Hokkaido 110 - Milk Kobo Cheese Tarts @ Niseko

This little Milk Kobo outpost at upper Hirafu sells the best cheese tarts that I ever had in my lif...

This little Milk Kobo outpost at upper Hirafu sells the best cheese tarts that I ever had in my life. For ¥200, you'll get the best cheese tart in the snowy weather. So when you pass by this little stall along the upper Hirafu just outside Yamazaki Convenient Shop, you must buy the cheese tart! Trust me you won't be disappointed. Big Teddy even said this was the best tart ever and until today we still miss it...
 



Do follow my adventures on Facebook here and Instagram here.
For my full Hokkaido trip itinerary please click here.
For my other posts on Niseko, please click here.

Food For Thought 252 - Okonomi @ Solaris Dutamas

Famous for being able to customise your sushi like the Subway sandwich, Okonomi allows you to choose...

Famous for being able to customise your sushi like the Subway sandwich, Okonomi allows you to choose to make your sushi roll from a wide selections of fresh ingredients available. Okonomi has been in Solaris Dutamas for over 2 year now and recently they added new items to their existing menu to freshen up their menu selections.
I managed to sampled some of the new items like Slammin Salmon Sushi Roll, Tempura Squid with roasted garlic sauce, Chicken Karaage Waffle, Spicy Prawn Burger and Mix Lava Cake, which are the exiting additions to their already delicious menu. But first, we started with their signature customised sushi roll with bird eye chilli, spicy tuna, seasoned scallops, Japanese cucumber with spicy Mentai mayo (RM21.90) which turned out to be perfect for my spicy Malaysian taste bud. The spicy Mentai mayo was the star ingredient for this sushi roll!
Signature Okonomi make your own sushi with premium fillings for RM21.90
Next up, we had the spicy prawn burger (RM18.90) which was made out of Japanese rice cake topped with tobiko (fish roe) with spicy prawn fillings as patty. It was a satisfying version of a rice burger for sushi rice sucker like me...
New Item - Spicy Prawn Burger for RM18.90
The tempura squid with roasted garlic sauce (RM18.90) was a another winner, as the lightly battered squid was easy to chew and soaked up the tasty roasted garlic sauce perfectly, making it a great appetizer.
New Item - Tempura Squid with roasted garlic sauce for RM18.90
I also liked the Chicken Karaage Waffle served with butter sauce (RM18.90). The fried boneless chicken and waffle were match made in heaven. Thank goodness the restaurant gave enough butter sauce for us to just wipe clean the plate!
New Item - Chicken Karaage Waffle for RM18.90
Slammin Salmon (RM19.90) was a baked sushi roll on the new men, perfect for those who doesn't like raw fish. I liked the char baked taste that came with this sushi roll.
New item - Slammin Salmon for RM19.90
We also tried the Curry Chicken Pasta (RM16.90), an existing best selling item on their menu. It was a hearty version pasta with the pasta all coated with thick Japanese curry. It's a good dish too share as I thought it was too indulgence for one person to finish it on its own.

Existing item - Curry Chicken Pasta for RM16.90

Last but not least, we had the Mix Lava Cake (RM21.90) which was made out of match green tea lava cake and chocolate ice cream. This dessert was satisfyingly good and I loved how the green tea lava fillings that's just oozed out of the cake.
New Item - Mix Lava Cake for RM21.90
Overall, it was a good dinner at Okonomi. This is a simple, no fuss ding place for people who wants something different in Solaris Dutamas. The idea of being able to customise your food is quite appealing isn't it? If you had tried the new menu, do let me know what you think about the new items ok?


Pick and choose your custom sushi ingredients
Customise your sushi







Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/OkonomiFoods/
Address: A4-G2-02 Solaris, Dutamas, No.1 Jalan Dutamas, Publika
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Next to Old Town White Coffee)
Business Hours: 11am-11pm (Daily except Closed on Monday)

Do follow my adventures on Facebook here and Instagram here.
For my other posts on Food, please click here.
For my other posts on Kuala Lumpur, please click here.

Food For Thought 251 - Meat The Porkers - Porky Indian Cuisine @ Solaris Dutamas

Meat The Porkers is the latest addition for the buzzing food scene in Solaris Dutamas. It claims to ...

