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Ichiban Boshi

Posted by Timothy Low under Kota Damansara

Sunway Giza is not a unfamiliar location to most. Located right in the middle of the booming township of Kota Damansara or Dataran Sunway to be exact, Sunway Giza is practically the right formula for a piece of successful commercial real estate. And located here, are some of the most popular local and international eateries such as Full House, Chili Pan Mee, Jin Xuan Hong Kong Dim Sum, Daorae Korean BBQ, Lan Jie Steam Fish, Tao Cuisine, The Uma. Dessert shop aren’t lacking too. SnowFlake, Chatime, Ochado, Baskin Robbin and even Tong Pak Fu Hong Kong dessert.

I will cover ALL of these, someday. Somehow. But I would like to bring you attention to one particular Japanese restaurant, Ichiban Boshi which is located inside Sunway Giza, on the 1st floor. Tucked hidden in a corner, you’ll just need to turn around and look back as you take the escalator to the 1st floor. Once inside, the restaurant is pretty spacious. Like most Japanese restaurants, there are seats next to the Kaiten Sushi (sushi conveyor belt) for those who can down endless supplies of sushi. And of course, seats with a view. In this case, views of the Giza Mall below.

Food choices are aplenty, ranging from set meals to ala carte and of course, sushi. A good Japanese restaurants are particular in what they serve. Down to the wasabe. Wasabi is Japanese horseradish and is used as a condiment accompanying your Japanese food. Good and genuine wasabe is very hot and will cause a burning sensation in your mouth so you should eat very small amounts or you’ll find your eyes watering. On the other hand, if you don’t feel any of this when you take your wasabe, you may want to check the ‘freshness’ of your wasabe with the chef.

If you are not sure what to choose, here are some tips. Firstly, go for some sushi. It doesn’t matter if you’re going to order set meals or ala carte later, just order some sushi. A good Japanese restaurant is very particular in the way they make their sushi. Sushi rice has a very delicate flavor and is usually made with short grained rice, water, rice vinegar, sugar and salt.

There are many types of sushi, but just to name a few below are some list of it FYI :

Sashimi: Raw seafood served chilled and sliced, and elegantly arranged. It’s usually prepared with fish fresh from the water, refrigerated but never frozen.

Nigirizushi: Nigiri means something like “hand pressed”. This type of sushi is the most common type at the sushi bar: A small oval made with rice, with an expertly cut slice of fish on top, and with a dab of wasabi on it. Most types of nigirizushi are meant to be dipped in soy sauce, and must be eaten in one bite, slowly. Close your eyes and feel the different textures in your mouth while you eat every piece.

Gunkan: Battleship sushi. This looks like a nigiri piece wrapped once in seaweed. It’s called “battleship sushi” because it resembles the cylindrical sail of a submarine or battleship. Most caviar sushi (e.g. uni, tobiko, ikura, masago) are wrapped in the gunkan style.

Makizushi: Maki means “rolled”. This kind of sushi consists of fish (or crab) and vegetables rolled in a sheet of nori (roasted seaweed) and rice. Makizushi is usually served sliced into bite-size portions. In some restaurants it will be listed as norimaki (seaweed roll) in the menu. Makizushi is an excellent choice for those venturing into the sushi bar for the first time, particularly if they are squimish about eating raw fish. The taste and crackling texture of the the seaweed, the visual delight from its appearance, and the combination of salty seaweed, sweet rice, and delicate fish and vegetables soon win even the most reluctant experimenters.

Temaki: Te = hand. Temaki describes the hand rolls, something like a Japanese nori taco, that you bite into. Many of the ingredients you’ll find in makizushi also exist in temaki.

All the sushi education here does not measure to anything if you don’t try it. Go on, grab a bite and you’ll know what I mean. And here are details on Ichiban Boshi.

Restaurant name : Ichiban Boshi
Food Type : Japanese
Price Factor : Medium Cost

Address : Sunway Giza Shopping Mall, Kota Damansara
Tel : 03-61481844
Email : giza_ib@res.com.my
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/IchibanBoshi.RESM

Other Locations :
Ichiban Boshi Pavilion Shopping Centre @ KL
Tel : 03-21416621 (Bukit Bintang)
Email : pavilion_ib@res.com.my

Ichiban Boshi Solaris Dutamas Shopping Mall @ KL
Tel : 03-62032271 (Beside Solaris Mont Kiara)
Email : solaris_ib@res.com.my

Ichiban Boshi Setia Alam @ Shah Alam
OPENING May 2012 SMS: 016-9061003 (Setia City Mall)
Email : setia_ib@res.com.my

Snowflake

Posted by Timothy Low under Kota Damansara

Who would have thought a simple dessert made from ice shavings, some beans, sweet potatoes with a pinch of pearl jellies would’ve made such an impression on me? For the benefit of those who don’t know me, I am not exactly a fan of desserts. Especially not those bubbly, pearly Taiwanese fad that swept across our shores some time ago. I wouldn’t be caught dead sucking black pearly stuffs on those gigantic straws. Nope, not me !

