Thursday, August 22, 2013

Soba Kuroha @ Hartamas

Returning to Soba Kuroha. Earlier entry: July 25.

A salad with a surprise: 'sansai' mountain veggies dressed in wasabi sauce that packs a (much) more-powerful-than-expected punch.

What to pair with salt-pickled bonito guts? Why, cream cheese, of course. Nope, not overkill.

'Itawasa,' the traditional recipe of 'kamaboko' cured fish loaves, sliced & served with a sticky dip.

Pork belly with cabbage. Satisfying simplicity.

Japanese or French? Whichever, it's wonderful at Kuroha: Rustic pork liver paste with baguette.

Grilled ox tongue with miso sauce, juicy-springy enough to satisfy.

Ugly Fish alert! Seasoned loach cooked with egg in hot pot. Tastes like it looks.

Herring boiled in sweetened soy sauce. Also not the prettiest fish in the ocean. 

We're shallow & superficial: We prefer this lovely-looking sashimi.

Mugi & Imo shochu, alongside Gin Tonic & Bombay Sapphire.

Soba Kuroha,
7-G, Jalan 19/70A, Desa Sri Hartamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-6201-6882
Open for dinner, except Sundays.

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36 comments:

  1. well, this japan restaurant seems quite special.

    no order dao salmon de? haha~

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    1. Mr Lonely: oh ya, there are quite a few unique items on the menu here =) heheh, i think there was salmon sashimi available here somewhere :D

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    2. i see, that's great~ hunger for Salmon~

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    3. Mr Lonely: heheh, ya, salmon's one of my favorite fish also :D

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  2. This place looks very nice, Sean. Grilled ox tongue? Hmmmm...never tried it but it does look good. :)

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    1. Linda: yeah, ox tongue is worth trying, if it's done right, it manages to be both tender and a bit bouncy at the same time, with a nice beefy flavor =)

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  3. haven't seen ox tongue in such thick slices before, making me salivate, they should open a branch at intermark :D

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    1. KY: ya, it was kinda surprising to see such a thick serving of tongue (definitely not complaining, heh!). it feels like the kinda thing we only get at suburban japanese restaurants, not the city ones :D

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  4. among my faves at this place
    - grilled cod
    - grilled sardines
    - pork belly in pepper (the yuzu with japanese pepper is excellent)
    - beef and burdock

    and a bottle of shichifukujin!

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    1. Kelvin: thanks for the reminder about the sardines and the sake, i still haven't tried those yet! a lot of comfort food on your list. hmmm, i didn't notice the pork belly in pepper, but maybe that's a more recent addition to the menu or a special of the week (this post is backlogged from july) =)

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    2. hmm the grilled pork belly in black pepper i remember seeing it since i first went more than a month ago wor...

      had a preview of their upcoming monthly specials/additions last week... some lovely fried oysters.

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    3. Kelvin: yikes, guess i somehow missed it. it sounds like something i'd have ordered if i saw it, heh. can't resist pork belly anything =) mmmm, oysters sound good. especially since prices here are usually pretty reasonable. hope they'll bring in sea urchin at some point :D

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    4. imho, they should remain unique in offering traditional ippin ryori izakaya style. after all, fresh raw seafood is already so available everywhere else.

      imagine if they did produce some sort of uni mixed in hot rice or something...

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    5. Kelvin: yeah, you make a good point. i'm thinking that for something like uni, maybe soba topped with sea urchin could be a nice treat. or perhaps uni on toast? heh =)

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    6. can't wait for them to pop open the shochu glass jars with fruit pickling in them at the end of the year...

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    7. Kelvin: wow, sounds like a fun way of 'aging' the shochu, sort of. hopefully there'll be enough jars to go around to meet the demand! =)

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  5. The first few dishes are something new to me... T_T
    It would be an eye opener.

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    1. Melissa: ya, some cool stuff on the menu here that's not usually available at the more 'mainstream' japanese eateries. hope you get a chance to check 'em out sometime maybe, if you're in the hartamas area =)

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  6. Ok..ok...I'm having Japanese in my blogpost tomorrow! *kiasu mode* LOL!!!

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    1. Suituapui: heheh, yay, am looking forward to reading about your japanese expedition too =)

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    1. Wong: ya, it's good to see a restaurant offer items that are different from most other places in kl, heh =)

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  8. I think I will prefer the pretty looking sashimi too! hehehe

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    1. CK: heheh, the pretty fish wins! hope you manage to satisfy your sashimi craving soon! =)

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  9. This is an amazing collection of ideas, recipes and gorgeous photos!!

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    1. Cquek: definitely a restaurant worth investigating for its recipes =)

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  10. Haha me too, I'll join you an CK and have the sashimi ;)

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    1. Baby Sumo: heheh, in the end, sashimi's our safest bet for happy satisfaction! :D

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  11. Tats quite a thick ox tongue =)

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    1. Ulric: heh, yeah, practically as thick as beef steak =)

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  12. sansai' mountain veggies - looks like pucuk manis from Sarawak?

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    1. Rebecca: ooh, maybe some of these edible plants indigenous to remote highland areas are similar to each other :D

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  13. Oooohh... I love sansai vege!
    Yes, give me sashimi anytime anyday. And the pork liver pate lookds delish too.

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    1. Pureglutton: there's a nice juicy texture to those veggies, ya :D heheh, ya, a serving of sashimi a day keeps the bad cravings a day. especially with plenty of different types of raw fish to choose from. love the thickness and flavor of the pork liver pate =)

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  14. Love the salad idea even if its with a bit too much wasabi:P I need my salads!

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    1. Missyblurkit: heh, yeah, I realized this month that i haven't been having enough salads for my fiber requirements. Here's to more salads (with wasabi if necessary) :D

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