Thursday, July 2, 2020

Ore, Damansara Perdana

Oden and okonomiyaki, grilled fish and gyoza: For devotees of Japanese soul food that stems from the streets, Ore is an under-the-radar destination to discover, set up like an alleyway stand with one man cooking up a smoky storm - true to this stall's name, a masculine singular pronoun.


The oden is a soul-warmer, with achingly tender, fleshy daikon, konnyaku, chikuwa, satsuma age and other fish cakes, steamy in a delicate broth, more naturally nuanced than the commercialised oden of convenience stores, as nourishing and nursing as a home-simmered stew (RM18 for oden with all six available ingredients, with the fish cakes impressively own-made by Ore).


If you scorn stodgy, greasy okonomiyaki that lumbers overbearingly on the taste buds and weighs heavily on the waistline, Ore’s is a refreshingly airier change, stuffed wholesomely with a larger proportion of plump prawns and crunchy cabbage for more-killer, less-filler pleasure, aflutter with katsuobushi - we wiped this plate clean with ease (RM18). 


The selection of grilled fish is ever-evolving - saba will likely be offered, but request the salmon, marinated for two nights in saikyo miso; it's flaky-moist, smooth and sultry-sweet, decadently fatty, capped with a crisp skin for the final satisfying flourish (RM30). A should-order for salmon fans.


With neither pork nor beef on the menu, chicken is the cornerstone of the gyoza (RM10) and hambagu (RM18), relatively less robust-tasting than typical but still nicely textured, very capably executed for a Malaysian chef who has his hands full cooking for three or four tables simultaneously.


Meat-free but mouthwatering: Creamy Japanese curry rice comes with crisp pumpkin and potato korokke, plus pickles and a chilled, carrot-laced potato salad, for a one-plate meal (more or less) to please (RM18).


Japanese beer can be ordered at The Koffist, a co-working cafe by day that doubles as Ore's dining hall at night.


Ore
The Koffist, 46-1, Jalan PJU 8/5b, Damansara Perdana, 48520 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Daily, 6pm-12am. Tel: 016-267-6673

This post first appeared on eatdrinkkl.com

6 comments:

  1. Salmon marinated for two nights in miso? That's like wowwwww!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: a labour of patience ;)

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  2. The food do look good (especially the salmon)...but did you say 3 or 4 tables only? So, patrons stand and eat? ;D

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    1. Contact.ewew: oops! i meant there were three or four occupied tables when we were there. there are actually about/nearly 10 tables in total, i think :D

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  3. The food look authentic! The only thing I like for convenient store's oden is the daikon but Ore's version looks more promising~

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    1. Choi Yen: daikon is my favourite oden ingredient too ;)

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