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What Are The Best Tasting Roe Used For Sushi?

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Do you agree that we Malaysian really enjoy eating Japanese cuisine? Don’t take my word for it but if you look around, you might just find a Japanese restaurant lurking at every corner of the city. Yes, it’s true and that is just great news for us!

When dining at a Japanese restaurant, have you ever felt excited and confused at the same time wondering what’s being served to you? Speaking of which, do you recall eating those “mini dragon ball” looking salmon fish roe (Ikura)? Very interesting, isn’t it?

And that brings us to our topic of the day! What types of roe are the most commonly used in Japanese cuisine? From fish to shrimp to sea urchin, we are going to unveil all of these types of unique and delicious roe from the sea!

1. Ikura

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Don't the salmon roe (Ikura) and the dragon ball look similar?

Ikura, the “mini dragon ball” looking salmon roe is first on the list as it’s one of the most commonly served roe in a Japanese restaurant. Generally, salmon roe is larger in size, reddish-orange in color and is quite delicate to handle because of its gooey texture.

Bite into it and you’ll feel an immediate explosion of its sweet liquid that is to die for! Ikura is usually served as a sushi topping and occasionally as a garnishing for donburi dishes.

2. Tobiko

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Another commonly used fish roe in sushi making is the Tobiko, also known as the flying fish roe. Wait, fish can fly!? Yes and so will your taste buds when you taste the Tobiko. What makes this roe special is its distinct smoky, salty flavours with a hint of sweetness and crunchiness in texture.

It has a beautiful reddish-orange color similar to salmon roe but is relatively smaller in size which can range from 0.5 to 0.8 millimeters. Did you know Tobiko can also change in color and flavor when infused with some natural ingredients? Such variations include squid ink to make it black, wasabi to make it green, and yuzu to make it yellow.

3. Ebiko

Apart from using fish roe, sushi restaurants also use Ebiko in which the word “ebi” means shrimp and makes up a part of its name. Ebiko is considered to be similar to Tobiko in taste but darker in color. In addition, the price of Ebiko is cheaper than that of Tobiko hence, making it a more affordable treat!

4. Masago

Deep fried Capelin fish with roe inside.

Masago is basically roe from the Capelin fish. Similar to other types of roe, it’s naturally red-orange in color and quite a common ingredient in sushi. Alternately, you can order deep fried capelin fish with the roe still inside the fish. It’s a common yet delicious dish in many Japanese restaurants. If you have not tried it, we highly recommend it!

5. Uni

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If you don’t know what uni is, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Uni is the Japanese name for the edible part of the Sea Urchin. While it’s usually referred to as the roe, uni is actually the animal’s gonads and not eggs.

However, since it’s such a famous ingredient in sushi making, we decided to include it on the list. Uni comes in many ranges of colours, from rich gold to light yellow, and has a creamy consistency that some love and is off-putting to others. It might look intimidating but give it a try then you decide!

Restaurants where you can try different types of roe?

Now that you know what are the different types of roe available in Japanese restaurants, let’s get going and try them out at these top Japanese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur! So, what are you waiting for? Reserve a table at one of these restaurants today!

[Mar 25 – 31] What’s New This Week

MAR. 25 – 31, 2019

What’s New This Week

Feeling blue? Great dining news and promotions are here to brighten up day! Grab an exclusive 20% off the total bill with bookings via TABLEAPP at Vasco’s, Chambers Grill, The Lounge, Chynna, Graze, Iketeru and Zeta Bar at Hilton Kuala Lumpur! 

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Kampachi EQ
Equatorial Plaza

Nestled in the new stylish Equatorial Plaza, the latest and finest edition of Kampachi restaurants – Kampachi EQ, offers truly authentic Japanese cuisine with ingredients sourced from Japan and spacious dining areas including an exclusively-designed sushi bar crafted from Hinoki wood. Come here to experience top-notch service and relish traditional food meticulously prepared by the team of Japanese chefs. 

Bistro 160
Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur

Searching for a comfortable spot to enjoy your afternoon tea, social lunches or to mingle with friends? Come to Bistro 160 to delight your taste buds with delectable desserts, cakes, pastries, sandwiches, burgers and salads complemented by coffee, tea, aperitifs or indulge yourself in a fine selection of champagne, wine and cocktails! 

