Malaysian Munchies : Pasta and Sashimi Bentos

Like I said in my previous post, Malaysia has a wide variety of different cuisines, thanks to its status as an international city as well as its long and complicated history involving lots of different cultures. So today, we’re going to look at two different cuisines that can easily be found in Malaysia…Japanese and Italian.

The Italian ($$):
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Behold, the amazing aglio et olio spaghettini with Shiitake mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes, courtesy of DELIcious. I talked about this restaurant wayyy back in February of last year (here we go), and it’s a testament to its great tasting dishes that this was one of the first places I went to for lunch since I came back.
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You can see that I wasn’t too happy about the service at this restaurant the last time I went. I’m glad to report however, that the service was MUCH better this time round. Thank goodness; I hate a good meal ruined by bad management.

The Japanese ($$$$):
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There are so many incredible Japanese restaurants here in KL that it’s impossible to say which is the best. Two of the top contenders however, include Zipangu at the Shangri-La Hotel, and the Wasabi Bistro at the Mandarin Oriental, as I recently discovered. It was thanks to an old colleague of mine that I was introduced to this place, in the basement of the old but sumptuous hotel.
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I have to say that Zipangu wins for overall presentation and meat dishes. However, the sashimi here is of a whole different caliber. I don’t know how to describe it. Maybe it’s simply that the fish is much better in quality, or maybe it’s how the chef cut it, but the sashimi literally melts in your mouth. Drools.
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If that doesn’t get your salivary glands going, then perhaps this will? Delicately fried matcha (green-tea) ice cream, served with a dollop of whipped cream. Normally I’m not too big of a fan of fried foods, but in this instance, all is forgiven.

Join me next time for more Malaysian Munchies…or I might just regale you with tales from my 3-day Singapore trip. 😉

Signing off,
Marie

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