Monday, November 15, 2010
Marufuku Udon @ Jaya One, Petaling Jaya
house special served cold
Life should be simple - like a bowl of udon from Marufuku Udon. It's at this small tucked away cafe, you will discover a noodle epiphany and why the Japanese are so feverish about these thick and chewy noodles.
egg silken coated udon strands, modeled by Life for Beginners' Kenny Mah
Made by the same Japanese master from Sanuki Udon at Taman Desa (this is a branch, they also have another outlet in Wisma Cosway), the springy noodles are made daily following a recipe that uses Australian wheat flour to give it its characteristic chewy texture. You can also purchase the udon noodles for your own home consumption but only at the Taman Desa outlet.
vegetable kariage; mixing it all up
At this simple cafe set up (that reminds me a little of a fast food joint but with a whole lot more heart), you can order your udon selection from the house special, original soup, chilli udon, kitsune udon, wakame udon, salada udon, curry udon and etc by using their computer touch screens. You also can select deep fried toppings from the counter like the vegetable kariage, fried chicken and etc, if you prefer an extra crunch with your noodles. Once your selection is done, just pay at the counter and they'll send over your bowl of noodles once it is ready. Green tea is refillable so help yourself to the hot and cold jugs.
done for now
All of us sample the house special served cold - a simple concoction of a poached egg, chopped spring onions with a little wasabi paste on the side. Mix them together and slurp the noodles down as you enjoy each chewy noodle delicately coated with the egg mixed with the fiery wasabi. It's seriously good stuff that will make you ponder how an unpretentious bowl of noodles costing RM6 can satisfy you so well. Now, if the ramen masters will land on our shores (Tampopo anyone?), we won't need to travel to the Land of the Rising Sun to get our Japanese fix anymore.
Blk L, Unit 18,
Level G, Phase 1
Tel: 03- 7957 6368
(Pork Free. The place is tucked behind Frontera and Muse. For more information including specials they're introducing, join their Facebook page. They also serve yakitori at night. For the full set of pictures, see my Flickr set.)
*Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here is entirely based on my personal tastebuds and may vary for others. This review is time sensitive; changes may occur to the place later on that can affect this opinion. The reviewer also declares that she has not received any monetary or non-monetary compensation from this place for writing the review.