Dining News and Promotions

All-You-Can-Eat Shabu-Shabu
Ebisu, Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur

Never had enough Shabu-shabu to satiate your craving? It’s your one-of-a-kind chance now! Head to the restaurant to revel in the deliciously addictive Shabu-shabu featuring premium Australian beef at only RM88 nett per person. Only available on Saturdays and Sundays until 17th April 2019. 

Giant King Prawn Promo
EGG – 8 Gourmets Gala, Bandar Sunway

Are you a big fan of seafood? If you are, don’t miss out this great deal offered by EGG – 8 Gourmets Gala! Savor the freshest seafood at the restaurant and whet your palate with sumptuous Giant King Prawn only at RM14.90 per piece with any purchase of À la Carte pasta and rice.  

20% Off Wine
Private Room, TTDI 

Well-known for being the first speakeasy wine bar in Kuala Lumpur, Private Room is the perfect venue to enjoy quality wine, cocktails, liquors and spirits. Longing to relish extraordinarily good wine yet worry that you might break your bank? Grab 20% off selected wines at this renowned bar! 

New Dish
Dancing Fish, Bangsar Shopping Centre

Love to gratify your palate with a number of Malaysian and Indonesian dishes? Dancing Fish is your place to be! Remember to experience their newest addition Cumi-Cumi Bakar featuring Calamari charcoal-grilled over embers and basted with special Cumi sauce for a light smoky and caramelized flavor.  

Events

[Mar 27] Wine Dinner
Tangerine, THE FACE Suites

Dine at the quintessential rooftop with scenic Kuala Lumpur city view while digging into a 6-course wine-pairing dinner with the finest Ethica Wines. Please your palate with exquisite dishes such as Hokkaido Scallops, Foie Gras & Quail, 300 Days Grain-Fed Wagyu Cheek, Marcapone Sorbet and more. Priced at RM450 nett per person. 

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Revel In Top 3 Favorite Burgers at The Daily Grind

My friends and I have a great fondness for burgers (some even call us “burger fanatics”) and this guilty indulgence actually brings us closer as we are always on the go to search for the nicest burgers in town. Our stop last week was The Daily Grind which is known as the very first gourmet burger restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. The restaurant quickly won our hearts for its wide range of crafted and adventurous creations with high-quality ingredients and delectable homemade sauces. Its retro yet laid-back ambiance is also suitable for our casual meet-up. 

Patrons come to the restaurant are pampered with a plethora of delights featuring Burgers, Light Bites, Comfort Food and more. If you want to relish the best burgers at this restaurant in your next visit, check out the following 3 burgers which have always been the top choices of frequent diners here! 

 

1/ Foie Gras Burger
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The first burger – Foie Gras Burger, easily whetted our appetite just by its glamorous appearance! The premium Australian beef patty and the skillfully pan-seared foie gras are to die for! The beef tempted our taste buds with its tenderness and juiciness while the foie gras melted on the tongue, exuding distinct flavors which were complemented by the balsamic palm sugar glaze. Portobello mushroom and onion cranberry jam were added to balance the taste, making this burger our top favorite! 

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2/ Downtown Tokyo 

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Another hard-to-resist delight is this Downtown Tokyo. Inspired by Japanese cuisine, the burger is made of deep-fried soft shell crab with a touch of wasabi mayo and some rocket leaves served in charcoal buns. We were a bit doubtful at first to try this exotic patty but we then immediately fell in love with the combination. The soft-shell crab was perfectly fried to reach an incredible crunchiness whereas its taste gave a mild kick on the tongue. A wonderful experience.

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3/ Sloppy Joe

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Sloppy Joe
– as its name suggests, is best to enjoy messily! The burger is made of sautéed beef patty in barbecue sauce, melted cheese and topped with onion rings. We were overwhelmed with the big portion of the burger yet excited at the same time!  Sumptuous cheesy beef patty mingling with crunchy onion rings, this classic burger is a delightful mess which would make you come back for more.  

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The Daily Grind Bangsar
Location: LG8, Lower Ground, Bangsar Village. 1, Jalan Telawi, 1, Bangsar Baru, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

The Daily Grind Ampang
Location: 26, Persiaran Ampang, Desa Pahlawan, Ampang, 55000 Kuala Lumpur.
>> Click here to reserve a table at The Daily Grind Ampang

 

 

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Thai Cuisine: Surprising Facts You Might Not Know!

