Hokkaido 112 - Yang Shu Ten (Japanese Restaurant) @ Niseko

Yang Shu Ten is a Japanese Restaurant at The Village inside Niseko Village. Since we were staying a...

Yang Shu Ten is a Japanese Restaurant at The Village inside Niseko Village. Since we were staying at Green Leaf Niseko Village and too lazy to venture out to Hirafu for dinner, Yang Shu Ten was an obvious choice for a Japanese cuisine night out. The dinner menu was simple, with set dinner mainly from ¥8,000 onward. We chose the Sushi and Teppanyaki set accordingly just to try between the two of us, so that we could also taste more dishes. The highlights were items mainly from the Teppanyaki set, the Wagyu beef stew was the best dish of the night, and the seared Wagyu beef stew and Seafood Dried Curry Fried Rice were extremely tasty too. I liked the Snow Crab the most from the Sushi set, the rest of the items were just too generic and didn't really stood out. Overall, food was okay and service was attentive. If you're in Niseko Village looking for Japanese food, this is probably the only place to be. In the end, we had a quiet night out dining and strolling in the Village with snow falling around us, which was another great night in this beautiful town.


Cherry Tea and Japanese Confectionaries

Seasonal Appetizers

Sashimi

Snow Crab leg

Assorted Tempura

Simmered Salmon

Assorted Sushi

Salad

Seared Japanese Wagyu Beef

Grilled Seafood

Wagyu Beef Steak

Seafood Dried Curry Fried Rice

Wagyu Beef Stew

Dessert

Sushi Menu

Teppanyaki Menu

Address: The Village, Niseko Village
Tel: +81 136 44 1160
Business Hours: 11am-3pm (Last order 2.30pm); 5pm-10pm (Last order 9.30pm)


Hokkaido 111 - Ezo Seafoods Oyster Bar @ Niseko

Ezo Seafoods Oyster Bar is known to be the best seafood place in Niseko for many years now since 20...

Ezo Seafoods Oyster Bar is known to be the best seafood place in Niseko for many years now since 2009. Table reservations always fully booked months ahead. We didn't get to make a booking when we were there but decided to walk in just to try our luck. Luckily for us, we managed to squeeze a table for late dinner, probably easier since it was just the two of us. This restaurant is run by James Gallagher, an Aussie and his Japanese wife and head chef, Keiko Takaoka. James has a very interesting story on his journey to Niseko (you read it all here), and we love passionate people and places like this.
While we were lingering downstairs waiting for our table to be ready, James promptly made some recommendations on dishes for our dinner and we just went for it.

Fresh oyster and king crab legs

Salmon Sashimi

Fresh salad

Fried whitebait

Mixed seafood stew with white wine sauce

Chocolate brownies with ice cream
Our dinner was fantastic and probably the best we had on this trip to Niseko. I loved the extremely fresh king crab legs and oysters, as well as the fried whitebait and mixed seafood stew with white wine sauce. All the food came swiftly after we sat down at our table and the service was attentive For about ¥20,000 (if I remembered correctly), we got ourselves the freshest seafood in Niseko and a bottle of wine, not particularly wallet-friendly in Malaysia's standard but we were on vacation so indulgence was totally justifiable. Who's gonna say no to king crab legs anyway?!

James in his happiest place

Menu of the day

Fresh seafood

The restaurant

Official Website: http://www.ezoseafoods.com/
Address: 170-165 Aza Yamada Kutchan Cho Abuta Gun Hokkaido 044-0081 Japan
Business Hours: Winter from 5pm-10pm

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...
 



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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)

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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)

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