Japan is mostly known for its Cherry Blossom season, but what is winter in Japan like? There are quite a few interesting things to do that would be perfect for your winter Japan trip. And I lay exactly that along with this ultimate guide for what to pack for winter in Japan. Continue reading “What to Pack for Winter in Japan: A Comprehensive Guide to your Japan Trip”
Walking inside one of the oldest hotels in Dubai, I couldn’t help but feel a little too excited. Located on the busy SZR and among the fine hotels present along the same line, Crowne Plaza Hotel is easy to spot. Continue reading “All That Glitters Is Not Gold – Sakura, Crowne Plaza”
I am a major fan of dumplings – be it gyoza, momos or dim sums, they are all very dear to me. I just love the idea of stuffing food inside food, don’t know if this makes sense, but let’s just take it like I’m quite into these things. Continue reading “Homemade Chicken Gyoza”
Update: The last time I visited Moshi was my first experience with Japanese food, sushi in short. I tried some Salmon, Prawn Tempura and their famous Cheesy Chips (Cheese and Oman chips). From my experience, I remembering longing for their Cheesy Chips sometimes. The others were a bit too hazy as I preferred not thinking back to the taste I got of the seaweed nori.
This time, the lovely Khush invited me over to try their newly introduced “Air rolls”; lettuce wraps that are used in place of nori sheets. And of course, I accepted! (Although I have gotten past the taste from my first visit and enjoy maki rolls now)
We tried a variety! Khush was sweet to feed us like a loving mother, the moment we’d get done with one dish, another would be presented. We started our drinks with a Nutella Milkshake and a Carrot Orange Juice. I loved the consistency of the milkshake, thick and chocolaty.
Getting right to the details, we tried:
Wai Wai Chat: Priced at a nominal price of AED 8, this Nepali chat has different versions. Moshi prepares it by putting in fried noodles, sliced tomatoes and onions, with their sauces.
Chicken Tikka: Starting with my favourite one! The Chicken Tikka was definitely something different. I loved how this is so innovative. I tried their air rolls version, and honestly, this is the way to go guys! The chicken tikka sauce on top was also quite good.
Chicken Katsu: My second favourite was the Katsu. Usually eaten as a curry in Japanese culture. I liked how they put this into maki rolls. Although the sauces can get quite heavy, but you can always ask them to provide it as a side.
Moshi Dynamite: The Dynamite is made of prawns and crab. I’m not usually a fan of crab, but I actually liked this. Reason is, you don’t quite get its taste. I felt the sauce overpowered the dish here.
Chicken Thai Green Curry: I love how Moshi is so inventive. This came as a surprise to me, as I was curious to know how it tasted. Taste wise, I felt it was comparatively mediocre to the other dishes. I also tried the air roll version, but it somehow came as a bit dry.
Cheesy Chips: We were almost too full when another platter was brought to us! And how could I say no to this? Loved the flavours of cheese and Oman chips here. This dish certainly deserves all the popularity.
Prawn Tempura: Get how I was spoiled so much here? From our third platter, we loved the Prawn Tempura. Who doesn’t love it? The crispy prawn, with the softness of the rice, was quite nice. You don’t even need to have soy sauce with this.
Soft Shell Crab: Lastly, we tried this one filled with crab. I think I’ve started liking crab now. Although in small portions.
Pero Pero Chiken: Next came our delicious platter of momos! I’ve already tried the Pero Pero Chicken which is served with a chilli sauce. They serve momos in three style; steamed, pan fried and fried. Opt for the steamed one in this flavour.
Out of the other options, we tried Mutton (fried), Prawn (pan fried) and Cheesy Chicken Capsicum (steamed).
After quite a heavy meal, Khush brought in the newly introduced (not on the menu yet), Sticky Fried Rice. Yes, it is made of sticky rice with chicken and egg. I seemed to be liking this as it’s different from the usual fried rice. Also, the flavour is a lot better, the chilli sauce served makes it amazing.
For dessert, we tried the Nutella Maki and their Peanut Butter Bars with my handle on it! Yay! I loved loved loved the Nutella Maki. It has to be my favourite out of the two.
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Happy eating! xx
As everyone was looking forward to celebrating National Day this year, I was excited to be visiting this lovely restaurant located in Souk Al Bahar.
Kanpai boasts a cool vibe with a separate bar and a dining area for guests. The place has low lighting, with plush and comfortable seating. Since they had a set menu for the festival, we decided to opt for it.