Known as one of the most fascinating destinations for its cuisine, Thailand is a heaven for food lovers to come and excite the taste buds. From exotic street food, seafood extravaganza, green curries to luscious desserts, Thai dishes can easily make your mouth water. Along with their impressive cuisine, Thailand also has a unique dining culture with amusing facts which you might not aware of! 

It’s time to dive in and see how well you know about the food culture of this beautiful country.

1/ The Special Greetings – “Gin Khao Yung?” 

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We all acknowledge that food matters yet to Thai people, food is even more than that. Eating is a sort of happiness and enjoying food is like having a celebration! You can easily feel their love for food as one of the very first questions they ask each other is “Gin Khao Yung?” which literally means “Have you eaten yet?”.  The next time you see a Thai person, don’t forget to amaze them by using this phrase. 
 

2/ Baked Food? Thank You, Next! 

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Looking for delectable baked delights while you are in Thailand? You’d better think twice! With the blooming of deep-fried, stir-fried and grilled treats, baked foods are certainly luxuries when you come to this country! You might need to search high and low or even fork out a good amount of money to get your favorite baked foods. However, “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” and you will have an extraordinary experience which you won’t regret! 

3/ Beer “On The Rocks” 

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If you are a discerning beer drinker, you would probably have a slight pain seeing how the people here drink beer! From small eateries to fine-dining restaurants, you will bump into some Thais who are sipping their favorite brews with an abundance of ice! With Thailand’s often brutal heat, this concept of serving beer has become so popular to an extent that it would be… weird if you drink your beer without ice! 

4/ Food Is All About Sharing 

Image Credit: Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine

Did you know dining alone in Thailand is somewhat considered bad luck? The people here prefer to share rather than enjoying the dish themselves! In fact, they like to order the same number of dishes as the number of those who present and share the dishes all together! This practice originated from the belief that everyone should have a chance to taste each dish on the table and it shows how generous and thoughtful the people here are! 

 

5/ Forks Are Never Used To Put Food Into The Mouth! 

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It might surprise you but Thai people do not really use chopsticks in their dining culture, except for a few noodles dishes. The people here love to use forks and spoons! However, you might need to keep in mind that forks are not used to directly put food into your mouth. Instead, Thai people will use the fork to push food into the spoon and then devour it!

 

Now that you’ve learned some exciting facts about this much-loved cuisine, you might wonder where to find a good restaurant to enjoy Thai delicacies. We’ve got your back! Check out the list of the Top Thai Restaurants in Klang Valley that serve authentic and fusion Thai dishes! 

 

 

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[Mar 18 – 24] What’s New This Week

MAR. 18 – 24, 2019

What’s New This Week

Brighten up your Monday with exciting dining news and promotions for the whole week ahead! Check out exclusive promotions, new sumptuous dishes and interesting events you cannot miss out! 

Dining News and Promotions

TABLEAPP Exclusive Promo – 20% Off Dinner Buffet
Makan Kitchen, DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru

Grab 20% off a sumptuous buffet spread – Taste of Borneo, featuring a wide range of specialities including Sabahan, Sarawakian, Brunelan and Kalimantanese cuisine! The promo is only available from Mondays to Thursdays with reservations via TABLEAPP. Only until 31st March! 

Oyster Festival
BLACK Market, All Outlets 

Get ready to relish the freshest and high-quality oysters to satisfy your seafood craving! Savor Fresh Oyster (6 pcs) at RM44 or Oyster Platter at RM98 only and 50% discount on all oysters with any purchase of the restaurant’s selected alcohol! 

Set Lunch Promo
Two-Ox French Bistro Bar, Jalan Doraisamy

What’s better than enjoying Mediterranean-inspired dishes at an affordable price? Head to Two-Ox French Bistro Bar to delight your taste buds with a number of selections of set lunch and complimentary drinks at only RM16++! 

All-You-Can-Eat Mussels 
Southern Rock Seafood, Bangsar

Want to gratify your palate with delectable imported mussels yet don’t want to break your bank? Here comes a great deal at Southern Rock Seafood which you should keep an eye on! Eat as many mussels as you can only at RM56++!  

