approval so I thought 

Japanese Specialty Food Festivity at Cilantro

Japanese Specialty Food Festivity at Cilantro

Generally, I love oysters, but Oyster and Ice Cream? Chef Takashi Kimura makes it possible to have it all, with his take on Kakiemon Oyster and Ice Cream with Konbu Jelly. Not quite the blob of ice cream as one would expect, the cream in 

Sake session at Cilantro

Sake session at Cilantro

A first for me, as I have never been taught the different nuances of sake before. And I confess, even after eight shots of sake, I still find it hard to differentiate the various types of sake, only that they all went down real smooth!

This apt tasting session was a precursor to a Japanese Specialty Dinner.

Under the Junmai Daiginjo category, which means 50% polished rice without added alcohol, the chilled sake varieties were:

Izumibashi Junmai Daiginjo Kimoto: Omachi rice grown and harvestedby the brewery, with deep and rich flavours yet elegant, delicate and refreshing.

Koikawa Junmai Daiginjo: Smooth, fruity and light with umami flavour. Slides comfortably down the throat, extraordinary depth of taste.

Koikawa Junmai Ginjo (classic): Recommended for beginners, elegant and smooth, light and slight acidity. Good as warm sake for beginners.

Asahigiku Daichi Junmai Daiginjo: Using nom-pesticide Yamada Nishiki rice, gentle umami of rice with mild acidity that is well-balanced when served cold. Served warm, gives creamy smooth texture with slight acidic aftertaste.

Tokubetsu Junmai: Dry and smooth rice/malt flavour with a tangy acidic aftertaste, When warm, rich flavours spreads across palate with slightly sharp aftertaste.

The warm ones :

Komagura Munouyaku Yamada Nishiki: Obtained from pesticide-free Yamada Nishiki rice, mild and gentle aroma with taste derived from soft rice.

So that’s how they warm up the sake!

Benten Musume Junmai Nicori (limited edition): Distinctly cloudy in appearance, creamy and deep umami flavour, yet not too heavy with pleasant mouthfeel. When warmed up to 60 degrees C, you get a creamy and rich flavour that spreads across palate.

We also tried the Tokubetsu Junmai warm, which tasted quite different, as the nuances were clearer.

Descriptions were provided by Cilantro Restaurant & Wine Bar at Micasa All Suite Kuala Lumpur.

Cakes and good vibes at My Own Bakes

Cakes and good vibes at My Own Bakes

Far from my usual neck of the woods, Kinrara 8 in Puchong seemed unlikely to have anything interesting in terms of a cafe. Like a shinning beacon, we found My Own Bakes Cafe, a welcoming set up that served the neighbourhood. My other half had 

Big on prawns at Saba-Hae

Big on prawns at Saba-Hae

Was looking for a dinner venue and literally stumbled upon Saba-Hae. Game for anything new and especially if prices are accommodating, we gave this a try. The simple, fuss-free restaurant is styled after outlets that offer quick-grab-and-go services. There is also a long table and 

Load up on protein at Seo Gung Korean BBQ

Load up on protein at Seo Gung Korean BBQ

Annyeonghaseyo! In recent years, I’ve become a bit of a fan of Korean food and am always on the lookout for a good deal for BBQ.

As a belated birthday dinner for No. 1, we made a visit to Seo Gung Korean BBQ. The restaurant has been around for more than two years in its present location in Damansara Utama but we only discovered this place late last year.

Given its price tag, it’s probably one of the best Korean buffet deals in town. Even the soju and other similar brew are very reasonably priced.

This was better second time round as well. First time, you’re not sure what to expect and when you go the next, it’s always good to see if the food quality has been maintained.

For RM33, you get unlimited refill of meat – an assortment of chicken and pork – (and one small dish of octopus) and the buffet includes some 9 types of banchan, Korean pancake and steamed egg as well as kimchi jiggae! In KL/PJ, where to find this kind of deal, right?!

The only catch is, the meal must be finished within 1 hour and 30 mins. It sounds like too short a time but surprisingly, it’s quite doable.

And you would want to load up on the protein since it is free flow, right? But you know what? We only had a second refill, plus two other small plates of pork, even though there were four of us. And this despite having 3 men at the table who have healthy appetites!

Firstly, it takes a while for the raw meat to cook, and secondly, by the time you eat all the side dishes, you’re already half full already!

I knew this already so I made a point to go slow with the carbo-based banchan, but even then, my tummy could only put in that much.

Maybe, you can do better?

Add: 55, Jalan SS 21/1A, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya. Tel: 03-7733 2058

Coffee and pasta with the Littlepeople

Coffee and pasta with the Littlepeople

Since I had to pick up something from Old Klang Road area, Littlepeople Cafe popped up on the list of cafes to visit. Waze got a little confused and took us on a detour. But finally, found it on the ground floor of a residential