Sunday, January 31, 2016


Remember to check out Sakae Sushi's thirst-quenchers to go with your meal

Fresh seafood options in different guises abound at Sakae Sushi this Chinese New Year. I recall when we grew tired of the same old Chinese fare at family gatherings, we’d turn to Japanese cuisine for a change of palate. In such trying times when our shringgit lose its buying power, thank goodness we can still afford a decent celebratory meal at Sakae Sushi.

For the Year of the Fire Monkey, Sakae chefs have joined the fray by proffering a Japanese take of yee sang. Airflown, thick slices of salmon form the heart of delicious Fortune Salmon Yee Sang (Success set at RM29.98 for 2-3 persons, Money set at RM56.98 for 6-8 persons with add-on options available). 
According to June Yew (above pix - centre), GM of Marketing, the yee sang is Sakae's annual best-seller and customers can customise their order with salmon sashimi, seasoned scallop, jellyfish or mekabu seaweed. Available for dine-in and takeaway, the appetising salad with seasoned jellyfish, seaweed, shredded radish and carrot, pickles and a citrus-infused sauce come together to create a refreshing combo that’s easy on the eye and worth relishing too.

Treating the clan need not be a costly affair. The trick is to order the Happiness Treasures (RM98) which features Sakae’s signature Fortune Yee Sang (Money set) alongside 10 types of popular sushi selection made by Sakae chefs using Vitamin E-added sushi rice and imported ingredients. A serving should be ample enough to feed 6 persons.
Kids and cheese lovers can relish Salmon Cheese Roll (RM16.99) too. These delectable rice chunks rolled with salmon, crabstick, Japanese omelette and cucumber are finished off with slightly torched cheese and some spicy mayo.
For older folks or those eschewing raw stuff, fret not. A platter of Golden Abundance (RM49.90) should please them. With goodies like mini ebi tempura, fried hotate (scallop), soft shell crab and kani (crabstick) among others, the golden brown morsels served with spicy mayo came up to scratch.

Nobody would mind getting into hot soup of the Salmon Kabuto Nabe (RM19.99). A hearty Japanese hot pot cooked with salmon head, we found assorted mushroom and vegetable immersed in the appetising broth. A viable choice to satisfy both young and old.
Much as I like mentaiko or cod fish roe, the overly generous blanket of creamy cod fish roe somehow proved a tad overwhelming for the Hotate Mentaiyaki (RM10.99 for two pieces) which consists of half shell scallops.
The same topping reappeared in the Salmon Mentaiyaki (RM18.99) as well so unless you’re partial to mentaiko, it’s best to opt for one or the other in the same sitting. Remember the adage about too much of a good thing…the salmon was moist but a tad overcooked for my personal liking.

We were stuffed when dessert arrived but like the saying goes, there’s always room for sweet treats. I was smitten with the Karinto Manjyu & Ice Cream (RM11.99), an enticing golden brown sugar bun filled with red bean paste. Complemented by green tea ice cream, its caramel taste reminded me of sarang semut, a local spongy cake with honeycomb texture.
In conjunction with the CNY period, diners will be rewarded when they spend minimum RM80 thanks to Sakae Sushi Prosperity Giveaways. Gifts range from limited edition angpows, vouchers, gift cards entitling them to win special prizes such as Fortune Rong Rong and Lucky Mon Mon plush toys which symbolise prosperity and happiness respectively.
You can also join the Pose for Prosperity Facebook contest which runs until 29 February. Just snap a creative pose with the “Toss to Prosperity” yee sang standee in front of Sakae Sushi and upload it to the brand’s FB page.
For more information and list of Sakae Sushi outlets, visit


Merryn said...

My boys are ardent fan of Sakae Sushi. We are already planning to bring my in-laws here on the first day of CNY as they'll be in town then.

Alice JomMakanLife said...

@Merryn - I really like the yee sang from Sakae. Very fresh with a nice citrusy twist...hou sik!

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