Posts Tagged ‘Steamboat’

The initial options for dinner were : TGIF or  Rumahku, then the ideas flew / grew, Bangsar ? ( parking susah lerrr) , city centre ( traffic jam ler..and stomach already growling, doubt we will survive the jam) , Sunway Mentari ? hmm..it seemed that there is an area loosely termed as ‘steamboat hub’, waalauuuehh..this, we got to see lahh…so , to infinity and beyond…we headed to Sunway….

We drove passed  blocks of shoplots..waahh..true la..so many steamboat restaurants one geh..there was even a 3 storey steamboat restaurant across the street..after finding a parking space..we decide to go on foot and have a closer look at what was available..there was this place that seemed too outrageously packed..sooo many tables- covering the whole street, ..pheeww..…walk around the block..more steamboat restaurants ( but none can match the crowd we saw earlier) …. Decision made—we will see what is so good about that outrageously crowded steamboat restaurant..- Tasty Pot Restaurant-BBQ Steamboat Buffet Restaurant

2 types of seating arrangements – outdoor – by the highway

 road

Or indoor – close to the refills

 indoor

We didn’t have to wait too long for the waiter to clear a table of remnants from the previous diner. Service was pretty efficient ..after getting a seat, time to choose a soup base for your boat, the boat is divided into 2 portion , so you get 2 version of soup in each pot, unless you choose the same soup for the 2 section….errr…?

The choice for soup include  :    the Specialty Soya Bean Soup豆浆清汤, 1st in Malaysia   Curry Soya Bean Soup 咖哩豆浆汤, Chinese Herbal Soup中式药材汤, HK Satin Porridge香港沙田粥底, Thai Tom Yam Soup 泰式东炎汤 or Chong Qing Spicy Soup 重庆麻辣汤. Chunny wanted to try the Chinese Herbal Soup and I get to choose the other soup,  Well, if I had done some research before coming here, my choice of soup might have been different, i.e maybe would have been more adventurous and tried the soya bean soup, which seemed pretty unique, but at that time..whhaaaa ? I don’t think I want the fishballs and mussles soaking in soya bean soup lerr..i didn’t want something spicy as well,..and the winner is HK satin porridge.

Extract from  their official website here :   Established on June 18th , 2006, Tasty Pot has been famous for their unique soup flavours. Deriving from Baodao , Taiwan (nicknamed Treasure Island ), the special soup recipes was brought across countries to enable Malaysians to be able to savour the delicious soups without even traveling to abroad. Among the unique soup recipes, the Soya Bean Soup Flavour is a Must-Try.

My pupils dilated ( or something to that effect ) when I saw the buffet selection..there was really really a large variety and not just quantity, you know, quality also got one, you know..

At the seafood section, you get crabs ( meaty kind and the flowery kind), fish meat, prawns, squids, many types of shellfish : mussels lah, scallops lah, clams, bamboo clams etc etc ..I shed a few happy tears…

 crabs

But u also get to see the ugly side of human nature, where- when scallops were being refilled into the trays, this fella stacked up his plate to the brim ( and left maybe 3 sickly looking ones  for the rest of the crowd), jostling for the crabs..aiya..eat less a bit can die isit..?

 mussles

The vegetable section , again…soooo many different types of vege, kangkung, bayam, yau-mak, cabbage, yam, baby corn, jagung, mushrooms,  siau pai chai etc etc..

The fishball section ( I almost wanted to fall on my knees and thank whoever responsible for my existence – thanks mum and dad) ..there are sooooo many variety of balls , I think maybe > 30 types – not all fish though, meat balls, yong tau fu etc…

fishballs 

Back at our table..this was what our pot looked like after we ‘downloaded’ the good stuff , right- Chinese herbal soup and left – HK satin porridge.

 soup

One thing i forgot to mention- drinks are not inclusive in the set buffet, so, you have to pay extra for that lah

And while waiting for the goodies to cook, there were a variety of cooked foods to line our stomach.  Fried rice , fried noodles, fried buns, curry chicken, chicken feet, chicken wings, fried meatballs….

cooked food

The chicken wing is a must try !! sweet sticky crunchy exterior and  soft tender meat inside.yumyumyum

 chicken wings

And there was also a grill churning out grilled stuff, the crowd was too big here, I didn’t bother to venture as I was pretty contented with what I have in the pot,  so I am not too sure what is available at the grill, when checking out other blogs, I read about a whole lamb being grilled…ahh… ( i took this pix of the grilled fish when the crowd was already thinning )

 grilled fish

OK, finally, bubbles appear and the food was cooked.

