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I just discover back a folder that I have been looking back last time. It was a job I am assisting my friend for a food photoshoot in this restaurant for her magazine write up. It was a great exposure and experience for that time given by Ee Lune my ex colleague.

I am sure some of you have read the write up for Ozeki Italia (click here) which is a new division from this company with a cross mixture of authentic food with Italian. As we head back to the main branch that had been operate in the heart of Kuala Lumpur which is Ozeki Toyko Cuisine located next to KLCC or the building next to Poppy Club (used to be).

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Ozeki Tokyo Cuisine offer authentic Japanese food dining experience which is not so much localise. Filling your plate with fresh sashimi and chef special of the day is something that you would usually hunt for. I love something which is unique or not in the menu.

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a huge spacious place that can easily filled up 80 – 100 pax of customer at one go and this restaurant have their loyal customer base which is most of them are Japanese.

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Soft music playing at the background, great service from the floor crew, recycle sakae bottle used to decorate as wall partitions, providing a simple dining experience.

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All these kitchen crew are all train by  Executive Chef Hitoshi Kimijima . ..

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and I get to see Executive Chef  Hitoshi Kimijima with his superb knife skills on slicing all the sashimi. I often get to watch this on Japanese drama but never live and up close.

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Salmon sashimi. .

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Edamame boil in hot water that make it soft and warm. I used to dislike this dish and friend thought me how to enjoy it ..

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Then we were pamper with sake. I love this bottle of sake that is serve on chill, simple and easy to drink and pairs well with sashimi. Fragrant on the after taste. If you do come here and dine, try to order this bottle. – Recommended~ (apologize for not knowing the name of this sake)

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another one is with plum and lemon flavor. Simply refreshing and drink with care.

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Mango unagi salad. . . . something new to me as the dressing pairs well with unagi and mango, mango is fresh and unagi been grill to perfection.

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Presentation of Sashimi boat is simple and place on top of a ice bed to ensure the freshness.. Needless to say, it had been a while since I come near to good sashimi and no wonder this outlet is still standing strong after 10 years.

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One word to say, it taste awesome!

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Next is this beef cubes being place on top of the hot grilling pan and let it grill slowly. Juicy and moist  as it is and the fats of beef make grilling and oozing out along make the taste even more aromatic.

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something light to dance on our palate that seve in a unique way with a huge cube of wooden plank at the bottom with fire cooking along on this huge shell of scallop is something light and tasty. Huge scallop meat is fresh, chewy when biting.

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Volcano roll . ..

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One of the best volcano roll that I can find in KL, with fresh ingredient and drench with burning cheeze along its the most perfect dish and taste I have discover so far. Would not want to describe this and would love you to go try for yourself. – highly recommended!

If you are looking for authentic Japanese restaurant to dine, this is one of a restaurant would fall into my recommended dining area and of course there are other good Japanese dining as well, but this outlet is not to be miss.

Location:
Ozeki Tokyo Japanese Restaurant
Menara TA One, Ground Floor,
No. 22, Jalan P.Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03 2166 4263

Opening times: Open daily, 12noon-2:30pm, 6:30-11pm

GPS: 3.156724, 101.709795


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One of the place that me and my friends had been talking for ages is to come to this very old classic for breakfast. It was on the long weekend when I was back to Penang and I got drag by a few of them to hunt for this place and finally we are here. Toh Soon Cafe operates in a small ally at Campbell Street that this place is one of a favourite hang out place during my grandparents time.

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It was those good old times whereby you can see alot of people sitting here enjoying their coffee while reading newspaper as this place serve Hainanese breakfast, that operate by an old couple.

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Cannot deny that this place is pretty well known now by many people, thanks to blog and Facebook had sligltly popularize this place. AS it is long weekend, definately you will see alot of tourist in this cafe.

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Please do have patients in this cafe while waiting for your toast and coffee as it is handle by these old couple and help of friends.

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Many people came here just for the classic breakfast, which is toast, steam bread, half boil egg with coffee.

