Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sunday Funday : Gantetsu & Wanko Soba

Never thought I would be back at Isetan to eat ramen again today for lunch LOL! and this time around I randomly, last minute dragged people to it with me. Or more like baby bro was thinking what to eat for lunch and I successfully subconsciously brainwashed him.

No harm done since family loves ramen and he DID wanna try ramen at Isetan, just that his girlfriend got a shock at the prices and decided not to laughs* actually I was initially shocked too...but if you take rm28 divide by current yen currency exchange. Each bowl is actually around 750 yen which is actually VERY NORMAL Japanese pricing. In fact, I think it's prolly under the cheaper options if you were to eat in Japan itself.

Wanted to drag everyone to Menya Musashi again (I must be crazy!) but the queue was extremely long and knowing my dad who simply can't take queues. LOL LIKEABOSS. Settled for Gantetsu, Hokkaido ramen which is the one baby bro initially wanted to try anyway. Gantetsu had a queue too but it was half of Menya Musashi's.

So many people at the table but we all ordered the same Hokkaido Tonkotsu King (rm28) -_-

Cha shu wasn't as big as the one at Menya Musashi but is as flavourful. Soup was yay! not that oily. Thus I swallowed it all up! Portion was slightly smaller but maybe for the better too. (for me and my small tummy) ms.Chan thought the mee had a lil too much "kan sui zhong taste". Strong yellow mee taste? Did not feel it was too prominent. So I guess it depends on your taste buds.

Update: baby bro tried menya musashi and prefers Hokkaido ramen. portion was bigger, cha shu was cha shu (menya musashi was just a big piece of meat to him) and soup broth was easier for tummy acceptance. verdict brought to you by teoh family's one and only food expert. thankyouverymuch.

Crystal ordered vegetable ramen. (rm26) As you can's really filled with vegetables LOL. While the soup was not too bad (although not as strong) it's not your ordinary plain miso as it is boiled/mixed with whatever ingredients to make the normal ramen soup broth as well. Crystal felt bad for not finishing it though for it was effing huge (honestly huge)

Yaki gyoza and green tea just like yesterday, was nothing to shout for. Total bill came up to a total of RM143.45 just for ramen. *ouch*

Gantetsu Ramen, Eat Paradise,
Second Floor, Isetan 1 Utama 
Next to Menya Musashi.

With loaded tummies, we went to the next stop which is WANKO SOBA @ Publika!

So cute! Too bad no mascot like this walking around LOL

Though technically, I only spent like 15 minutes watching people eat. LOL But it felt really amazing?? It's like OMG they are really fast! and OMG! 60 bowls?! O_O surprisingly, quite a number of kids join! Never expected since usually events in Malaysia would separate "kids" and "adults". But even from just eating soba, Japanese show their true self. To "ganbatte" all they can despite anything. Still shocked that some kids swallowed like close to 20 bowls -_-!
Family session was a lil bit more crazy LOL each family consists of 2 kids and 1 adult (prolly that was the rule) and some kids actually can eat faster than whomever adult that was with them-_- there was this team that the two younger siblings swallowed damn fast! but once it came to their "somewhat" older brother, he had to stop and like....take deep breaths LOL kids I guess have more stamina and prolly a black hole as their stomach. Talking bout it, there was this malay family that joined. Crazy! LOL 3 brothers and the youngest one finished it all off LIKEABOSS! O_O I think he even ate both his brothers share cause they could not take it.
The amount of soba that was ready for the event. Ah pek was saying if it's organized by Malaysians. They won't prepare so much bowls like this. Prolly a big tong and re-use the bowls that have already been used beforehand. LOL-_- #faithinMalaysiagone

There were other mini small stalls as well. One of it was taketonbo - たけとんぼ (bamboocopter). Reminds me of Doraemon's helicopter :D Did not stay long to see if they were teaching or just making for kids. But kids were playing it everywhere nearby. Make that adults too. I think it requires some skill if you really want it to go high and far. Though, just by standing there watching, Crystal got hit 3 times by the flying taketonbos :D maybe got magnet somewhere in her.

Bonjour Garden was having a stall too. It's a lil cafe / bread shop at Kota Damansara and the breads are like....ber-rocks one. Their main chef / pastry maker(?) is Japanese and he is apparently quite famous. Plus all sales today goes for the Tohoku Charity. At first when ms.Chan saw the stall, she said the breads were 10% more expensive than in K.Damansara. Just to hear the boss reply, same price WITH TAX. LOL :P Ah pek being who he is- skeptical-_- Did not want to eat at first but ms.Chan was praising it to the moon and stars. I chose 2 for him. Some raisin cream cheese and a oreo bun. Both of us were fighting over the buns after each of our first bites...must go and buy again.

Obviously, spent the most time at the most vain stall LOL Paying rm5 just to have the yukata (浴衣) worn. Since I am not near any financial state for Japan. This will have to do for the time being. Self brainwash. LOL Pink is obviously not my colour. Prolly once in a blue moon pic to have me in pink. Preferred the last time in blue. When she was tying it for me, I wish there was ready made yukata, just like the saree I made LOL. Would love to get one and ar....wear just to annoy my mom.

 #fail90degreebow LOL and GAH! scary big ass pink flower on my head! O_O The japanese ladies who helped us wore our yukata were surprised to hear us knowing Japanese. Even if it's just half baked Japanese T_T Next thing I knew, they were asking all sorts of questions and Crystal was asking them on where to go in Japan to buy yukata. Didn't know UNIQLO sells (doubt they will bring it in though) and 10,000 yen is the cheaper yukata price-_-!

 Trying to act ladylike but failed miserably. At least Crystal really looks like one. After this I am even more sure now she will definitely get one when she goes to Japan next week after all that contemplating hahahahaha! There was a board teaching how to wear one. With a japanese phrase that kinda says "It's do-able!" So not do-able lor looking at the board-_-

With ms.Chan who refused to wear one. But I know the reason why LOL or I think that should be the reason. The yukatas are being worn by anyone and everyone who wants to. Esp colour like mine. Sure many girls pick! But nvmlar, my clothes are underneath the yukata plus I try clothes in department stores where half the clothes are also tried by every other girl. Not to mention cinema seats that are being sat by every other random person at every show. so yea, self brainwash again.

Damn cute! but walao-eh. damn lansi LOL. look at her smug expression! and she was like super hate when they wanted to put a cute hairpin on her. Her mum had to bribe her with sweets and what nots! So not all lil girls like dress up!

In the nicest way possible asking her for a shot together. Super fail. After this shot, I think she ran to her mama. super don't choi me type. supersuper fail T_T I got so scary ma???

Her mom said "Just pick her up!" Crystal, being one with experience decided to give it a go and her mom just carried and placed her on Crystal's lap. Well at least she did not run away like she did to me T_T sad* but see...still show me the look....LOL T_T and wathesakurasauce. Only she can look cute in yukata and crocs-_-

This one even better. Sports shoe.LOL Seriously the ladies that help people wear yukatas the whole day have like strengths of bulls or something. Not easy to pull and pull and tie and tie. Then unwrap then hang the yukata. Just to repeat all over again to God knows how many girls. Faint* they even gave free hair ties after all is done. Some more no time limit wan-_- you buay paiseh, you can wear the yukata whole day long LOL

 Pictures of Japan after Tohoku at the back. While we are here happily taking photo and smiling away. meh. Wheeeee!! Imma in Japan!!! *bowbow* brainwashbrainwashbrainwash :P


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