Our Silver set menu comprised of Edamame and a Miso soup for starters. Our drinks were quite a variety!
From the four choices, I preferred the Piña colada and a Sangria (made with non-alcoholic red wine)
The Chef was kind enough to also serve two of their recommended items from the regular menu:
Vegetable spring rolls: These were crispy and well done, served with a tamarind chilli and soy lime dip. I personally preferred the tamarind chilli sauce that complemented the spring rolls.
Ebisabi Mayo: These fried prawns with wasabi mayonnaise, topped with thinly sliced seaweed was perhaps my favourite that night. Crunchy prawns with a sweet – sour and hot flavour of wasabi did wonders to the dish.
Then came our maki rolls decorated in the shape of the U.A.E flag. My favourite was the one topped with Philadelphia cheese. YUM! Look at how cutely this has been arranged!
Our mains arrived next, Gaeng Kiew wan Chicken and Shoyu Sa-mon. Presentation wise, the Salmon won. Garnished with micro herbs, a piece of grilled salmon sat on a layer of veggies.
But coming to the taste, the chicken won hands down! The creamy curry with chicken, lemon grass and green curry paste went oh so well with the steamed rice. Though this may come off as a bit bland to some, we seemed to like the flavour it provided.
Lastly, the dessert was a wonderful affair at Kanpai. Customized specially for the festival, we were served a Green Tea ice cream with a macron sitting on top. There was also some popping candy sprinkled which gave a fizzy reaction on our taste buds. On the side, was an adorable card that said “I Love U.A.E”.
As our visit to Kanpai drew to an end, we were happy and satisfied knowing that this is a place that I will be visiting sooner than later. The Ebisabi prawns are to die for! Hungryoungwoman also recommends the dessert and Gaeng Kiew wan Chicken that served as great dishes.
Since I’m not much exposed to the Japanese cuisine, keeping aside the maki rolls, I decided to visit the newly opened branch of Wagamama. Located in Golden Mile, Palm Jumeirah, the restaurant chain offers Japanese-inspired food in a fast food chain setting.
The outlet has large tables and shelves displaying their ingredients. As we walked into the busy place, we were greeted by the manager who helped us pick a table and settle for the evening.
Wagamama serves fresh fruit juices with mixtures such as passion fruit, orange and apple. I personally felt that the apple flavour was lost somewhere between the citric fruits. While the other drink (Kiwi, avocado and apple) was perfect. Subtle flavours of apple and kiwi in a creamy juice.
We started our meal with some of the recommended items such as Ebi Katsu, Duck Gyoza and Prawn Kushiyaki.
The Ebi Katsu was bang on! Crispy on the outside due to the breadcrumbs and a chilli sauce on the side that complemented it well. Too good. I forgive it for being too oily.
I don’t prefer duck much, so the Duck Gyoza was received with a satisfactory response.
Going through their menu, we were spoilt for choice with the number of varieties present for ramen. We chose a lamb based one. Well cooked. Though a bit chewy, we licked our plate clean.
Our next order was the Chicken Katsu Curry with steamed rice. This was fantastic and was finished in minutes! The chicken was crunchy and went quite well with the flavor that the curry provided. They served a little salad on the side too, so you don’t feel guilty after having fried chicken. 😛
We finished off with a Chocolate Fudge Cake and a White Chocolate and Ginger Cheesecake.
While the chocolate cake tasted mediocre, it was definitely better than the ginger cheesecake, which had almost no taste of the ingredient mentioned. The dessert has scope for improvement, though, if the ginger taste can be taken up a notch higher. Balance that with the said toffee sauce on the side, and you have the perfect dessert!
Wagamama also serves the beloved Mochi ice cream which was sadly done with by the time I ordered it. Nevertheless, I am sure I will be visiting soon to try the other choices of ramen they serve.
Hungryoungwoman recommends the Ebi Katsu, Duck or Chicken Gyoza, Ramen of your choice and the Chicken Katsu Curry.
Until next time…
Chez Sushi is all set to open its fifth branch in the U. A. E. What attracted me towards this, is the cute decor and the custom made sushi. Now who wouldn’t love that?
We walked into the branch located in Bay Avenue on a quiet Tuesday afternoon, where the kind manager took our order. We started with a Lemon mint drink which totally refreshed me.
