One of my favourite things to have is shabu-shabu and sukiyaki – so I was thrilled to try out Mo-Mo Paradise, a famous Japanese chain that specialises in the cuisine. Recently opened at J’s Gate Dining in Lot 10, Kuala Lumpur, this is the first Mo-Mo Paradise outlet in Malaysia, focusing on an all-you-can-eat concept with fresh, high quality ingredients.
The modern dining space features lots of wood finish for a cosy ambience. Spanning 2,485 sq ft, it seats up to 80 diners, and has a private dining room that fits 15, available for intimate gatherings and small functions.
Diners can choose from two types of soup bases.
The shabu-shabu, which is the original light broth that can be enjoyed with ponzu and gomadare (sesame) sauce, is specially formulated by Mo-Mo Paradise and directly imported from Japan. Those who prefer a sweet-salty, richer flavour can go for the sukiyaki, the traditional broth from Shoudo island. For the best of both worlds, go for a mixed course.
How to eat Shabu-Shabu the Japanese way
It’s pretty common in Chinese hotpot to just dump everything in the pot (like above) but the Japanese eat it by taking a piece of meat, swishing it around quickly and dipping it into raw egg before eating with a bit of sauce. The name ‘shabu-shabu’ actually translates to ‘swish swish’ in Japanese!
The resto offers a mouthwatering selection of different types of meat, such as locally sourced sakura pork, chicken, and air-flown beef from Australia. The meats are carefully sliced and kept under strictly controlled temperatures before serving.
I’ve been to my fair share of shabu-shabu places in Malaysia – and I have to say that Mo-Mo Paradise’s beef slices are among the most best ones I’ve ever seen. The thickness was just right (some places serve you paper thin sheets which practically fall apart) and there was a nice amount of lean and fat in each slice.
If you’re the type that MUST have carbs, the resto offers ramen and udon bowls as well.
The vegetable bar has over 20 types of vegetables, which are sourced locally.
Meals are priced from RM68++ for a single pot and RM76++ for a mixed pot, per pax. All meats and veggies are refillable within the 100-minute time limit. Non-alcoholic beverages such as sodas and coffee are refillable at RM4.50 whilst water and tea are free of charge.
This might seem pricey given its limited menu, but considering the setting /ambience and quality of the ingredients, it’s pretty reasonable.
MO-MO PARADISE (Non-Halal)
P1-10/11, Level 4, Lot 10 Shopping Center, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250, Kuala Lumpur
For reservations, call 03-2110 3588.
Opening hours : 11AM – 11PM