Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Miyatako, Ciputra Mall - Jakarta

Japanese food is great.
Takoyaki from Miyatako

Really, I love most of them including sushi, ramen, tempura, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, etc. I am fond of Japanese food very much, and I am very willing to try any that I haven't tried before.

So I stumbled on this small stall at Citraland Mall, and apparently they also make onigiri or Japanese rice ball. I haven't had that before, so I'm curious. I also heart takoyaki (grilled octopus balls) so I decided to buy some too.

Miyatako stall

Although small, this stall is kinda eye-catching due to the bright red board, banner, and the Japanese lanterns. The decoration also involves a dodgy-looking octopus doll that looks sad hanging alone.

Japanese lantern

I always love watching people making something. That's why I love TV shows like Masterchef or any show that involves people cooking something.

Watching the crew making the octopus balls was no different. It's interesting to see the man using cone-shaped pouring batter device. Using the practical tool, he was able to fill in the special takoyaki-making-pan in no time.

Clockwise L-R: twisting the cooked takoyaki, pouring in the batter, batter cooked in special mould

Then he added sliced octopus and chopped scallion. He frequently twisted the almost-done balls with chopsticks to make sure they're cooked evenly.

Cooking the batter with octopus and shallots

Takoyaki is a popular Japanese grilled savoury dumpling, where sliced octopus is hidden inside.

The octopus balls I purchased were good. They are served in a stereofoam bowl, piping hot, doused with sweet and sour sauce, mayo, and then topped with nori (seaweed) powder and bonito (fish flakes). Fishy smell comes from the bonito, but the smell isn't really strong so it doesn't make your stomach churn.

The balls are firm, and I love it that way. A bit crispy on the skin, and the hidden octopus inside is the real jackpot. The octopus itself are chewy, but not too much as it's still enjoyable to eat. However, next time I'll ask for less sauce, as the balls themselves are already tasty. They're not the best I've had, but I don't regret spending my money on them.

Takoyaki (4 pcs) - IDR 15,000 ($1.6)

For those who didn't know onigiri, it's Japanese rice ball, typically shaped triangular or oval and wrapped with nori (seaweed). There are many kind of fillings and flavours of onigiri nowadays in Japan, just because they're very popular. Traditionally, they're filled with ume (plum).

The rice used to make onigiri is different than sushi rice, although I'd really love to use sushi rice to make onigiri. Onigiri is made from plain white rice.

Miyatako offers three kind of onigiri; the original, tempura crispy, and hot crispy (if I'm not mistaken). I chose the tempura crispy, imagining crunchy tempura inside the triangular rice.

It turns out that they only mix the rice with finely chopped nori and rather soggy tempura flakes. And I do wish for more nori sheets actually. The taste is kinda bland, there's a light saltiness but that's it. The rice is firm and actually would be really great if it's not that tasteless. It's a pity, as the smell coming from the triangle is really mouthwatering.

Tempura crispy onigiri - IDR 6,000 ($0.6)

I've tasted onigiri, but I am not satisfied yet. I wonder if this is how an onigiri supposed to taste. I'm going to find more onigiri vendors around for sure.



Ciputra Mall Lv. 4 Unit L
Jalan Letjen. S. Parman
Jakarta 11470

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  1. I noticed in several of ur post, u'r getting mixed up between shallots and scallion, those small green onion should be called scallion instead of shallots..just fyi anyway and ur blog is awesome btw :D

    1. Ah, it's confusing to differentiate them. But thanks heaps, Deviana! Will keep my eyes out for those words.
      Thanks you, I hope you enjoy it :)


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