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Keke, you will never get to see this super classic toaster, that is modified from oil barrel burn with charcoal at the bottom as at the deepest level, there is where your bread are toast and head further up, there is where your hot water is being boiled. 2 in 1.

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Toh Soon Singature drink, Kopi  . .. Not so bitter compare to the others, slightly robust in coffee and I always prefer mine with milk. My friend ended up having 2 glass of this.

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I still prefer mine in hot for breakfast.

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another signature here I would say is their steam bun. Its soft near to cotton that spread with simple kaya and butter. Definitely they are more generous in their ingredients compare to any franchise chain.

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To eat it in more classic, I usually will dip it into my kopi as taught by my grandfather. To be even more classic, you can pour your coffee onto the base plate and drink it from there.

Toast bread range:

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This is one of a unique one as the bread had slight chocolate taste and toast then spread with kaya and butter. Nice.

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so this is how I enjoy my simple classic breakfast over the morning. Just perfect. Nothing much to shout about as only one thing that you must not miss is their steam bread. Loving it.

Parking here can be  a pain in the ass as its very limited. Therefore you can try  Lorong Kampung Malabar (next to Lebuh Campbell) where there’s a lot of parking always available and just walk into the lane only about 50m away.

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, ~  just normal classic breakfast -Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Toh Soon Cafe 多春茶座
Campbell Street, Off Penang Road,
George Town, 10100 Penang
Tel : 04 2613754

GPS Coordinates: N5 25.118 E100 19.916
Map: http://wikimapia.org/#lat=5.4187637&lon=100.3320032&z=18&l=0&m=s&v=9

Business hour: 8am to 6pm (Closed on Sundays)

Laksa Beras? or translate it into Rice Laksa? Doesnt sound right . .:D Anyway, as my understanding is that Laksa Beras is made of rice flour in a certain mold and comes out with this silky smooth laksa noodle. Every chef have their own secret recepi to make it better when the noodle boil in the hot water it doesnt break.

So my friend decided to bring me to one of her favourite malay laksa stall over the past weekend that its called Laksa Beras. They have been a regular customer since when she was a kid. This hidden  stall started off with family business and as it gains its popularity around the area, many stalls had open up as most of the stalls along the road or around the area are related to them as in either relatives or cousins. I think there would be handfull more than 5-8 stalls along the road.

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To reach here, along the road heading off from Bukit Mertajam, Penang to this road, spot for a Police station on your right and head straight then next is to spot on this few buildings that I have taken with blue roof top which is very obvious that is hard to be miss.

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The stall is located next to the blue roof top building . . . I would say the stall is pretty hidden and you can drive pass by without realizing it as right infront it would be a small curving road.

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A business operated from their parents and now taking over by their kids is one of the popular stalls among the neighborhood in the area.

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What is the difference between Laksa Beras and Penang Asam Laksa as the ingredient cook in it is similiar but taste came out is quite different.

Penang Asam Laksa you can taste sourness and especially there are people who love to put alot of shrimp paste (heh koh) in it, spicy at the end and turns out to be many people’s Favourite.

Laksa Beras or I called it Malay Laksa is another version of laksa I love to eat especially during Pasar Ramadan month. The soup base is a bit clear, sour bitter at the end, and the fish they had it slice or mince it and cook.

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Price is pretty cheap as SPecial for RM 3 and Normal for RM1.80. Its hard to find a portion like that in that kind of pricing.

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As mention by my friend, she help me order Special which is their signature.

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This is the plate of Laksa Beras Special @ RM 3

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One thing I agree with my friend is the texture of the Laksa Beras noodle is super smooth and hardly come across this kind of texture and according to her it is made fresh by the family itself. In the special it comes with cucur udang and dip for a while and eat it is pretty good.

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Soup base is a bit clear or mild in taste as this is what the family recepi is, a bit sour bitter at the end, and the soup can just drink a lot. I did not finish my noodle as this is the 3rd stop for the morning itself. So its pretty much and one thing I did is I finish the soup. which is something different.

