Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mai Ramen @ Jaya One


Recognize anyone? This place was a hub for coincidental encounters on a recent evening.


On paper, the most alluring choice here is the buta kakuni ramen (ramen with stewed pork). A hearty bowl of Maggi Mee-like noodles in warm, subtly salty white broth. The pork was reasonably tender, but it was marred by a somewhat stinky flavor.


Nankotsu karaage (deep-fried chicken soft bones). KFC Original Recipe-ish.


Ajitsuke tamago (seasoned half-boiled eggs). I love eggs, but this was forgettable.


Butayaki okonomiyaki (pancake with grilled pork). A guilty pleasure, thanks to the rather addictive yam-like base. Close your eyes and it's almost like munching on those fried dim sum yam balls stuffed with minced pork.


Butaniku enoki (skewered grilled pork). No complaints; the meat was juicy and went well with the golden mushrooms.


Unagi yaki (grilled eel balls). Wasn't as greasy as versions at some other outlets, but there was only a miniscule, barely discernible amount of unagi in this.


Choya umeshu with soda. Watered down (or iced down, in this case).


Mai Ramen,
Jaya One.

53 comments:

  1. Yay, another ramen joint for me to explore. (And I do seem to be about JayaOne quite often these days. Double yay.)

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  2. lfb: ceh ... can battle traffic all the way to jaya one, but cannot go wisma cosway (then again, i guess jaya one has more attractions than cosway) :P

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  3. i dont drink but i love choya! and omg all that pork!

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  4. r u sure those eggs are half boiled? looks rather close to hard boil ;)

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  5. For one thing, I can get Devil's fave chocolate durian cakes from A Slice of Heaven at JayaOne> That's certainly worth the trip there! :D

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  6. michelle: oh ya, it's interesting that umeshu's alcohol content is similar to wine's, but it seems much less when u're drinking it!
    joe: heheh, the menu said it was supposed to be half-boiled. but u're right, it was more of three-quarter-boiled :D
    lfb: ergkh, the trouble to which u'd go to make him happy ... disgusting. :D u might as well be singing, "ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no valley low enough" all the way to jaya one, heheh :P

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  7. Well, I make Devil happy, Devil also make me happy ma. :D

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  8. lfb: so everyone just wants a happy ending lah. ahem :P

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  9. More often than not, happy endings. :D

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  10. lfb: since i typically have to travel all the way to bangkok to get some of those, i guess your arduous trip to and from jaya one doesn't sound all that bad in comparison :P

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  11. Eww. We didn't need to know that. :P

    Btw, guess who got the 150th comment on a certain nasi lemak post after missing out on the 100th one to another lovely lady? :D

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  12. lfb: over-sharing is TRULY caring :D
    bah, 150th is like the consolation prize of a mini-compo when the grand prize is a holiday to switzerland. am not consoled :P

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  13. Then I guess your readers dun need much loving and caring lah. We're fine being deprived. :P

    P.S. Cis, that's like 50% more than the 100th! How can be consolation?

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  14. lfb: 'eat drink kl' aims to titillate every aspect of its readers' senses, not merely their taste buds :D
    p.s. 100 is always a more significant number than 150. it was in uncanny x-men #100 that jean was overcome by solar radiation when she single-handedly piloted the spaceship back to earth to save her teammates. but what happened in uncanny #150? i also cannot remember :P

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  15. But it's called 'Eat Drink KL', not 'Eat Drink XXtra XXtra KL' ma... :P

    P.S. LOL. Oh well... can try for comment #200? I bet that has some X-Men-ish significance?

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  16. lfb: think of this as a blog with benefits :D
    p.s. ahhh yes, that was when magneto went on trial at the international court of justice but then became the new headmaster at the school. but u were probably still in a cot when that happened :P

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  17. 'Tis debatable whether those are actually benefits or merely reasons to run screaming away. :P

    P.S. Prolly wasn't even born yet. Before my time. You, on the other hand, were already in university, right? Or already at your first job? :P

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  18. lfb: it only hurts the first time. after that, it gets much easier and better, i assure u :P
    p.s. if that's your read-between-the-lines way of saying that i seem amazingly wise beyond my years despite my obviously youthful appearance ... why, thank you :D

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  19. Haha, with your readers there wouldn't even be a first time. We'd all have run off far, far away before you even realise we're gone. Part of what you'd have to endure given your advanced age. (See below.)

    P.S. No, that's just my way of saying you're old. *whistles*

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  20. lfb: ergkh. is that what happened to min chow and a bunch of other readers whom i seem to have lost recently. but u're still here :D
    p.s. it seems unfair that when i first got to know scott summers, he was more than double my age. now i'm at least five years older than him :P

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  21. Yes well. I'm just here to comment. Secretly, I actually don't read your blog posts. (Just like Devil doesn't read mine, just looks at the pics and the comments.)

    P.S. ROFL. Poor Sean. I'm sure Scott Summers still loves you despite your age difference. After all, look at James Marsden and Famke Jannsen. :D

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  22. lfb: perhaps when this blog wins the pulitzer, u'll take it more seriously :D
    p.s. sigh. at some point, we'll even surpass professor x in age. who'll love us then? :P

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  23. Don't you have to be an American to win the Pulitzer?

    P.S. Uhm, Professor X?

