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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 

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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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Wagyu Hunt: Top Restaurants That Serve Wagyu Dishes in Klang Valley!

Longing for the melt-in-the-mouth Wagyu beef yet don’t know where to get one? You have come to the right place! Dig in our comprehensive list of the top restaurants in Klang Valley that serve Wagyu dishes! 

 

1/ Sushi Azabu

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Opening HoursTue – Sun: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm. Closed on Mondays
LocationISETAN The Japan Store, LOT 10, No. 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.

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2/ Babe 

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Opening HoursTue – Sun: 6:00pm – 11:00pm. Closed on Mondays
Location11th Floor, Work @ Clearwater, Jalan Changkat Semantan, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

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3/ Nobu Kuala Lumpur

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Opening Hours: Lunch: Mon – Fri: 12:00pm – 2:00pm; Hi-Tea: Sat & Sun: 1:00pm – 4:00pm; Dinner Daily: 6:00pm – 10:30pm
Location: Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.

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4/ Iketeru, Chambers Bar & Chambers Grill @ Hilton Kuala Lumpur 

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Iketeru
Opening HoursDaily: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Location: Level 8, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.

Chambers Grill
Opening HoursMon – Fri: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm; Sat & Sun: 6:30pm – 10:30pm (Close for lunch)
Location: Lobby Level, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.
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Chambers Bar
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu: 10:00am – 1:00am
Fri & Sat: 10:00am – 2:00am
Location: Lobby Level, Hilton Kuala Lumpur, 3, Jalan Stesen Sentral, 50470 Kuala Lumpur.
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5/ Horizon Grill @ Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur

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Opening Hours: Daily: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Location: Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur, Level 58, 2 Jalan Conlay, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.

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6/ Ishin Japanese Dining

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Opening Hours: Daily: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm
Location: No. 202, Persiaran Klang, Batu 3 3/4, Off Jalan Klang Lama, 58000 Kuala Lumpur.

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7/ PAMPAS Group 

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PAMPAS Steakhouse at Old Malaya
Opening Hours: Daily: 5:00pm – 1:00am

Location: 66 – 68, Jalan Raja Chulan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

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PAMPAS Reserve 
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 12:00pm – 3:00pm; Daily: 5:00pm – 11:00pm. Closed on Sunday
Location: G01, Suasana Bukit Ceylon, 2, Persiaran Raja Chulan, 50200 Kuala Lumpur.

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PAMPAS Boutique Steakhouse
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 3:00pm – 11:30pm; Sat & Sun: 12:00pm – 11:30pm
Location: A4-1-07, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, No.1, Jalan Dutamas, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.
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8/  Hanaya Japanese Dining 

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Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 10:30pm
Location: Lobby Floor, Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur, 160, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

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9/ Soleil

Opening Hours: Daily: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:30pm
LocationLot 7 & 8, 2nd Floor, DC Mall, Plaza DC, Damansara City, 6, Jalan Damanlena, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

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10/ La Cucina Mediterranean Kitchen @ Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar

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Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12:00pm – 10:30pm. Closed on Sundays & PH
Location: Pullman Kuala Lumpur Bangsar. No.1, Jalan Pantai Jaya, Tower 3, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.

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11/ Mezze Bar & Bistro

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Opening Hours: Mon – Thu: 4:00pm – 1:00am; Fri – Sat: 12:00pm – 1:00am. Closed on Sundays
Location132, Jalan Kasah, Medan Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

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12/ Opus Bistro

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Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 12:00am; Sun: 6:00pm – 12:00am
Location: 67, Jalan Bangkung, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

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13/ Lucky Bo 

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Opening Hours: Daily: 11:00am – 11:00pm
Location: 65, Jalan Bangkung, Bukit Bandaraya, Bangsar, 59100 Kuala Lumpur.

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14/ YG Republique

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Opening Hours3Geori Butcher’s: Daily: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 2:00am; K-Pub: Daily: 6:00pm – 3:00am
LocationHG-01 & HG-02 Hive, TREC, 436, Jalan Tun Razak, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.

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15/ Kampachi Plaza 33

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Opening HoursDaily: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm; Sat, Sun & PH Buffet: 12:00pm – 2:30pm
LocationP1-02, Level 1, Podium, Plaza 33, No. 1, Jalan Kemajuan, Seksyen 13, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

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16/ Manja 

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Opening HoursTue – Sun: 12:00pm – 2:00am. Closed on Monday
Location6, Lorong Raja Chulan, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.