New Degustation Menu
enfin by James Won, Menara Hap Seng 1 

Inspired by Malaysia’s rich flora and fauna biodiversity, this multi-award contemporary French restaurant has come up with a new menu which focusses on renewing some of the age-old techniques by our forefathers to ensure a memorable dining experience. 

Nasi Addict 
Opium, Changkat Bukit Bintang

If you are seeking for the best Nasi Lemak in town, this could be it! The latest addition at Opium is meticulously prepared using unique ingredients such as Bunga Telang Coconut Rice, Spring Chicken, Mini Angus Patties, Spicy Salted Fish Crips and more at RM42+! 

Events

[Mar 22] Salsa Night Pool Party
Altitude, Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

Dance your night away in a Salsa Night Pool Party! Dig in a scrumptious dish of authentic Spanish Paella and free flow of premium Margaritas for 2 hours while enjoying the live performance from a Cuban band! Priced at RM25 nett for ladies, RM30 nett for gentlemen and RM50 nett for couple.

[Mar 28] Sparkling Wine Affair
Sapore, Ampang

Indulge yourself in glasses of hand-picked sparkling Italian white wine – Montelvini Promosso Spumante at the restaurant for a night to remember! Take joy in this bubbly party with luscious tapas prepared by the Chef! Available from 6pm onwards at RM68+ for 5 tapas & 2 glasses of wine or RM150+ for 5 tapas & 1 bottle of wine.   

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Celebrate Goût de France 2019: Don’t Miss Out These 3 Restaurants!

If you are a big fan of French cuisine, don’t miss out the chance to celebrate Goût de France 2019 this 21st March! What is Goût de France and why you should keep an eye on this event?

French Dining  
Inspired by chef Auguste Escoffier, Goût de France is the event in which chefs around the world will serve French-style dinners (also known as “French Dinner”) on the same day! For the fifth year in a row, Goût de France or Good France has been a true link to connect people and to celebrate the vitality of French cuisine. Not only will you be able to enjoy a festive gastronomy of French delicacies but you can also pay tribute to the values of sharing, pleasure and respect for good food. 

Love to experience this “French dinner”? Here are the top 3 participating restaurants that you might not want to forgo!  

1/ Satiate Your Taste Buds With A 5-Course Set Menu with The Finest Wine at Soleil 

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Known for its authentic contemporary European cuisines weaved with Asian influences, the award-winning restaurant – Soleil, is definitely one of the perfect dining spots to celebrate Goût de France 2019. The restaurant also takes pride in its extensive wine collection with many of which are exclusively handpicked. For the “French dinner” this year, the restaurant will offer a 5-course set menu featuring dishes such as Organic Vegetable Tart Nicoise, Free Range Chicken 3 Ways and Bordier Artisan Cheese Platter

Date: From 15th – 23rd March 2019
Price
: RM195++ per set menu; add RM95++ for wine pairing

Location: Lot 7 & 8, 2nd Floor, DC Mall, Plaza DC, Damansara City, 6, Jalan Damanlena, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

>> View Goût de France Menu and Book a Table at Soleil

 

2/ Savor Classic French Favorites With A Modern Twist at Two-Ox French Bistro Bar

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If you love being surrounded by a relaxing atmosphere while reveling in classic French favorites with a modern twist and exciting wines, Two-Ox French Bistro Bar is your place to be! With carefully-selected ingredients, the restaurant will indulge you in a culinary experience with a modern take on authentic French delights. Come to the restaurant this Goût de France to relish a 5-course set dinner of exciting dishes such as Torched Scottish Salmon Trout, Roasted Wild Red Snapper, Sous Vide Lamb Saddle, Grilled Brie and Pear Brûlée. 

Date: 21st March 2019
Price
: RM150++ per person

Location: 56G, Jalan Doraisamy, 50300 Kuala Lumpur.

>> View Goût de France Menu and Book a Table at Two-Ox French Bistro Bar

 

3/ Enjoy Artisanal Bakery and Traditional French Cuisine at Yeast Bistronomy Bangsar

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Established in 2012, Yeast Bistronomy Bangsar is much frequented by diners who are fond of the finest traditional artisanal pastries along with affordable haute cuisine. Head to the restaurant to immerse in a laid-back yet chic atmosphere and enjoy an authentic French Parisian bistro dining right in KL. On this Good France Day, the restaurant will serve 1 lunch and 1 dinner menu featuring delicacies like Chicken Breast Braised in Bell Pepper, Puff Pastry, Floating Island, Shaved Foie Gras Torchon, Brittany Seared Cod and more. 

