When I write eXotic, please don’t confuse it with eRotic as both actually carry totally different meaning. As you know, my blog is suitable for all walks of life including those who are underage
Underage might know more than me? Let’s not try to go there. Exotic means strangely unusual while erotic, please use your dictionary if you are really “that” innocent.
Strangely unusual can be very relative to many. Western claimed chicken claw as exotic food but Chinese treat it as a treasure. Photos above are just for illustration purposes because hawker stalls is never a strangely unusual place to me but the products are.
Selling skewer meats or having plastic insects’ décor on stalls does not fit into exotic category. So what are the exotic foods that I am trying to share here then?
Skewered meatballs, sea urchin, pigeon, stinky beancurd, squid or odd shape crabs? These are really exotic in my eyes. Probably not all of it but stinky beancurd is definitely in the list and the odd shape crabs too.
Do not ask me if the food here is fresh? Frankly, I have no clue. It looks like all foods are spontaneously prepared but why bother? You are going to get stomachache for sure as well. Not because the food unhygienic but because your stomach is not tailored for it.
Those are just appetizers. The real crust of “really” exotic (no more relative) food journey is about to begin. I procrastinated if I really want to include all these photos of insects here as it might drive away all my readers especially I posted a lot about food before.
Catching fly with chopstick and eat it? Nothing special about that but over here, you get skewered scorpions, bugs, beetles, silkworms, centipede, crickets, grasshopper and many more. Ewww…
If you are thinking of having seafood, think again! All are not just an ordinary seafood but a lot of other weird stuffs. Starfish, sea snakes, serpent alike fish, mantis prawns, sea horse, some amphibians and many more..
If by any chance you see cockroaches or whatever moving things, don’t kill it.. eat it! Maybe you can sandwich them and put some seasoning/flavoring sauce to improve the taste of it. OR to save time, just eat it raw if you dare!
If that is not fear factor enough for you, try this, all internal organs starting from testicles, penis, kidneys, heart, stomach etc. I am not sure about you but it turned me straight off and felt like puking even when I just glanced at the photos.
I might be adventurous but not to that extend/desperate yet. I do not mind to spend more on food but not this kind of food.
But But.. I managed to catch a daring foreigner who tried to excruciate himself by trying out the deep fried scorpions. To him, it tastes like chicken in taste and peanuts in texture.
Still I am not up to that challenge YET and never will.
Wang Fu Jing Street
GPS: 39.910543, 116.411079
You are retired? Damn, you are such a lucky person. As much as money is not everything, money is definitely something. Imagine if you are craving for abalone or sharkfin but your wallet only has a penny.
Torturing isn’t it? That is exactly what I faced. I am not talking about the retirement part but the no money part. My wallet was kind of dried off at that time but I am craving for Japanese food.
Nike said “Just do it”. TikkoSS said just go for it! Go for what? Go for Go Sushi and worry about money later. What important is the companion rather than paper notes right? Not to forget , listen to what your belly’s whisper too.
I found this restaurant when I needed to send some documents using DHL. Yes.. it is just a few shop away from DHL. If you cannot find this restaurant, call for DHL hotline . Parking is normally not a big problem. The service is kind of fast too. Probably because I did not go during peak hours
Like I said, I need to watch out what I order or else I will end up washing the plates for one month to settle the bill.
So, I decided to order only few dishes this time. Just enough to ease my Sushi cravings. I ordered Inari Sushi RM 4.90, California Roll RM 5.90 and Norway Maki RM 16.90. Maybe I am too hungry but all the food that I ordered are just so yummie.
I am sure many will said, “TikkoSS, you only ordered few dishes. Enough meh?” Of course NO! I also ordered Tori Soba RM 16.80. Don’t ask me if the Soba is good as I only ordered to take photos. Hahaha. Nah… just kidding only.
With Ocha RM 2 as my drink, I only spent approximately RM 50 for this meal. Good or Bad? Cheap or Expensive?? Why not you determine yourself but personally I enjoy my time there!
Go Sushi Restaurant
12, Jalan Midah Satu, Taman Midah,
56000 Kuala Lumpur.
TEL: +603 – 9130 2761
Business Hour: 12 pm – 2.30 pm, 6 pm – 10.30 pm
Have you been to Japan before? Japan is proly one of my dream countries beside United States. Why? I want to be the first to experience sunlight, country full with techy gadgets, Kawaii Japanese girls and not to forget their sushi too.. !
Why want to go so far to experience sushi when we have plenty of restaurants here that serve pretty decent sushi. Sushi Zanmai is one of it. Every single outlet has almost similar interior and this Sunway branch has no exception too.