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17/ Kikubari 

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Opening HoursMon – Sat: 6:30pm – 10:30pm. Closed on Sundays
LocationL3-01A, DC Mall, Plaza DC, Damansara City, 6, Jalan Damanlela, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

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18/ CÉ LA VI

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Opening HoursRestaurant: Lunch: 12:00pm – 3:00pm; Dinner: 6:00pm – 11:00pm. Lounge: Daily: 12:00pm – 1:00am
LocationLevel 37, Sky Dining, Ilham Tower, No. 8, Jalan Binjai, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.

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19/ Ebisu @  Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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Opening HoursDaily: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:30pm – 11:00pm
LocationLevel 8, Pavilion Hotel Kuala Lumpur, 170, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

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20/ Signature at The Roof

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Opening HoursDaily: 5:00pm – 1:00am
LocationSky Level, 1 First Avenue, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 

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21/ Shook!

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Opening HoursDaily: 6:00am – 11:00pm
LocationFeast Village Starhill Gallery at JW Marriott Kuala Lumpur, 181, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur.

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22/ Way Modern Chinois

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Opening HoursMon – Fri: 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:30pm; Sat – Sun: 10:00am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm
LocationG-1, Work@Clearwater, Changkat Semantan, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

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23/ Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill @ Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur

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Opening HoursDaily: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm
LocationLevel 6, Traders Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at Gobo Upstairs Lounge & Grill

24/ Grub by Ahong & Friends 

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Opening HoursTue – Fri: 6:00pm – 11:00pm; Sat – Sun: 11:00am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm. Closed on Mondays
Location608, Jalan 17/10, Seksyen 17, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor. 

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25/ Savini Ristorante Italiano 

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Opening HoursDaily: 12:00pm – 12:00am
LocationLevel 2, Lot 2-05, The Intermark, 348, Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur.

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26/ PLOY 

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Opening HoursMon – Fri:12:00pm – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 12:00am; Sat: 6:00pm – 12:00am. Closed on Sunday
LocationG-02, Ground floor, Work@Clearwater, Changkat Semantan, Off Jalan Semantan, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

>> Click here to book a table at PLOY

27/ Uroko Japanese Cuisine 

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Opening HoursDaily:11:30am – 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 10:30pm
Location2nd Floor, 22-A-1, Jalan 17/54, 46400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

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28/ Cristallo di Luna @ Pacific Regency Hotel Suites

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Opening HoursDaily: 6:30pm – 10:30pm 
LocationLevel 34, Pacific Regency Hotel Suites, Jalan Punchak, Off Jalan P. Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur. 

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29/ Torii Yakitori & Whikey Bar

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Opening HoursMon – Fri: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:00pm till late; Sat & Sun: 5:00pm till late
LocationLot 8-6, Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur. 

>> Click here to book a table at Torii Yakitori & Whiskey Bar

30/ The Tokyo Restaurant 

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Opening HoursDaily: 11:00am – 11:00pm
LocationISETAN The Japan Store, LOT 10, No. 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.

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31/ Yakiniku Toraji

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Opening HoursDaily: 11:00am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 11:00pm
LocationISETAN The Japan Store, LOT 10, No. 50, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur. 

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32/ BEAST by BIG 

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Opening HoursMon – Sat: 5:00pm – 12:00am. Closed on Sundays
LocationLot 6-A & 6-1A, First Floor, Jalan Batai, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur. 

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33/ Tangerine

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Opening HoursDaily: 6:00pm – 10:30pm
LocationTHE FACE Suites, 1020 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur. 

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34/ Kofuku Japanese Cuisine @ Seri Pacific Hotel

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Opening HoursMon – Sat: 12:30pm – 2:30pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm; Closed: Sun & Public Holiday
LocationLevel 4, Seri Pacific Hotel, Jalan Putra, 50350 Kuala Lumpur.

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35/ Hemisphere Restaurant & Bar

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Opening HoursDaily: 11:00am – 2:00am 
LocationLevel 37, Madison Block, Regalia Residence. No. 2, Jalan Anjung Putra, Off Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50480 Kuala Lumpur.

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36/ Sou Omakase Dining 

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Opening HoursDaily: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
LocationG247, Ground Floor, The Gardens Mall, Mid Valley City, Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.

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[Jan 21 – 27] Weekly Reads: 5 Lucky Dishes For An Auspicious Chinese New Year 2019!

Food has always been an important part in our life and during a big festival like Chinese New Year, certain dishes can even bring you luck and auspiciousness for a whole year ahead. What to eat to start your lunar new year right? We have selected 5 dishes for you to usher in Chinese New Year 2019 with happiness and wealth. 