Date: 21st March 2019
Price
: RM58++ per person (lunch); RM168++ per person with minimum of 2 persons dining (dinner)

Location24G, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

>> View Goût de France Menu and Book a Table at Yeast Bistronomy Bangsar

 

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3 Remarkable Dishes at One Seafood Restaurant @ Bukit Bintang

Situated at the busy street Jalan Bukit Bintang, ONE Seafood Restaurant is often frequented by diners who love to please their palate with the freshest ingredients such as garden salad or live seafood like fish or oysters which are freshly-caught from the aquarium. 

My friends are in love with this place and that’s why it’s one of the restaurants that first comes to our mind when we want to satiate our seafood craving. This time I came back with another mission – to find out the 3 dishes that are the top favorites of the diners here. Of course, I’m not hesitant to share with you guys.

Keep on reading as a secret is waiting for you at the end of this post! 

1/ Baked Lobster with Superior Stock

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The first dish – Baked Lobster with Superior Stock, is a signature dish that whetted our appetite right after it was presented. The 500gm lobster was freshly captured from the aquarium upon order and cooked with superior stock. The fact that this stock needs up to 1 week to prepare really caught us by surprise. The thick broth plays an important role to enhance the natural flavors of the lobster’s succulent flesh, bringing out the exquisite taste and texture of this magnificent lobster.

>> Click here to view this Baked Lobster with Superior Stock

 

2/ Braised Crab with Chili

Click here to view Braised Crab with Chili at One Seafood Restaurant

The Signature Braised Crab with Chili is prepared using a captured-on-the-spot crab to ensure its freshness. The crab was meticulously cleaned and stir-fried before being coated with a thick and savory gravy. Thanks to this combination, the crab was impeccably well-balanced in sweetness and spiciness, making it a true delicacy! Don’t forget the deep fried buns that were served along as they would perfectly complement the dish. 

>> Click here to view this Braised Crab with Chili

 

3/ Royal Fried Rice

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Fried rice that is loved by many? Yes, it’s true. This Royal Fried Rice, a deluxe version of the usual fried rice, is definitely a must-try dish for a group of 6! Topped with crab meat, sweet corn and other premium toppings, this fried rice was not only tasty but also infused with a delectable fragrance. What’s more interesting? You can enjoy the chef in action right in front of your table! 

>> Click here to view this Royal Fried Rice

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One Seafood Restaurant
Location: Lot 510, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 52200 Kuala Lumpur.
>> Click here to book a table at One Seafood Restaurant

 

 

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[Mar 11 – 17] What’s New This Week

MAR. 11 – 17, 2019

What’s New This Week

Feeling peckish yet don’t know where to go? We have got your back! Fill your heart with joy and your stomach with delectable foods by checking out our dining promotions and events this week!

Dining News and Promotions

March Promos
Raintree, Menara CIMB

Come to the restaurant to revel in a plethora of promotions this month! Get ready to grab discount on all liquor, 1 Complimentary Chicken Chop or Lamb Chop with every purchase of 2 bottles of wine or a Free Pizza with every purchase of bottle liquor! 

10% Off Pizza 
Luce Osteria Contemporanea, Old Malaya

Awesome news for pizza fans! Luce Osteria Contemporanea will satiate your taste buds with an array of freshly-made and authentic Italian pizza at special prices! Grab 10% off for all pizza from the restaurant’s a la carte menu from Monday – Wednesday! 

Spring Season Specialities
Kampachi, All Outlets

If you have a knack for authentic Japanese cuisine with fresh seasonal ingredients imported from Japan, don’t miss out this chance to spring up your taste buds with Spring Season Specialities including unique delights such as Takenoko, Sakura Ice Cream and Sakura Masu at Kampachi

New Menu
Nadodi, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng

Seeking for a tantalizing culinary journey with tradition and modernity go hand-in-hand? Head to Nadodi! The restaurant is offering a brand new food menu featuring The 7-Mile Journey, The 9-Mile Journey and The 11-Mile Journey with creative flair using modern techniques!  

