Tuesday, 12 June 2012

A Weird Dining Experience

Well, I felt weird because the staff there hollered "ohayou gozaimashita" to departing customers at 7.00pm! That or the random muttering of "masse masse" Wots that? @.@
Further weirdness with my miso soup. Arrived in a miso soup bowl on a small plate with a spoon(?) and no cover? I never had miso soup served that way. Ever. For one, why would I need a spoon to drink miso soup?
Zaini had a normal spicy chicken ramen. Nothing weird about it. Fortunately.
Raimie chose to have cold udon. Again, nothing weird about it except that it took more than 15 minuted to get a bowl of cold udon with equally cold ebi furai (fried prawn) to be served to that poor famished boy! Don't get me started with what else was wrong with how they served this.
It took equally that long for me to get my rather bland mabo tofu too. They served my miso soup first. Then the bowl of rice 5 minutes later and finally mabo tofu after waiting more than 10 minutes. Nice... What's not nice about this though? All I can taste was oil. Bluek. This place used to serve rather good mabo tofu in the past. Guess they just can't maintain the same standard. Boo!

But hey! I paid for meal with a 20% discount with my CIMB card. RM50.00 for three - I shouldn't complain much, or should I? ;p

Another weird thing I should mention. Did you notice the frequency of us going for a Japanese meal lately? I guess it only took us 6 months from not eating any, after our 9th trip(!) to Japan last year to start missing Japanese food again. 

Plus, Zaini has started researching about our next place to visit as I am typing this. And we are only supposed to go to Japan in 2014! Weird. Muahaha!!!

64 comments:

  1. I usually don't drink the miso soup..
    don't quite like the taste.

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    1. We all have our likes and dislikes. ^^

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  2. I love miso soup.

    Why wait until 2014? Plan to go this December lah!

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    1. 2014 is after Raimie's BIG primary school exam. After UPSR. :)

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  3. Sorry you didn't enjoy your dining experience, but you'll never know the place until you try it. I don't recall getting a spoon for miso soup either. Perhaps they serve lots of foreigners. :P

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    1. I frequented this place quite often in the past. That's why I'm feeling a bit let down. :(

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  4. I only been to Japan once and that was when I was younger, all I could remember is that I went to Tokyo Disneyland and came back with a jar of candy lol. I would wanna go there again one of these days hee.

    And yes, there's lotsa japanese food post lately. :)

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    1. Everyone been enjoying Japanese food now. ^^

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  5. hahaha, ohayou gozaimashita!! but now is definitely early morning and not 7:00pm~~

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    1. And definitely cannot use for the time I'm typing this comment! LOL

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  6. and what is actually masse masse?? or the staff just murmured something that sounds like hapanese and didn't care what they really mean??

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    1. I don't usually get what the staffs greet.... like SK said, they just mumble something sounds japanese and get over it.

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    2. and I always have issued with how some staff at Japanese restaurant will just holler out anything that sounded Japanese and was actually had no meaning! xD

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  7. this reminds me of some people who just take any english word as their christian name.. some called themselves yoga, oyster, watermelon, man, cash, september.. errr, i know i shouldn't laugh at people's name but then......

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    1. Hahaha, are you refering to Fish Leong, that singer?

      Sorry, I don't find these name attractive, just lame.

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    2. There are plenty of instances.

      At my office also got a few weird "English" names. ;p

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  8. and not only english for christian name, but also japanese words for christian name.. especially those who loves japanese culture so much..

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    1. or maybe those are not even japanese words, but just some syllabus combined to sound like japanese.. :p

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    2. Agreed.

      I have no issues with people using foreign names, but gotta make sure the meaning lah. Right? ^^

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  9. hahaha, maybe that's fusion miso soup.. served with a plate beneath and also a spoon.. but i'm not surprised a lot of people are drinking miso soup with spoon.. and insisted with spoon from the waiter!!

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    1. and especially people eating pizza with fork and knife, insisted!!

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    2. If you want to see something really hilarious, watch American comedian Jon Stewart ranting about Donald Trump eating pizza with a knife and fork. (It's quite long. Keep watching. Or fast forward to roughly 3:30.) Link here.

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    3. Er... my son insists having miso soup using a spoon :p

      Well, Chinese are used to drink soup using spoon, thus when my son sees soup, he sees spoon.

      soup = spoon, get it?

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    4. As for pizza.... sigh, we are provided with a fork and knife on the dining table. So we are trying to be as ladylike and gentlemen as possible to polish our table manner with the utensils.

      Back at home, we eat using our hands and stuff everything into our mouth, minus all the awkward stares from other patrons :)

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    5. For me, I may be pretentious but I very much like to observe proper etiquette of different culture when eating.

      For instance, Koreans considered it uncultured to pick a bow and hold it to one's mouth. xD

      One important dining etiquette that I insist on (and was taught when I was small) but sadly not observed by many - chew with one's mouth closed. I can't believe the number of people I know that don't consider it rude to show me the contents in their mouth. @.@

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    6. Rurousha,
      Thanks for the link. Yeah, that's one long rant but totally justified!