1/ Yú (Fish) 

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Have you ever wondered why Yú (yoo) is one of the indispensable dishes during Chinese New Year?  In Chinese, the pronunciation of fish is similar to “surplus” and who wouldn’t want to have a “surplus” in the year ahead?
If you want to elevate your prosperity, keep an eye on these top fish dishes – Crucian Carp which means “good luck”, Chinese Mud Carp which means “good fortune” and Catfish for “a year of surplus”.

2/ Yú Sheng or Yee Sang (Raw Fish Salad or Prosperity Toss Salad)  

The Cantonese dish, listed as Malaysia’s national heritage dish, is a perfect epitome of luck and wealth as diners whip out their chopsticks to toss the ingredients (which traditionally includes fresh vegetables, raw fish and plum sauce) as high as possible. 
Nowadays, you can expect to see more than just classic Yee Sang as there are plenties of Unique Yee Sang You Must Try This Chinese New Year 2019 for a special toss!

3/ Nian Gao (“Year Cake”)

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Nian Gao – a glutinous rice-based cake, is an all-time-favorite treat that you might find year around. However, your year will be even more fulfilled if you can savor this sweet delight during the lunar new year! As a homonym for “higher year”, relishing a Nian Gao means you will raise yourself in status (higher income or position) for the next year to come!

 

4/ Chang Shou Mian (Long-life noodles)

As the name suggested, the longer the noodle is, the longer (and healthier) your life is. This longevity noodles are not only commonly-presented during Chinese New Year but also in birthday as a wish for a long, happy and healthy life. How to enjoy this Chang Shou Mian to its best? Simply fried the noodles with oyster sauce, mushrooms and bok choy or eat with a delicate broth slightly seasoned with soy and ginger.


5/ Jiao Zi (Dumplings)

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Although dumplings have become popular in daily life, this delicacy is still one of the dishes that is much-loved during lunar new year. Dumplings (usually made with soy-ginger cabbage and pork filling) resemble money, hence it’s a perfect delight for a good wealth in the year to come.  In Malaysia, along with jiao zi, “tang yuan” or sweet glutinous rice balls is also a popular specialty that is eaten during this time as it sounds like “reunion”.  

 

If you are looking for a place to celebrate Chinese New Year or want to search for more dishes, don’t forget to check out our list of Chinese New Year menus featuring Yee Sang, Set Menus and Buffets at top restaurants in Malaysia!

 

 
 
Click here to view the way to eat sushi shared by world-renowned chef Nobu

[Jan 07 – 13] Weekly Reads: Expert Guide on Eating Sushi Properly

Have You Done It Right? Expert Guide on Eating Sushi!

 

Ever mixed wasabi into soy sauce? It’s actually not the traditional way to enjoy sushi! That being said, there is no right or wrong in savoring sushi; however there are proper ways to revel in these tasty bites! Check out the following tips to eat sushi shared by the world-renowned chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa – the owner of 47 highly-regarded Nobu restaurants worldwide! 

TIP #1: DON’T USE CHOPSTICKS TO CUT THE SUSHI 

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Using chopsticks to eat sushi is not a must. Don’t use the chopsticks to cut the sushi, finish all one bite as you might mess up the plate.

” If you don’t like the smell of fish, people can use the chopsticks. But I like it when people eat sushi with their fingers because sushi chefs make the sushi with their fingers, and with their heart.– Chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa

TIP #2: DON’T PUT TOO MUCH WASABI 

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You don’t need extra wasabi as it might overpower the fish taste. Putting wasabi in the soy sauce is also not the proper way. 

 

TIP #3: USE GINGER AFTER EACH BITE

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Make use of the ginger after each bite! It is the natural palate cleaner that perfectly clean out the fish taste.

TIP #4: EAT NIGIRI IN 3 STEPS

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How to eat Nigiri? Remember 3 steps – half-turn, grab the sushi and dip in the soy sauce on the fish side. The rice shouldn’t touch the soy sauce.

 

TIP #5: EAT SASHIMI FROM WHITE FISH TO ONES WITH HEAVIER FLAVORS

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Starting from white fish and moving forwards to those with heavier flavors or more fatty at the end. This keeps fish with heavier flavors from overpowering lighter ones.

 

TIP #6: DIP SUSHI ROLLS DELICATELY IN SOY SAUCE

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Eat sushi rolls properly? Dip the rolls very delicately on the soy sauce and enjoy it in one bite.

 

Did you know? You can have a taste of Nobu’s world-class cuisine right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. 

Nobu Kuala Lumpur
Location: Level 56, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur.
>> View menu and make a booking at Nobu Kuala Lumpur here

 

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