[Review] Qi Sushi – Japaness Restaurant

When we finished our work at Downtown area yesterday afternoon, we took advantage to try some new restaurant nearby. Thanks for Yelp application who gave us some alternative. We chose this Japanese restaurant called Qi Sushi.

It was Sunday afternoon so the road wasn’t crowded and we easily found a street side parking lot. I didn’t have any special expectation rather than to fill my stomach, fresh Sushi dipping it with soya sauce and wasabi probably only the thing that what I expect.

When we entered the restaurant, inside was pretty small and compact. It pretty closed between one tables to another. So expect to hear some chit chat from people across your table, vice versa.

You can sit where ever you like and one lady immediately over us the menu and cold drink. It was brown rice tea, I’ve to admitted, it was the best brown rice tea I’ve ever tasted, and I like the flavour which is probably a bit too strong for some people.

Before we entered the restaurant, I got a chance to glare at the small board outside the restaurant promoted a special lunch of Bulgogi Beef Bento for only $6. What an offer. So, since Hadi ordered a plate of Combo Sushi, I decided to choose a Bento Box so we could have more variety foods to try.

When I mentioned about the Bulgogi, the lady told us that the offer only for Take-Out. It was $10 if you Dine-In. I canceled my order and ask for some minutes. I thought if the price is regular price then I want to look at to the menu one more time, probably there is another menu that tempting me more. Too bad the lady seemed disappointed with this cheap customer, she said in between when I wasn’t finish my sentence “It’s only $10″. I got what she means, If I stick with my first choice, it’s only $4 different and after all it’s only $10 portion of food that consider cheap for downtown restaurant. Errhh, somebody could convince me that $4 is not matter in term of eating in the restaurant in Toronto, please?

Anyway, I just a bit shocked for what she said but no hard feeling at all. I think I get used to it? I just think she was rude but that’s not enough to make us cancel the entire order and walk out. I ordered Chicken Teriyaki, instead.

The food took some minutes to arrive. A bit longer than what it supposed to. Base on there is no other customer place an order before us. But the waiting time was still tolerable because they served Miso Soup for Bento Box order and small bowl of noodle soup for every customer. The Miso Soup was ok with obvious chunk of mushroom which is good. I just didn’t impress with the noodle, a bit weird for my liking.

Instagram Video I took that day!

When the order finally came out. I was surprised; the portion of Sushi Combo was huge. It was 3 kinds of Sushi (Salmon, Tuna and Tempura) whit 8 pcs each for only $12. The rice around the Sushi was so thin and the filling was so generous. It tasted creamy and fresh. At other Japanese restaurant I guess with the same portion it will at least cost us $16.

They also delivered a good job on Their Bento Box. I’ve never impressed with any Bento veggies which is usually there as a bed for whatever Bento Meat/Fish we choose. We ended up finish all the veggies include their very fresh Japanese salad style. The Chicken Teriyaki also good, the meat was soft and well-seasoned. With the price $10 as a Lunch Special (Yes, Their Lunch Special include Weekend as well) it’s a good deal, since we could finish all of foods in the box because they’re so good.

Defitenely will come back to try another menu or when the Sushi Fever attacks us in the future. The Dinner price is more expensive with the same menu on Lunch Time.

Point: 4 out of 5!!! [Price reasonable, Food taste good & Authentic, Generous portion]

Address: 358 Gerrard St. E Toronto, Ontario

Phone: (416) 929-8989

Price: $$

Washroom: Only 1 and sharing between Men and Women

A/C Available

Parking: Road Side

Qi Sushi’s Facebook Page

 





Mochi Pandan

Kelebihannya makanan buatan sendiri bukan karena terasa lebih enak dari hidangan restoran/toko (sering kali kalah lezat), namun yang pasti, kita tahu tingkat kebersihan & berapa banyak bahan-bahan yang terkandung didalamnya.

Seperti Mochi rasa pandan ini, kandungan gula/tingkat kemanisan pada Red Bean Pastenya dapat saya kontrol.

Resep pembuatan mochi saya dapat dari Youtube Maangchi & Blog-nya Saya juga bolak balik lihat video dari Youtuber yang lain tentang proses pembuatan Mochi, tidak ada yang sekomplit pemaparan Maangchi, Sebagian yang ditonton juga bukan pembuatan Mochi kacang merah, tapi Mochi Ice Cream yang mana akan saya buat dilain waktu atau mungkin tidak pernah karena kurang tertarik.

Saya penggemar Mochi, dikala menjadi anak kost-kostan, ada satu penghuni kost asal Sukabumi. Setiap Defi pulang kampung, selalu saya nitip mochi abang-abang khas Sukabumi isi kacang dan gula yang maknyus tersebut. Mochi ala Indonesia tersebut di bungkus dalam wadah bambu dan ukuran mochinya cilik-cilik, habis dalam satu hap!

