Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ @ Taman Desa, KL

Sparks fly..



It started raining at 5pm, and I thought "shucks, we won't be able to go for Japanese BBQ tonight".  Luckily for us, it stopped raining just before we were due to meet our friends CK, Kenny and Veron for a great evening of food and fun.

We made our way to Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ, located in a back alley at Plaza Faber in Taman Desa by some shophouses and flats. This makeshift restaurant is owned by the same people from Sanuki Udon. Nice cool evening breeze and big appetites in hand, we're ready to rock and roll, or rather grill and eat!


Do-it-yourself BBQ


Simple basic setup


Surrounding flats


Flames


Our grill master for the evening, CK did a great job in cooking all the meats to perfection. We started off with the Genghis Khan (RM20), a Mongolian lamb stew which was flavorful and tender. It is recommended to start with this, since the meat has been partially cooked so you can fill your stomach first before you embark on your grilling session.






Unlike Sanuki Udon which is pork-free, this BBQ place serves pork, beef and lamb. There is a long list of pork parts that you can choose from. We tried the pork belly (RM10), liver (RM5) and baby intestine (RM10). Our favorite is definitely the pork belly, we must have had at least 6 plates between us that evening. And for the BBQ, the fatter it is, the better! The grilled layers of pork melt in the mouth. I was also very fond of the baby intestine, which was already boiled and marinated in a tangy-spicy sauce - I particularly liked its crunchy texture.

For beef, we tried the rib eye (RM10), tongue (RM10) and steak (RM25). Between the steak and rib eye, the former was nicer though it does come with a higher price tag.


Steak


Pork belly


Ox tongue

Sizzle sizzle... 



To meet our vegetable quota - edamame (RM3)


Japanese risotto (RM6) - stewed rice with egg - love the addition of the egg that makes this creamy 


Baby intestine - crunch crunch


The ramen here is ok and it does the job of filling our stomachs. The broth is slightly peppery, which is quite comforting on a cool evening. For RM10, I felt the cha siu was pretty decent but noodles were more like pan mee-type noodles.

Pork ramen


This was definitely a fun experience for me. Thanks to CK and Kenny for the treat.


Full menu will be shared on my Facebook page shortly.

Opening times:  6pm til late. Close on Mondays.

Location: Gerai Makan Japanese BBQ, Center Court, Plaza Faber, Jalan Desa Jaya, Taman Desa, 58100 Kuala Lumpur.

GPS Coordinates: 3.102233, 101.684533

*All photos taken with iPhone4S. 

38 comments:

  1. Ya. CK did a great job in grilling. Must take him along when we go again.

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    1. Haha glad that you guys enjoyed the food, we should go makan makan again! :D

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    2. CK is da man!! He fed us very well that evening.

      Yeah CK, when we wanna go makan again? I wanna give you some "returns" la.

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  2. Yummeh! Just had dinner with the two hamsum boys.. they said they just had dinner with u LOL.. looks like a great BBQ!:D

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    1. Yeah good company definitely guarantees a great meal, right? ;)

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  3. Hey...no pork tongue? N where's d Sapporo? :P

    Gonna try the Baby Intestine when I next visit...missed it on my earlier visit...hehe =)

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    1. Haha by the time Hubby had the Sapporo, it was wayyyyyy too dark for photos.

      Pork tongue... erm... no need lah... we tried ox tongue edi ma... I dont think I can handle so many tongues in one night. Yeah the baby intestine is recommended if you're a fan of offals.

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  4. Never been here but now it looks like I must soon! I think I will prob replicate what you guys ordered minus the ox tongue... hehe :)

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    1. You must order more pork belly! It's very good.

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  5. Suddenly all the food bloggers have been talking about this place. Look at all these meats! I chuckled when you said you had edamame to meet the vege quota. This place have been around for a long time I gather?

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    1. It sure wasn't planned that way... we came here with our friends, then I saw the next time on IG other bloggers were there too.

      If I'm not mistaken, this place has only been around for 1 yr, but it does feel much longer (if u look at the surroundings LOL)

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  6. 1st time of seeing Yen sharing a "dai pai dong's" post! The best food always comes from hawker stall like this! Yum yum!

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    1. Hhehehe Jessie, where got! I think I shared/blogged many "dai pai dong" post before worrr... hehehe. I don't always eat fine dining only.. hehe.

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  7. Ahhhhhh....your outing with Quay Po & company... Would love to try buy errrr....I think I'd pass. Non-aircon...I'd be dripping in my perspiration...no, thank you very much!

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    1. We were lucky, it just rained earlier so it was a very cooling night, perfect for BBQ! I dont think I would have enjoyed it as much if it was a hot, sweaty night.

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  8. ...and the surroundings... Eyewwww!!!! The town council will ask places here to close down if they do not bother to spruce up - have to tile the floor, paint the place, have a decently nice toilet...make it more presentable and clean.

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    1. The cooking utensils were clean and there was no smell at the place, but the surrounding buildings are a little old la.

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  9. I love going to these types of eateries... food is reasonable and authentic. Look at all those meats, looks really delicious.

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    1. Yeah we ordered so much meat that evening.. gluttons!

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  10. went there last weekends too, met Ken & bangsarbabe as well. small world.

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    1. I think Veron went back with her son the day you were there too, but you must have missed her.

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  11. i saw this place before. I think Annie blogged about it. The foodthere is good

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    1. It's the whole experience, sitting there with your friends, enjoying their company, while grilling the meat that makes it good.

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  12. a carnivore's delight! but hey, edamame beans do NOT fulfill enough of a vegetable quota for a meaty meal like this! :D

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    1. If Veron didn't order the edamame we would have skipped vegetables altogether! ;P

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  13. Went there once, the food was mediocre but the just the experience was great :)

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    1. Hehe yeah, the experience was great for us too.

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  14. I love this place! Don't get to go often but it's a real favourite of mine. Where else to find cheap meat to barbecue? :D I usually go for lots of steak, a genghis kahn and a pork shoulder..because the waiter said that one has less fat compared to belly! haha

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    1. Oi... next time don't listen to the waiter.. order the pork belly! It's an order from me! The fatter the better... cos it just melts in the mouth la. You MUST try it.

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  15. It is places like this that make Malaysia so wondrous...located by some flats in the street...I can almost imagine how the Health and Safety people in the UK would have palpitations just thinking about it. Love living in a place where tasty food takes priority :)

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    1. Hahaha yeah, at first I thought it would be dodgy walking down an alley, but the alley wasn't a dark dingy one like I imagined. ;P

      This place is definitely better than a lot of street hawker styles located next to a drain.

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  16. My all ime fave place and this being the 11th or 12th mention of this place within this 4 days on blogs and Instagram, dang I'm heading in for my 3rd round this month. Can't resist burning a hole in the pocket:P

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  17. very unique place.... thanks for the sharing...

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  19. It was raining and the waiter all looks at us and didn't help us at all to move the table. End up my friends and I move the table by ourself. And the food they serve to us is very small portion BUT for those Japanese peoples is with big portion. We only take 4 plate of beef and 3 tiger beers,try to guess how much is it. IT's RM 91.00..............what the fuck~!!!

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  20. NEVER EVER will go back to there again~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And peoples please don't go there and don't introduce your friends or relative to there, it's REALLY REALLY not WORTH IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  22. Really bad experience eating there. 30 minutes to wait for the waitress to take order, another 1 hr for raw food to be served. By the time, we can start bbq, everyone has already fed up. We are the one doing cooking!! Mind u, how can they make us wait so long?!

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