Sushi Heng, Asia Cafe Subang Jaya

Asia Café is a popular college student hangout and boasts a variety of food stalls to cater to the crowd. To be honest, I’ve always avoided this place because the food is pricey for hawker fare and I always walk out smelling like food. One of the stalls that stood out in Asia Café is Sushi Heng and it serves some of the most creative sushi dishes I’ve tried thus far.

No ordinary sushi roll...

The man behind this stall is Nicholas Heng, who boasts more than 28 years of experience in the kitchen. He was trained by Japanese chefs and has worked in kitchens all over the world including London, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. That’s probably why he’s open to different ideas and flavours when it comes to creating sushi, without completely compromising the original concept of sushi.

Sashimi Mix

To start, we tucked into the Sashimi Mix (RM78 for 5 pax); a lovely assortment of salmon, tuna, butterfish, octopus and scallops. All were fresh – the cutting was skillful and the fish slices were nicely arranged. I found the tuna juicy and meaty, while the salmon had a delicious, fatty flavour. The scallops – coated with roe – were succulent and crunchy with a seafood-ish sweetness.

Smooth butterfish and juicy scallops

Fusion Laughing Buddha Roll

I was very impressed with the presentation of the Fusion Laughing Buddha Roll (RM40). This was a grand assemblage of crabstick, egg, avocado, radish, roe and lettuce, and topped with large salmon roe. The ‘body’ of the roll was deep fried yam; similar to the yam basket dish often found at Chinese restaurants. This not only looked good, it tasted good too. Flavours were rich and complemented one another.

Nicholas doesn't stinge on filling

Niagara Twist

The Niagara Twist (RM30) was less ostentatious, but it was tasty in its own way. No rice was used to make this – the outer layer of the sushi was radish, which enveloped a centre of salmon, avocado and pineapple. I was initially skeptical about this combination, but Nicholas’ clever composition of textures and flavours proved me wrong. The sushi was crunchy from the radish with a soft and creamy texture from the salmon and avocado. I liked how the pineapple and radish gave a touch of zest to this creation.

Uniquely layered

One can always trust Nicholas to rustle up creative dishes such as the Tiramisu Atlantic (RM15). This was almost too pretty to eat. The ‘tiramisu’ was a fort of chopped tuna and salmon, salmon roe, long slivers of radish, and topped with a fairly large prawn. I really enjoyed this. The fish was fresh and firm, while the roe gave each mouthful a burst of salty flavour every time I bit into one. Even the prawn was sweet and creamy!

Tiramisu Atlantic

Food was good and I liked how creative Nicholas was with his sushi and presentation. Prices are reasonable considering the portions and ingredients used. It was hard for me to pick on the food, despite countless attempts to do so. My only gripe about the place is the ambiance – every now and then, you get choking whiffs of fried sambal chilli from the stall across.

That night, two Japanese men dined by the counter and gave the food the thumbs up. I guess I wasn’t the only one who was impressed. I may not like Asia Café very much, but for creative and tasty sushi rolls that don’t cost a bomb, Sushi Heng makes a good choice.

Ambiance: 4/10
Price: 6/10
Food: 7.5/10 (pork free)
Verdict: I came, I tried and I enjoyed!

Sushi Heng
Asia Cafe
2 Jalan SS15/8
47500 Subang Jaya
Selangor
016 9299 886 (Nicholas)
[email protected]
www.facebook.com/sushiheng
Business hours: 6pm – 2:30am

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Comments

  1. If the location was not mentioned in this post, people would assume it’s from 5-star hotel. Nevertheless, judging by the looks and craftsmanship, he deserves to have a sushi shop all by himself.

  2. Wow…from your photos…I can see that they uses sufficient ingredients and not stingy. Perhaps..I too should try it someday. Thx =)

    • Bangsar Babe says:

      Yes, do try and let me know what you think. Remember to ask for his ‘omakase’ sushi rolls. You’ll be pleasantly surprised like I was. :)

  3. It’s like a pearl in the middle of the oily sea. hahah

    Looks really pretty wei, compare the rest of the food served around there. I guess it is less commecialized thats why he is able to be creative on how he likes. no need to follow standard rules and regulations, all him.

    I shall go over and give it a try.

  4. Will definitely give this place a visit…I do love his creativity and the bursts of flavours =)

  5. Someone told me abt this place before.. that it serves very affordable sushi. It’s good that he’s generous with his ingredients.

  6. Looks great!! May go and try someday….

  7. One of my all time favourite sushi places in town. :-) I kind of like the stall atmosphere, maybe that’s just cause I’m a foreigner. ;-)

  8. If you did not take a picture of the interior, i would not have guessed that this establishment is truly this humble!

    • Bangsar Babe says:

      I was surprised myself. I thought it was a shop next to Asia Cafe initially…not inside Asia Cafe. But good also la…not expensive. :D

  9. ooo, the tiramisu atlantic seems like a steal for RM15! it’s so cool to be able to sample different sushi rolls beyond the regular dragon maki, etc, that every other place serves. and wow, open till 2:30am? now that’s great! :D

  10. Never thought can get such food in a food court!
    PS: why the sushi is named Laughing Buddha Roll? O.O

  11. d sushi looks something difference from the normal one..
    looks good..should go n try it someday..

  12. I haven’t spent much time in Asia Cafe since my college days 6 (or 7??) years ago! Asia Cafe looked a lot different back then. It certainly didn’t have a sushi stall with this kind of quality! :D

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