Friday, January 29, 2016

Can Tsuma Bar @ APW Bangsar

One of KL's most peculiar food pop-ups is serving Japanese canned food for 10 days only starting today in Bangsar: Inspired by a cafe set-up called Can's Bar near Tokyo's Akihabara Station, Can Tsuma Bar is part of Isetan's Tokyo Fashion District temporary store in the APW event space, stacked with some 500 cans of everything from smoked herring to miso firefly squid.

Make your selection, take a seat & simply open up your can to savour a fast, ready-to-eat meal - we stopped by while the folks here were still readying their stall & managed to convince them to sell us a couple of cans. Squid is expected to be a popular pick (it's their most-stocked item, costing RM17.90 per can) - it's enjoyable enough, offering a tender, tasty chew, with lots of chunks in each can. One of the pricier purchases would be the sea urchin in consomme jelly (RM44.50); it's well worth trying for uni fans, retaining most of the inimitable sweetness of sea urchin but in a preserved form that evokes the texture of soft roe.

Most cans cost below RM20 - not bad, considering our currency issues. There are more than 30 different temptations altogether, including spicy scallops, baked garden eel, gingered saury, miso ark shell, wine-steamed mussels, olive oil octopus, roasted top shell, lemon pepper oysters, mantis crabs, salmon, prawns, amberjack, smelt, globefish & much more.

Can Tsuma Bar
APW Bangsar, 29, Jalan Riong, Kuala Lumpur. Open 10am-830pm, 29 Jan to 7 Feb 2016.

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    1. Linda: tantalising indeed :)

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  2. This is really something new, thanks for sharing.

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    1. Ken: i was pretty curious and keen to check it out too :D

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  3. Very interesting concept indeed and good for those not able to travel to Japan for the "real" version :P

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    1. Choi Yen: yeah, i think i would happily eat 6-10 different cans of the food here ... cool pop-up for japanese food lovers :)

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  4. Wow, premium food in a can! If it tastes good, why not! I especially like those with the word 'smoke' in it ;D I can imagine popping open a can and having it with some warm sushi rice at home...how convenient. I wonder if they'll set up a permanent shop somewhere after this.

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    1. Contact.ewew: yeah, even though it's canned food, it tastes pretty decent, from the two we tried - the flavours are intact, and not overpowered by any heavy sauces or seasoning. you could definitely buy a few cans and enjoy a nice meal at home with the family :)

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  5. Interesting concept...but no, I'd stick to whatever's available, fresh, not that keen on anything that comes in a can.

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, fresh is usually ideal, though in this case, i think the canned fare tasted fine too ... there seemed to be a pleasing extra dimension of flavour in how it was processed, heh :)

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  6. i really dont have a thing with canned goods because for me they have preservatives in it. However, i wasn't able to taste foreign canned foods so, i thinks this is a go for me! :)

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    1. Steve: true, i usually don't go through the canned food section very much these days either (though i definitely used to), but i'd happily eat more than half a dozen cans of these seafood goodies :)

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  7. I want to try the sea urchin jelly! :D

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    1. CK: it's not bad! not as great as fresh sea urchin, but still quite tasty and unique in its own way, and not too expensive for that portion, heheh :)

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