Friday, January 11, 2013

Tokyo Shokudo & Yoshino Ramen @ Mid Valley

Cruising into a couple of Japanese outlets on Mid Valley's ground floor.

Tokyo Shokudo's skewered stuff is worthwhile: Bacon-wrapped quail eggs & chicken gizzard.

Salmon topped with various roe. Would be better if the sashimi were fresher.

Squid cooked in its own ink. Not the ideal food for date night, but uniquely delicious nevertheless.

Pork intestines. Hmmmm. Not as foul-tasting as feared, or as rubbery, but still an acquired taste.

Spinach with ikura and bonito flakes. Quintessentially Japanese, quite satisfactory.

Umeshu plum wine is available, to sweeten the evening.

A 10-second stroll away, Yoshino Ramen struggles to pull in crowds at the mall's boulevard.

Tonkotsu ramen. The noodles seem nondescript, the broth is way too watery, the cha-shu's bland, while the eggs fall agonizingly just short of being seasoned right.

Bitter gourd fried with egg, with more bean sprouts than bitter gourd. But it tastes fine anyway.

Some sake to seal the deal. Would we return? Kinda doubtful.

Bonus stop: Gong Cha at the Gardens upstairs.

Bubble tea for two. The signature milk winter melon one's not too bad, if one must indulge.


Tokyo Shokudo & Yoshino Ramen,
Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur.
Check out EAT DRINK, a new F&B website jointly run by The Expat Group (TEG) & Eat Drink KL. This website features all of our up-to-date reviews, plus exclusive weekly articles & a searchable database on restaurants in KL & Selangor: EatDrink.my

32 comments:

  1. that salmon with various roe thing, i can use it NOW!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. KY: one of my fave sushi recipes! :D

      Delete
  2. Interesting menu. Did you eat the squid? Didn't take a photo of your teeth after that? LOL!!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Suituapui: ya, some interesting recipes here that aren't always available at most other japanese eateries in KL. and yeah, i gobbled up the squid, but i made sure to wipe my teeth and lips with lots of tissue after that! :D

      Delete
  3. salmon and roe...yummy. but must be fresh or else its quite a pity (and hard on the tummy).

    sandpaper throat still persisting but that bacon quail eggs sounds promising and still an awesome idea...even if it worsens the throat. hahaha. anything wit quail eggs and with bacon thrown in is just too good to be resisted.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Missyblurkit: good point! we can't take fresh fish for granted, heheh :D oooh, guess you should persevere for a few more days till you're at least 90 percent back to a full recovery. and then you can indulge in quail eggs, bacon and anything else! :D

      Delete
  4. Too bad abt the ramen. I always have to go to Pavilion to get my fix.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Baby Sumo: yeah, bukit bintang's the most convenient and probably the best neighborhood in KL to satisfy our ramen cravings :D

      Delete
  5. i love sushi man~

    Regards,
    http://www.lonelyreload.com (A Growing Teenager Diary) ..

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mr Lonely: ya, i'd be happy to eat sushi as often as possible =)

      Delete
  6. HAHA I can just imagine someone ordering the squid ink dish on a date and smiling with a set of blackened teeth!! :P I hardly go to MidValley but when I do, I'll always have Din Tai Fung!!! hehe

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Vien: heheh, blackened teeth would definitely NOT be a very good first impression! :D ooo, that reminds me, it's been YEARS since i had din tai fung. now i'm daydreaming about their dumplings :D

      Delete
  7. I have not try gong cha before..
    only tried chatime ...
    not a big real fan of taiwanese bubble milk tea..
    but once a while is nice.. I like the smoothness of the milk tea..

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Simple Person: ya, i think i only drink bubble tea once a year! heheh, luckily we're not addicted to milk tea, otherwise we'd be spending maybe RM100 a month on these beverages. ya, they can be quite nice cos of the smoothness :D

      Delete
  8. Ahhh my pick for MV is alws Brotzeit, Han Room... and now Kumogi! :P

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Rebecca: the range of options at mid valley is quite staggering! so many possibilities, heheh =)

      Delete
  9. Yikes. That ramen looks disappointing. But yay for bubble tea! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Bangsar-Babe: ya, i guess in the past couple of years, we've become accustomed to pretty good ramen in KL, so the mediocre or sub-par ones just don't cut it anymore, heheh. ooh, btw i wish someone would try opening a bubble tea cocktail outlet :D

      Delete
  10. ooo.. u went to a food shopping spree i see! actually yoshino ramen is ok-decent la. Sometimes when im alone in MV, i do go there some warm comfort food, mostly for convenience sake :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. AugustDiners: heheh, we were in the mood for japanese that evening. oooh, sounds like i misjudged yoshino based on the only two dishes i ordered here. maybe will return there if i'm in mid valley again and feeling the itch for some hot japanese grub on a rainy evening, thanks :D

      Delete
  11. I see that you finally had your first cup of Gong Cha! As for the ramen, I do agree that they fell short of something. Everything. I had once and that was the last time but it was kinda unfair to compare them with Ippudo Singapore which I had before Yoshino Ramen. Nevertheless, it's still my last visit. And the location and decoration, despite being at prime spot, didn't really help since it is obstructed by pillars and such. Oh... if possible, do avoid Kyoei ramen, the newly-opened joint in Pavilion. Or at least try them without any expectation.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Chong: heheh, you're right, this was my only taste of Gong Cha so far. not sure i'd try it again, but i guess i'm just not a bubble tea person :D ya, i agree with you though, both yoshino at mid valley and kyoei at pavilion fall short of what i hope for from ramen. hopefully the next few ramen outlets that open in kl will deliver on their promise, heh :D

      Delete
  12. Actually I haven't tried Gong Cha before, I want to try at KLCC but always long queue. :P

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. CK: heheh, i guess you go to KLCC during the busy hours. i noticed that the Gong Cha near guardian pharmacy is crowded during lunchtime and also in the evening, but it's not crowded at all during the morning. but ya, i've never tried buying any gong cha at klcc before :D

      Delete
  13. You were having a bit of a Japanese moment then?! The squid in squid ink looks messy but I bet is yum. Best not to wear white when consuming that...recipe for disaster!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. YouHadYourLunch: ooh yeah, these two japanese outlets are located side-by-side in the mall, so it was quite convenient to hop from one to the other :D i think i managed to avoid spilling any squid ink on my shirt, but you're right, i had to be careful! delicious recipe, but dangerous! :D

      Delete
  14. Wahhh...Sean having bubble milk tea!! woot woot! :-D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Melissa: heheh, maybe i'll try having it once a year :D

      Delete
  15. Oh gosh those salmon with roe and the BACON

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Isabel: great ingredients for a satisfying meal :D

      Delete
  16. ramen overkill di.. :P

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ciki: ramen, comfort food for all, heheh =)

      Delete