Sunday, October 20, 2013

Asa @ Oasis Ara Damansara & Sutaya @ Solaris Mont Kiara

Checking out Korean-inspired rice & noodle recipes at two locations, starting with Asa, an increasingly popular spot facing Oasis Ara Damansara's fountains.

Asa's rice burger is hearty, but it's undermined by the clumpy stodginess of the grains.

 Bibimbap, solid comfort food though not a standout here ...

... a description that applies for Asa's banchan. Service feels more polished than the food.

Still, there's fulfillment to be found in the booze. Asa serves fruit-spiked flavors of makgeolli rice liquor, including cherry, apple, strawberry & grape ...

... plus Spanish & Aussie wines that cost as little as RM20 by the glass.

Next up, handmade noodles are the theme at Solaris Mont Kiara's Sutaya, where customers can peek into the open kitchen ...

... to find strong-armed staff members painstakingly pressing & pulling ...

... twisting, twirling & stretching _ it looks like a tremendous workout.

The noodles are served in satisfyingly thick, steaming-hot broths ...

... including savory black bean & spicy seafood, very much Korean in flavor.

Avoid this alcohol though; it only costs RM20 per bottle but it tastes lethal.

Asa,
Oasis Square, Ara Damansara.

Sutaya,
15, Jalan Solaris 4, Solaris Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.

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26 comments:

  1. Ahhhhh...those handmade noodles at Sutaya are worth a try...just hafta avoid the spicy broths =)

    Trust alkie to save ur day at Asa...hehehe :p

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    1. Ulric: yeah, hope u manage to check out sutaya if you're ever in solaris mont kiara. and be wiser than me ... don't order the spicy broth, heh :D and yep, thank goodness there's alkie at asa! i drank as much as i could =)

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  2. Handmade noodles is something good, Sean!

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    1. Linda: yeah, it's back-to-basics tradition! :D

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  3. The rice burger certainly looks heaps better than what we had at Sushi King. Tsk! Tsk!

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    1. Never fails to amaze how how they twist and turn and roll and pull...and the strands of noodles appear like magic!

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    2. Suituapui: heh, the rice burger here is hearty with lots of ingredients, that's a good point! :D

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    3. Suituapui: that's true, it almost feels like a miracle. the people who created and perfected this technique deserve lots of praise, eh :D

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  4. You had my attention, Sean, that young boy must have some skill and strength . I love handmade noodles.

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    1. Cquek: yeah, the kitchen work is definitely an attention-grabber! and yep, i do admire his abilities =)

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  5. How does the savory black bean broth taste? Hmmm I think I will go with the spicy seafood.

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    1. CK: heheh, the black bean one tastes sweet-salty-sticky. ya, i think you might prefer the spicy seafood, especially since there's a fair amount of clams and squid in it :D

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  6. I think I'm sticking to the bibambap. *winks*

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    1. Waverly: heheh, i can't argue with that, since bibimbap's my all-time favorite korean dish :D

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  7. i can't stop missing korea, therefore keep going korean restaurant too!
    My friends don't like makgeolli, nobody drink that with me.. sob... i must convince them next time with this fruity makgeolli! (taste much better right? for those who dun like makgeolli's raw rice taste)

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    1. Jean: oh yeah, there's a korean restaurant in sri petaling that i like quite a lot. it has a lot of great dishes like beef ribs steamed with potatoes & 'samgyetang,' a soup of chicken stuffed with sticky rice, cooked with ginseng & dried red dates. i like makgeolli too, and you're right, the 'original' flavor is not something that some people will enjoy, but when you add the fruit flavor, it can be easier to drink :D

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  8. Hehe I love watching the kitchen make their own noodles.... it's such an art!

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    1. Baby Sumo: ooo, hope you'll get the chance someday to visit this place and observe the noodle-making ... it takes only about five minutes, and it's super-cool! :D

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  9. The makgeoli variants in Asa sound exciting:D I love Makgeoli...coincidentally am having some now while blog hopping!

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    1. Missyblurkit: wow, that's a very cool coincidence, i love it! and yeah, this is the first time i've seen fruit-flavored makgeolli anywhere. i hope they become more widely available, since they're a nice, refreshing accompaniment for a meal :D

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  10. Hi, may I know the ASA Korean Pub's tel number ?

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    1. KC: i'm sorry, i don't have their number

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  11. wow, sean. i really love the ebook of 100 favs, beautifully done. you're numero uno! :) will send this link to a german friend who's coming to visit kl next month.

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    1. Sibu Food Diva: thanks for the encouragement! definitely appreciate it :D

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  12. Sutaya is no longer there, it has been replaced by Ye Lai Xiang

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    1. Lim: thank u for the update!

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