Review: Tropical Spa, Setiawalk Puchong

Update: This outlet is permanently closed.

Been some time since I went to Setiawalk Puchong – the place seems to have lost its luster from when it used to be THE spot for Puchong-ites to hangout, just a couple of years ago. These days, weekends are still fairly busy, but visitors come mostly for the bars and the cinema. Some shops have closed down and lots lie vacant, but there are also a few new shops to check out. Saw a new massage/spa center there recently when I went to catch Logan at the theatre. They seemed to have some pretty value-for-money promotions, so I went to check it out.

The receptionist was very friendly and helpful, as she explained the different promotions and packages on offer. There were shorter treatments lasting an hour or so, but I opted for one with a 15-min footscrub, half hour herbal pouch treatment, and an hour aromatherapy massage (RM128 nett). Waited for 10 minutes for a therapist to be available, before I was ushered inside. The interior was too dark so I didn’t get to take any photos. Since it was a weekday afternoon, the place was empty and I could enjoy my treatment in peace and privacy.

PS: The therapists are Indonesian, not Thai, and they offer Balinese massages. Which I prefer over Thai anyway because they don’t stretch and pull you like cray.. not my cup of tea lol.

The footscrub was done in an open chamber with rows of cushy chairs. Soaked my feet in warm water scented with a bath bomb, and got them scrubbed and massaged. I was then led into a small room with a huge mirror and a bed. Soothing gamelan music played from the speakers overhead. My therapist was very friendly and all smiles – although she didn’t speak English, I could understand her Bahasa well. The pressure applied was just right and I actually dozed off a couple of times. The air conditioning was way cold though.

All in all, I think the service and environment was excellent. Considering how places like Thai Odyssey charge, I think this was value for money. Will return if I ever feel like splurging and pampering myself again.

PS: They also have branches in KL.

THE TROPICAL SPA – Setiawalk Puchong Branch 

C-5-G, Setiawalk, Persiaran Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong
Puchong
Phone: 03-8600 1216
Opening hours: 11AM – 11PM

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Birthday Dimsum – Zok Noodle House, Bandar Puteri Puchong

Service at Zok Noodle House in Bandar Puteri can swing one way or the other – sometimes it’s fast and efficient, at other times slow and terrible. I’ll always remember this one time the ‘manager’ there decided not to tell off some people for smoking IN THE RESTAURANT even though I pointed out they had no-smoking signs plastered up within the vicinity wtf, I guess those are just for show.

Despite the grouses, we still head back there every now and then coz it’s convenient. Personally, I prefer the dimsum shop across the road, Taiji (review here) but because Zok also serves noodles, the fam usually comes here.

Woke up late-ish on bday, so decided to stop by for some dimsum while mum had noodles.

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Deep fried shrimp rolls wrapped in beancurd skin. Dish comes served with a measley dollop of mayo. Rolls are quite oily, but the saving grace is the shrimp on the inside which is well-seasoned and generous in portion.

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Mi had chee cheong fun, rice rolls wrapped with shrimp/roast pork, swimming in soy sauce.

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Standard dumpling stuff. Usually I get the hargau (crystal skin dumpling) and siewmai, but also tried something new this time around. I think it was minced pork/shrimp with gei zi (wolfberries).

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Dumplings are decent and sizable. Eat them with Kampung Koh Chilli Sauce for an extra kick.

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Skin on the crystal skin dumplings wasn’t so good, as you can see. Thicker than usual, with a gooey texture instead of being silky smooth.

Food quality here is so-so tbh, and service is erratic. I’d really prefer the shop across the road but until they serve noodles, I guess the fam will still want to come to Zok.

Zok Noodle House (Bandar Puteri Branch) 

25-G, Jalan Puteri 2/3, Bandar Puteri Puchong,

47100 Puchong Selangor

Business hours: 8am – 10pm

Stone Steampot, Bandar Puteri Puchong

There are two kinds of restaurants that you’ll find at every corner in the Klang Valley. Japanese, and hotpots – or as we call them here, steam boat. One of these places, serving hotpot with a twist, is Stone Steampot in Bandar Puteri, Puchong. At mum’s suggestion, we came here for her birthday dinner. The shop is spacious, comfy and spans across two shoplots. Good thing it wasn’t too busy!

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The twist is that instead of just chucking everything into herbal soup, you get a tray to steam your stuff that absorbs the flavour of the soup underneath.

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Timer to make sure everything is perfectly cooked. You don’t have to worry about it though as the friendly staff there will help you out with the cooking 🙂

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Done! As the steam rose, the fragrant smell of sliced ginger and herbal soup wafted up into our faces. The meat is tender and juicy, and went perfectly with soy sauce and other condiments.

Other than chicken, they also have options for meat, fish and seafood to be grilled/steamed.

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We then moved on to the regular hotpot, removing the tray to reveal the boiling hot soup underneath.

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Our set had all the regular hotpot items – enoki/shiitake mushrooms, fried beancurd, pork balls, shrimp, loads of veges, yam, fishballs and wood ar fungus.

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STONE STEAM POT 

69G & 71G, Jalan Puteri 2/3,

Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor.

Tel: 03- 5887 8818

Zok Noodle House, Bandar Puteri Puchong

Update: This branch is permanently closed.

If you, like me, like wantan mee (sht, that rhymes!) then you should try out Zok Noodle House at Bandar Puteri, Puchong. Specialising in Hong Kong cuisine such as dimsum and of course, their delectable egg noodles, this is a no frills place for a meal with the family over the weekend. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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I like the wantan mee here because the handmade noodles are al-dente and bouncy to the bite with just a hint of lye.

Note: ‘Dry’ wantan mee, or egg noodles tossed in a dark soy sauce (often topped with slices of charsiew or roast pork) is a version that is unique to Malaysia (!) The one in Hong Kong is usually served in a soup with big wontons. I also didn’t know this until recently.

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Topped with fatty bits of melt-in-the-mouth charsiu. Look at that caramelised skin!

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Also served with large pieces of shrimp wantan. Idk how they do it coz I can’t recreate that juicy crunchiness to the shrimp at home. 😡

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Zok Noodle House (Bandar Puteri Branch) 

Jalan Puteri 2/3, Bandar Puteri Puchong, 47100 Puchong Selangor