One of my fondest childhood memories is that of shopping at IOI Mall, which was opened in the year 2000 when Puchong was still a (relatively) small township undergoing development. These days, you can’t even throw a stone without it landing on a mall, but back then, having one in your neighbourhood was a pretty big deal.
IOI Mall is quite old now but it’s still popular with patrons, and they’ve kept it fresh by expanding to a new wing and getting in some good brands. Apart from having the essentials like a cinema, an arcade, a bowling alley, a snooker center, gym and a bookstore, they’ve also recently introduced some new shops.
One of these is Sushi Zanmai, a very popular (locally helmed) Japanese restaurant in Malaysia. It takes up the corner lot which used to be a place called The Little Pantry – a themed Maid cafe where the staff members dressed up as maids – but it didn’t do so well. Business seemed to be booming at Sushi Zanmai though. Malaysians can never get enough of Jap food.
C and I, along with two of her friends, went to check the place out. The interior is spacious and neat, with a conveyor belt pushing out sushi of all colours, shapes and sizes. We sat at the back at a proper dining table, where it was much more private and hidden from view.
I had ramen instead of my usual udon. Noodles were springy with a slight bite, and the clear broth was flavoured with the goodness of mushroom and seaweed. Nothing to complain about here…
As a snack, deep fried Matsutake mushrooms. Crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside with a salty, buttery batter. Served with a dollop of Kewpie mayo 🙂
C had cold noodles, which I tried for the first time. I always think noodles should be hot and slurpy, so was pleasantly surprised to find these very refreshing and tasty. Great for hot summers! It came topped with shrimp, roe and sweet egg.
Grilled cheese ebi sushi. Shrimps were fresh, rice was compacted well.
Soft shell crab temaki had a generous piece stuffed into it. Some places have like a thin leg and try to pass it off on you lol.
Assorted sushi platter with tamago (egg), inari (sweet beancurd) and octopus.
Prices at Sushi Zanmai are pricier than joints like Sushi King or Sakae Sushi, but the quality of the food and environment is good enough to pay a bit extra.
G18A, IOI Mall,
Batu 9 Jalan Puchong,
Bandar Puchong Jaya,
47170 Puchong, Selangor.
Business hours: 10am – 10pm (daily)