Di Jambi, kota asal saya. Mochi juga berisi kacang tanah dan campuran gula pasir. Hanya saja ukurannya besar seperti mochi Korea ini dan dijual bersama-sama dengan panganan kue-kue basah lainnya. Mochi model ini agak susah dimakannya karena tidak bisa habis dalam satu hap (kecuali maksa). Alhasil ketika digigit, acapkali bahan isian jadi berserakan, padahal isiannya adalah primadonya kue jenis ini. Perlu keahlian cukup tinggi dan kalo anda ingin tau, bisa tanya saya secara japri, bagaimana makan mochi ukuran besar isi kacang tanah secara baik dan benar, haha bercanda… saya keleceran juga kok kalo makan mochi jenis ini.

Mochi sendiri berasal dari Jepang. Artinya Rice Cake. Karena memang bahan kulitnya terbuat dari tepung beras. Di Jepang dan korea dibuat dengan sweet rice cake. Di Indo kita juga bisa membuatnya dengan tepung beras ketan. Isian mochi pun bervariasi di Jepang sana, selain ukurannya yang bervariasi pula. Tidak melulu isinya kacang merah, Bisa berupa sesame paste, lotus paste, mung bean , dll. Sebagian menggulingkan mochi ke sasame seed, Saya tidak suka model ini karena sasame seednya suka nyelip-nyelip di gigi. Kemasan pun cantik-cantik sekali dengan Mochi aneka warna sesuai dengan rasa kulitnya, seperti hijau untuk green tea, Kuning untuk Mangga, Ungu untuk Blackberry, dll.

Gak pernah terpikir untuk buat mochi sendiri. Dalam bayangan selama ini, proses pembuatannya pasti rumit dan makan waktu banyak. Intinya saya gak kepikiran deh. Jadi begitu kali ini buat & cukup berhasil ( perlu jam terbang supaya proses pembungkusan Mochi bisa lebih rapi lagi ), saya senang banget, satu lagi misi tercapai. Ya, saya sebut misi untuk hal-hal yang beyond kemampuan saya kemudian tiba-tiba berhasil melakukannya. Ada rasa bangga pada diri sendiri, tapi tidak sampai membuat saya berlinang air mata ketika mencicipi Mochi ini hehe.

Kebetulan karena di apartment semua bahan-bahan pembuatan Mochi ada ( Sorry, sebenarnya gak ada corn/potato starch, tapi gak putus harapan, pakai aja tepung yang sama ). Corn syrup juga gak punya dan memang gak niat pakai. Porsi gula dalam red bean saya kurangi sampai pada batas manis yang saya mau. Jangan sampai tidak manis atau manisnya nanggung karena rasanya akan lain, Makan Mochi tapi terasa seperti makan sandal.

Proses pembuatan paste-nya sendiri saya tidak menemui kendala berarti. Pembuatan bahan kulit via Microvawe juga lancar jaya, tapi pas ngebungkus nah disitu agak belepotan. Salahnya saya kurang sabar. Ah, tipikal saya banget ya, gak sabaran aka gak telaten kata orang jawa. Kudunya tuh paste didinginkan sampai agak keras sehingga bs dibentuk bulat2. Saya juga rada kemaruk, pengen isiannya banyakan sehingga proses ngebungkus jadi kurang oke karena bahan kulitnya tidak cukup menutupi isiannya yang segambreng. tapi berhubung untuk makan sendiri, penampakan no. 2 yang penting rasa, cie…

Red Bean pastenya saya bikin 2 resep ( 2 cup red bean dengan 1 cup brown sugar gak penuh-penuh/padat banget ). Alhasil masih ada sisa yang rencananya buat dibikin sebagai isian bakpao atau roti. Kebetulan suami kurang begitu doyan sama Mochi dan kacang merah. Dari 8 biji Mochi ukuran besar yang barusan dibuat, kayaknya saya bakal kebagian 7 atau minimal 6. Lumayanlah buat menu makan siang/malam, Maklum ya soalnya lagi diet #cuih 🙂

Rasa manis pastenya pas, kulit mochinya kenyal-kenyal. Mantap deh… silahkan dicoba dirumah masing-masing ya! 🙂

Red Bean Paste ( 2 cup red bean, 1 cup brown sugar, 5 cup water, 1 tsp vanilla )

Mochi Skin - 8 pcs ( 1 cup glutinous rice flour, 1 tbs sugar, salt, 3/4 cup water, pandan paste )

My 1st attemp of Mochi Pandan ( Yummy & Cute )

Another Mission accomplished, Yay! 😀

 

YuTan





My 33 Birthday!!!

Just like yesterday I said to myself “Welcome to the club thirties“. Time flies like light, so fast!  So here I am, 33. I am kinda like these numbers though, probably because Jesus live only until this age? or because we only get once in ten years to celebrate double numbers? dunno.