AHHHH….manyak sedap…the porridge soup base was tasty ….( the porridge was soupy so don’t worry about  cooked stuff covered in porridge)..the ingredients were fresh…and bottomless..refill until you burst…ahh..bliss

 in a bowl

The Chinese herbal soup base was good as well, before tasting this, I was thinking that shellfish in herbal soup, can one meh..? kangkong in herbal soup, can one mehh ? ehh..turns out that can worrr !! ….the herbal taste of the soup was not too strong, just nice so that one can still savour  the original taste  of the ingredients.

 prawns

Sometimes, it takes a bit of an effort to get to taste the goodies..Chunny initially thought she could use a toothpick as an ‘extraction tool ‘, but turn out that the shellfish is a stubborn guy…but finally with perseverance and a hardy chopstick, Chunny managed to wrestle the shy ( and dead guy) out of it’s shell…

 toothpick

Oh..after the meal, if you still have some space in your system, you can fill up with a few scoops of ice cream or some cut fruits

Overall : a very enjoyable meal . Highly recommended. Good variety and good quality.

RM23.80 per pax – Steamboat BBQ Jumbo set

 Operating hours Daily   4:30pm – 1:00 am  ( this is the new operating hours)
signboard

Tasty Pot Restaurant

9, Jalan PJS 8/18,
Dataran Mentari,
Bandar Sunway,
46150 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Tel 03 5630 1282

 Map copied from their official website.

map tasty pot

When I was young,  a steamboat meal was a very slow affair, the pot was ‘powered’ by coal, so,  it took ages for the soup to boil and as the steamboat pot was not that big, it will be a few rounds of ‘uploading and downloading’  until everybody get their fair share of the fishballs, quail eggs, vege etc…and mum will constantly have to re-load the coals.(.wow..i sound so ancient) …..fast forward to present day…ahh..so convenient one gehhh….now we have electric steamboat or use  portable gas stoves, and of course, one can eat steamboat  at a shop..

We were at Tiang Seng on a Saturday night ~ 7:30 , tables that were not taken up had that little plastic triangle ‘reserved’ signs, but lucky for us, one last table was available .

 garnish

We ordered 2 set of  the set order, which was priced at RM14/set order and we held back on the  side orders . Pix below show what  you will  get for a  2 set order, which will include  : fishballs of various sizes and shapes , fish , prawns, tofu, quail eggs, cabbage and yau-mak, fried wantan, 1 block of yee mien, mee hoon and eggs.

 uncooked

The following side dishes are available ( pay extra lorr) :

 menu

We dropped the raw stuff into the pot, and waited….and waited…

 pot

After making sure that the soup had boiled..we fished the goodies out of the bubbling soup and ah..blisss…the soup was sweet, the fishballs were fresh, springy and fishball-ish ( alamak..fishball-ish..? fishballs mahh…sure fishball-ish lor..). yumyumm….

 cooked

After the ‘first harvest’, we dropped the ‘2nd round’ of stuff into the pot, including the yee mein, plus broke an egg  into the soup…ah…so nice one….There was still another egg left…dilemma …what to do with the ‘unused’  egg,  already paid for worr..leave it here meh..? err…I am not telling what I did.. 😛

When we were settling the bill, I asked the lady boss ‘wah..why the soup so sweet one ahh ?’, she replied that they use fish skin and bones to make the soup , no MSG. The soup is being prepared fresh everyday ( no leftovers), and as they are from Pulau Ketam,  they can ensure that they have the supply of fresh fish to make the fishballs. One can also tarpau the set orders , minimum is  for 2 set-orders, they will pack everything, including the soup and the chili paste.

 sign

Close on Mondays,

Operating hours : 6:00pm – 10:30pm

 Tiang Seng Pulau Ketam Seafood Restaurant

34A, Jalan Desa Bakti,

Taman Desa

Batu 3 ½ Jalan Klang Lama

58100 KL

Tel : 012 2106893

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Restoran Shabu-Shabu @ Puchong

Posted: December 23, 2008 in @ Puchong
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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.

conveyer

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

sign

 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)

 pork1

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 😀 )

 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 !

combo

 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-

total

 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).

Restoran Shabu-Shabu

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?”