Meat The Porkers is the latest addition for the buzzing food scene in Solaris Dutamas. It claims to be the 1st non-halal Indian cuisine in Kuala Lumpu, serving Siew Yoke a.k.a. roast pork biryani, 1st of its kind here. Newly opened in mid-November, I only got to try the food there last week not just once but twice!
The first time I tried the signature Siew Yoke Biryani, topped with crispy pork cracklings (RM28), Pork Vindaloo (RM28) and Pork Bacon Cheese Naan (RM15) with my sister. I loved the Pork Bacon Cheese Naan the most as it was most flavoursome. The pork biryani is good with lots of fatty roast pork in it but I think I'd prefer the traditional mutton biryani better as mutton still taste better cooked in this way. The only disappointment was the Pork Vindaloo, it was oily and bland, not spicy at all. I think Sid's Pub does better version of it.
Few days later I went with Big Teddy to try the Tandoori Pork (RM48) and Butter Pork (RM28). We also discovered a very strong beer, Kingfisher Extra Strong which has 8% alcohol content in it. This time around, both the dishes turned out to be great! The Tandoori Pork has lovely smoky taste to it and the meat was cooked to perfection. I loved the Butter Pork too which was tender and tangy with tomato and butter cream all over it. The sauce was perfect to dip the pork bacon cheese naan too.
Overall, food was good except for the vindaloo. Service was a little hit and misses probably due to the fact that the restaurant was still pretty new (although they used to run the pork free version of the biryani joint, Fiercer by Fierce Curry House few doors away but it was closed down recently). I do hope this place would last longer as I love this kind of food, and the porky idea made it even more appealing!

Catchy name isn't it?

Menu

More food menu

All the carbs menu
The Bar

Inside the restaurant

The Siew Yoke Biryani a.k.a. Roast Pork Biryani with crispy pork crackling

Can you see the roast pork?

Pork Vindaloo

Orange Lassi for RM10



Pork Bacon Cheese Naan



Butter Pork

Tandoori Pork

Tandoori Pork

Kingfisher Extra Strong Beer with 8% alcohol

The restaurant

Address: D1-G3-5, Solaris, Dutamas, No.1 Jalan Dutamas, Publika Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Next to Barfly)
 Business Hours: 12pm-3pm; 6pm-10.30pm (Daily except Closed on Tuesday)

Do follow my adventures on Facebook here and Instagram here.
For my other posts on Food, please click here.
For my other posts on Kuala Lumpur, please click here.

Food For Thought 250 - Home Kitchen by Urban Roots

Home Kitchen by Urban Roots Home Kitchen was kind enough to send me a week of their lunch boxes to ...

Home Kitchen by Urban Roots Home Kitchen was kind enough to send me a week of their lunch boxes to sample. In case you are wondering what is Home Kitchen, they create healthy home-cooked lunchbox, crafted with the veggie fresh from their farm and locally procured ingredients and cooked with love and passion.
Out of the 5 lunch boxes I sampled, I loved all of them except for the Baked Sweet Potatoes with Grated Salad and Crunchy Seeds (I'm a meat person sorry couldn't help). The Salmon and Chicken with Brown Rice were very good and I loved the baked pasta with chicken too. The food wasn't dry and maintained the juiciness quite well even though they were packed in boxes. Compared to other lunch box delivery services that I'd tried, Home Kitchen's portion is actually quite generous and largest among the others (Dahmakan, Chopstick Diner etc).
From RM15, you can order a box of healthy lunch box to be delivered to your office between 11am-12pm. Just follow their Facebook page and Instagram for latest menu, and place your order a day before the day of delivery latest by 7pm through Whatsapp, Facebook/Instagram Message. They currently deliver to Petaling Jaya, Damansara & TTDI and additional delivery charges may apply for deliveries outside these areas. You can also consider them for corporate events, catering and group orders. Do try them out and let me know what do you think about them ok?
Salmon with Young Garlic and Tomato Sauce with Brown Rice

Hit & Run Tray Baked Chicken with Brown Rice

Grilled Chicken Rainbow Salad Wraps

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Grated Salad and Crunchy Seeds

Chicken, Leek and Peas Pasta Bake

Quite good portion isn't it?

This is the whole delivery package

Official Website: https://www.facebook.com/homekitchenmy/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/homekitchenmy/
Address: 3, Jalan 14/47, Seksyen 14, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Tel: +6011 1071 0422

Hokkaido 109 - The Crab Shack @ Niseko Village

The Crab Shack at Niseko Village is the handful of restaurants at the Village next to the Hilton Ni...

