FOOD | LGF | 11 OCT 2017
Bon Appetite Tokyo Sweets : Freshly Made Treats to Enjoy after Shopping
Have a craving for sweets after you exhausted your energy shopping? 3 amazing treats from popular Tokyo confectionary shops will be available at the Japan Store from Oct 20th. You will be able to experience the big hit Tokyo sweets made fresh at the store. It is sure to be a must-go place for sweets lovers. Be sure to drop by for a sweet pick-me-up after shopping at the Japan store.
FOOD | GF | 04 OCT 2017
NAYUTA CHOCOLATASIA The Finest Chocolate Brand of Asia, by the Asian, for the Asian
This might be the perfect chocolate all Asian people have dreamed of. “NAYUTA CHOCOLATASIA” is a brand new, high-quality chocolate label produced by Asian people to suit Asian taste palette. Its first boutique and café will be opening on the ground floor of ISETAN The Japan Store to in line with the store’s 1st Anniversary on October 20th.
FOOD | LGF | 28 JUN 2017
Gluten free and halal certified Savoury rice crackers with a satisfying crunch
Founded in 1924, Osama Rice Cracker CO.,Ltd has been developing and producing original rice crackers for almost 100 years. With an unwavering commitment to providing customers with rice crackers that are both delicious and fun, the company uses carefully selected ingredients that capture the flavours of Japan's four seasons.
RESTAURANT | GF | 24 MAY 2017
As a shop and salon specialising in French tea, Enchan-Thé Japon shows how a single cup of tea can bring a hint of happiness and relaxation to everyday life. Using high quality leaves sourced from growers in Asia, Africa, South America, Oceania and beyond, Enchan-Thé Japon’s skilled tea makers incorporate flowers, fruits, spices and natural fragrances into their flavoursome and aromatic blends. Ranging from Earl Grey to fruit tea, green tea, rooibos tea and organic tea, the shop offers a wide array of tea for a variety of occasions, whether it be taking a break from the busyness of daily life or catching up with friends and family.
FOOD | LGF | 23 MAY 2017
Flavour-filled bento prepared with proton freezing technology
Harnessing the power of innovative proton freezing technology, Waza Kafe presents a selection of Japanese bento boxes filled with a selection of meat, seafood, vegetables and rice. Compact, portable and containing a tangram-style arrangement of packages and compartments, the bento boxes feature a mix of home-style dishes that range from teriyaki chicken and classic tamagoyaki omelette to pickled vegetables and Okinawan goya champuru – a stir fry of pork, bitter gourd, egg and tofu.
FOOD | LGF | 28 APR 2017
Great Ritual: Green Tea from Fukujuen
Have you ever tried the Japanese tea specialty shop on the lower ground floor where you can casually explore and learn the secret of Japanese tea culture? It is operated by Fukujuen, one of the most popular and the oldest Japanese tea maker in Kyoto which history dates back to 1790, offering wide range of tea from the superlative tea leaves to daily tea bags, normally 35 kinds in stock. If you don’t know anything about tea at all, don’t worry. Informative but friendly tea concierge from Fukujuen will select one for you according to your preference, budget and occasion, and best-teach various ways to make tea at home.
FOOD | LGF | 12 APR 2017
Food die-hard in Kyushu
There is nothing new about the fact that many countries have diverse food cultures within their borders. Japan is not an exception and the quality of the foods its Kyushu region has to offer is exceptional. Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, home to seven prefectures, stunning mountains and seas, is a destination where Tokyoite visit and get bowled over by its food and drinks. Here is a highlight.
FOOD | LGF | 22 MAR 2017
Come find your favorite owl: Hitachino Nest Beer Bar
Located on the lower ground floor, a beer bar with an owl icon is the beer enthusiasts’ must-stop where you can try out various kinds of crafts beer from Kiuchi brewery, one of the best Japanese brewers.Originally a traditional sake brewer since 1823, Kiuchi Brewery is one of the earliest adopters who invented Japanese crafts beer. They succeeded brewing iconic Hitachino Nest Beer in 1996 by hybridizing the methods of traditional sake brewing and the European beer brewing.
FOOD | LGF | 24 FEB 2017
Delicate Flavor of Spring for Sweet Tooth
For someone with a sweet tooth and who loves the most beautiful season in Japan, pretty looking chocolates and candies have arrived in the Japan Store.
Harumame (meaning beans of spring), one of the primary products of Mameya Bankyu, a traditional confectionery specializing in beans in Kanazawa, is roasted organic soy beans covered with strawberry flavored chocolate that comes in a bean shaped gift box handcrafted by artisans only available in spring time.
