Maluken, Kenmore Square, Boston

I am hesitant to reveal my ardent love for Maluken, because it has been our secret sushi place for years. I think its only proper to share now. Maluken has some of the best sushi in Boston and is hidden on the side of the Uno’s in Kenmore Square in the Hotel Buckminster.

This no frills restaurant with some of the best, high quality, moderate prices in Boston.  In addition, they serve cans of Sapporo and warm sake (perfect for sake bombs) and free karaoke Sun through Thurs from 9:30 am to 12 am and Fri through Sat 9:30 pm to 1 am. There is great selection of pop and cheesy oldies and a projected image along the wall with Asian renditions of music videos. One of the best aspects is how friendly the staff is. When you first enter, the waitress greets you with a warm hand towel to warm and clean your hands. A great gesture and tradition.

I love Maluken so much that I order delivery as well when I am exceptionally lazy. On our recent order, we enjoyed a refreshing garden salad with cucumber, cherry tomato and carrot ginger dressing ($2.50).

Then we had a warming, but salty miso soup.

We rarely order anything but sushi, but we have previously enjoyed the Chicken Katsu Curry for $12.95. The curry gravy is fantastic with the crispy chicken cutlet. The Katsu Curry is only served during lunch, so we ordered the Yaki Udon Noodles With Chicken. The cabbage, lightly sauced noodles and tender chicken was delicious ($7.25)

We enjoyed the Tiffany deep-fried spicy tuna and avocado ($7.95) and eel avocado roll.

The Tiffany roll needs to be eaten immediately upon preparation. The fresh spicy tuna and creamy avocado is warm and encased in fried tempura flake. The crunchiness of the exterior and the fillings are quite decadent, but satisfying. The bbq sauced eel and green avocado has the perfect balance of sweet and richness. 

We had the Spicy Tuna ($5.75), Spicy Yellowtail ($5.75), and Idaho Roll ($3.75).  We first tried the sweet potato tempura rolls (Idaho) at Maluken and we have been addicted since.

My all time favorite sushi roll at Maluken is their spicy tuna roll. The spicy tuna rolls have tempura crumb already incorporated in the finely diced tuna. It is crunchy, rich and smooth. The buttery yellowtail has tempura flake and spicy mayo which brings a great texture and a spicy creamy flavor.

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Fried Rice with Kale and Scallions

Fried rice is one of the simple and quickest meals to make. I loved the idea to incorporate kale into fried rice (instead of making Kale Chips or Nacho Cheese Kale Chips). I love the flavor of the earthy brown rice, fragrant green onions, fluffy eggs and the bits of kale. I know I will be making this often.

If you do not have scallions in the house, make Gwyneth Paltrow’s delicious recipe with onion. I also like using a little bit of butter for the flavor, but Earth Balance would be a great substitute.

Adapted from My Father’s Daughter

  • 1/4 pound kale, stems discarded
  • 1 T vegetable oil (1/2 T to make scrambled eggs, 1/2 T to sautee garlic)
  • 1 T butter or Earth Balance
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and very finely minced
  • 3 scallions cut into 1/4 inch pieces with kitchen shears
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 T plus 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 2 egg whites scrambled

Cut the kale leaves in half lengthwise and then cut crosswise into small bite size pieces. Steam the kale for 7 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the butter and vegetable oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Scramble eggs whites and set aside.

Add more oil, add the scallions and garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes, being careful not to brown the garlic. Raise the heat  to medium and add the steamed kale. Cook for 2 minutes and then add the rice and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring. Add the soy sauce and cook for 30 seconds more.