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This place if you ask me to go again, I will be a bit lost and they do not have the exact location as they told me to watch out for landmark only as insert in my post. Happy hunting to this Laksa Beras Place as I would rate it nice malay Laksa. It is advise to go early as at times the finish out early.

Its one of the road heading off from Bukit Mertajam to lead here.

*Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, pretty good, worth a try ~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Laksa Beras
Jalan Kumbang Semang,
Kubang Semang,
Penang.

Tel: 019-521 3452

Operating Hours: 10.30am – 4.30pm
Closed on Friday

Road trip for food is definitely fun, especially when you go with a bunch of all hungry eaters that are responsible to eat and pay only, as on the way up north to Penang, we decided to do a little food hunt in Ipoh for early breakfast at Foh San (富山), and I have dine before at Ming Court Dim Sum which is quite disappointing  . .This round, we all agree to try out the famous Foh San Dim Sum which I heard so much over other bloggers or they rate it as best dim sum in Ipoh.

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We reach around 11am and there are still strong crowd inside the restaurant, with many people waiting for tables, as I have heard that strong crowd will pour into this outlet as early as 7am-9am which is the  most peak. .

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They used to operate in a smaller building as their business boom that had attracted many people from near and far, this is the new restaurant outlook which had expanded to 2 times bigger compare to their old outlet according to my friend.

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Modern tea house with nice floor titles, wooden chairs and marble and wooden tables are all well place around the restaurant. Now in order to get tables for pax of 10 person, all of us spread out equally into 4 sections, 2 at the bottom left and right and upper floor left and right. It really depends on your observation and luck to get a table, as you have to monitor your table closely with other public customer around too. . .

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If you come at 11am, quite a number of items are sold out, which is some of their signature item . .  will come back again for next round . .

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As all hungry eaters are ready to hunt for food and this plate I do not know what’s the name, its like a pao and sprinkle with pork floss, taste a bit dry and not my choice of item . .

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‘Malaikou’ is one of the best I had so far, super soft and spongy, and great in aroma . . have to eat it while its hot.

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Water-chestnut cake a bit more like jelly and slices water chestnut inside is fresh and something to eat after your hearty dim sum meal as closing ..

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A simple delight that must not miss is Siew Mai, Har Kau then followed by some corn pork dim sum . .

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Pai Kuat

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Chicken Feet

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 Lai Ngau Pau – is pronounce something like that, which is a must eat item! this was the last piece I manage to get as the pork meat melts in your mouth and the gravy inside is just nice to make it perfect! highly Recommended. . .

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Loh Mai Kai

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Porridge is also one of their signature which is also a must have item to try, as the texture of it silky smooth, mild in taste and just add a bit of soy sauce is just perfect. Highly recommended

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Fried loh pak kou, not many restaurant can fried this evenly and nice, as this restaurant is exceptional that fried till some edges are a bit crispy, not too big piece and got wok hei . .

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Their Egg Tart turns out to be impressive too, crispy side soft egg yolk spread in the middle. .

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By the end of the day, we were all very satisfied with this meal as we rate this one of the best Dim Sum so far we have come across, fresh, and not only that, the most important is their price which turns out to be pretty cheap, as we paid only around RM18 per pax for alot of dish!

Now only I understand why so many people flock to this restaurant, even I did a road trip down to Ipoh just to eat this dum sum and they like it, and ask when shall we drive down again. No doubt that this is one of my recommended Dim Sum place if you do pass by Ipoh.

*NON-HALAL

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 9/10, Very Good..highly recommneded -Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Restoran Foh San Ipoh:
51 Jalan Leong Sin Nam, 30300 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel: (605) 254-0308
Fax: (605) 253-5432
N4 35.815 E101 05.168

http://www.fohsan.com.my/


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Do you all still remember the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan few months ago that it had affected one of their nuclear reactor till the Jap government at taking high safety precautions on that. Kin Shui Tei Japanese Restaurant AS I am a big fan of Japanese food, during that time I get to discover that actually there are a few ports that export their fresh seafood ingredient to other parts of the world and which I get to know and explain by a few Japanese restaurant during that time was, most of the restaurant in Malaysia their ingredient is import through the southern port at japan which the quake hit wayyyyy up in the north whereby the nuclear reactor is located up there too.

