My Dinner @ Rakuzen Japanese Restaurant In Tropicana City Mall

Posted by : foongpc | Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | Published in

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A few weeks ago, my family and I went to Rakuzen at Tropicana City Mall for a family dinner.

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Knowing that this famous restaurant is always full especially during dinner time, we booked a private room in advance.

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First, we ordered the Pari Pari Kani Salada. It's actually Crab Meat and Flying Fish Roe Salad with Chef's Special Dressing priced at RM28.00 / US$8.60

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The salad was yummy! The sauce made it especially delicious. I could not get enough of it! This dish was shared amongst us, but next time I think I will order the whole plate for myself. LOL!

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I could not decide what to order (too many choices in the menu!) but in the end I settled for Yakiniku Zen, a Grilled Beef Set priced at RM36.00 / US$11.00.

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I was glad that I did not regret choosing this dish. The beef slices were tender and juicy. Love it!

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And the Chawanmushi was delicious.

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The following were what my family members ordered for themselves.

Nabeyaki Udon RM23.00 / US$7.00

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Yakizakana Zen (Grilled Fish Set)  RM28.00 / US$8.60

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I tried a little bit of this grilled saba (mackerel) and I had to say it was yummy! Don't mind ordering this for myself next time.

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Gindara Zen (Grilled Silver Cod Set) RM38.00 / US$11.60

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Did not try this cod fish but I was pretty sure it was delicious.

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We also ordered some garlic rice but I had forgotten to take a picture of it.

Lastly, Chicken Katsujyu Zen priced at RM28.00 / US$8.60

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Looks yummy right? But surprisingly my brother who ordered this said it was just OK only.

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The service here was not bad, and the environment pretty good too. I would say the food were a little pricey, but other than that, I am giving two thumbs up to Rakuzen. Can't wait to dine at this Japanese Restaurant again. Who wants to join me? : )

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My Lunch @ New Day Restaurant In Hanoi

Posted by : foongpc | Friday, October 17, 2014 | Published in

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My very first taste of Vietnamese food in Hanoi was at New Day Restaurant. It was Son, my guide from Hanoikids who brought me here.

Read More > My First Day In Hanoi With Hanoikids

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My guide Son

Located at 72 Ma May Street in Old Quarter, New Day Restaurant appears to be very popular with locals and tourists alike. Even though it was already past lunch time, there were still many customers around.

Under recommendation from Son, I ordered 4 rolls of Nem Ha Noi (Deep Fried Spring Rolls Hanoi Style). Dipped into the spicy sweet and sour sauce, they were delicious!

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Nem Ha Noi - 30,000 Dong (US$1.40 / RM4.65)

Son himself ordered Pho Xao Bo (Fried Instant Noodles With Beef). You can't really see the noodles as they were buried under the all those vegetables and beef!

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Pho Xao Bo - 55,000 Dong (US$2.60 / RM8.50)

I did not try the Pho Xao Bo as I was too preoccupied with the main dish that Son ordered for me. It was Bun Cha Ha Noi (Rice Noodle With Grilled Minced Pork Hanoi Style).

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Bun Cha Ha Noi - 65,000 Dong (US$3 / RM10)

I really love this dish! I think what made it really yummy was the spicy sweet and sour sauce that accompanied it.

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Dip the noodles and the minced pork into the bowl of sauce and they instantly become heavenly!

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If you think that the main dish was enough to make me full, think again! Haha! I must be really hungry because in addition to the Bun Cha, I actually ordered a bowl of Pho Bo (Beef in Rice Noodle Soup) as well!

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Pho Bo - 45,000 Dong (US$2.10 / RM6.95)

What can I say? The bowl of Pho Bo was delicious to say the least! And yes, I managed to finish all the noodles and beef to the last bit!

For drinks, I had Sour Sop Smoothie while Son had Mango Smoothie.

By the way, did you notice the prices? Not only were the food delicious, the prices were so very reasonable! On top of that, the service was pretty good too. The waitresses spoke English and were friendly.

You can choose to sit inside or outside the restaurant. Balcony sitting is also available upstairs.

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This is New Day Restaurant's name card. I like their slogan "The Best Foods - The Cheapest Price".

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Our total bill came to 255,000 Dong (US$12 / RM39.50).

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If I ever make another visit to Hanoi, I will definitely eat here again!

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