Monday, June 13, 2011

Tokutoku

A veritable hole in the wall, but well worth investigating, thanks to its awesome array of Japanese delicacies that other outlets might be hard-pressed to match.

The menu here is like a scrapbook, providing photos of dishes with Japanese-language descriptions, but no English translations (thankfully, the staff members are reasonably helpful). Daily specials are listed on a white board, also only in Japanese.

Raw horse meat (basashi). Customers who like tuna sashimi would probably be OK with this. Richly flavorsome but not repulsively gamy, with a meaty, pleasurably chewy texture.

Katsuo tataki. Vinegar-marinated bonito (or skipjack tuna), very lightly seared. A firm, fatty fish, with a strong, sardine-like taste.

Kohada sashimi. A fish that we seldom find. Also known as "gizzard shad," apparently a close relation of herring. These slices are wrapped in a rice-free roll, catering for carb-haters. Subtly sweet, but mostly mild in flavor (reminiscent of yellowtail).

Of course, those three items are merely the tip of the warm sake carafe. More soon, we hope!

Tokutoku,
59A, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2143-2553
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35 comments:

  1. Tng: ozeki tokyo at jln p ramlee and nonbei at hartamas used to serve horse sashimi too, once upon a time, but they stopped a few years ago =)

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  2. Wohoo...another new Jap resto in KL...I m game for horse meat :)

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  3. Ulric: heheh, actually this place has been around for awhile (I first stumbled on it before I started blogging), but it keeps a low profile and flies humbly under the radar =) btw I've been enjoying your tg tualang pics and we gotta go there someday too! :D

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  4. That's a meat i've been wanting to eat!

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  5. Hey I know where this place is...I have just forgotten to try this place out...this was before the commissioning of my black book :)

    Hope u will enjoy the food at Tg Tualang...they actually catch their fish live from the tank at their entrance...fresh! :D

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  6. Ooh I'd love to see the rice-free roll replicated across the board! The rice gets to me way too early in the meal!

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  7. OMG.. HORSE meat? Wow.. that's a new for me! And from the way you described it being gamey, perhaps not something that I'd enjoy :P

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  8. What a cute name! I wonder what it means...

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  9. I would have thought they would slice the horse meat thinly like carpaccio... :S

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  10. michelle: i'd like to try it cooked someday! not sure if grilled horse meat would taste like beef, lamb, chicken or pork :D
    ulric: oooh, that's cool! i usually avoid those live fish cos they can be too pricey, but i guess the ones at tg tualang would be easier on the waller =)
    min: true! there's a time and place for rice rolls, but only when it's really done well. and sadly, it seems like 80 percent of kl's japanese outlets just whip up perfunctory rolls :D
    iamthewitch: heheh, it tastes like a cross between raw tuna and raw beef! i suppose it'd be a great source of top-notch protein, and maybe not too fatty =)
    j: i'm guessing it might be some kind of fish, cos the logo on their signboard seems to be some unidentifiable fish! how come none of us can speak or understand japanese, heheh :D
    baby sumo: oooh, maybe they do at some other outlets. i think i'd prefer it thickly sliced though, cos that probably provides a fuller, creamier feel =)

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  11. Hi Sean,

    I suggest you also put up ratings on other criteria of the restaurants and menus you recommended such as quality of food, prices, portion and services. Much appreciated if you can specifically mention price for each dish especially for those cost conscious diners. Thanks.

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  12. chong: thanks for your suggestion; appreciate it. unfortunately, i'm just too plain lazy to figure out the ratings and to check the receipts for prices. but of course, readers should feel free to ask, if they're curious =)

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  13. so...how much does horse meat cost Sean..?? lol

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  14. adam/wendy: agkhhhhs. heh, i think it was about RM50. possibly a little less or a little more. i have an awful memory for numbers :D

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  15. haha thats ok..ballpark figures are very helpful too! - Adam

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  16. adam: ya, i usually can only recall the prices if they're outrageously expensive or wonderfully cheap =)

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  17. oh, so you were so hungry you went and ate a horse.

    :P

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  18. ciki: heheh, cute! i wish it could have been at least an entire horse thigh though! :D

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  19. We should start a petition for more rice-free rolls... if only so I can have more of my fave Japanese fried garlic rice... :P

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  20. lfb: i've long wondered whether the thing that makes garlic fried rice good is still called 'wok hei' or whether the japanese have a different term for it =)

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  21. Horse meat?! I want to try horse briyani. But sashimi-style is a step to far...for now. >.<

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  22. Bangsar-babe: ooh I still haven't tried the briyani kuda at bangi/putrajaya yet either! But it seems inconvenient since need to place advance order there, or so I hear =)

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  23. this is my first time seeing the raw horse meat. Looks like a piece of wagyu with some marbling

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  24. Eiling: oh yeah, definitely a distinctive look! :D

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  25. lfb: eh, chinese and japanese are traditionally sworn enemies rite (always fighting each other in wars). cannot combine their languages :P

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  26. Can. One of my best pals, she is Japanese what.

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  27. lfb: wait a few more years and u'll both be threatening to fire missiles at each other too :D

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  28. We been friends over a decade di... so I dun think so. :P

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  29. lfb: looking at the history of nations, there can be peace for long periods of time before all-out war breaks out :P

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  30. Sean, which part exactly they're located?? any landmark?

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  31. Babe_KL: ohh, it's at the shophouse row of mcdonalds and giordano at the Bukit bintang golden triangle shopping junction. It's on the first floor, not ground floor, so it's a bit difficult to notice, even though it's a busy intersection =)

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  32. friggin dunno what to say. LOL. I might give horse a miss:P it's kinda like dog to me.. ;(

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  33. ciki: oh ya, i see your point. they're quite noble, gentle and majestic creatures (horses)...

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