Even I am already in club 30s, I always feel I am just 27 or even 24. And I am NOT ready to be called Auntie by others people except my nephew or niece or kids under 10, especially someone already ‘adult’ enough, hahaha… maybe in my 40s I can sincerely accept if people call me auntie. But how about if during that time people start calling me grandma? *dafug*

Last week, we went to picnic at Petticoat, Pickering, ON with church’s fellas. Our pastor (Pak Agus) gave a short preaching about “Number our days” he refered to Psalm 90:12. Which is favorite part for someone celebrating bday. Here the full verse : “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom”. I believe this is just coincidence that the preach talked about this theme on that day. I was so gratefull that I can have a time to think a bit about this verse again. In short Pak Agus said this verse not ask us to counting our day like okay now Wednesday, so next is Thursrday or okay now i am 33 so it’s mean I already spent 33 years of my life on the earth. But instead what we already done in our life, in our days that God give it to us. Hope we can spend our life with something meaningful, eternal and the most important can glorify our Lord. ( Okay the conclution maybe different from what the pastor said, You know, sometimes we ‘play’ with out mind when we listen to somebody, hahaha )

So having said that, I am not sure if I’ve done something meaningful or something can last forever or glory God if not turn the opposite, fuhhh… I think people who knows me can answer this question and meanwhile I will continue to live my life as best as I could and wish at least my family proud of me *wink*

On that special day, actually nothing special happen, just past like other days. However the following day I had small party in our apartment, I cooked and invited couple of friends. So here some pictures I’d like to share with all of you.

Afternoon, Friday, July 20

Yes, I partied with myself! 😀 went for the first time to local Korean restaurant nearby called Chodang Soontofu. I read the review on Yelp and plan to give it a try. The time when I was arrived there are some occupied tables. Nobody actually greeting me and I chose to seat near the entrance door, afterward the waitress looked at me and nodded her head, but she kept busy to served the other tables, being out and into the kitchen like iron machines and didn’t bring me the menu book or ask what I’d like to drink like usually when we eat in the restaurant. After almost 10 minutes got ignore I plan to stay a bit, if nothing happen for the next 5 minutes I’d go with empty stomach and grumpy face, haha.

Maybe she can read my mind so after I plan like that she finally came to my table, Yay! I ordered Seafood Soontofu, one of my favorite Korean’s food. And suddenly the foods was coming one by one, first the side dishes and follow by fish, a whole fried fish! I little bit shocked, what? feel guilty let me wait an ages and compliment me with this whole fish? and then the soon tofu and the last but not leat the rice in hot bowl. Can you imagine how many time she need to come and back, come and back just to serve one table? that’s so much work! I refuse to eat the fish, maybe she wrong served the fish to me, so I won’t get caught eat the fish that I didn’t order, hahaha… but after I finished half of my soontofu which’s I felt not so delicious like the soontofu I used to eat I starting to eat the fish.

The first impression was OH EM GI!!!! This must be a fish who live in heaven. Why SO delicious??? the meat was so sweet and salty as well from some sauce they used. After all I finished everything on my table, Yes I was that hungry! Hahaha… So the time is worth to wait. 2nd time I asked Hadi and Sursandi to try this restaurant, I chose Mix Soontofu this time and all of us was satisfied and got the whole fish for each, Yay! Oh yes, don’t underestimate the white tofu that you can see from the picture above, dipping it to the special soy sauce and your mouth will full of joy! Haha…

Evening, Friday, July 20

After Hadi finished his work, We went to 168 All You Can Eat Sushi with Sursandi also. It little bit pricey compare to the similar restaurant in Halifax and the key to enjoy the restaurant like this is more people come together the more merrier. So you can order/try more variety foods. I got my first bday cake from them! Fried Ice Cream hahaha… and I asked them ” No Music or singing please” haha… too shy! 😀 After the dinner, we went to watch The Dark Knight Rises. This movie took around 3 hours ( included the ads ) so we ended up going home near midnight. Did’t plan to going home this late since we had cycling event the next morning, Haisss!  So that’s my event on my special day, nothing so special right? But I was happy…. !! The Batman blast my day and that night I hope I dream Christian Bale, Haha….

Evening, Saturday, July 21

After cycling in the morning with some Indonesian friends, We were rush to going home and did last preparation for my bday party with friends. I cooked some desserts the day before and cooked another on that day, I also ordered my bday cake from Sale & Bake, a local cake store nearby. Hope my friends full enough on that night, since I am not serving main course but only appetizers and desserts and drinks! LOL

Here the close up of my bday cake

Lemon Cake

I didn’t put my name on it, Instead I put numbers candle. Which is not popular nowadays except for kids bday. I am too shy to see my name on bday cake but not shame to see numbers on my bday cake, I know… I am just too weird! I bouth the candles lately because I am not sure the candle’s color will match my cake. When I picked up the cake and saw they used green icing for the words I told Hadi that I plan to buy a candles but not sure bacauce the candle has green color, and now all turned out perfect, the color is match! so Hadi said let’s go grab the candles and we walked to Bulk and Barn to buy it 🙂

Friends sang a bday song for me and I ended it up with wishing for a baby! This our conversation :

Friend : You need to make a wish

Me : Okay

Friend : Why so fast???

Me : Yes it fast, I just have one word, Baby!

Friends : NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO you cannot let people knows what you wish for…. ( I still giggling when I remember they reaction went hysterical, LOL )

Me : Why?

Friend : They said the wish will not coming true

Me : Nah, I don’t believe such of thing. If people know what I wish probably they would help me to pray, so it’s good right?

Friends : -______-”

Hhahahaha…. Okay, that’s all my 33 bday’s story! See you next year birtdieeee…

YuTan