Rakuzen Chulan Square

Here's a brief report of my Sunday lunch at Rakuzen Chulan Square branch, Kuala Lumpur, some 3 weeks ago with friends.

Chawan Mushi 茶碗蒸 (Steamed Egg), Kaori-hako kani sarada 香り箱かにサラダ (Crab Salad), Chuka Kurage 中華くらげ (Chinese-styled Jellyfish), Yanagawa-nabe 柳川鍋, and Yakitori 焼き鳥 (Skewered Chicken)

Sashimi Moriawase 刺身盛合せ

Salmon Temaki サーモン手巻き, California Temaki カリフォルニア手巻き, and Soft Shell Crab Temaki

Shiitake しいたけ (Skewered Mushroom)

Kimuchi Nabe キムチ鍋 (Seafood Soup-based hot pot)

Unagi Kabayaki うなぎ蒲焼

Sashimi Salad 刺身サラダ

Tempura Moriawase 天婦羅盛合せ

Today's Nimono この日の煮物

Soft shell crab

Sushi Moriawase 寿司盛合せ

Overall, it was a satisfying experience. Yanagawa nabe was something new I tried that day and its quite decent. Favourites here are Shiitake, Sashimi Moriwase, and Sashimi Salad. The Nimono was surprisingly good! (I'm guessing its probably even better going down with a good bottle of sake!)

Rakuzen has a really cosy environment, pretty decent food (although portion is a little small), and its good value for money.

Will return someday!

Moonshine at Laundry Bar

Recommended by Armand Tanzarian, Post Rock musician and a frequent collaborator of mine, I was coaxed into attending Moonshine for May. Moonshine is a music show that happens every month at Laundry Bar, The Curve, in the suburb of PJ, approximately 30 minutes drive from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Four of the best bands in the Malaysian underground scene were featured that night. First up the line, was Estrella, a band which plays jazzy, acoustic music. They were the best band on the night IMHO. Great music for chilling out.

Next up was Furniture, which delivered an ambient, spacey, post-rock set that was made distinct by the vocalist's child-like vocals..

Laila's Lounge is up next. Apparently, they played a rock set reminiscent to Radiohead.

Armand told me that they had saved the best band for the last. They Will Kill Us All (TWKUA for short) was the band everyone in the crowd was cheering for, and they did put on a truly banging set that night. But their music wasn't quite to my liking, its just that they're not quite the usual music I listen to. By the time they had finished playing, the crowd was euphoric, and the music sounded as though it were still pumping in your ears.

And let's NOT forget about getting wasted!!


Photos courtesy of Laundry Bar

Eluvium is one of the more recent ambient acts I've listened to and really got hooked onto. Coming from the indie music label, Temporary Residence. (Which is Explosions in The Sky's label), you can be assured that Eluvium is definately going to be a listening pleasure.

His 2007 album, Copia is an hour long epic journey through ambient landscapes. Eluvium's works are predominantly piano pieces, with subtle intermissions of strings. The music is emotionally provoking at times, yet it keeps its mostly calm, soothing setting throughout the entire album.

1. Amreik
2. Indoor Swimming at the Space Station
3. Seeing You Off The Edges
4. Prelude For Time Feelers (mp3)
5. Requiem on Frankfort Ave.
6. Radio Ballet
7. (Intermission)
8. After Nature
9. Reciting the Airships
10. Ostinato
11. Hymn #1
12. Repose In Blue

For more downloads, visit Eluvium's label at temporary residence.

Its been almost 3 months since I've had any updates at all. Sorry.

I've been spending most of my time on exams after exams, project curio, and I even managed to catch a gig which featured some Malaysian underground bands. More on that later.

For those who didn't know, Utada Hikaru released yet another single!! Though the single's title is yet to be announced, it will feature the track "Kiss & Cry" from the Freedom Cup Noodles commercial. It will be available on sale in Japan beginning 29th of August 2007. So thats something for us all to look forward to. Here's the fan editted video of the radio rip version of "Kiss & Cry" on Youtube:


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