Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Feasting at Home

FoodPanda Delivery

On rare occasion do I get to take a break from my hectic schedule, and these are the days that I treasure most. To leave from the comfort of my home sweet home is totally out of the question, for it is the only place where leaving my hair unkempt, wearing a loose t-shirt while sitting on the floor legs wide open seems perfectly okay.

However there is one and only problem. Setting its own feed-me alarm, my groaning stomach would always come between me and my dearest drama. To cook an instant noodle takes up 5 mins the max, but the aftermath of washing pot and dishes is tedious. Plus, I would like to reward myself something more than just Maggie mee.

My usual list of home delivery options tend to get boring hence it was time to try something new. The name FoodPanda (http://www.foodpanda.my/) sounds familiar but I am a total newbie to its service. Apps downloaded, delivery area filtered, and I was left with only 3 fast food restaurants. After 5 mins of struggling between the options, order has been made with Cubes Pizza.

5 mins later this lady from FoodPanda called where we went through a negotiation and I had to compromise. No soup, no thin crust, and no round-shape pizza (odd enough). We waited an hour (as stated in the delivery time) before the food arrived.

Having ordered a bit from everything, it sure looks like someone is throwing a party here. Buy 1 free 1 pizza (6” inch) for RM19.80 (Pizza Vienesse and Pizza Quattro Formaggi, the Four Cheese Pizza), Fresh Garden Salad for RM7.80, BBQ Chicken Wings for RM11.80, Onion Ring for RM5.80 and Pasto With Fresh Basil Pasta for RM12.80, the total bill came up to RM72.80. No tax, no delivery fee. Oh, they were kind enough to replace 1 missing pair of chicken wings with 1 box of nuggets.

The food came hot which matters a lot to me. Also, I am experienced enough not to expect crispy fried stuff from delivery as they tend to get soggy but Cubes Pizza managed to surprise me. My favorite of all would have to be the fingers licking good BBQ Chicken Wings.

Such a satisfactory meal! Now back to my drama series.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What to eat around Fushimi Inari 伏見稲荷

Ranked as the top attraction on Tripadvisor, Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷) is the place to be in Kyoto. To reach there, one can either take JR Nara Line to Inari station, or Keihan Main Line to Fushimi Inari Station. Having said so, both stations lead to different experience; JR Inari offers immediate glance of the shrine and hence quicker access while Keihan Fushimi Inari gives everyone the opportunity to feast along the way.

Food Fushimi Inari
Food Fushimi Inari
Fushimi Inari Food
Fushimi Inari Food
Located about 2 minutes away from the Keihan Fushimi Inari station lays Oshokujidokoro Inari (お食事処いなり), a small family-run restaurant that welcomes the patrons in sky blue sun shade. As the arrangement of about 10 tables with 4 low-back chairs each leaves almost no gap in between, this authentic Japanese restaurant can be occupied easily during lunch hours.

Fushimi Inari Food
Fushimi Inari Food
Fushimi Inari Food
Fushimi Inari Food
When it comes to food selection, Inari Sushi and Kitsune Soba/Udon are highly recommended for being part of the tale behind Fushimi Inari Shrine; comes in rice and in noodles, both feature the same piece of aburaage 油揚げ(deep fried tofu skin), which believed to be favorite food of Kitsune (foxes), messengers of Inari Okami (Shinto God of Rice).


Food Fushimi Inari
Fushimi Inari Food
Fushimi Inari Food
Fushimi Inari Food
After a full meal, one can go to Kyōzuan (京豆庵), a dessert shop specializes in tofu (bean curd) flavored soft ice-cream located just opposite the street. Their reversible ice-cream added a playful feature on top of the soft texture and rich tofu flavor, making Kyōzuan a popular spot to check in.


Fushimi Inari Food
While Oshokujidokoro Inari is not the only one offering full meal here, most restaurants would display these plastic food replicas in providing an insight of their menu to the passers-by. For those do not understand Japanese, this may be the perfect solution in ordering food as they can take a photo of their choice and show it to the waiter. Else, they can always ask for a English menu.

Fushimi Inari Food
Fushimi Inari Food
Fushimi Inari Food
Fushimi Inari Food
Fushimi Inari Food
Food Fushimi Inari
Fushimi Inari Food
Featuring rows of food replicas on the right and a Japanese chef noodle making process on the left, Fushimi An (伏見庵) surely knows how to attract the customers. The seating arrangement here is more comfortable with the options of low-back chairs or zabuton (Japanese cushion for sitting) for large group. The portion here may not be as huge but what it lacks in quantity it makes up in variety within a set. Price wise is slighter higher but still within 1,000yen range.


Fushimi Inari Food
Fushimi Inari Food
Fushimi Inari Food
Fushimi Inari Food
Fushimi Inari Food
For those who take pleasure in street food, these few stalls of yakitori, taiyaki parfait, yakisoba and others would satisfy the cravings. Selling at 500yen each, one stick of these large sized yakitori (grilled chicken on skewers) is more than enough to exchange for a nice big bowl of gyudon (beef don) at Sukiya yet the succulent chicken meat between those negi (Welsh onion), either immersed in their special sauce or sprinkled with some coarse salt definitely worth every penny.

Fushimi Inari Food
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...