FOOD | LGF | 24 FEB 2017
Soba: A Bowlful of Happiness
We could say Sushi is noted globally as the best Japanese cuisine and it is like the authority in Japanese food. But when it comes to “soul food” category, Soba noodle would be the best. It’s been a “democratic” food for Japanese stomach historically, its origin dates back to the 8th Century!
FOOD | 3F | 20 FEB 2017
FLAVOR OF HANAMI
"Japan’s traditional hanami (cherry blossom viewing) season is an opportunity to enjoy delicious Japanese food for yourself. The traditions and crafts of hanami and Japanese cuisine are introduced along with the 'omotenashi' spirit of hospitality through photographs, videos and experience-based events. Make sure to try the special hanami-themed assorted plates prepared by four renowned young proprietors of traditional washoku (Japanese traditional cuisine) restaurants.
FOOD | LGF | 23 JAN 2017
Hageten’s blissful Tempura
What a simple, beautiful chemistry this Japanese culinary is made by. Here’s how it works. Dip the fresh ingredients such as seafoods, seasonable vegetables and mushrooms in a mixture of flour and cold water, and then deep-fry the individual ingredients until golden brown. What you all have to do is, to enjoy them straight from the kitchen into your mouth while it’s still light-crispy enough.
Because it’s such a simple dish, Tempura requires the highest technique to achieve the perfection, and if it’s not perfect it’s no longer Tempura but just fritter. That’s why you don’t want to try make it at home, believe me, most of the times you’d fail unless you mastered the innermost of the secret, and hence, it could be VERY expensive eating it out.
Ginza Hageten, a popular Tempura chain in Japan with almost 90 years of family business purely pursuing the art of Tempura, however, had invented “the algorithm” to democratize it and opened many stores across the nation so that everyone can enjoy the perfect Tempura more often, more casually and at “modest” price.The second Ginza Hageten restaurant outside of Japan locates right in our LGF food court, offering well-curated menu from its original Ginza shop. If it’s a first visit, try their special Tendon, a bowl of rice topped with Tempura of two shrimps, a fish, a chicken, an egg and a selection of vegetables, with a special salty-sweet sauce served with a Japanese miso-soup, pickles and a salad (RM41). It’s a price-worthy big bowl that you can share with your beloved one, but just go for a big crispy bite with no hesitation and get feel blissful together.
FOOD | ALL | 13 JAN 2017
No doubt that spring is the prime of the year for Japanese, because, as you know, it’s the time for cherry blossoms! Don’t worry if you can’t plan a trip to Japan for Sakura viewing, you will find special Sakura motifs from stationary to confectionery only available in our store to enjoy Sakura at home.
FOOD | LGF | 12 JAN 2017
SUZUKI SHOTEN - ECHIGO FARM -
Japanese rice has a characteristic sticky sweetness. We would like you to compare the rice that SUZUKI SHOTEN offers. Even within the range of Japanese rice, you will be surprised by the extent to which flavours and textures vary depending on the producer, producing area and brand. We have formed an alliance with ECHIGO FARM, a Japanese rice farmer, selected high-quality rice brands in Japan and exported it to Malaysia. Being a rice producer, ECHIGO FARM offers a rich line-up because they have consulted with nationwide rice producers to seek out superior rice. ECHIGO FARM is producing its rice in Niigata prefecture, famous in Japan as the birthplace of Koshihikari brand rice, and is devoting efforts and thoroughly managing their product's freshness to deliver delicious and safe rice to your table. Since March 2016, ECHIGO FARM's "Yukimuro lmazuri Rice" Koshihikari has even been used in business class in-flight meals on Japan Airlines' international air routes. A polished rice service is also provided at the storefront. This is the only place in Malaysia where you can obtain delicious Japanese rice at its freshest.
FOOD | GF | 10 JAN 2017
Enchan-Thé JAPON Salon de Thé, the aromatic Japonisme
There are a couple of great cafes for refreshment during busy shoppings in ISETAN The Japan Store, but when you’re looking for something refined, aromatic and flavorous, Trisha recommends
FOOD | LGF | 26 DEC 2016
Table 04: ISSUI’s Blancmange with a Japanese twist
“Another nod to the art of blancmange brims with delight!” as Trisha joyfully describes is the Japanese version made of soy milk that comes with bean jam and green tea or mango syrup from ISSUI, a Japanese confectionery brand that reinterprets and modernizes “Kashi-wan”, a bowl of sweet enjoyed at tea ceremony back in 14th century. Stylish packaging with a twist of Japanese aesthetic is another eye-catching charm. Great choice as an unmundane gift to a New Year countdown party in a modern Japanese style!
