Monday, August 20, 2012

Yokoso Ichiban


It's easy to sidestep Yokoso Ichiban at SSTwo Mall, believing it's a nondescript Japanese joint. But the pork-loving, pleasure-laden menu is worth inspecting at this izakaya-style outlet, since the hits outnumber the misses.


Boiled sliced pork with wasabi, sesame dressing & fresh greens _ a beautifully satisfying salad with quintessential Land-Of-The-Rising-Sun flavors.


Chasiu ramen in soy sauce soup. The noodles are supple while the pork is mouthwatering, but what fails is the lackluster broth, which falls far short of richness.


Stamina Teppan, consisting of pork belly, garlic chives & raw egg. You'll risk fighting your friends for a larger share of this.


Sakura pork shabu-shabu with ponzu & goma sauces, cooked at the table. Fairly filling, with plenty of tofu, mushrooms, carrots & other veggies for fiber's sake. The Sakura pork is supposed to be healthier than regular meat, thanks to the use of antibiotic-free pigs.


Pork-&-leek skewers, as juicy as can be expected.


Breaded bacon & asparagus rolls. Squeeze some lemon & you're good to go.


Braised pork belly, similar to Chinese versions in most respects, including succulence.


Pan-fried pork liver. We love liver, but this particular portion tastes past its prime.


Grilled pork ribs. Tender though bony, complemented by a tasty sweet-sticky sauce.


Is there anything here for pork haters? Sure: this charmingly pretty, pretty creative concoction of chopped raw tuna with natto & lady's fingers in sesame sauce.


Not from Yokoso Ichiban, but a friend brought these for nibbling: wasabi-coated macadamia nuts from Melbourne's Parisi Foods (on Queen Street).


Sake, packaged in a carton. This container is convenient; two liters of booze proved too much, so we were happy to be able to bring some leftover sake home.


Ginban sake, brewed with the deep waters of Toyama Bay.






Yokoso Ichiban,
LG 56, SSTwo Mall,
SS2, Petaling Jaya.
Tel/Fax: 03-7960-7748
Open daily for lunch & dinner.
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26 comments:

  1. The Stamina Teppan looks homey...gonna give d Sakura pork shabu-shabu a good ole try =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, you're right, i just noticed that several of these dishes have more of a home-cooked feel than a restaurant-prepared one =) the sakura pork shabu-shabu is OK, though i'm not a major fan of shabu-shabu. it tastes healthy but it's not the tastiest thing, heh =)

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  2. Stamina Teppan!! coz u need stamina to fight your friends off ! LOL :P

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    1. Ciki: if it were you and me, i think we'd be able to share it courteously, like a true gentleman and lady would =)

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  3. YA...I too heard about Sakura Pork seems to be healthier. They said the pigs are fed on organic food.

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    1. Melissa: yay for healthier pork! ya, it's scary sometimes when we read about how other pork can be unsafe and laced with harmful ingredients...

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  4. I think I will order the grilled pork ribs,pork skewers and braised pork belly! :P

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    1. CK: that would be a very piggy dinner! but a nice one :D

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  5. I guess one needs the stamina to fight off fellow diners for a taste of that teppan? Hehe.

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    1. Haha my thoughts exactly!

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    2. Haha...good one! =)

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    3. Kenny: that could be our own less life-threatening version of the hunger games :P
      Baby Sumo & Ulric: humorous minds think alike! heheh :D

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  6. SS2 mall? Kind of a biz risk isnt it?
    Well, it's near for me and if the prices are fair, I won't mind dropping in!

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    1. TNG: i think some of the outlets at SS2 mall are doing OK, though ya, there are others that seem to be struggling. prices here are quite OK, basically what can be expected from a suburban japanese restaurant =)

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  7. Stamina teppan...
    I will fight for it...

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    1. Simple Person: i won't dare to fight you, cos i'd definitely lose! :D

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  8. HAHA thank you for tempting me with the pork feast! ekkk bad pork liver is plain BAD! though, when it's fresh... soooo good with a bowl of warm porridge!

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    1. Vien: resistance to pork temptations is futile! i've loved pork and chicken liver ever since i was a kid (though i prefer chicken liver). my fave pork liver preparation: satay!!! :D

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  9. Antibiotics free pigs! Now that is probably a good selling point to my mum that pigs are safe to be eaten.

    The stamina teppan looks like my kind of food. I love chives!

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    1. Missyblurkit; oh yeah, after all the health scares in the past 15 years involving pigs, and cows, and chicken, it helps to get a little bit of reassurance about this =) heh, I'm usually not a fan of chives, but this recipe worked really well :D

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  10. the macadamias looked good but with wasabi? err... no thanks! why would someone make such a combination?!!

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    1. Eiling: heh, maybe some consumers feel that macadamias on their own are too 'plain,' so using wasabi could provide a kick :D

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  11. Oh my I was putting my shoes on ready to run and get some of those macadamia nuts (a taste from home) until a saw that a friend brought them Melbourne for you. Good friend!

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    1. The Yum List: i'm actually a bigger fan of almonds and cashews, but yeah, it's nice to munch into macadamias once in awhile! :D

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  12. for me sakura pork shabu shabu would be good...i luv something that can warm my empty tummy..

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    1. Cindy: a good dish for a rainy evening like today :D

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