Like usual, long queue, many customers but the service is very efficient. Of course like any other Japanese restaurant, you need to wait to be seated. Also, you have the option of sitting near the kaiten belt or normal dining table.
Enough talk on the atmosphere. Let’s check out what I ordered!
Today is a special day considering this is my first time in Sushi Zanmai. So, I decided to dry my wallet to get almost all the nicest dishes here.
I ordered Kinoko Butter Yaki (mixed mushroom), Chawanmushi and my all time favorite Kanpyo Maki and Oshinko Maki. The Kinoko is a combination of various steam mushrooms such as Enoki mushroom, shitake mushroom and White Clamshell Mushroom.. I hope I get the mushroom name right.
The Chawan Mush is slightly special as one of the ingredients is prawn instead of common crabsticks. And Kanpyo Maki and Oshinko Maki are actually “pickles” rolls. Love it so much. Never disappoint me.
Those are just the starter. I then ordered Hotate Teriyaki, Soft Shell Crab Maki, Hana Salmon Maki and Salmon Belly Roll. Surprisingly the hotate teriyaki is a bit dry but the soft shell crab maki is as good as Sushi King.
The Hana Maki Salmon is slightly different from Hana Maki that I tried in Sakae Sushi. In sakae sushi the topping is mayonnaise but over here is served with fish roe. If you like Salmon Belly Roll, go to Sushi Zanmai now because this is a promotional dish for limited time only.
Is that all?
Of course not! Later I ordered, Cha Soba and Dai Dai Roll. Ok, Cha Soba is very new to me. So, I let my friend to have the honor to show me how to eat this. Generally, just dip and stir the cold green tea noodle in the soup provided before you eat it. Isn’t that simple? Silly me.
The Dai Dai roll has nothing special but I just like the freshness taste of salmon. Love this dish. Hehe.
Lastly, the dessert! I ordered Macha Monaka and Itachoco Monaka. It is very special indeed. Vanilla or Green Tea ice cream wrap with waffle. Ohh there is a thin layer of chocolate in it too and this makes every single bite is just so deliciously yummy.
Now come the sad part, the bill. I spent about RM 115 for this meal. Expensive or not? I will let you all to decide. Personally, I think the price is reasonable because the awesome taste of every single dish just make this meal worth the money.
Now I officially categorize Sushi Zanmai as my all time favorite Sushi Restaurant in Malaysia. You should try it too!
Sushi Zanmai @ Sunway Piramid
Lt 0B2-F1, Sunway Pyramid Shopping Centre Bandar Sunway, Selangor
Tel: +603 – 74923080
GPS: 3.073297, 101.607576
What is good about Miri? Beside the best cinema (the one and only cinema) with cockroach, all I can think of is cheap seafood. Ops.. I am just being sarcastic about the cinema but damn serious about the cheap seafood. Almost every restaurant sells cheap seafood.
Have a think about it. If every restaurant sells seafood, which one is the best? There is no such thing as the best but I can direct you to a nice restaurant, Sea Village Sea Food Restaurant. The restaurant is located by the Miri river bank. If you are lucky, you will get to see the boat cruising through.
Now is the best time to visit this restaurant. Not so hot and not so cold at night. This restaurant is an open air restaurant but of course you can dine in shaded place too.
If you look at the surrounding, you know that I am not aiming for fine dining but a fulfilling dinner instead. I only ordered 3 dishes here but I can tell you upfront that the portion is big. I mean really big. Don’t worry about the bills later as I have been to this place for ample of times and I am still coming back.
Although I preferred to be called meat eater, I ordered a simple stir fried vegetables to disguise myself. Nothing special about this dish. In fact, this is another dish that I usual ordered to make myself more human. I mean omnivore and also to complete my balance diet. LOL
Now is the time for main dish (previous one is just side order.. hehe). I have ordered 1kg of Mongolian Style Crabs. Yes you heard me right, 1kg! Guess how much does it cost? RM 80? RM 50? Nah.. not so expensive. It only cost me about RM 20 for 1kg of crabs. Good deal isn’t it?
What is Mongolian style? Mongolian style means slightly sweet, spicy and creamy with black pepperish taste. If you like to eat the crab egg, you can request from the waiters to choose for female crabs (more chance to get the crab eggs but no gurantee).
Ohh, this place did not provide either small hammer or shell crusher. Either bring your own or use ur own teeth to bite. Try not ask from the waiter. This is what happens when I asked from the waiter. He literally brought a big spoon for me. I asked, “Why are you bringing me the spoon?” he replied, “We don’t have small hammer, maybe you can use this to break the shell.” That really burst into my laughter. Breaking hard shell with spoon??
