Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mitsuyado Malaysia @ The Starling Mall, Damansara Uptown

By EDKL Writer A.A.


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The Starling Mall continues to offer new restaurants and new experiences, with Mitsuyado Seimen opening this week to bring tsukemen to Damansara Uptown. The restaurant previewed its specialities by flying in Chef Nakamura from Japan to host a crash course in 'dipping ramen.'


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The ramen here is served dry, with broth provided separately. Pick up the ramen with chopsticks, then dip it into the broth before slurping all the noodles straight into your mouth. And we do mean slurp - the aromatic nature of tsukemen is best enjoyed when you slurp it, which enhances the flavour. 

But before dipping the ramen into the pork broth, Chef Nakamura recommends eating it on its own to really taste the ramen. Mitsuyado’s ramen is made with imported Japanese wheat flour and is freshly prepared in-store every day. These noodles are rinsed in separate vats of water at varying temperatures to finally achieve the desired serving temperature. When we previewed the dishes, they served the noodles cold, which taste delightfully firm and springy, but you can opt for hot noodles, if you prefer.


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After sampling the noodles on their own, it's time to turn our ramen into dipping ramen. First of the three, the TanTan Sesame Tsukemen (Regular RM27.90 / Large RM29.90). Plunging the noodles into the sesame broth gives them a potent, complex flavour, the strongest of the preparations we tried.


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The Karashi Tsukemen (Regular RM26.90 / Large Rm28.90) conveys a mild spiciness, lightly scorching the tongue. It’s noticeably more fiery than the other broths, but not overwhelmingly so.


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For the Cheese Tsukemen (Regular RM29.90 / Large RM31.90), the yuzu broth promises a benignly tangy taste. This comes with cheese sauce on the side, giving you another way to enjoy tsukemen. Drip and dip - drip the cheese onto your ramen, then take the noodles and dip them into the broth. The cheese supplies a strong savoury flavour - so if you prefer savoury noodles, this is the one for you.


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In all three choices, it's evident that the dipping broth is thicker than regular ramen broth, as tsukemen enthusiasts would have realised by now. The separation of noodles and broth enables customers to have noodles both wet and dry in one sitting.
Thanks to Mitsuyado Seimen for having us. To commemorate its launch, Mitsuyado Seimen is running an opening promotion via Facebook until July 31. Look for the digital voucher on their Facebook page and show it to your waiter to receive 20% off on Original Yuzu, Cheese, or TanTan Sesame Tsukemen.
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Mitsuyado Seimen
Unit S-229, The Starling Mall, 6 Jalan SS 21/37, Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

13 comments:

  1. He does seem to be enjoying the noodles he cooked himself. Eeeee...those pipes from the ceiling reminds me of the stakes in the old-time sword and sandal movies.

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    1. Suituapui: i'd be gleefully enjoying the noodles too ... slurp slurp slurp! :D

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  2. Can't wait to have a taste! I walked past a few days ago and noted that it was for private event only and that the grand opening is today.

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    1. Phong Hong: I didn't manage to personally try the noodles, but my new team writer did, and he seemed to enjoy them! Hope you do too! ;)

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  3. I saw this during my visit to Starling Mall last Saturday. I never have tsukemen before and can I ask one question? We are not suppose to drink that dipping broth like ramen soup?

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    1. Choi Yen: the broth is a bit too thick and salty to drink on its own. But you can add some water to it after finishing the ramen to drink it, if you like :)

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  4. I was in Starling two weeks ago and weren't very impressed with the choices of dining options there. Glad to see some more options opening up :)

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    1. Contact.ewew: people do seem to have mixed reactions to the starling. Some people I know really like the choices here, and some folks like you are not quite feeling it ;)

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  5. Is it pork broth ah ?

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    1. June: oops, yes, it is. sorry we missed out on noting that ... i've just added it in above. thanks!

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  7. I just went. Seriously, don't waste your time. The only good thing about the whole tsuke men was the consistency of the noodles. The dipping sauce was cold. The taste was passable (different because of the added yuzu) and the meat was............ meat bits.

    The spicy cod roe on rice was [ahem]..... well if you like to pay RM10.90 for white rice with seaweed flakes and a paste that is suspiciously taken from the squeeze-it ready-made tubes, well, be my guest.

    The tonkotsu ramen, on the other hand, fared so much better than what you can get from Ippudo here and Japan, and THAT was the only thing going for the whole place. I'd say this place will probably last 1-2 years at the most.

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    1. Good heads up. Thanks for the warning :) almost wanted to go.

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