Then one day, I came across Snowflake.

Not the one in Subang or Pavilion but right here in Kota Damansara. My turf. My dining playground. Yup, Snowflake came bashing into Dataran Sunway unannounced, and conquered us all. With their little pearl jellies…. I can imagine them blowpiping us all with pearl jellies using their gigantic straws. Ugh!

Anyway, it was by chance that I stumbled upon this so-called dessert shop. It’s a corner shop and I must compliment the owner of Snowflake for being smart enough to place their store in one of the busiest street in Dataran Sunway. Some of my favourite shops are located on that street. My favourite coffee shop, DU Cafe that serves like a million choices of food ….. and my favourite dvd shop that I “ALWAYS” frequent after my dinner. And guess what, now I have a third option ….. dessert time!

My first visit to Snowflake isn’t exactly a pleasant one. And I blame it on my own biased judgements. As I said earlier, I don’t fancy dessert. Especially not one in an overcrowded shop. The queues were just outrageous. I’ve never seen people so eager to queue up just for a simple dessert such as this. Nevertheless … after some convincing from my partner, I joined the queue (my feeling at that very moment …. I felt a little “over-aged” just to be in that queue … they should come up with another queue for those over 18! Guys and girls … no pun intended. You guys do look young ….)

After queuing for almost like a million years (ok, I was being a little drama .. I waited for about 5 minutes), it was my turn to order. I stared at the sweet young thing behind the counter and she stared back at me, smiling. I looked around and looked up at the menu behind her.

Paiseh. I didn’t know what to do! Good thing the girl behind the counter was nice enough to walk me through the process of ordering. Trust me, if you’re as ignorant as me, you’ll need this.

Step One : Choose Snowflake, Tohua or Memorable series.
Step Two : Select a sub-series choice.
For Snowflake series, select your Snowflake flavour. Grass Jelly series, Taro Ball series or Soya Ice series.
Step Three : Pay up and receive UFO remote token (note : never place the token in your pants pocket!)
Step Four : Choose either to wait for your order outside the shop or in one corner of the shop looking like a school kid punished for being late to class.
Step Five : Your token vibrates. You can collect your order at the delivery counter. (note : if your token is in your pants pocket, you will probably get a shock and embarrass yourself in front of the kids. Serves you right …should’ve listened to me….)

It was after my first visit did I develop a crave for that icy cold, refreshing Snowflake. The next day, I could still vividly remember the taste of Snowflake’s soya ice series with red bean and peanuts. And the same evening … I was queuing up again ….. damn !

You have to try this out, if you haven’t done so. If you like it … good luck, you’ll want more. If not, at least you’ve tried it and you can leave it as a conversation piece with your friends if someone talks about it.

Snowflake is available at these locations :

Pavilion Kuala Lumpur
SS15 Subang Jaya
Kota Damansara

* photos “pinjam” from Snowflake Facebook group.

Claypot Station Restaurant

Posted by Timothy Low under Kota Damansara

Claypot Station

Dataran Sunway in Kota Damansara has never been short on eateries. From Western to Japanese and from Indian to Chinese, Dataran Sunway has it all. There’s even a ‘Kong Chow’ restaurant if you fancy some local dialect food! And if you don’t know where Dataran Sunway is … simple. Just head towards The Curve and drive past it. Soon you will see Dataran Sunway on your right.

And right next to Dataran Sunway is the latest commercial development, The Strand. Yup, spells exactly like the one in London! With The Strand almost as big if not bigger than Dataran Sunway, you can bet on more eateries opening up in this area.

I do have a few articles on Dataran Sunway but allow me to begin with Claypot Station Restaurant. If you’re into claypot dishes, make sure you don’t miss this very humbly set-up place. The setup in this place is pretty simple and plain but don’t let that deceive you. That’s probably the only plain thing about this place. When you check out the menu, you will be surprised by the wide variety to claypot dishes they offer.

This isn’t my first visit to this outlet but the 3rd. And after the 3rd visit, I can safely recommend what’s good and what’s not with them. Which is exactly what I am about to tell you.

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Chilly Pan Mee

Posted by Timothy Low under Kota Damansara

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I googled for the word “Pan Mee” and see what the result showed? A whopping 1.7 million returns. Talk about being everyone’s favorite! Anyway, as you can see from the result of the search, Restoran Kin Kin in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in KL seemed to be sitting right at the top. But is it the best place for Pan Mee? Well, I can’t tell because I have not personally tried it.

On the other hand, what I CAN tell you is this one below…..

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I have been to this one many, many times … simply because it’s near where I live. That’s right …. Dataran Sunway in Kota Damansara. Food is plentiful here, lucky me. And as for you foodies out there, if you haven’t been to Dataran Sunway … it’s about time you do so.

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I tried googling for the best Hainanese Chicken Rice shop in Malaysia and I had 2,440 results. I don’t know about you but the result probably says chicken rice is one of the most common meal around. Don’t quote me but try looking for a decent coffee shop or “kopitiam” that doesn’t sell chicken rice?

Kar Heong

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