For me, I cannot just think like last time tsunami hit Acheh does that mean the whole Indonesia is in trouble? usually nope which is just affected a small part of town and people assume is the whole country. For me I still support Japanese food as that time the TVB series that show alot on Sushi had made my crave for it alot, I still eat it too. Now, next in the line is Kin Shui Tei Japanese Restaurant which is located inside of Tropicana Golf Club.

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Start off with one of my favourite Cold Sake which is very mild in taste, easy to drink and smooth. It doesnt taste very strong in alcohol yet the the more you drink and the after effect will be like wine, you wont feel the kick in many glasses, once kicks in, you will be in another world. . 🙂

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Deep Fried Shrimps then you squeeze with lemon to make it a bit sourish, and let it soak for a while into the crispy fried shrimps then its good!

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 Edamame is not one of my preference, I just go along as it is boil in hot water then add on with a bit of salt to bring up the taste a bit.

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Seasonal Anago Tempurawith Deep fried sea eel with Japanese tempura style with crunchy vegetables.

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Special Hokkaido Chirashi Sushi @  RM98 

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Combination of a few fresh ingredient in sashimi and I can say that every piece that put into my mouth I am enjoying every bits of it, that the sashimi is super fresh.

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Beef tofu Katsu Don RM38

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Everytime when comes a dish with tofu, most of them will just stuff it infront of me first saying that being taufulou you must eat your own first -_-“”””. . . . The tofu is very soft, fried well on the edge on the skin with egg coated abit that makes it aromatic and  eat along with fragrant rice, just perfect.

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This is the first time I tried out this Smoked Ayu as was told is a sweet fish, while I use my chopstick to poke through it, doesnt seem like a fresh fish cuz a bit sold, but when put inside my mouth, the aroma just burst, with sweetness and fresshness of it. [email protected] RM55 

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Lamb rib steak with homemade special sauce @ RM50 

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Teppan Seafood Special @ RM98

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Seafood Kimuchi Udon @RM39

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When I tried this, I was like, eh, izint that this is kimchi, and how come Japanese restaurant serve Korean food ah, well, I just eat it, which is their kimchi is homemade and the taste is nice and I just love mine to be more spicy then it would taste even better, the texture of udon is just nice, not too soft yet it is springy.

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As human being, we always take safety precious over the food from that country to avoid the best rather than purposely go find fault, as time pass during the event, people concern grew over food safety and Kin Shui Tei is one of the first restaurant in Malaysia to prove to their customer that they are actually radioactive free by scanning from this high tech device that they bought from US which previously US reluctant to sell it to Malaysia because its no need and not affected.

for a human to have a side effect on the radio active which will need at least reading of 100,000 and above and anything less than 20,000 is harmless. . . As some customer is scared of the food and will ask where does your product come from, and when mention from Japan they will ask safe or not, then will prove to them by using this device.

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For Kin Shui Tei to serve even better they have import their ingredient from different parts of the world such as rice from USA, scallops and salmon from Norway, Tuna from Indonesia, Unagi from Taiwan and the list goes on.

It is definately safe to dine in here as all their food had went through extreme check if the item come from Japan. For me, where every there is good food, I will just go hunt . .

Address:
C/o Tropicana Golf & Country Resort,
Jalan Kelab Tropicana,
47410 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor.

Contact No:
603 – 7804 2079

Operating Hours:
Monday to Friday – Lunch, 12.00PM – 2.30PM / Dinner, 6.30PM-10.00PM
Saturday , Sunday and Public Holiday – Lunch, 12.00PM, 2.30PM / Dinner, 6.30PM – 10.00PM

Website:
kinshuitei.com/web/

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/kinshuitei

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