Another set of specialty here is the home fried chicken with salt-lime dip. The crispy chicken skins taste awesome when it serves straight from the frying pan. The downside is you can only order for whole bird. They don’t serve smaller portion than that.
Let me tell you, hungry TikkoSS can finish almost anything. One bird? It is never a big problem BUT it is a real problem when I have to finish the whole bird + 1kg of crabs + 1 vegetables + coconut drinks. I can tell you even my bottomless stomach faced some challenge at that time. If you follow my blog long enough, you know I don’t waste food that I ordered. So, did I finish it?
Ohh.. Absolutely. I felt abit bloated after completing this meal but hey, I felt very satisfied. Not to be disgusting here to post the empty plates but I took about 2.5 hours to complete this dinner. I can tell you, everyone looks at me in a very strange way.
I can sense that they were wondering what this man trying to proof. Order so much. I am sure some of them even betting if I can finish all. Well, if they did, they will be in great disappointment because I finished all the dishes as usual. It is a total SatisFATing.
How much did I pay? Only RM 50.40! Oh yea, this dinner is really cheap. That is why I said earlier, I will come back to this place again.
Sea Village Sea Food Restaurant
How do you feel when you skip blogging for few days? Normal? That is so not normal to me. How can I abandon my blog even for a single day? But, this is something that I have to deal with when I was in Miri recently.
If you want to go online, the hotel will charge you RM30 ++ for 1 hour or RM 60++ for one whole day. I might be desperately needed to connect to virtual world but I am not willing to pay for that amount. One month of streamyx only cost about RM88. Pardon me but I am not stupid or super damn rich.
I know many of you was wondering what happen to me in Miri, so I decided to leak a little information about what’s nice in Miri. Not sexy girl, not big bungalow but FOOD of course.
Calling for cheap seafood, how can it be compared with SEAFOOD in Tanjung Seafood Restaurant? Please don’t expect to be fully air-conditioned or high class restaurant but this is another typical Miri restaurant that might not look appealing from the outlook but I can tell you, there hidden gems beneath every dish.
If you seriously have no clue on what is good over here, try “Bilin”. Is a sorta green vegetables stir fried with red wine that only available in Miri or Sarawak (I think). Some of my friends told me you get this vegetable from Cameron Highland but I never see it myself YET.
Don’t worry! You won’t get drunk from the red wine. Hehe.
Ohh..I ordered kam heong cockles. As you can see, they removed half of the shells to make the portion looks bigger. Lol. I bet this is similar in most of the restaurants. It is called “Restaurant’s Optic Illusion”.
This dish is good but slightly spicy. Somehow I will not rank it as one of my favorites. Well, fat people are lazy and same goes to me. If they removed the shells completely, I will consider on putting this dish in my food wishlist
Ohh.. not knowing what else is good here, I decided to ask the ask the waiter to recommend. Let me quoted what she said, “You like to eat tofu? Guys normally like to eat tofu. We got very nice tofu here with some broccoli and mushroom. Feelling weird (try stop that tofu topic), I just said,”Ok. Give me one!”
When the dish is served, I thought this dish will definitely cost more than RM 50. Look at the ingredients. It has sea cucumber, abalone mushroom, big prawn, etc. All looks so expensive! I have strong feeling that I got slaughter this time. Maybe I look like a damn stupid tourist with my DSLR.
Not to “potong steam” while eating so, I decided to eat first, worry about the bill later. No doubt this dish is really good. No wonder the waiter said a lot of customer ordered this. (although I thought she is lying to me at that time.. where got people say their dish not nice, right?)
And the main highlight, Sweet and sour crabs. In Miri, you can easily order crabs dishes and you don’t need to wait for “CRAB Seasons”. They have variety of cooking style from spicy to sweet and sour, from local to international style and many more.
Normally I don’t eat crab when I am outside. To maintain my image and reputation maa but since I am alone, wth, just go for it. Ok! Please stop imagining how I look like while eating crab! Not to brag but I know I look good all the time. LOL.. puke..
One “must try” drink in Miri beside Kokoberry Bubble Milk Tea is 3 layer drinks. I know I wrote about 3 layer drinks in ABC Food’s Corner but this is totally different. The last layer is barley green (xiao mai chao) instead of coconut sugar.
Guess how much I paid for all these? Considering that I mentioned I might get slaughter? I only paid about RM48.30 for this meal. Cheap isn’t it? I bet you will not get the similar quality or portion in KL. If you happen to drop by Miri, go try it out. The restaurant is just right infront of Marriot Hotel.
