Many of us love Japanese food.
Here in Malaysia, Japanese restaurants are sprouting like wasabi these days. As a result, chances of us ending up in a Japanese restaurant for a meal is pretty high.
Well, that happened to me quite some time ago – at Sushi Tei. The one at Tropicana City Mall, to be exact.
It was my first ever Sushi Tei visit. Don’t ask me why – perhaps it’s just that I have other Japanese restaurants in mind. ;)
But still, it’s never too late to try out new ones.
Here at Sushi Tei, they’re having a promotion called Spring Promotion with a wide variety of Japanese dishes.
Despite not having to visit Japan yet, it got me thinking – are these authentic Japanese food, or are they fusions of foreign food with a Japanese touch? Well, obviously they’re fusion-ed, hence making them interesting.
Check this one out – Soft Shell Crab Tortilla Pizza.
Tortilla Pizza? Isn’t it originated from Italy or Mexico? I highly doubt the Japanese would claim it as a Japanese food – but it’s interesting!
I can’t deny the fabulous taste of the soft shell crab with cheese topping and crispy tortilla base. Served warm, and best eaten while still warm.
Here’s another interesting one – Maguro Yukke Pasta Salad.
Pasta is a traditional Italian cuisine right? Once again, Japanese enough? I doubt so, excluding the fact that it has a Japanese name to it. Interesting.
But being a Malaysian who can eat anything, having pasta salad with minced tuna and French (you see!) dressing is perfectly fine as long as it tastes good – which it does.
Another interesting Japanese dish is this one – Asari & Hotate Garlic Shoyu Pasta.
Once again, pasta comes from Italy and is irrelevant with the Japanese culture. Instead, Japanese’s style should be more soup oriented – for instance, Ramen and Udon.
Nonetheless, the stir-fried asari clam is big and chewy, and it blends pretty well with the pasta.
Here’s another interesting one – Sakura Ebi Okonomiyaki.
Okonomiyaki is a well-known Japanese pancake topped with a variety of ingredients. Sakura is a Japanese name for a girl. Ebi, I don’t know what it stands for.
But wait, is it Japanese? Perhaps, but Japanese or not – this omelette tastes really good. Warm and soft, with a mix of assorted flavours.
Then, we have Eringi Batayaki.
Prepared with Eringi mushroom and Japanese leek, this seems more like a Japanese cuisine. Coz… the ingredients are pretty Japanese.
The Maguro Heart Roll is another interesting one.
Wrapped with tuna belly and shaped into a love shape, it tastes like any other sushi. But still, it’s commendable as it is interestingly an unusual-looking sushi.
Nevertheless, Japanese food are always interesting to me. One of my definite favourite has to be…
Tamago Maki. Tiny and small, gotta love the Japanese omelette right in the middle.
Also worth mentioning is Sushi Tei’s Hokkaido Corn Cream Croquette.
Damn, this is good. Crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside – simply delectable and heavenly!
So, despite getting to dine many types of Japanese food in Malaysia, I’m always curious about the true authentic Japanese food in Japan. Personally, I believe that here in Malaysia, the food is customized to suit our taste.
Another perfect example is… Toyko Street at The Pavilion.
Question: Do the streets in Tokyo Japan have any resemblance with the “Tokyo Street” here in a Malaysian shopping mall?
Well, no matter how much Malaysians fancy Japanese stuff, we’ll never know the true Japanese culture until we set foot onto the Land of the Rising Sun.
You know, Japan has been one of the top destinations on my to-visit list. I’m so gonna work on a trip to Japan, soon! Japanese boobies, here I come!
Lot G-16, Ground Floor, Tropicana City Mall
Jalan SS20/27, Petaling Jaya, 47400 Selangor
Business Hours: Daily 1100-2200
GPS Coordinates: 3.1304, 101.6274