Saturday Gossip Girls
The Eighth Avenue, Solaris Dutamas

No matter how hectic your week is, don’t forget to indulge yourself in the ladies night here on Saturdays where you can have the best drinks at only RM15! Remember to delight your taste buds with a fine food selection prepared by the top chefs here as well. 

Events

[Mar 14] Wine Dinner
ROOST, Bangsar

Love to experience from-farm-to-fork European cuisine while enjoying extraordinary wine? You definitely should not forgo the wine event at ROOST! Excite your taste buds with 8 dishes using local sustainable ingredients with wine pairing. Available at 7.30pm at RM228+ per person.

[Mar 19] French Wine Dinner
Graze, Hilton Kuala Lumpur

A gastronomic experience is waiting for you at Graze with a specially curated menu with hand-picked wine. Enjoy a wide array of delicious canapes with a glass of pre-dinner white wine and 4 types of French wine to go with a 4-course dinner of bold and robust flavors. Priced at RM350 nett per person!

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We’ve Had Lamb And Mutton, What About Hogget?

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When dining out at a restaurant, it’s very common to spot a lamb dish in the menu. For instance, dishes like lamb chops, lamb racks and lamb shanks are the usual suspects. At times, you may even come across some mutton dishes but have you ever heard of hogget?

What Are The Differences Between Lamb, Hogget and Mutton?

In our lifetime, most of us would have already tasted dishes of lamb or mutton. However, little do people know there’s something called hogget as well. Today you will find out what’s a hogget and also its differences compared to lamb and mutton.

To make it clear, do keep in mind that the terms “lamb”, “hogget” and “mutton” are all used to label sheep of different ages.

1. Lamb

In general, lamb is the word used to refer to sheep that are less than a year old. The age range of the lamb may differ depending on the farm but it’s usually 4 to 6 months and the meat is pinkish-red. If you are wondering why lamb is the most common meat amongst 3 types to be found on the menu, the reason is actually quite simple. At this age, the lamb meat is at its most tender and doesn’t require a lot of cooking time. In that sense, many diners will opt for the tender and sweet meat of the lamb.

2. Hogget

For the longest time, there were few definitions of sheep that have grown over a year old. Everyone has heard of mutton but how about hogget? In layman’s term, hogget is a juvenile sheep over a year old to 2 years old top. Sheep that are more than 24 months are no longer considered hoggets. Given that it has more time to grow and mature, hogget meat is darker than lamb and it has its own distinct flavors.

3. Mutton

Mutton status takes over once the hogget reaches two years old, in which the sheep have already matured into an adult. A mutton connoisseurs will agree that the best flavors of mutton are from sheep of 4 years old when their meat is darker and the flavors are more intense. An easy rule is the darker the color of the meat is, the older the animal will be.

Which meat taste better?

Cava's Signature Baked Suckling Lamb.

When it comes to this topic, the answer can be quite vague as different people have different preferences. Our aim is to give an idea to what each meat brings to the table and not to determine which is the best. We believe that every meat has its own uniqueness and it shall be kept that way! 

Put that aside and let’s jump in! One of the main differences between lamb and mutton is the latter tends to have more flavors and a little more fat. However, it can be a little tougher so it benefits from long and slow cooking. Speaking of which dish is of Malaysian’s favorite, the mutton curry is the dish that is much-loved and can be easily found at many eateries all around Malaysia. 

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Mutton Paal Poriyal at ALIYAA Restaurant & Bar.

Now that you have some ideas about lamb and mutton, here comes the hogget! Given that it’s reared for a longer period of time, hogget’s flavor profile tends to stand between the lamb and mutton. To put it in context, hogget doesn’t overwhelm your taste buds like old mutton, yet still gives a distinct hint of gamey flavors that’s lip-smacking good.

Sadly in Malaysia, hogget hasn’t caught up with the dining scene, meaning it’s not wildly sold or marketed to the mass. Nevertheless, it’s good that we’ve learned a thing or two about the less-known hogget because now you have something to talk about the next time you are enjoying some lamb chops.

Restaurants where you can eat a lamb dish?

Spicy Lamb Cutlet at Mezze Bar & Bistro.

Talking about lamb, hogget and mutton is making me hungry already and I couldn’t help myself but spending time to discover some interesting lamb and mutton dishes at these top restaurants in Klang Valley. Find out what these dishes are and book a table today!