The Crab Shack at Niseko Village is the handful of restaurants at the Village next to the Hilton Niseko Village. It was a relatively short few minutes ride from the Green Leaf Niseko Village where we stayed and the shuttle bus was extremely reliable and on time (it's Japan we wouldn't expect any less). We had asked our hotel to make the dinner reservation before we arrived at Niseko but The Village turned out to be quite empty, unlike HIrafu where everywhere were full. Still we had a good dinner at The Crab Shack with their signature steamed kaizoku-yaki style seafood hot pot with king crab legs (¥10,000 for 2 person), and konro grilled style Japanese Boarfish for ¥1,500 and the mussels with garlic and wine for ¥1,500. Everything turned out to be very fresh and delicious, the broth of the seafood hot pot was flavourful perfect for the snowy weather.  If you're looking for for a place for Hokkiado crab in Niseko, this restaurant is good choice.
Do you know that King crab which is native to the Sea of Japan, has eight legs including claws, and the right claw is quite bigger than the left one? ;-)

The signature seafood hot pot with king crab legs

Mussels with garlic and ¥1,500

Japanese Boarfish for ¥1,500

Our seafood hot pot ¥10,000

Part of side dishes menu

Inside the restaurant

The giant King Crabs

The restaurant from outside

Address: The Village, Niseko Village
Tel: +81 136 44 1153
Business Hours: Lunch from 11:00am - 2:30pm (Last order 2:00pm); Dinner from 5:00pm - 10:00pm (Last order 9:30pm)


Hokkaido 108 - Outdoor Onsen @ The Green Leaf Niseko Village

Following my previous post on The Green Leaf Niseko Village (link here ), the outdoor onsen (hot sp...

Following my previous post on The Green Leaf Niseko Village (link here), the outdoor onsen (hot spring) in the hotel was the best and most beautiful natural rock pools that I'd ever been (previously a few at Kinosaki Onsen Town and Taiwan). I felt absolutely serene when I dipped myself in the hot spring water while heavy snow fell around me. The experience was just surreal! According to the hotel, The Green Leaf Onsen water source originates from a 100% natural mineral spring and feeds into separate indoor and outdoor onsen for males and females. The onsen water emerges from deep within the earth at 53.2 degrees and cooled to just over 40 degrees before entering the onsen. Flowing at 270 litres per minute, the water is believed to have natural healing powers derived from the mineral content. This onsen open daily from 1pm - 9pm and it is complimentary for both the guests from The Green Leaf Niseko Village and The Hilton. Well so long you could get over the part of being total naked in front of same gender strangers, the Japanese onsen is a must try! Below are some of the pictures taken with my iPhone when I was alone in the onsen (normally is not allowed to take pictures). It was steamy hot so the pictures are not as sharp...


Anyway here some tips for those who have not experience Japanese onsen before:
- Taking off your clothes and being totally naked is a must!
- Washing carefully BEFORE you enter the water is the most important part. Most Japanese baths will have small stools to sit on and a separate washing area away from the hot spring water. 
- Slopping towels in the water or wringing them out in the bathwater is considered very rude.
- ALWAYS make sure you're as clean before entering the water, and never rinse your towel in the bath or let it touch the water. Many people prefer to put their towel on their head while bathing, but setting it on a rock or the side of the bath is acceptable too. If your towel accidentally slips into the water, wring it out outside the bath.
- Never try to peek through the partitions or around walls to see the other gender's bathing area.
- Don't swim in the bath, just quietly dip and soak. 
- After leaving the bath, wipe off excess water and sweat as best as possible with your face towel prior to re-entering the locker room.

Do you know that the 1st onsen in Japan was dated back to around the year 712?! By the 12th century, bathing in onsen had become widespread due to the influence of Buddhism. In the 17th century, the health benefits were recognised. And today, onsen is one of the cores of Japanese tourism.

The heavenly outdoor hot spring

Changing Room

Bathing area before entering the hot spring

Indoor Hot Spring



Pardon the not so sharp pictures it was steamy hot



TripAdvisor Review click here.
To check hotels' prices at Niseko, use Agoda's link here
Address: Japan, 〒048-1592 Hokkaido Prefecture, Abuta District, ニセコ町東山温泉 
Tel: +81 136-44-3311


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...