日曜日, 10月 10, 2004

Moh makan!

[*moh=perak slang for jom. this is a follow up to my eh, lapar lah series; i've lost count, hence a new one. hah!]

whenever i'm in nottingham or manchester, i would always try make some room in my tummy for wagamama. my first wagamama experience was at their first london establishment in bloomsbury back in 1993. people are sat on long benches like the kantin sekolah, and orders taken by your friendly waiter are transmitted electronically to the kitchen. as it gets pretty busy, customers are encouraged to leave a.s.a.p. post-prandially. cool or what.

Top right: ebi chilli men in all its carrot-y glory; bottom right: ebi gyoza and ebi katsu

wagamama is not really japanese. it has its roots from traditional japanese ramen stalls, and i'm sure those who are into real japanese food can tell (i can't. haha.). fast food, japanese-style and made in britain, if you ask me.

This has wasabi in it!i usually go for the ebi chilli men which is soba noodles with prawns in a chilli/carrot sauce. if i feel like something soupy, the seafood ramen is just yum. the stock has pork in it, so you can ask for the vege stock instead. my favourite side-dish would have to be either the ebi gyoza or the ebi katsu (prawn dumplings and deep-fried prawns with sos cili lingham chilli sauce, respectively).

green tea is the usual order of the day for most people, but i just love their fruit juices: the apple/cranberry or apple/orange combo goes down really well for me. their desserts are pretty much fruit-based, but they do have the conventional western ones. like the chocolate fudge cake with the cream laced with a hint of wasabi. nice one.

it's a lovely place to go for simple and tasty food. it's a little pricey, so best to go after payday if you want to indulge yourself. it's worth the money, in my opinion, cos i usually have to stagger out of the place, due to kenyang-ness, after a meal. and i don't drink sake.