Mac & Meaty day!@Ueno & Asakusa, Tokyo

It was terribly cold that day. Like face, fingers, legs frozen day. Despite the crazy cold weather, I excitedly embraced it through as the weather forecast showed the possibility of snowfall. 

Today was Ueno day, which fortunately or unfortunately, was the day which required a lot of outdoor walking. So yes, while I excitedly waited for snowfall, I was also half freezing to death.

I was so happy to see the happy M logo along the shophouses in Ueno. Time to hide from the cold for just a short bit in McDonalds!

My Bulgogi pork burger proved to be an enjoyable snack to warm myself up in this crazy cold five degree weather. 

In fact, the ebi burger was an even better choice for a short and sweet snack! The yumzers part was biting through chunks of prawns which were visible in the eye! The Japs truly didn’t stinge their ingredients even if it was a fast food meal.

Each burger cost about minimum 300 yen though. Pretty steep for a mini sized burger as you may possibly get a bowl of ramen with the same amount of money.

The biggest difference I had observed in my dining experience in McDonalds was how strangely quiet it was!

Every McDonalds I had entered back home was always noisy, and not necessarily clean. But over here, it was so quiet that people who were seated on the other end from where I was, could hear me slurping up my Diet Coke from such distances away.

The other stark difference was that, many tables were designed for solo lunch goers, and I sat on one of them…Table and single seated chair which faced the window, so individual patrons would be seated side by side with their frontal view looking out through the window.

And the biggest difference of all was that each patron was trained to put the trash into the bin by themselves. I know we encourage this method in Malaysia as well, unfortunately adoption of this practice was very low. Severely low.

True enough, the tiniest snowflakes did come down that day! Although the snowflakes were too fine and the snowfall period was too short, I was able to catch a glimpse of very thin layers of snow coming down from the sky and I was the only crazy person on the street jumping for joy, and grabbing the air in the attempt to capture the snoflakes.

Snow catching in the crazy cold weather (okay, barely call it snow since it was so thin and short duration) proved to be a tiring process.

After the stroll at Ueno park and the Tokyo museum (twas an enjoyable time there seeing a great collection of artifacts and art, but I felt a big part of history was missing from the entire display), I was dead beat and wanted to just head back to Asakusa early, and cook something at B Conte and rest in.

Passed by a local meat shop selling delicious looking chunky slices of wagyu beef! Okei. One slice of sirloin and ribeye please.

Yes sir, coming right up!

Although the cooking skill was a little lacking compared to top notch restaurants, but because the quality of the beef was so friggin’ good that the downhill cooking skill didn’t matter that much.

The beef was crazy tenderlicious, melting in the mouth like gooey butter. Although it seemed as if each piece was rather big, both slices were swallowed up in minutes. Foodventura gluttony mode on!

Honestly, with such fresh ingredients sold in every part of Japan, easily accessible and not too pricey for locals earning in Yen, I would really be inclined to cook at home more. Home cooked wagyu beef steak for lunch in the office? I won’t mind, not a single beat!

Finger-lickin’ supper foodie@Nanda Chicken난다 치킨 , Solaris Mont Kiara

Probably an unwise choice for health freaks and exercise junkies, but this was our supper after a sweaty 2 hour badminton marathon. Usually my post-badminton supper/dinner is cereal but since I have another badminton kaki who wants to have a meal after our game, we headed to Nanda Chicken, a nice Korean fried chicken hangout joint I spotted a couple of weeks ago.

It was a Friday night, and a typical Friday night in Seoul by this time of 1030pm, calls for localites already loud-voice, red faced, soju bellied, partying and drinking their way through Saturday morning. But for Solaris Mont Kiara on a Friday night, was quiet and somewhat obedient. I always wondered, where do the Korean expats rendezvous their typical Korean Friday outings in KL?

There were several tables filled up in Nanda (located opposite Salt & Lick, same row with Raju’s), but it was generally quiet inside, with K-Pop girls dancing and singing on TV. 

The food was served with some tidbits, just like any typical bars in Korea, but the only difference was that the tidbits were Indian crackers! Lol. I do recall off and on, there is a keropok Indian seller by the roadside running his business, I’m guessing they came from there.

We ordered a bottle of beer and soju (so much for 2 hours of badminton. Down the drain!)

Overall, the chicken was crazy tenderlicious! Juicy madness and you don’t get those thick batter layers which fall off when you bite them. Gotta say Nanda serves really yummy fried chicken! 

Strange part of the entire dish again, was having Indian keropok on top, perhaps it’s a fusion thing to blend in with the Malaysians’ palate lol.

Total damage including drinks came up to about RM100, an equal split of cost between the chicken and the booze.

Nanda does home deliveries as well, which I have given a try and the packing is of good quality! The chicken chunks also remained their crunchiness, and I regretted attempting to win the fiery battle against the spicy chicken chunks. After a couple of pieces, my tongue was already numb and my belly became a hot pot. 

Worthy foodieventure place for those who wants to have Korean style fried chicken, but what is lacking is the whole feel of crowdedness with red-faced happy loud voiced people around you enjoying the fried chicken together.

Address:

Nanda Chicken 난다 치킨

11, Jalan Solaris 2,

Solaris Mont Kiara,

50480 Kuala Lumpur.

Opening hours: Daily, 3.30 pm – 2.00 am

Tel: 016 580 7925

FB page:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nanda-Chicken/1133678939998500