Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tenkaichi


A real hole in the wall, Tenkaichi might not be the ideal place to take a first date or even a family, since it feels run-down and dodgy.


The reason to head here is the food: be sure to ask for the special menu of Okinawan cuisine. Few other outlets in KL serve recipes such as "mozuku" _ viscous, vinegar-marinated seaweed flown in from Okinawa.


Fermented tofu's an acquired taste, like cheese left on the beach under the sun. Less risky: peanut tofu, with a texture in between regular bean curd & jelly.


Fried bamboo shoots, seaweed & konnyaku. A staggeringly stinky mix; the best tip we can offer is to hold your breath while consuming this.


Po-Po. Traditional finger food that's fairly addictive, comprising creamy, savory miso pork wrapped in warm, crisp crepes.


Bitter gourd with ume & bonito dressing. Might fit in at a Chinese eatery. Maybe.


Fried pancake with "aasa" seaweed. Not too doughy or greasy, mercifully.


Taco Rice. According to Wikipedia, this recipe was likely created in the 1960s by an Okinawan chef who combined rice with Tex-Mex food to satisfy American marines. The outcome: a hybrid of steamed rice topped with taco-flavored ground beef, cheese & salsa.


Tenkaichi's sesame ramen is worthwhile, with milky-thick broth that's distinctively aromatic.


Black is beautiful: squid ink ramen, relatively less flavorsome but with thicker soup.


Regular pork cha-siu ramen is also available. Not bad, but not the most memorable offering here. It lacks the seasoned egg that we always crave in ramen.


Even the booze is bizarre: Okinawan shochu mixed with turmeric (!) & Seekwasaa cocktail (with an Okinawan lemon juice base).


Tenkaichi Ramen,
Wisma Central, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2163-2317
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33 comments:

  1. All i can say is that your next bowel movement is gonna PONG to high heaven... the amount of stink food u ate .. unbelievable! LOL

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    1. Ciki: heh, but they say that stinky food can be good for the health. exhibit a: petai! :D

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  2. i'm quite surprised when you said that squid ink ramen us kess flavourful.

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    1. Michelle: yeah, i tend to find that squid ink provides a distinctive texture but its flavor can often be subtle when incorporated with a slew of other ingredients in one recipe =)

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  3. Wow! Target lock on d Sesame Ramen and the Po-Po...hehe =)

    Found their website...here...

    http://www.tenkaichi.biz/index.html

    How come u din order their highballs? Their First Love highball (whisky mixed with calpis soda) sounds intriguing lar...hehe =)

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    1. Ulric: the sesame ramen is pretty decent, though not the best in town =) ooh, ya, there are a lot of cocktails, but i was the only person drinking that night, so i ordered only two, the two that seemed most okinawan to fit with the theme =)

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    2. Oh...where serves the best sesame ramen then?...hehe =)

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    3. Ulric: oh, heh, i meant not the best overall ramen in town, not specifically referring to sesame flavor :D

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  4. Now it seems that a lot of ppl like bittergourd and a lot of restaurant have it in their menu..
    perhaps healthier? I take bittergourd juice 1x/2wk.. to detox..

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    1. Simple Person: that sounds like a very positive practice. maybe i should try it too. when i was younger, i hated bitter gourd, but now i'm ok with it. and ya, it's supposed to help guard against a lot of potential health problems =)

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  5. Po-po! Love the name and the look of the dish.. I can see why it can be addictive.. I know it would be hard for me to resist it!

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    1. Iamthewitch: i call my grandmother 'por por,' so the name of this dish reminds me of her. and yeah, it tastes very asian, in a good way! :D

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  6. Ooh, the finger food looks good. I'm not so great with stinky food though. It spoils it for me. (Although I do okay with stinky cheese - perhaps because that's in much smaller amounts than a whole dish of stench).

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    1. The Yum List: i used to loathe stinky cheeses when i was young, but luckily, my taste buds have evolved since then. stinky asian food can still be a challenge though! including some innard/offal dishes, heh =)

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  7. Wow what a funky little place! Great that there is somewhere like that in the shade of the Twin Towers and all their shiny eateries. How much does it cost for a meal for two?

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    1. YouHadYourLunch: yeah, it's a real magnet for japanese businessmen working in this area! a meal for two shouldn't cost more than RM100 without drinks. since there's no sashimi and other expensive stuff on the menu here, the bill won't be too shocking :D

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    1. Kenny: deja vu voodoo! the spell worked! :D

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  9. WAhhh... Wisma Central.. what a location!
    But the food is so queer :P

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    1. TNG: ya, not a building that i visit regularly, but i guess it's within easy walking distance from klcc :D heh, it's supposed to be authentic okinawan recipes. i guess it's an acquired taste =)

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  10. Hahhaa.. stinky food and squid ink ramen (may result in black teeth), no wonder u said it's not good for dates. Cos surely no kissing after that! Haha.

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    1. Baby Sumo: heh, yeah, those factors might be a bit of a turnoff. come to think of it, there was no kissing during or immediately after this dinner! :D

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    1. Bangsar Babe: perfect for discerning customers with a healthy, robust appetite! :D

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  12. This place has been around ages...and I have not been back there for many years. The peanut tofu is certainly good. How is service these days? We shunned them after their "attitude" problem.

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    1. Missyblurkit: ooo, the service was kinda forgettable. i honestly don't remember anything about it, so i guess it wasn't outstanding but it wasn't terrible either, heh :D

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  13. Wait..is this the place opposite the stall that sells Pan Mee?? We call that one Leng Leng because the operator is quite a pretty lady..=P

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    1. Drops of Contentment: oops, i didn't notice a pan mee stall in this building (maybe it doesn't open for dinner?). will try to look for that stall next time =)

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  14. if the food is good, I don't a hole in the wall venue for a date!

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    1. Eiling: heheh, your dates might be happy to hear that! :D

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  15. Just walked out in disgust from this place. Actually saw a RAT run into the kitchen. The rat ran right passed where the owner was sitting but he didn't care. Looked at the kitchens on the way out and they were filthy. Writing a letter to the health inspector... can't beleive I've seen a rat in a Japanese restaurant.

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