FISH AND FRIENDS AT KEDAI KOPI YUN KEI

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This right here is my most favourite neighbourhood dinner spot. It’s just 5 minutes from my apartment. Last June marked two whole years of living in Happy Mansion, Petaling Jaya and in that time it has really grown into “my” corner of the city, I’m happy to say it feels like home around here. The people here all know my name, often engaging me in small talks in the morning, my neighbours feel like family to me, we eat together, go on excursions to Family Mart for soft serve ice creams and also, the people I met at Butter & Beans who are now important people in my life, namely Andrew and Celina. It was a rainy afternoon in September and I was craving for steamed fish. Andrew made a call and later said, “We’re having steamed fish tonight”. I was introduced to Uncle / Lengchai B’s Bentong Ginger Steamed Fish and it changed my world! It is now, a weekly affair with my two friends and sometimes more. The shop is humble and unassuming. I am not surprised if this gem of a place is a neighbourhood secret, but I believe, good food needs to be shared. So here I am, sharing this with you.

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Clockwise: Bentong Ginger Steamed Pak Su Kong, Steamed Bean Curd, Stewed Chicken Feet With Soy Sauce, Scallion Bean Curd, Steamed Ladies Fingers and Bentong Ginger Steamed Tilapia.

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My absolute favourite – Steamed Pak Su Kong. I crave for it and I look forward to Saturday dinners with Andrew and Celina. What’s so special about Uncle / Lengchai B’s steamed fish is the ginger (and also, LOVE) that he so generously use for his dishes. Believe me, because I asked around – my mother, who runs a catering business told me, “Are you crazy? It’s expensive. People only use it for home!” If you know me, you would know that I have an obsession with steamed fish and I have tasted many throughout my life and none are even close (or as haunting) to this. I told all my friends about it and also brought some special ones there.

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The entry level fish – Bentong Ginger Tilapia. It’s so hearty and yummy, I could finish this whole plate myself.

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Bentong Ginger Tiger Steamed Fish – If you don’t fancy fresh water / farmed fish, you can opt for this. It’s slightly more expensive compared to the other two options, but honest to God, you won’t regret it.

I am so, so, so happy this gem of a place is in my neighbourhood and I have to thank Andrew and Celina for introducing it to me. It’s Saturday, and I am mighty excited!

Kedai Kopi Yun Kei
1270 – 1271, Jalan 17/31,
Section 17,
46400 Petaling Jaya

A SATURDAY WELL SPENT AT HARUMI 23

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As some of you may know, I am taking Echopunya in a series of new direction. My main focus will still be my personal diary/writing, but I am aiming to incorporate new lifestyle topics to create a more rounded and interesting Echopunya. So say hello to my new first segment – food. I love food as much as the next person, but what I really love is quality food. Remember, what you put in your body is by far the most important thing you do everyday.

Last Saturday was a day well spent. There was an abundance of three very important things – good friends, quality food and laughter. We decided to have our get-together at Harumi 23, a chic Japanese restaurant at a charming new township in Desa Park City – Arkadia. You see, I love Japanese food. I still obsessively think about the grilled scallop I had at a restaurant near Lake Akan in Hokkaido. It counts as one of the best moment in my life.

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Harumi 23 is by far one of the best Japanese restaurants I’ve been to in KL. Ingredients are air-flown from the famous Tsukiji Market in Tokyo twice a week.

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We started off with the Harumi Dobinmushi – the broth is infused with fresh mushrooms and prawns. You can choose to have it with a few drops of lemon juice or as is. I loved it from the first sip, it went straight to my heart.

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Tea has great cultural significance in Japan. The traditional tea ceremony is considered one of Japan’s highest forms of art. We had a bowl of the Ceremony Uji Matcha to share. It is green tea in its purest form – strong and bitter.

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Shared a Chef’s Selection (Omakase) Sashimi Moriawase and Mentai Tamago that just melts in my mouth. It’s divine!

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Mentai King Prawn that I still dream about.

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Japanese Curry that is super hearty. I had it with salad because I’m a loon and you know, balance.

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Mentaiko Spaghetti that I wish I can have every day.

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They also serve a wide range of alcoholic beverages. This above is the Plum Wine on the rocks.

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I was surprised to know that Harumi 23 serves 3rd wave coffee. If it sounds strange to you, it simply means that the coffee has a lighter roast profile and of premium quality coffee beans.

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They also serve iced white coffee (with or without alcohol)

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Harumi 23 is the first Japanese restaurant I’ve been to that serves Japanese breakfast. It starts from 8AM to 11AM. We shared a serving of Strawberry & Banana Souffle Pancakes. This fluffy goodness tastes like a dream.

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The Matcha Kakigori has a nice balance of sweet and bitter, exactly how I like my green tea.

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Shibuya Honey Toast served with a very generous amount of vanilla ice cream.

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This was taken right after our big feast at Harumi 23. I have to say, friends like Eunice and Ah Bok are really hard to come by. Life goes on, people come together and fall apart. Saying that, whenever things start to spiral downwards, trust your people. Yes, we all have them – your bestfriend(s), your family; those that have stuck with you through it all. And here we are, doing what we do best: getting drinks (and food) and giggling. And trust me, it is the simple things like this with the people you love that will pull you out of your bad/funk mood/sadness you might be feeling.

Harumi 23
FG-02, Plaza Arkadia
Jalan Intisari
Desa Park City

Tel: 03-271 09263