Af­ford­able Ja­panese meals

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - DINING OUT -

WHEN most non-Ja­panese think about Ja­panese food, the most ubiq­ui­tous im­age that comes to mind is sushi or sashimi. Oth­ers might think of the tep­pa­nyaki or tem­pura.

In re­al­ity, most Ja­panese who go about their ev­ery­day lives work­ing nine to five, eat meals that are more down-to-earth and also af­ford­able.

To ex­pe­ri­ence this, take a trip to Waku Waku in Mid Val­ley Mega­mall, which has re­cently re­vamped its menu — it now serves home-cooked Ja­panese cui­sine in the Teishoku style, which means it comes in a meal set, or all-in-one spe­cials.

Also called the value set meal, Teishoku meals are usu­ally served with a bowl of rice, miso soup, two small dishes of ap­pe­tis­ers and a cup of chawan mushi, or steamed egg cus­tard, along with your choice of flavour­ful main dish.

Waku Waku’s menu is also known for its well-bal­anced nu­tri­tious val­ues. There are four sets to choose from, each of them are spe­cial in their own way.

The Grilled Salmon Set presents a hearty meal with a piece of del­i­cately grilled salmon with its good­ness nicely locked in.

Beef Ham­burg Steak Set is aro­mat­i­cally spiced and, like its name, shaped like a ham­burger patty. It is driz­zled with a mush­room sauce and also jet oven baked so it re­tains a juicy in­te­rior.

The main dish for the Chicken Tsukune Ham­burg Steak Set are the chicken pat­ties.

Pop­u­lar with women for be­ing light and nu­tri­tious, these chicken and soya pat­ties are baked in a jet oven till crisp on top but suc­cu­lently juicy in­side. These are topped off with a sauce and eaten dipped into a poached egg.

Mega Momo Set is rem­i­nis­cent of the yak­i­tori but lo­calised: bite-sized pieces of chicken grilled and gar­nished with sam­bal sauce.

The main dish of all the sets are pre­pared by Waku Waku’s spe­cial jet oven, which al­lows the food to be cooked healthily and fast. It locks in the good­ness and you end up with food that is ten­der and juicy.

Af­ter the set, you can try Waku Waku’s matcha green tea desserts. Start off with the Ogura Pan Cake, which com­bines a light fluffy pan­cake with matcha ice cream and red bean, the Matcha Par­fait, which has all the fresh­ness of green tea in a com­bi­na­tion of a rich sun­dae, and the Matcha Frozen, which is a green tea shake or smoothie topped with red bean and cream.

Matcha or green tea is not only syn­ony­mous with Ja­panese cui­sine, it is also good for health.

Some of the ben­e­fits of matcha are that it is high in an­tiox­i­dants hence may pro­mote an­ti­age­ing in cer­tain cases.

Matcha helps burn calo­ries and is known to detox­ify the body. It is said to im­prove the choles­terol level and for­ti­fies the body’s im­mune sys­tem.

Green tea is at­trib­uted to be an­tibac­te­rial and en­hances en­durance and en­ergy lev­els. It is said to boost con­cen­tra­tion and mem­ory. For all that, green tea is cer­tainly calm­ing and pro­motes a fresher breath.

The Teishoku set is the cre­ation of ex­ec­u­tive chef Jun Sato, who has been work­ing in Malaysia for four years. Each dish is served to sat­isfy your ap­petite, while mak­ing qual­ity af­ford­able.

Be­sides the Teishoku set, Waku Waku also of­fers set lunches from RM13.90 ev­ery Mon­day to Fri­day (ex­cept pub­lic hol­i­days) from 10am to 6pm.

The Ja­panese word “waku waku” sim­ply means “ex­cite­ment” or “thrill”.

Lo­cated on the third floor of Mid Val­ley Mega­mall, Waku Waku is eas­ily spot­ted with its unique ex­te­rior maple wood pil­lars. The sim­ple yet stylish decor em­anates a warm and homey feel­ing for a com­fort­able din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

For more in­for­ma­tion, log on to http://www.my­wakuwaku.com or look out for the ad­ver­tise­ment in this StarSpe­cial.

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