The thing about many Japanese restaurants in Malaysia is that they don’t allow you to ‘personalise’ your dishes – if you order an Udon Tempura meal, you’d get a bowl of soy sauce-broth based udon together with fried ebi, green beans, aubergine and sweet potato.

So when I walked past Hanamaru Udon while at Mid Valley Megamall, my curiosity was piqued. The menu had various types of udon – from kamaage udon, ontama bukkake (lol), kitsune, to curry udon, beef udon and chicken soup udon. The prices were very reasonable: only Rm8.80 for a regular bowl and RM11++ for large. Instead of sitting at a table and ordering, they have self-service style counter where you start off by ordering your choice of udon, followed by your pick of fried items and then drink before paying. Very convenient!

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The fried selection has common tempura items like sweet potato, pumpkin, chicken katsu, ebi (shrimp) and karaage. They are all priced below RM5.

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I had the bukkake udon, which was topped with chopped spring onion garnishing, soy-sauce based broth, slice of lemon wedge and finely minced cold radish.

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For sides, two pieces of fried ebi (RM4.80 each) and fried chicken (karaage) (RM3.80). These were very well done – Crisp and crunchy on the outside, but moist and juicy on the inside. The ebi was a little salty but otherwise these were some of the better tempuras that I’ve ever had. And they’re cheap too! 🙂

Hanamaru Udon is just next to Yoshinoya, which specialises in gyudon (beef bowls). They’re sister outlets so the dining area is joined.

HANAMARU UDON
Lot T-015B, Level 3,

Mid Valley Megamall, Mid Valley City,

Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-2201 8789
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Got a bottle of free herbal tea from an event. 🙂