Known for its never-ending series of good food, Penang is surely a wonderland for Foodies everywhere. There are still so many hidden food havens yet to be discovered, but don’t you worry for we have got you covered! We know there are a lot of Japanese food lovers out there who often enjoy sushi, sashimi and agemono (Japanese deep-fried dishes). You may or may not know, but here is a new Japanese spot where you can try out mantis shrimp sushi in Penang!
Izakaya Shako Sushi: Hidden Japanese Restaurant That Specializes In Mantis Prawn Sushi
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Inside a rather discreet single-storey house near Icon City lies a Japanese restaurant that offers appetizing Japanese delicacies. From the all-time favourite sushi to a cup of sake, anyone can satisfy their Japanese cravings here. Their main highlight is the series of dishes prepared with the primary ingredient of the mantis prawn.
Although you can easily acquire “shako” (mantis prawn) here, the ingredient is difficult to obtain in Japan because it is only in season during late spring or early summer. Its taste is described to be filled with umami and known to be similar to the texture of lobster meat. Therefore, it is no surprise that the founder of Izakaya decided to bring forth the wonderful combination of both mantis prawn and Japanese cuisine to his customers.
Upon seeing their menu, you may notice that they have a section dedicated to their featured dishes. One of these dishes is their bestseller, the Shako Stairs. It consists of seven mantis prawn nigiri sushi, served on an ascending wooden platter. They also have other variations of shako sushi, including Shako Maki, Tempura Shako Temaki, and even Shako Curry Rice! Each of them is made with fresh mantis shrimp that delivers a burst of sweet, seafood goodness.
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Not to mention their interior and exterior are decorated attentively with Japanese cultural elements. There is a string of paper lanterns hangs in front of their entrance door. Upon entering, you can also see a few “wagasa” (Japanese umbrellas) suspending upside down from the ceilings. Moreover, they embellished their walls with vintage Japanese commercial posters and the bar with empty sake barrels. You may feel as if you just walked into Japan!
A Taste Of Mantis Shrimp Sushi In Penang
You have your tamago (egg) sushi and your tuna roll, but bet you never heard of mantis prawn sushi. Give it a try if you are a fan of both Japanese food and the mantis shrimp! Do remember to tell us what you think about it after your visit to this neighbourhood eatery. That’s all for now!
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