Ever had steamboat in a winter melon?
To try out the ‘novelty’, we went to Low Maji, a popular steamboat place in Bandar Puteri, Puchong. The name is a fond Cantonese way of referring to ‘mother’ and literally translates to ‘Old Mum’.
Customers can opt for the normal soup base (spicy/normal), or the winter melon bowl soup. The winter melon is carved out and boiled, and you dip various meats, veges and other condiments into it. The melon’s flesh really gives the overall broth a refreshing flavour.
We ordered the set meal for two, since my family aren’t big eaters, and then added on a few ala-carte dishes. The set is priced around Rm30++ and comes with needle mushrooms, crab meat sticks, an egg, fried foochook (beancurd sheets stuffed with fish paste), pork balls, vege, vermicelli, shrimp and meat.
They were quite stingy with the meat/fish though. Mum was like “Wow, they couldn’t have sliced the fish thinner” lol.
My favourite: Pork stomach! I love chewy-textured food, which means I like to have innards such as stomach and intestine when I have hotpot.
Overall the food was okay, but the soup did make a difference. You could taste the sweet overtones of the melon.
The place was quite packed for the weekend. Only qualm is that they didn’t have ventilation so the hot steam from the cooking lingered around inside the air-conditioned space.
There was also a giant melon outside the restaurant with a quirky quote:
“Never try it’s your fault,
Only try one, my fault”.
Whichhhhhh I think means that you would be missing out if you didn’t try it, but if you don’t like it after trying then the boss has failed to make a good meal(????) You need a certain degree of skill if you’re going to translate Manglish.
Low Maji Steamboat Restaurant 老妈子