Wednesday, 1 April 2015

A Treat at Iku


I'm doing a Chris Au today. I had bento for lunch last Saturday hah..hah... Yeah, I worked last weekend and I deserve a treat whenever I do that. I might as well do a Mun too and give you a brief write up on my meal.

I went to Iku and settled for the Garlic Fried Rice bento set (RM15.80). The fried rice was good, very fragrant with "wok hei" and garlic flavor.

Short grain rice? And note that the bento box has seen better days.
But I was not too happy when I found this in the fried rice.


Crabstick! I don't like it but I ate it anyway. I don't like to waste food. The bento came with deep fried chicken fillet...


...and a simple salad.


It also came with a bowl of miso soup and green tea (there are 4 drinks you can choose from) but I didn't take a picture. And the best thing I have had to date at Iku is the Salmon Belly something something (RM16.80).


This is good stuff. It is excellent and I would happily have two servings. But I didn't because I didn't want to freak out the server. It's very small. Four dainty pieces of salmon belly sushi with a fabulous sauce.

The bento was nothing to shout about. Good enough but not fantastic. But the Salmon Belly something something is to die for. Yes, will be back to try other things but no more bento for me.

This one I love a lot!

46 comments:

  1. Morning Phong Hong.. Wah, early morning I "tarn hau sui" (swallow saliva) looking at the garlic fried rice already.. I think every Japanese restaurant serves very good potato salad and garlic fried rice, my personal opinion la.. I can have 2-3 bowls of the fried rice alone, haha.. I seldom see bento served with fried rice, usually is white rice.. And I would always order gyoza too, love them, can eat 20 pieces! Really..

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    1. Louiz, this is the first time that I tried garlic fried rice at Japanese restaurant. The other one that I usually go to don't have fried rice. Eh, next time must check the menu and see if got gyoza. I also like but can't eat 20 lah hah..hah...

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  2. haha!! interesting way to link to our fellow bloggers huh?? when I have Japanese, then I am ChrisAu and when I blog about food then I am Mun?? okay, next time I should blog about baking or cooking and claim I am Phong Hong!! hehehe~~ :p

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    1. SK, this is something like your mimic post lah...hee..hee...

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  3. errr, Iku?? where is this place?? I saw the crabstick too, i hate crabstick and I think this alone sudah potong 50 markah!! this so-called "crab"stick is none other than fish and flour and colorings, don't see it as the expensive crab that they even wanted to hide such a "treasure" in their garlic fries rice?? haha, I find this amusing.. :D

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    1. Iku is at Uptown Damansara. They also have another branch in Subang I think. They specialize in fusion Japanese food. The crabstick make the fried rice jatuh standard.

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  4. sorry but I have to agree with you that the bento doesn't actually look attractive to me, I think ChrisAu will not approve this also, hehe.. so the Salmon Belly something something is nice?? oh, salmon belly sushi with sauce they are?? okay, I think I know what this could be.. but doesn't seem to have rice for the sushi?? I would say the topping looks good and probably goes very well with rice, hahaha!!! ooopsss, putting myself in a Chinese restaurant style.. xD

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    1. The salmon belly is on top of rice, like a normal sushi. It is so tender and so yummy. I think you will like this too.

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    2. Yes, not that attractive leh ....

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  5. The salmon belly is cooked one? For me usually I will eat sashimi when I go Jap restaurant....

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    1. Yen, the salmon belly is raw. It's really good!

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  6. LOL...but Chris Au punya is Ramen wor...always sees him eating Ramen...not bento rice

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    1. eih ChrisAu banyak makan bento dei~~

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    2. Yes, I remember Chris has a number of posts where he eats bento :)

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    3. Both la.... bento and ramen...aiyo...

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  7. Oooo...the bento looks gorgeous. Price reasonable too! I wouldn't mind ordering that!

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    1. It is value for money but not outstanding. Good enough for me but I think I will go for the other dishes.

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  8. That bento is good enough as a tummy filler, I guess. Salmon belly...of course it's good but that one looks cooked. I like mine lightly torched! ;D

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    1. Hmm..Yen said the same thing. But it did not appear cooked to me. Never mind, the next time I eat that, I will observe in more detail hah..hah...

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    2. wah ... hahaha.... I better put handsome pix on my blog then!

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    3. Wakakaka!! Chris is always Sotong Kurage! Why reply on this thread!!???

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  9. Cute post as always, PH! Chris Au is always on coffee and japanese food... very tarn one.. hahahaa..

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    1. Nowadays when I see bento, I think of Chris hah..hah..

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  10. Me no fancy crabsticks too, but like you, me eats them because me no want to waste food too. I think to me, the bento box is the putting off aspect. It is so cheap to get new ones in Daiso, why want to reuse the old and ugly looking ones?

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    1. I think crabstick should be banned hah..hah.. That's what I thought too, why jatuh image by using such a worn out bento box :(

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  11. Yeah when I see bento and ramen, I could see Chris Au's smiling face inside! Muahaha
    Good to impersonate Mun and Chris styles. I wonder what is Twilight Man's style like??

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    1. hahahahah..... TM so funny!! Why smiling face .. hahahha...

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  12. Yes, I do agree! We do deserve a treat once in a while! The salmon sounds good!

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    1. Joyce, if you ever set foot in Iku, the salmon belly sushi is a must-order!

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  13. I like fried rice but dislike crabstick, sometimes I will eat them but most times I won't touch them.

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    1. Nancy, I wished that crabstick was never invented hah..hah...

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  14. hahaha....I was surprise when you mentioned me in your blog. Actually I long long never post Japanese food though Im still having it at least once a week, cos its always the same thing,

    I like the last pix too ... what was that ah ...salmon belly ?

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    1. Chris, the last pix is salmon belly. It's really good. I can eat two plates :)

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  15. You are tempting me to go eat Japanese food again aka my fav sushi, salmon sashimi and chawanmushi

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    1. Libby, go and give yourself a treat!

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  16. Hahaha PhongHong, thanks for the mention. You should have ordered more servings of the salmon belly since you like it. :D

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    1. Mun, just trying out your style hee..hee...

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    2. Some hits and some misses. :D Don't waste food, a hit. Did not order again, a hit. Eat sauce and eat chicken in Japanese restaurant, misses.

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    3. hah..hah... The deep fried chicken has some kind of dark sweet sauce underneath which I did not mention. I did not like it.

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    4. Could it be teriyaki sauce? I do not like teriyaki sauce too.

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    5. No, it's not. It's thick, sweet and cloying. I like Teriyaki sauce :)

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  17. Hi Phong Hong,
    Japanese Bento sets are my big kids' favourite (when they were much younger) during our weekend dine out. I was very contemplated to buy the jap lacquerware bento compartment to replicate some bento meals at home then (cost saving... hee hee) But I know it would become white elephant so shelved the idea.
    Well, do pamper ourselves to enjoy great meals !

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    1. Hi Karen! I find bentos very attractive as you get a little bit of this and a little bit of that. But seriously, to cook so many things for a meal at home? I think I'll pass and just go to the restaurant hah..hah...

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