Monday, 24 July 2017

I Was So Hungry I Ate Lunch Twice In A Day


How did that happen? Well, let me tell you what got me excited that day first. 


Mitsuyado Seimen@The Starling (non-halal) finally opened its doors and I was all raring to go. I have been stalking this place ever since they started renovation.

But that day (some 2 weeks ago), I was informed that they were only opened for a private event and that the grand opening was on 16 July 2017.


Four days after the grand opening, I came back. I walked in to a team of very perky and eager service staff. 


There is a pitcher of water at every table (nice!) and also instructions on how to eat tsukemen, lest anyone goofs up. 

This is my first time eating tsukemen. So what is tsukemen? To me it is deconstructed ramen. Noodle and broth served separately.


I ordered the Tantan Sesame Tsukemen (regular). This, I guess, is tsukemen at it's most basic - just ramen and the dipping broth.


I was asked if I wanted the noodles hot or cold. I chose hot because I still can't get around eating cold noodles. I never enjoyed cold soba.


I did not know what to expect and gingerly took some noodles and dipped them into the broth. Wow. I liked the tantan sesame broth very much. It was so fragrant. So moreish. Loved it! Though it looked fiery red, it was not spicy at all.

There were only 2 small cubes of meat in the broth, some slices of bamboo shoots and those thinly sliced things that are dyed pink in the center. Gee, sorry I don't know what those are and I have never liked them. They are usually found inside chawanmushi as well.

And no, I did not slurp the noodles because I was trained since young not to slurp. In fact, I don't know how to slurp gracefully. Is that even possible?

I found the noodles a little bit too firm for my liking but I did not mind it at all. It's supposed to be that way. After the meal, I was left wanting. I attribute that to the lack of protein.

At around 2:00pm I was really hungry.

So this happened.



Wahahahaha!!!!

34 comments:

  1. Wow! Noodles lunch twice?? I also do not like cold soba. Prefer soba in the miso soup than seperate like yours.

    Hmm. I dont really slurp too when I eat noodle. Wahaha. Must learn from the Japanese. Slurping is good for them; means you enjoying your meal.

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    1. I have tried soba and udon and both also I don't like hah..hah... My favorite is still ramen compared to tsukemen.

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  2. Hmmm, paying close to RM30 for a bowl of this with 2 small pieces of meat and some Japanese fish cake (or narutomaki...yeah, those pink and white things you dislike...hehe!) seems expensive if it can't even fill one up that one needs a second meal...yikes :(

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    1. Haiz... If only I had known hah..hah.. I actually got a 20% discount that day but still, it is pricey for a meal that is not filling. I did go back and had a tsukemen that came with chasu, egg and vegetables.

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    1. It's nice. Go lah...I'm sure in Singapore got Japanese restaurant that serve tsukemen.

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  4. Wah! Wah! You ate so much and your feet are still so petite & small. How do you do it? I suspect you dig your throat to remain so slim. LOLOL

    This chic place Mitsuyado Seimen is calling me as I wanna try this unique Tantan Sesame Tsukemen. I would try cold as I love the cold soba noodles. I had to learn to eat a good cold soba in Japan itself.

    Those thinly sliced things that are dyed pink in the center are actually some fish paste just to decorate like a sakura flower. They are too detailed in food decorations & presentations. If you are a smoker, you should be able to sluuurrppps your noodles well. Being an ex nicotine convict, I can still proudly slurps.

    #PHkuatMakan #PHkorekTekak? #BigEatSmallfeet

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    1. Eh, no lah I do not muntah2 one. I am glad I tried tsukemen for the experience and it was actually very good but I needed more meat.

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  5. Me too.. don't know how to enjoy eating cold noodles.. still prefer hot soupy ones.. So in the end, still Malaysian flavours are the best and most satisfying? hahahaa...

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    1. Yeah, went to wanton mee for comfort hah..hah..

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  6. I would prefer the wanton noodles you had in your second round anytime!!! Yes, I do that too sometimes, going for seconds...but not necessarily because I am hungry, just tam ciak! Hehehehehe!!!!

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    1. hee..hee... The tsukemen was too bare, it needed more meat!

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  7. hah, I am bringing my spouse to try this tsukemen since you said that the broth is tasty. I don't care for naruto (pink in the middle fish paste) too. where did you eat your wanton mee? annie-1 ?

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    1. Yes, do go there with your spouse. I enjoyed the tsukemen but it needed more meat to make it filling. Yes, Annie-1 :)

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  8. you're certainly noodling around! personally i'm not really a tsukemen fan compared to the brothy ramen, but i guess it's good that there's now a full-fledged tsukemen specialist in the klang valley. hopefully they'll be able to endure, since i'm not sure there are enough malaysian fans of tsukemen around!

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    1. I'm with you on that. Given a choice, ramen wins hands down! Yes, I do hope they can sustain. I did see a healthy number of customers and hopefully they love tsukemen. I noted that ramen is also on the menu and I have to try that too!

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  9. Hahaha..
    CH tengok pun lapor PH..
    Rasa nak joint sama mkn tu..

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    1. hah..hah... PH ni kalau bab makan, nombor satu :)

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  10. PH,
    The swirly thing is called narutomaki
    😀

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    1. Thanks, Lina! I have been eating Japanese food for donkey years and did not know what that thing was :D

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  11. Same here, if I never eat any meat, I will feel my stomach still empty and not full

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    1. Yes, that's why I fail as a vegetarian :)

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  12. Your description made me hungry 😀

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  13. Finally, it is still Malaysian noodle the best! Between the ramen and wanton noodle, I will choose wanton noodle anytime! Lol!

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  14. Sikit mee tu....patutlah cepat lapar LL.... Tak pe u kan slim, makan banyak pun tak gemuk...bestnyaaa jadi org slim ni kan

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    1. Eh mana plak LL slim, Hainom.... Asyik dok makan mee, badan terus naik :(

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  15. So the Tsukemen only comes with soup with very little ingredients and noodles? I guess that's not enough to satisfy my tummy as well >_<

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    1. If you are with company, can order side dishes and that will fill you up :)

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  16. gosh....I m so craving for ramen and wanton mee!

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    1. What are you waiting for? Go and eat! hah..hah..

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