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!
The fried selection has common tempura items like sweet potato, pumpkin, chicken katsu, ebi (shrimp) and karaage. They are all priced below RM5.
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.
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.
Lot T-015B, Level 3,
Mid Valley Megamall, Mid Valley City,
Lingkaran Syed Putra, 59200 Kuala Lumpur.
Got a bottle of free herbal tea from an event. :)