We were undecided on what to have for dinner but knowing that the guest has a weakness for food in round-ish shapes, when we mentioned steamboat, it was a resounding yes from all.
We arrived at Restoran Shabu-Shabu ( some refer to it as Mizi) at about 8pm on a Saturday and I really cannot believe the number of people that were waiting to be fed. There were ~ 20pax waiting at the ‘reception’ area and another 15 pax seated outside. When you ’register’ at the reception, you will also be asked, will you be going for the ‘eat all you can ‘ which is priced at RM26.50 /pax or you go for the ‘pay as you eat’ -where they will charge what you ate. The most expansive ‘dish’ are @ RM4 / plate , with some priced at RM2 – and the largest variety are the RM1. the RM1 stuff goes around the conveyer and as for the other priced items you would have to order it from the waiters. Doing some quick math, we figured that it would be more economical for us to go for the ‘pay as you eat’ package. And instead of having to have to walk around to choose/ take your food, the food goes around in a conveyor and you take what you want from the carousel.
One of the tag line on the posters displayed on the wall promote the restaurant as ‘ a meeting place for the young’ – and I think our presence might have drastically increase the average age of the diners. Anyway , overall, the patrons are more of the youngish set but there were also families and white haired aunties and uncles.
Extracted From wikipedia :
Shabu-shabu (しゃぶしゃぶ,) is a Japanese variant of hot pot . The dish may have originated in the 13th century as a way for Genghis Khan to efficiently feed his soldiers. Mongol troops would have gathered around large pots and cooked together.
The dish is prepared by submerging a very thin slice of meat or a piece of vegetable in a pot of boiling water or dashi (broth) made with kombu (kelp) and swishing it back and forth several times. (The familiar swishing sound is where the dish gets its name. Shabu-shabu roughly translates to “swish-swish”.)
We waited for almost 30 minutes before it was our turn to be called and we had to go up to the 3rd floor..wow..so horliao one..i guess quite a number of people like round round food ?
Everyone get their own little cooking pot , I particularly like the control panel, an on -off switch and another control for Hi- Lo , no more worries of ‘killing’ the flame and needing to get the waiter to light the stove ( heating is via induction, not gas). There are also some other reminders
We ordered fried dumplings , fish slices and also pork slices – which was pretty good..thinly sliced, a few swish-swish..and it’s cooked..( as mentioned earlier, all the food on the carousel are RM1/ plate, for the RM2 and RM4 item- you would have to order them)
And from the conveyer you have a large selection- lots of round round food- fishballs, sotong balls, meatballs, ham balls, prawn balls and other balls, vegetables ( kangkong, cabbages, yau mark, wong dei miu, corn, onions , fungus , mushroom etc), egg, blah blah etc etc. Just eye what you want and remove from the conveyer – as shown in illustration below ( caption : hand of god )
The sauce/ dip was a mixture of ingredients , there were quite a lot of fried onions in it , which was something I didn’t particularly fancy lah. I must say that for the ‘normal’ steamboat where it’s communal and good for bonding and catching up , with this conveyer system- you can’t really kaypo with the gang as everyone sits in a row - you cut the small talk and concentrate on eating !
None of us were accountants but these guys sure like to count ! towards the end of the meal these people had their eyes on the carousel and counted the different food on the carousel – after which.they refused to tell me the figure, as I was trying to sabotage the counting process. A quick check with the waitress wasn’t very fruitful as she wasn’t sure as well , but she was certain that it was more than 100 types of dishes .
And when we checked with her the record of plates consume per pax- it was > 40 plates…wow..that was more than what 3 of us ( combined) finished . What we consumed : 4 of Rm4/plate , 7 vege ( these are in the boxes ) and 30 plates-
Overall – a pretty enjoyable meal and as predicted, we pay for less than we would have if we had opted for the ‘eat all you like’ package.
NB: while waiting to settle our bills, these accountants wannabes started to count the total items displayed on the menu – and inclusive of soup- it worked out to be 157 dishes – ( un-audited figure).
No 19, Jalan Puteri 1/6
Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong.
( row of shop lot directly opposite Giant )
Tel ; 03 80605221
Open daily 5 – 11:30pm ( last call 10:30)
Also from Wiki : In the movie Lost in Translation, Scarlett Johansson and Bill Murray’s characters eat lunch at a shabu-shabu restaurant. Later on, Murray wryly comments, “What kind of restaurant makes you cook your own food?”