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  24. Lfb: they make exceptions for extraordinarily staggering work :D
    P.S. Only if I can get him to seek treatment at a svenson hair center

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  25. Ya, exactly. So since that means this blog ain't gonna win the Pulitzer, you agree then there's no call to take it seriously hor? :P

    P.S. You can't regrow what's not there. Don't those hair centres just save what's left? Else, Bald Eagle can always try their services... :P

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  26. hmph. when jennifer hudson got booted prematurely out of american idol, nobody would've believed she'd win an oscar a few years later either :p
    p.s. isn't 'hair weaving' all about placing hair where there's no hair? must ask samy vellu :D

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  27. Hmm. Does this mean you gonna try out for Malaysian Idol and then get beaten by two other divas when you hit the bottom three? :P

    P.S. At first, I read that as 'Hugo Weaving'... Too much Matrix and LotR for me... :P

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  28. lfb: eh ... that guy went on to have an OK career mah. appeared in some made-in-msia chinese movie, performed on some tv variety shows ... even though i can't remember his name no more :P
    p.s. ahh, hugo ... quite a heartthrob in the '90s. but now he's reduced to playing the red skull in the upcoming captain america movie...

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  29. An OK career and you can't remember his name? Wow, you're totally convincing me... :P

    P.S. Reduced? One would think he had to be ENLARGED, well, his head anyway... :P

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  30. lfb: vincent? victor? something-v. i'd google it but i'm lazy. :D
    p.s. the red skull is drop-dead ugly. in a way, it's an even more thankless role than dr doom :P

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  31. Me too. But I'm pretty sure it's Daniel something. Nothing remote V-ish about it. :P

    P.S. Roles are never thankless when one is paid big moolah for them. :D

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  32. lfb: daniel was the WINNER of season 2 lah. dare to talk about other people aging and getting memory loss summore...
    p.s. still ... once upon a time, maybe 20 years ago, hugo weaving could have dyed his hair blonde and been considered for the captain america role. now he has to play the deformed bad guy...

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  33. I was talking about Season 2 what. What were you talking about?

    P.S. 20 years ago, it wouldn't be the same film, would it? Advances in film tech and all that. :P

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  34. ooh I didn't know Jaya 1 has this place. Since it's not too far, I'll drop by one day and try the ramen. Looks good though.

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  35. lfb: i was talking about season 1! when that chinese dvd-seller-lookalike made it to the final three, before losing to jac and dina...
    p.s. there was a captain america low-budget, straight-to-video film in 1990 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_America_(1990_film) check out the lead actor, matt salinger ... not bad at all (though he probably looks like hugo weaving now)
    eiling: yeah, worth trying, since they have quite a wide range of ramen and other food. too bad no sake or any really strong booze though ... only umeshu and japanese beer...

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  36. Ah well. Is there a season 3, 4?

    P.S. They should have a Marvel vs. DC crossover film. Imagine the cast: from Superman Returns, Batman Begins, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Green Lantern, etc. Sweet.

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  37. lfb: it turned into 'one in a million' and started attracting really bad contestants. though some of them have become local pop stars. faizal tahir, suki low, tomok :D
    p.s. that'd be too confusing, with actors like james marsden having appeared in both x-men AND superman. not to mention chris evans as both the human torch AND captain america...

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  38. You watch too much TV. That's another thing I don't do: watch TV. Read newspapers. :P

    P.S. That'd be the FUN part. Dual identities, split personalities, oh imagine the fun! :D

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  39. lfb: i'm not convinced that reading convoluted novels by manic-depressive authors is indeed the better way to spend your time :P
    p.s. well, the only upside is more screentime for ryan reynolds then, since he's both deadpool and the green lantern. though, ermm, i guess he should keep his mask on as deadpool...

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  40. Agreed on that. Who does that, anyway? :P

    P.S. He could go shirtless though, no? :D

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  41. lfb: well, among the bloggers i know, the obvious candidate is the one whose entries contain lines like "The buildings, the houses are stacked against each other like books in an overloaded library, lost in distant memory." :P
    p.s. yep, those abs put me to shame, considering i'm the same age as him (or least he's only a few months younger than me). sigh.

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  42. That's a good line, damnit.

    P.S. Who, Professor X? :P

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  43. lfb: mix metaphors much? :P
    p.s. bleh. i'm sharpening my knives now while waiting for your vacation photos on the beach...

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  44. Mixed like the best cocktails, mate. ;)

    P.S. Hehe. Happy waiting.

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  45. lfb: ergkh. i know my cocktails, and your metaphors, sir, are no mojito :P
    p.s. yikes. i guess i should befriend the devil on facebook; otherwise, i might not be able to see those pics :D

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  46. True. They are far simpler, like a good ol' gin and tonic. :D

    P.S. Not even.

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  47. lfb: nope. they're as complex as long island iced tea, but less pleasurable to savor, and equally lethal to the brain cells! :P
    p.s. i'm sure he'd oblige if i asked politely :D

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  48. WE ordered almost the same food, and thankfully u avoided the sushi ;p

    I had the whole bowl of buta kakuni ramen to myself ;p cos its fatty pork and i dun wan to share! *looks dwn at expanding thighs..urgh! *

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  49. tng: if i could have ordered one more thing, it would probably have been the sushi! :D wah, means your other three friends had to get their own separate bowl? terrible, heheh!

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  50. 48 comments??!! rock on sean ! if LL is the queen of SLR, YOU my dear are the PRINCE of dining!

    seriously impressed. like completely. :D

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  51. ciki: but 80 percent of these comments were because of one troublesome commenter. :D thanks for the royal compliments! can i call u the princess of praise, heheh...

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  52. i keep reading this post & i mean to go.. heck its so near but im soooooooooooooo bizi.. next week for sure going one .. sure one .. sure one.. :P

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  53. ciki: crossing my fingers that u'll make it there next week! i'd join u, but i'm thousands of miles away! :D

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