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    7. Oh yeah, eat with your mouth closed.

      And, don't talk with your mouth full :D

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    8. I hate it when people talk while eating. Full or not full. :(

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  10. haiyoh, your set is served in that way?? one item after another item and there's like 10 minutes gap in between?? hahahahaha, as i said, this is fusion.. and they are doing the fine dining style!! hahahaha~~

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    1. Like makan at a banquet is it? Hahaha

      But who eat plain white rice on its own? Fried rice normal lah! ;p

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  11. ok lah, after 6 months of putting japanese meal aside it's time to get back and have it for another 6 months continuously?? or until your next japan trip, the 10th!!

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    1. i haven't even been there once, and you've been there 10 times!!!

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    2. Kakaka...

      Sudah rindu already mah!

      Aiyoh, why you din follow TM when he went to Osaka that time? He went quietly and didn't invite you kah? ;)

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  12. This was seriously weird! I'm trying to figure out what they meant with "masse masse". Maybe it's "irasshaimase" pronounced incorrectly? (・_・ヾ

    Your next trip research has started? Oh, goody. Just remember to set aside a few days for shitamachi rambles! :D I promise you spoonless miso soup and the yummiest mabudofu ever.

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    1. I suspect so. If one can't seem to pronounce it properly and nobody in that outlet (manager, chain owners, etc) don't know how to pronounce or even the meaning, why bother asking staff to yell it? So fake lah!

      Shitamachi rambles? Goodie! Mabo tofu? More goodie! kekeke

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  13. I normally order those maki maki, rolls... the others, I am not used to eating yet.. :)

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    1. That one pretty standard and they are good plus easy to eat too! :)

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  14. The waiters are retarded la!!! Muahahahaha!!!!!

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  15. I didn't know that Miso Soup should be served with covers and without spoon! Any reasons 'tak boleh'????

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    1. For one, miso soup bowl comes with a cover. So follow that set lor. Proper dining setting.

      Two, if got cover then your miso soup will not get cold so quickly. Right or not?

      Three, have you seen how Japanese drink their miso soup? Furthermore, it is actually to drink it from the bowl than spooning it little by little.

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  16. I realised there is so much Japanese culture that we need to observe and learn. When I came back from Japan, a friend told me that the Japanese disliked seeing people drinking water or munching while walking on the streets!!!

    Oh My God! No wonder so many people stared at me and bestie. I thought we both looked very Leng Zhai.... LOL

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    1. Why is drinking water or munching while walking 'attracted' attention? Is it because the actions are considered rude?

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    2. Hahaha... TM thinking people look at him because he's a leng chai. But hey! Who knows that was actually the fact! ;)

      Not proper to eat while walking. My observation when we were in Japan, those who eat while walking were either the younger ones or obviously foreigners.

      But seriously, it's not hard to find a bench to sit down and eat or drink in Japan. If you eat/drink and bumped into people, you'd inconvenience them. Right or not?

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  17. Miso soup with spoon.... that is so Malaysian~ Hahaha!

    Must be there's a lot of demand for the spoon, hence the waiter just provides you the spoon upfront.

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    1. Actually, that was the first time EVER I was served with a spoon for my miso.

      I don't know lah, but for me if I want to eat a certain country's food, I learn the etiquette first instead of insisting on my way. Kan?

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  18. RM50 for 3? That's cheap, so cannot complain much on the quality :p

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    1. That place offered quite good food in previous years. But like most Malaysian eateries, it seems that they cannot (or don't want to) maintain the quality. :(

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  19. Lol miso soup with a spoon..
    Mayb u slurp too loud... Kakaka...

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    1. I thot it's good to slurp loudly? No ah? kekeke

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  20. Mayb they lost the cover of the bowl.
    So no cover Le..

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    1. or want to save water washing dishes. ;p

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  21. Mase Masai misai... I heard all the time..
    Especially at sushi king n sushi tei...
    All r foreign workers...

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    1. kakaka

      yalor, dunno what they say... I heard all those you mentioned all the time too. o.O

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  22. Well I think they need to implement some SOP ..
    so that they will not mistake on ohaiyo....

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    1. and explain to staff what those words meant so that the staff won't just blindly say the aloud. Right or not?

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  23. I once heard the guy say air mata masuk when I leave...
    I was thinking wat the heck the guy is talking....
    It is Mata aiMashou..

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    1. Air mata masuk?? Muahahaha! This is so funny la~

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    2. ROFL!!!

      Well, maybe he really got air mata masuk.. since he was sad to leave and wanted to meet you again, SP! kakaka

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  24. Local people talking Japanese (alien language) here. heheheh! I enjoy Japanese food but we have it once a month.

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  25. Eh why so weird one? You don't drink miso soup with a spoon right? Is this really a japanese restaurant or a pseudo-Jap restaurant? LOL!

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  26. Maybe instead of Japan, you should go Korea next year. Take a break from your yearly Japan ritual : )

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    1. I'd like to visit Korea but then, I'll miss Japan too. Should I just combine and do both trip. Fly to Osaka, naik ferry to Busan from Kyushu and fly out from Incheon. ;p

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