Friday, June 8, 2012

Waku Waku @ Mid Valley

Unveiled this week at Mid Valley, Waku Waku is a fun, carefree Japanese eatery that might exasperate purists while exhilarating everyone else.

Sure, there's edamame, unagi kabayaki and tori karaage on the menu, but skip the safe stuff and see what Waku Waku calls its house-special 'Nasi Lemak Jepun.' 

Sticky, coconut-infused rice, topped with a wobbly egg and served with veggies in a hot pot.

The speedy, smiley service team (which absolutely deserves the highest praise) helps customers stir it all up for a carb-fanatic's dream come fragrantly true.

The rice is partnered with savory sambal, darkly stewed chicken, delicately spicy prawns, anchovies, peanuts and pickled radish. All for RM12.90++, it's well worth battling traffic in and out of Mid Valley.

Gotta love this 'Kuey Teow Jepun' too, with a soft-boiled egg that's nothing short of perfect.

Costing RM9.90++, it's a steaming-hot sensation, sufficient for two to share.

Our only sorrow: not even sake is served at Waku Waku. Sobriety can be a curse.

Somehow, after a somewhat aimless ten-minute walk, we found ourselves on level six of The Gardens Hotel, where all-day dining restaurant The Spread was by then emptied of patrons.

Martini Bianco, Extra Dry and Rosso, with olives for nibbling. 

Waku Waku,
Level 3, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2284-1172
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44 comments:

  1. The dishes look unique! A heavily local infused dishes, I must say...

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    1. Chong: oh yeah, not quite japanese, but not quite malaysian either :D

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  2. Now this a eggy-good find...comfort food for down-to-earth prices..like! =)

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    1. Ulric: more affordable than, say, madam kwan's, i think =)

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    2. From the heavenly (ur previous post) to down-to-earth comfort food...nice one :D

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    3. Ulric: heh, a nice testament to the versatility of japanese food :D

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  3. from the pics, it does look like waku waku serves orgasmic goey eggs!

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    1. Missyblurkit: the eggs were so good! could have used two of them in the nasi lemak :D

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  4. Wow! I love the Japanese take on Nasi lemak! Especially the look of that onsen egg! Gotta find time to go there soon!

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    1. Kelly: definitely an interesting way of enjoying nasi lemak. they've come up with a good recipe and perfected the art of cooking the egg, heh =)

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  5. nasi lemak ala japanoise??

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  6. I can hear my Japanese girlfriend screaming "Nooooooo!" right now. Looks like fun though. I might have to go just to tease her. :-)

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    1. The Yum List: she might be surprised to find herself enjoying the food here! let's keep our fingers crossed :D

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  7. Kuey Teow and Nasi Lemak only? No dessert? That's too little for you! LOL

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    1. CK: heheh, there's creme brulee here, as well as green tea and sesame ice cream :D

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  8. I like!! So close to home, gonna go try them since I see poached eggs!

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    1. Baby Sumo: i think the kids might enjoy the fun food here! :D

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  9. Waku2 is a new restaurant? The food looks special! ;-)

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    1. Melissa: yups, it's part of the texchem company that also operates sushi king, i believe :D

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  10. The name is so cute. It reminds me of the world cup song waka waka.

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    1. Smitten By Food: true, it's a catchy name! :D

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  11. Oooohh! I'm definitely having the kuay teow with egg. ;)

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    1. Bangsar Babe: that's a good choice, i think! it tastes as good as most regular char kuey teow (except that it lacks the cockles, heh) :D

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  12. Wow, you're really fast! I was there last week and they were not open yet. The food looks good, will try it out ourselves! =)

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    1. Eat Only Lar: oh yeah, we've been looking forward to this restaurant for quite a few months! the menu is still limited, but it's worth checking out :D

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  13. I'm not sure why, but it gives me a Korean feel, especially the condiments that accompanied the rice. Maybe it's the way they serve the dishes, I guess.

    A little of both worlds, if I may add, is what probably makes the restaurant unique, but how come there's no feature on the desserts? Would definitely have loved to see the types of desserts that they have.

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    1. Waverly: true, i think the presentation is supposed to evoke a japanese feel of how food is laid out, though it can be similar to korean :D oh, there are exactly eight dessert items here: fruit and ice cream parfait, almond custard, creme brulee, chocolate brownie, and black sesame, green tea and vanilla ice creams :D

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    2. Yum, choco brownie and ice creams. =) Waku Waku is near the food court, right? I'll be sure to make a stop there if I'm ever there with friends.

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    3. Waverly: waku-waku is on the same floor as the gsc multiplex. it's at the center court =) have fun! :D

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  14. wow japanese goes on nasi lemak..
    I prefer those hokkien freid keow teow with raw egg ..
    it seems a bit stange to me on the jepun keow teow..
    any japs work in waku waku ?

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    1. Simple Person: ya, I wonder if there are other Malaysian recipes that they could Japanese-fy here. Maybe Roti Canai Jepun :D Ooh, the staff here seems to be mainly Chinese. One guy might be Japanese, but I didn't talk to him =)

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    2. Maybe even Chee Cheong Fun Jepun?

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    3. Waverly: heh, that sounds like a good idea. topped with salmon sashimi :D

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    4. hm, i did go tried the kuey teow jepun. ok, my opinion is its not suitable for someone who is very hungry. because its very hot even to the last bit 15min later. so imagine urself have to eat hot all the way down to your stomach. I have no idea why it didnt cool down! maybe because of the pan they use? and to me ..the taste a lil bit bland...I wish they serve bottle of ajinomoto/salt/ketchup on the table.secondly I also tried the sesame ice blended. honestly...I like the taste better at one cafe at bangsar..overall...1st time came, but quite a dissappoinment

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  15. Just don't understand why we can't have a Waku Ghin by Tetsuya in KL?!! Why?!!!

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    1. Eiling: i hope they come here too! we need them! :D

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  16. WAhhhh i love this place already! Esp the prices :P

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    1. TNG: ya, i was surprised at how low the prices are. and despite the low prices, the service was top-notch! :D

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    2. yeah..they serve good. but..there is but haha. girl if u pms maybe u shud not gu there, coz one of the waitress ask me why I was not smiling and looking all sad ... I was like *is that ur job miss? IM VERY HUNGRY HERE*. they are the one who should smile all the way and serve the food rather than complaint to me why exactly I did not look right at her and give a million dollar smile :) what a good serve heh? I thought maybe I want to try out the hamburger later, but I guess nahhh~~ spoil my mood je

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    3. Fadyxc: heh, no worries, you have the right to express your feelings. sorry to hear the kuey teow dish here wasn't what you were hoping for. true, it's pretty hot. maybe i didn't notice so much cos i had dished out the kuey teow on sharing plates for my friend and me, so that enabled it to cool down. hope you have better luck at another place, yeah =)

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    4. i remove above comment coz wrong word used:P .
      i said : ok, maybe my comment is a little bit 'overreacting'. I guess someone better not play with the hungry girl. *winkwink* Im sorry

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    5. yeah...maybe i shud just drink choc banana juicework coz its cold hehe.

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    6. Fadyxc: heheh, or order some sashimi =)

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