Mugendai Penthouse @Emquartier, BKK

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Mugendai is one of Thailand’s best Japanese restaurant. The materials are fresh & the finest. Hence, the price can also be quite high.

Why is this restaurant called ‘penthouse’? This is because it is located at the top floor of the Helix Quartier at the Emquartier mall complex (their website here). The view & atmosphere is pretty nice.

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Now, we all know Japanese food tend to be very healthy. Will food at Mugendai live up to this name? Mugendai is known for their raw fish, which are very nutritious and low in fat.

Salmon Yukke Don

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(chopped Salmon, Quail egg, Chili paste *according to the menu description. More precisely, short-grained white rice topped with raw salmon, tamagoyaki, cucumber pieces, pine nuts, shiso leaf & garnished w/ lemon, wasabi & pickled ginger. And let’s not forget the poached egg on top)

Nutrition 

Salmon – we all know that salmon is an incredibly healthy oily fish, being rich in omega 3 fatty acids & vitamin D. The former is essential for body functions w/ benefits i.e. reducing blood triglyceride levels, improving heart health, risks of dementia, etc. The latter is essential in maintaining calcium & good metabolism.

Egg – is a ‘complete protein’, containing all essential amino acids. It is rich in protein, vitamins & minerals, i.e. fat soluble vitamins like A & D. Eggs are also high in cholesterol, hence, older people should consume it moderately. However, only >half of the fat in egg yolks is saturated. Eggs are easy to be digested, high in protein, nutrients & energy making it a perfect food for growing children.

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Donburi is a popular Japanese meal. It consists of rice w/ topping. Sashimi donburi are more expensive & not eaten as often as other kinds.

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There is a special way to eat donburi w/ poached/raw egg: mix together contents of the bowl. Add shoyuu. It can also be eaten w/ pickled ginger or wasabi.

Deep-fried sakura ebi 

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Nutrition

Sakura ebi (sakura shrimp) – is low in calories & very high in protein (providing 312 calories, 65 g protein per 100 g). It is essentially just mini shrimps & hence similar to other commonly consumed small shrimps in nutrition. Because of the small size, it is incredibly high in calcium (200% daily recommendation per 100 g), other minerals & vitamin B’s.

Although sakura ebi is a very healthy food, deep-fried sakura ebi are high in fat & low in protein/nutrients. It should be consumed in moderation.

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Wagyu Foie Gras Fried Rice

(Chopped A5 Wagyu beef, Pan-fried French goose liver)

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Nutrition

Foie gras – is made of fatty goose liver. The finest foie gras may contain up to 86.1% fat. One ounce serving can contain up to 12 grams fat & 42 milligrams cholesterol. Foie gras should definitely be consumed in moderation.

Wagyu – (view my post on wagyu nutrition here). For those wondering what A5 wagyu is, here is some info. But to put simply, it is the top grade wagyu.

Although this fried rice comes w/ vegetables, it is still very high in fat & should be consumed in moderation.

Pork Sukiyaki

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(Top-grade sliced pork, vermicelli, tofu, carrots, mixed mushrooms, spinach, negi & cabbage in clear bone broth)

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Sukiyaki or Japanese-style hot pot is an incredibly healthy dish. It is low in fat & contain plenty of vegetables & lean protein in nutrient-rich soup.

Nutrition

Sliced pork – Japanese style sliced pork may contain plenty of fat (3 g sat. fat per 28 g, comparing to 1 g in pork loin), but it is still high in protein & nutrients like vitamin B’s and selenium. Selenium is an essential trace mineral you need to maintain healthy immune system.

Tofu – is without a doubt one of the best source of vegetable protein, containing almost 0% fat, 7 g protein (per 100 g, 62 calories serving) & all essential amino acids.

Spinach & carrots – are both high in beta-carotene (377% & 427% per 1 cup serving respectively), an antioxidant thought to guard against heart disease and lung cancer. They are also high in fibre. Spinach is also rich in minerals like iron, magnesium, calciumBoth vegetables are more nutritious when cooked. Heating some vegetables releases antioxidants by breaking down cell walls. Studies have found that eating cooked spinach and carrots versus raw results in much higher blood levels of beta-carotene (source here).

Japanese mushrooms mix (shiitake, enoki, maitake, shimeji) – are all full of nutrients. Mushrooms are known for being high in fibre & low in calories, like vegetables. But recently, there has been more researches on the high amount of phytochemicals & antioxidants present in these fungi.  Shiitake is possibly the most well-known Japanese mushroom, famous for having anticancer properties (read more here).

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Sukiyaki is often eaten w/ ponzu (citrus-based sauce) or goma (sesame seed) sauce. Both sauces are low in nutrients. Ponzu sauce is relatively high in sugar & goma sauce is high in sesame seeds butter.

Nevertheless, these two dips make the perfect pairing for the soup.

How to get to the Mugendai Penthouse in Bangkok:

 –  Izzy