Yoshinoya & Hanamaru Udon, D-Pulze Cyberjaya

Update: This branch is permanently closed. 

I was working on my birthday so the fam and I went for my ‘celebratory’ dinner the following day. Didn’t want to drive too far so we settled on going to D-Pulze @ Cyberjaya. It was a toss-up between seafood at Manhattan Fish Market and fast, cheap Jap food at Yoshinoya/Hanamaru Udon. We ended up having the latter because there were more choices for everyone to enjoy.

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Yoshinoya is famous for their beef bowls, while Hanamaru Udon dishes out udon. The two shops share the same dining area and adopt a self-service concept where guests order at a counter, add on fried stuff before paying at the cash register. The whole fast food concept is really interesting and convenient as you don’t have to wait long for steamy, piping hot food.

I had their Ontama Bukkake Udon (small – Rm8.80) which came topped with a perfectly half-boiled egg with oozy yolk, lots of chopped spring onions and springy udon noodles in a savoury soy sauce-based broth. The portion is actually quite small for big eaters, but just right when you pair it with fried snacks.

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Fried ebi (left) and chicken karaage. The shrimp was more batter than shrimp, but the karaage was good – crunchy on the outside, well flavoured and tender and juicy on the inside.

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Bro’s teriyaki chicken bowl from Yoshinoya.

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Pop’s chicken katsu, topped with a creamy mayo sauce and sweet onions.

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Self-service cutlery and green tea refills.

If you’re looking for convenient, tasty and fast Japanese food, Yoshinoya/Hanamaru Udon is a good place to go.

YOSHINOYA/HANAMARU UDON 

Upper Ground, D Pulze Cyberjaya

Hanamaru Udon, Mid Valley Megamall

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. 🙂