It was a rather exciting affair today with Kodawari Menya Udon & Tempura holding their grand opening over at 1 Mont Kiara with members of the media and guest all dressed in red. Local celebrities were present too, with the likes of Datin Sofia Jane, Daphne Iking, Raja Atilia, Julie Woon, Vanidah Imran, Nancie Foo and Fancy Goh gracing the event. Kodawari Menya's founder Keisuke Konishi was present as emcees Lisa Wong and Masaki Ishibashi delivered the opening note.
|Kodawari Menya Udon & Tempura Grand Opening @ 1 Mont Kiara|
Kodawari Menya Udon & Tempura
L1-21A, Level 1, 1 Mont Kiara,
50480, Kuala Lumpur,
Tel: 03-6206 1669
Opening hours: Monday — Sunday
11am - 9.30pm
Kodawari Menya Udon & Tempura a.k.a (KM-Udon) from Kagawa Prefecture, Japan is now in Kuala Lumpur. Kodawari Menya Malaysia bringing you the most authentic Sanuki Udon!
|Kodawari Menya Udon & Tempura|
The brand's famed udon noodle has its origins in the Sanuki province of Japan, and are made from superior wheat flour, water and salt. They are then left to rest, cut and eventually kneeded to form the round-fisted Genki-Dama round chunks that has a soft pliable consistency. The technique to create the signature broth took 383 attempts with a rare sugar that is both healthy and delicious.
The first outlet was opened in Marugame, Kagawa. And since, there are nine outlets and even a branch in Taipei, Taiwan. 1 Mont Kiara KL was one of their choice locations when coming over to Malaysia.
|Emcee Lisa Wong delivered the opening note|
Keisuke Konishi, Kodawari Menya's founder, along with director of Nippon Delicious Elvin Siew were invited on stage to share their insights into how to best partake of this traditional Japanese dish. "Kake, Kamaage, Zaru or Bukkake Udon, there are so many ways to enjoy the thickness of udon noodles from Kodawari Menya," explains Keisuke Konishi.
|Mr Keisuke Konishi and Mr Elvin Siew explaining the restaurant's signature dishes and concept|
"The udon noodles are versatile in that it can be prepared n different ways and yet the way it assimilates the flavours is what gives it its unique gratification to the person partaking in the meal", added Keisuke.
"We are proud to be appointed the hosts of Kodawari Menya in Malaysia", Elwin Siew mentioned. "The authencity of how the udon noodles are prepared is beyond reproach. There are 9 methods in which udon is served at Kodawari Menya, so take your pick and also sample the rest of the Japanese fare that are available".
|Traditional Kagami Biraki ceremony|
|Chong Kiun hang, Tan Poh Hoo and Ivan Boey were awarded certificates as udon professionals|
Part of the and opening saw the owners partaking int the traditional Kagami Biraki ceremony, referencing to the breaking of a Kagami Biraki that is symbolic to the opening of a cask of sake at a party. Joining those on stage were 2nd Secretary to Embassy of Japan, Mr Hiroshi Takashima, Deputy Managing Director in Jetro Kuala Lumpur, Seiko Sekibe and Director of Nippon Delicious Sdn Bhd, Aldred Yaw who along with the rest officially declared Kodawari Menya opened for business.
|And its official, Kodawari Menya is opened at 1 Mont Kiara|
The event continued with group photo opportunities, lucky draws and tempura udon for all those in attendance. Check out the noms that we had that afternoon.
|Tempura for all|
|Springy hot udon in tasty soup|
|Some tempura dip to enjoy with your tempuras.|
The tempura udon that was served came with crunchy chicken and vegetables tempuras. I have to mention that Kodawari Menya served one of the nicer udons I've had in a while being thick yet springy and not soggy at all. The soup itself was tasty, which was a surprise as I saw that the soup is pretty clear. Do check them out Kodawari Menya the next time you're in the vicinity of 1 Mont Kiara.