Saturday, December 29, 2012

Kaihomaru & Kazu Sushi


Returning to Kaihomaru at Bukit Bintang and checking out Kazu Sushi at Viva Mall.
 Earlier entry on Kaihomaru: December 27, 2011.


With much more in the ocean than salmon and tuna, it's nice to visit a Japanese outlet serving seafood recipes that are relatively uncommon in KL, like baby squid preserved in soy sauce. Squishy stuff, not for the squeamish.


Marinated squid guts with pan-fried boiled potatoes. Waste no part of the cephalopod _ not even the ickiest bits, memorably slimy and intensely briny.


Shirasu with white radish. Baby anchovies, soft ones with a bit of a 'wet dog' taste.


"Mozuku" seaweed, a key export of Okinawa. How to describe this? Maybe it's like the Chinese black moss ('fatt choy'), except that it's vinegared in this preparation.


Fleeing the sea for awhile and heading for the hills: Japanese mountain yam with a mound of wasabi. Crisp but somewhat flavorless.


Drowning in a watery grave of sake. Goodbye, cruel world!

For food that's less unusual, moving on to Kazu Sushi, which fulfills the basic requirements for a casual Japanese eatery in a suburban mall _ nothing more, nothing less.

Avocado hand rolls, made to order. Fresh and well-filled at about RM3 apiece.






   
Conveyor-belt sushi is also available, topped with everything from seaweed ...

... to the various colors of fish roe _ black, red and a few other shades in between.

 Grilled eel reverse roll. Competently prepared, but not necessarily memorable.

Maki of chopped tuna with cili padi. Fiery, but not that fearsome.

Sake makes it all worthwhile. Somewhat, anyway. 

Kaihomaru.

Kazu Sushi.


Kaihomaru,
The Federal Hotel, Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2144-3088
Last orders at 10:30 p.m.
Kazu Sushi,
Viva Mall, Kuala Lumpur.
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20 comments:

  1. Had the marinated squid guts at Miraku...agreed tat it was really slimy and briny...I stick tako wasabi...hehe :P

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    1. Ulric: heh, I can't resist squid guts. I just like stinky food (except for kidneys, which i hate) :D

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  2. Federal, eh? Place so clinically white in parts - like the Japanese place we have here. Those squid guts look like cincaluk... Would love to try! Slurpssss!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: federal's definitely a survivor in KL's hotel scene, i respect its longevity. ooh, interesting comparison between squid guts and cincaluk ... it might be that folks who enjoy cincaluk will enjoy squid guts too (and vice versa) :D

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  3. I love those sake servers. Get's the inside icy cold without turning the drink watery.

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    1. The Yum List: true ... pretty AND practical! :D

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  4. Japanese to me = fresh sashimi :P
    by the way i do wonder abt those neon coloured sushi.. hw did the colour came about?? Dye??

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    1. TNG: oh, i love the world of japanese cuisine, it encompasses an entire delicious universe beyond sashimi :D good question about the color! we should do such research! :D

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  5. I will prefer the "less unusual" Janpanese food, hehehe :P

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    1. CK: heheh, both the usual and unusual are good :D

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  6. WOW! HAHA hmm.. I would definitely think twice before ordering the squid guts!! I already have trouble eating baby squids! :P

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    1. Vien: ooh, yeah, there's a bit of a fear factor element here. though i guess my philosophy is, if it's all food, it's all equally edible! oops, except for kidneys, which i hate :D

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    1. Wong: sounds good, rite! hope you get an opportunity this coming year :D

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  8. Kaihomaru certainly is dishing out the less common Japanese dishes. I have only tasted Mozuku seaweed when Iw as in Japan. Don;t remember seeing it on our local menus. Indeed this will be a reason for me to check them out.

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    1. Missyblurkit: ya, I've only ever seen mozuku at two outlets in kl .. Kaihomaru as well as Tenkaichi at Wisma central on Jalan ampang :D

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  9. That squid looks really raw...erm..almost like alive! haha...

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    1. Melissa: heheh, raw and fresh, i think! :D

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  10. How do you choose the restaurants that you write about? Do they invite you?

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  11. How do you choose the restaurants that you write about? Do they invite you?

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