Yoshinoya Hanamaru

Yoshinoya and Hanamaru Udon
Address: Lot T-015B, Level 3, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

I was at Mid Valley on the 2nd day of the New Year with two other friends. It was a public holiday in Malaysia. My friend introduced this Japanese restaurant to us when we were asking for a location for that night’s dinner. It is located next to the Muji store at the 3rd floor center court.

My friend and his friend wanted to try this restaurant sometimes ago but it was full house. During our visit, we waited a while for a table for three people. I went to this restaurant again a week later, when two of my Singaporean friends came down to Kuala Lumpur for weekend. My friend wanted to have Japanese food and her boyfriend suggested to try this Japanese restaurant too!

The Yoshinoya offers the rice selection and the Hanamaru offers the udon and tempura on their menu. On both visits I tried their udon selection instead of the rice because I do not find the rice selection is attracting.

First visit, I tried their on of their udon on the specialties menu, Mentaiko Mayo Bukkake. Mentaiko mayo, the cod roe mayo is quite commonly used as sauce for udon and pasta in some Japanese restaurant. It comes with soup and dry version. For this first try, I tried their dry version, while my friend’s boyfriend tried the soup version on my second visit. Both of us gave our thumb up!

I love the mentaiko taste which goes well with the plain udon and it does not require to add extra sauce as it has a strong taste, a little salty, savoury. They put quite a generous amount of the mentaiko mayo to mix with the udon. My friend asked me if a bowl of udon would be enough for me as dinner. Initially, I thought it would not, but I was wrong, the mayo can make my stomach feel filling and the udon is thick, springy and generous amount.

I recommended to my Singaporean friends to try during my second visit to this restaurant a week later for our lunch in Mid Valley. Her boyfriend said the same thing and to him, it is worthy to eat here.

The second udon which I tried Tori Dashi Udon from their standard menu. And, I made a wrong choice because the clear and plain soup is tasteless. Their soup broth is made of dried kelp and sardines, so I wonder why the soup can be tasteless. Besides that, the shredded chicken meat are tasteless too, I feel it would be great if I added some soy sauce to make the whole bowl of udon tastes better. This udon needs some improvement.

I tried the chicken karaage, the common Japanese fried chicken and it is just alright for my taste bud. I saw another table was having 4-5 chicken karaage on their plate. My friends tried their tempura too. The price for the fried stuff is not expensive.

The restaurant serves drink as well and you can check out the drink counter at the center of the restaurant, otherwise, the Japanese green tea available too. The food may look small in portion but it is still filling with other add-on from the counter. This Japanese udon restaurant seems like a fast food restaurant. I am not sure if this restaurant is an Halal restaurant or not and they do have Malay people eating in this restaurant.

I feel thankful to have two groups of great friends trying out food with me over this weekend. Thank you so much for my friend who introduced this Japanese restaurant and then I recommended my Singaporean friends to try the same restaurant too. Also, thank you for my Singaporean friends for the lunch treats. If time permitted, I will try the similar concept restaurant in Chinatown, Singapore!

Eight Ounce Coffee


I was in Mid Valley when I returned home recently. It has been quite a long time I did not visit Mid Valley. Funny thing is when I was working in Mid Valley, I did not find it interesting to explore the place as I went there 5 days of a week. Now, I miss the place so much. The food and the convenience that I enjoyed while working in Mid Valley except the poor transportation arrangement.

Another cafe in Mid Valley, the Eight Ounce Coffee cafe’s drink selection is pretty limited and so does its seating because it is located at the corridor between Mid Valley and The Gardens Mall.

As usual, I ordered the coffee Latte and nothing much to shout out here. For hot drink, they serve us with a cup of plain water too. My friend ordered a cake, Oreo with Mint.

Address:  The corridor between Mid Valley and The Gardens Mall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Kim Zen

Kim Zen, Mid Valley, Malaysia.
I went to Mid Valley yesterday and spent my lunch at Kim Zen. It said to be affordable restaurant in Mid Valley and yes, it is. However, the taste is so-so. It is better you spend a bit more somewhere else. Kim Zen is a sister outlet to Kim Gary.

The only dimsum I liked was the barbecue chicken bun (char siew pao) but it is a little dry. It is not a choice for HK style char chan teng.

We ordered a bowl of dumpling soup noodle. It does not come with cheap price and the ingredients are very little. They give two medium small size of dumplings and half an egg. Imagine you have to eat the whole bowl of noodle with just 2 dumplings and half an egg and the soup broth is nothing fantastic.

I have no idea why me and other patrons are here…
Perhaps, this is one of the restaurants that has no queue during lunch hour. Improvement is greatly needed on their food quality and the range of the drinks. Cheap yet not worth a penny.


Address: G(E)-013, Mid Valley Megamall, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Rating: 1.5/5. The points are given to the barbecue pork bun and no-need-to-queue restaurant.

Burger King

Unbelievable I wrote one entry only for Burger King when I am a patron to this restaurant located in Mid Valley Megamall and Petronas at Dataran Prima. Burger King is famous for its whopper, and I did try their Jr. Whopper some time ago in Mid Valley’s branch.
burger king
When I said some time ago, it means I cannot recall how does the whopper taste. It was few years back, and I think it is good, else it would not become famous for nothing, right?
As usual it comes in a set with a drink and fries.
burger king
This is how it looks like when I unwrapped it.

If given a chance to visit Burger King during my lunch time, I would love to try again the chicken mushroom burger which I wrote an entry about it, https://liyenz.wordpress.com/2011/07/02/burger-king/

Address: Lot LG-059, Lower Ground Floor, Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Little Taiwan

Little Taiwan in Mid Valley brings a lot of good memories with ex-colleagues who worked with me in Mid Valley before this. There are some more Little Taiwan’s food photo which I did not share in my previous entries. I would like to introduce it here and sorry they are taken about two or three years ago.

Claypot Lao Shu Fun
I really miss this noodle after my first try eating. Initially, I found it very oily and wet (because of its sauces). However, after the first try, mixing around with the raw egg and the sauce, eating it while it is popping hot, it gives me a different thought of claypot lao shu fun.

Honey Pork Ribs Noodle
I am sorry to my Muslims’ readers, it is a non-halal restaurant. It was taken in Year 2011, and the pork ribs are delicious and juicy.

Salted Chicken Rice
This photo is a bit older than the previous one, it was taken in Year 2011.

I am surprised to find out the branches in Mid Valley has been closed down. Is it true? I cannot find it anymore from their website. To know where is their location, please check out at http://www.little-taiwan.com/index.php

Sweet Chat

Hidden gem at Sweet Chat restaurant in Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur.

Rhapsody Rice is glutinous rice with cubed mushrooms and chicken meat. It is a simple dish with pretty nice presentation. It comes with two big mushrooms and vegetable. Simple and delicious too.

Address: Lot F-079, First Floor, South Court, Mid Valley Megamall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Noodle Station

Noodle Station, Mid Valley, Malaysia
Noodle Station
This time around with different group of people eating at Noodle Station, we can have some different feedback on different food that they ordered. The black pepper chicken with fried wantons and noodle looks pretty great with its presentation. It is an average size of a drumstick, with some vegetables and 2 fried wanton.
Noodle Station
While another friend chose to have chicken ham with fried wanton and noodle. It is a same noodle as the black pepper drumstick.
Noodle Station
And lastly, this is their signature fried noodle with fish cake and prawn. Simple and delicious noodle. However, the portion is a little small.

Address: S-069, 2nd Floor, Mid Valley City, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Rating: 3/5. The food is nice, but they need to improve their services, I find it a little slow. And the noodle portion should be improved too.