Tanjung Seafood Restaurant Miri, Sarawak
Global warming? I bet you heard about it. What are we going to do then? Nothing? Arr.. don’t be selfish. At least you can use green bag and do less waste discharge. Or even eat green vegetables perhaps.
I do my part when I become herbivore for once at Vegetarian Family Home but today I am just going to talk about GREEN. Not Vegetarian related but Restoran Green View instead.. hahaha..
Green View, Green chair, Green vest? Oh yea..quite impressed with the cleanliness but congested with crowd sometime. Nothing special in terms of the restaurant décor but this restaurant is probably one of the brightest restaurants that I ever visited.
No doubt that this post going to make u hungry too. If you are a Shark Lover, try not to boycott me because I am a shark lover too. Trust me, just that I have different way of expressing it. By eating it
Am I cruel? The sharks die because of us. So, if we don’t eat them, their graves are probably in dustbin rather than toilet bowl. But at least the journey is through our colon first :) , right?
The dish below is called scramble egg with shark fin. Anything special? Beside a bit dry, I would say that any dish related to shark fin is my favorite. Shark fin soup is another example. Scramble Egg + Lettuce + homemade chili sauce, taste refreshing and slightly spicy.
If you are still not hungry, don’t worry? That is just the appetizer. Now is the time for the highlight, the sweet and sour BIG crabs. When I mentioned BIG, they are really BIG.
I ordered only 2 BIG crabs and I hardly even finish it. If you love gravy, you will definitely like this dish. The dish is served with homemade bun. Dip with the gravy and I can guarantee that you will love even more.
Ohh before I forget, this dish is one of the restaurant specialties. Of course there is another dish that I like. The King Prawn Noodles. Remember I tried the similar noodles in Sakura – Since 1977 and Sang Kee Steamfish before?
This is another example of good noodles. Taste close to what I have tried before but the way of cooking is slightly different. I will not tell u more about this dish but want you to tryout yourself (hint: my spying on other table concluded that many customers order this too)
The King Prawn Noodle picture looks small? Don’t complaint! I do it on purpose so that it will shines the BIG CRAB pictures. Hahahaa. Like usual I don’t waste my food. So I owe a big thank you to my bottomless stomach. Hehe.. I really finish all the dishes and I cannot believe it myself.
I paid about RM 231 for this meal. I know many will shout this is crazily expensive but I tell you this is reasonable. Reasonable? Yea.. You should see the food portion and balance with the size of the BIG PRAWNS and BIG CRABS.
Well, I don’t do it every day else it will dry me off but no harm trying right?
Restoran Green View
No. 6 & 8 Jalan 19/3
46300 Petaling Jaya
TEL: +603 – 7958 1076, 7954 9263
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 11.00pm
Sakura or cherry blossom is the flower of cherry trees which are indigenous to East Asia countries including Japan, Korea and China.
Yea, I know you are familiar with Sakura especially in Japan but we also have Sakura in Malaysia. Sakura flower in Malaysia?
Nah.. I meant Sakura Café and Cuisine. A halal café serving local Malaysian food founded in 1977. Let me be direct to you, parking will be a big challenge at this place – in Jalan Imbi.
Smokers? No worrries. The café is split into smoking and non-smoking zone but of course non smokers get to enjoy the cozy and romantic air-conditioned ambience.
What the specialties here? Honestly, I don’t know.
After spying at what many have eaten, I ordered Braised Shark Fin Soup as appetizer, King Prawn Noodle, Salted Egg Crab(s) and Nasi Bojari as main course and a Coconut drink.
3 main course? Shhhh.. that is the secret of maintaining my big and comfy tummy. (It is believed that many love pillow rather than hard bricks – 6pack)
Personally, my spying works well. All dishes I ordered taste really delicious. Wait a minutes, I tried better Nasi Bojari elsewhere. The chicken slightly over-fried but the prawn and the beef tastes spicily sweet .
The salted egg crab and king prawn noodles are nicely done. The salted egg crab taste better with a few dips of chili sauce and the big prawn is really BIG. More importantly, the king prawn noodles is the taste that I’m always craving for.
The shark fin soup, this one taste better than most Chinese restaurant or I should say different style of preparing. A little vinegar makes the taste even better. I will come back again for the sharkfin soup (poor shark )
Although pillow is good, there is a price to pay. This time, I spent about RM 119.35 to maintain my tummy from shouting for food. So, be prepared if you dream of a tummy like mine.
Sakura Café & Cuisine
161-169, Jalan Imbi,
55100 Kuala Lumpur.
TEL: +603 – 7845 8568