For starters, we ordered some Prawn spring rolls and a Mushroom salad (Totally recommended. Unless you’re allergic to mushrooms)
I loved the dip served with the prawn spring rolls. Wasabi mayo they called it. Creamy with a strong essence of wasabi, these went quite well with the spring rolls. I found them a bit too oily, though.
For mains, we tried some Salmon Teriyaki, my favourite Rock Shrimp and their popular Chicken Katsu Curry.
Starting with what I loved, the Rock Shrimp was amazing. I could easily name this the dish of the day. Though I’ve had better elsewhere. The shrimps could have been fried a bit more according to me. Not healthy I know, but oh well, that’s what cheat days are about.
The Chicken Katsu curry had a strong taste of something I couldn’t quite place. The rice helped neutralize the strong taste. Sadly, The Salmon Teriyaki was forgettable.
Coming to our Maki Rolls, we chose the Spider and Dragon (Minus the eel. Yes, I’m not really adventurous)
Out of the two, I preferred the Dragon. These consisted of avocado, prawn tempura, cucumber with unagi sauce. A creamy texture provided by the avocado with the crispiness of the prawns, and the unagi sauce, was wonderful.
We obviously ended our meal with the Mochi Ice cream. Who can go wrong with these? Out of the flavours we tasted, Green Tea was my favourite. The other two were chocolate and coconut.
Lastly, before bidding goodbye to our kind server, we had some authentic Japanese green tea. A much-needed drink after all that we had!
Hungryoungwoman recommends the Mushroom Salad, Dragon maki rolls, and the Rock Shrimps.
Should try the customized sushi next time! Until then…
A bit too late for this post. This is should have been up some weeks ago, but considering how I am, I wanted it to be perfect. Especially since my experience here was not of an average one. Continue reading “A Japanese Wonderland – Sho Cho”
After years of shying away from raw fish, winning a give-away on Instagram brought me to this place. Moshi (Momo + Sushi), a clever name actually, also means “Hello” in Japanese. This restaurant is situated behind Mall of the Emirates, right opposite Citymax Hotel, Barsha.
Upon entering, we saw the tiny restaurant crowded. Good sign and also a bad one, considering we had to wait nearly half an hour to be seated on a table right in front of the blazing sun. There were curtains of course, but those didn’t help much. The high number of customers also resulted in slow deliveries of orders. We asked for some of the favourites, recommended by the server. I could also see a lot of home deliveries going, Moshi must be a really good restaurant. But I had to wait until half an hour to decide whether it suited my taste-buds.
Getting right to the food, we ordered:
Kinder Bueno Milkshake: This reminded me of the milkshakes served in Filli. More milk than chocolate, but was refreshing.
Lemonade and Mint: I loved this one! The taste was great and this should be the perfect drink for summers.
Cheesy Chips: This was the first dish that arrived. Since I had heard a lot about the Cheesy chips, I decided to give it a go. These was flavourful! Each bite was a mixture of cheese and Oman chips. Both are my favourite! The ingredients which I never thought could be so good combined, and in a maki roll that too! Kudos to this one.
Pero Pero Chicken Momos: This was my second favourite dish of the day. The momos were cooked to perfection. Soft and full of flavour on the inside. They could probably work on the spice factor and make it more spicy, as I was said that I should expect some really hot momos.
Falafel, Hummus and Cucumber: Moshi certainly tries to integrate different flavours in their dishes. The falafel and hummus stood out here, they tasted quite good with the rice.
Prawn Tempura (Crispy): My partner preferred the prawn tempura to the vegetarian dishes. The prawn was, as the name suggests, crispy.
Salmon Teriyaki: The part I wasn’t looking forward to at all. The Salmon Teriyaki. Being a lover of food, deciding that I shouldn’t be biased and be open to all kinds of food, I tried my very first bite. I was glad that the salmon did’t have much taste, but the slimy feel wasn’t good for me. My partner, on the other hand, really liked the salmon.
Peanut Butter Bars: Chocolate and peanut butter bars that are healthy? Yes, please!
Looking at the exceptional reviews on Zomato, I expected a lot from this place, but did it live up to my expectations? Well, maybe. Since this place has just started, it does have potential to become better. I would suggest them to expand the place for more customers. This will allow more people and will prevent waiting customers from walking out. I will recommend the Cheesy chips, pero pero chicken momos and peanut butter bars for anyone planning to visit Moshi.
Until next time. xx