FOOD | LGF | 26 DEC 2016
Table 03: Countdown to Year 2017 with Dassai & Sushi
“We all know champagne is the most conventional and safe choice to celebrate the New Year, but if you’re looking for something more special and distinctive, you should definitely go for Dassai Sparkling 50. Truly an enjoyable drink!”
As Trisha points out, Dassai is incomparably special, born out from the ceasless study and challenges of Asahi Shuzo, one of the most unique Sake breweries in Japan. Hand-crafted using Yamada Nishiki, the highest quality rice best for Sake brewing and the purest local water in Yamaguchi prefecture in Japan with a careful combination of traditional method and state of the art technology, Dassai stands out in the delicate, refined and elegant flavor.
“The slightly fruity flavor pairs really well with the fresh sushi and sashimi from the Japan Store. You don’t have to haste yourself with the preparation of dishes from the scratch to countdown to the New Year with your beloved ones, you can just get the best from the store! Then all you have to consider is the table setting. For New Year’s, I felt that dark and natural tones would bring out the colours of the food especially the sushi, and I added some elements of the new year’s colours such as red and gold to make the table look more interesting!”
* The tips to enjoy Dassai 50 Sparkling Nigori in a right manner can be found here.“Another nod to the art of blancmange brims with delight!” as Trisha joyfully describes is the Japanese version made of soy milk that comes with bean jam and green tea or mango syrup from ISSUI, a Japanese confectionery brand that reinterprets and modernizes “Kashi-wan”, a bowl of sweet enjoyed at tea ceremony back in 14th century. Stylish packaging with a twist of Japanese aesthetic is another eye-catching charm. Great choice as an unmundane gift to a New Year countdown party in a modern Japanese style!
FOOD | LGF | 16 DEC 2016
Table 02: Fluffy vs Springy: Little Surprise Gift for A Party
Looking for a tasty surprise gift to take with you to a Christmas party of your friend? The ideal option is here: Fuwa Fuwa bread and Mochi Mochi bread from Isetan the Japan Store’s exclusive bakery, Sol Levante.
Mouthfeel plays a big part in Japanese food culture and among foodies, and bread is not an exception: fuwa fuwa meaning fluffy or mochi mochi equal to springy texture of Japanese bread evolved in unique ways in the history, and they are the specialty of Japanese bread which you can’t find nowhere in the world but in Japan.
“Absolutely love the Fuwa-Fuwa bread which is surprisingly soft and fluffy! The glutinous rice flour counterpart, Mochi Mochi bread, is equally tasty. One of my favorite ways of enjoying them is have them dunked in coffee. It’a heaven! The Japan store is also a fantastic pick for anyone looking to gift a box of treats for Christmas. The mouth-watering pastries from the bakery just hits the spot!”
FOOD | LGF | 16 DEC 2016
Table 01: Sweet Temptations for Christmas party
Strolling about in the Japan Store’s food court, Trisha couldn’t help but to be stopped by a tempting sweet odor from the in-store cake shop Henri Charpentier. All the cakes sparkling in the showcase from the famous fluffy cream puffs to celebration cakes are made freshly in the store everyday.
“Can't get enough of their delectable Celebration cake/ Strawberry Shortcake. The soft and airy texture of the sponge could easily trick me into eating the entire cake at one go!”
Trisha’s favorite strawberry shortcake is a must in a Christmas party as it’s an universal preference beyond generations and genders. The hardest part is, probablly, to keep yourself away from the cake until all guests gather together.
In this feature of the heavenly Celebration cake, Trisha took the chance to style a white on white, the color she’s always been drawn to.
FOOD | LGF | 16 DEC 2016
Tasty Food Hunt for Christmas & New Year with Trisha Toh
Last minute preparation for Christmas parties and following New Year’s? Looking for a different tastes from the last year to make your beloved ones smile and have their mouth water? Then, you may love the tempting offerings of our food court: from the Celebration cakes to special Japanese Sakes, tempting delis to gift suited sweets, all with nice stories behind to talk about.
This busiest time right before the year ends, we invited Trisha Toh, a young food stylist with her instagram followers count more than 110K, to explore our food court together and get both gustatory and visually delicious ideas for the events.
For the styling, she leaned towards a more restrained look for this series by keeping the backgrounds and elements of celebration minimal to make way for the subjects.
Trisha states her love toward food as follows.
“Food is an universal language through which I can coomunicate with so many people around the globe transcending the cultural, geographical, and linguistic borders. I love fashion, music and art too, but food is more primitive, life-giving inspiration for me!”