Review: BBQ Plaza, IOI Mall Puchong

Love barbecue and hotpot? You can have the best of both at BBQ Plaza, a popular mookata chain with various outlets across Malaysia.

Originally from Thailand, mookata (or mu kratha – literally pan/skillet pork) combines a Korean-style raised barbecue plate with a Chinese-style hotpot on the edges. BBQ Plaza is one of the pioneers of this style of cooking in Malaysia, although now it’s quite easy to find mookata everywhere.

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The bro wanted to treat us, so we went to the branch in IOI Mall Puchong. The place is always packed for dinner, so be sure to go early!

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Spacious interior with exhaust fans over each booth for ventilation.

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Service was fast and efficient. While we were lining up they were already taking our orders to speed up the process. Difference between this and the recent unpleasant experience at Yuan Le is like heaven and earth.

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Supreme Pork (Family Set) came with thinly sliced pork, bacon, chicken, shrimp, assorted hotpot goodies like meatballs, crab meat sticks and tofu, butterfish slices, shrimp, squid, fish paste noodles, udon and vegetables.

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We also added on a Bacon with Mozzarella (no pic coz too busy eating lol) which was DA BOMB – although the cheese had a tendency to get stuck on the grill. I suggest scraping the cheese off first, grilling one side of the bacon then topping the other with the cheese.

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Everything was fresh and tasty! Loved how thinly they sliced the pork, and there was a nice balance of lean and fat to accommodate different tastes. The portions are enough for a family of 3 – 4 if you add rice.

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Part of the fun of BBQ is the cooking process – watching the meat sizzle, inhaling the aroma, before finally rewarding yourself with a slightly charred, smokey piece of meat.

Our meal came to a total of RM102, plus drinks and 6 bowls of rice between the four of us. Pretty reasonable for such a setting.

  • Food: 4/5
  • Ambience: 4/5
  • Staff: 4/5
  • Price: Rm100+ for family of four

BBQ PLAZA (IOI MALL PUCHONG BRANCH) 

Lot FS-09 – 11, IOI Mall Puchong, 47100 Puchong, Selangor

Opening hours: 11.30AM – 10PM (daily)

BBQ Plaza, The Mines

For my ‘farewell’ lunch, the colleagues treated me to a meal of mookata / Thai bbq at BBQ Plaza, The Mines. Unlike traditional bbq, Thai-style has a shallow pot with a protuding hotplate in the middle so you can grill and boil things at the same time.

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We ordered the mixed family set (good for three small eaters) – which came served with a variety of meats, such as lamb, beef and pork + a tray of assorted goodies, including fish slices, shrimp, squid, fish noodles, chicken, bacon, pork balls and loads of veggies. The cabbage is refillable.

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Looks like a lot, but actually isn’t. Or maybe I’m just a big eater. The meats are very thinly sliced for easier grilling, but that also means it’s not very filling. Guests can opt to add on garlic fried rice to go with the meal. Tastewise, everything was okay – good but not great. I think it’s more of the novelty of being able to grill/boil at the same time.

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This was my favourite dish: Cheesy Bacon-wrapped needle mushroom and asparagus. The veggies on the inside were soft and mushy, complemented by the crisp and crunchy bacon on the outside, which had just the right amount of fat and lean meat. I had two plates 😛

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Marinated grilled pork belly. Fatty but good. Then again, it’s the fat that always tastes good, hm?

Our meal came up to RM120. Pricey, but we also ordered some add-ons of pork belly/pork slices.

BBQ PLAZA (Mines branch) 

L3-30, Level 3, The Mines,

Jalan Dulang, Seri Kembangan.

Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (daily)

Thai Barbecue @ BBQ Plaza, The Mines

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I like barbecues.

I like how immersive the experience is, especially if you get to choose what pieces you want, grill them on a hotplate and serve them freshly cooked and piping hot. I like how the wait for the meat to cook doubles up your satisfaction when it’s finally done and you can sink your teeth into its tender juiciness. Who cares if you get that smoky aroma of food in your clothes? 🙂

The last time I was in Thailand, H brought me to a Mookata – which is a traditional Thai barbecue with a hotplate and a shallow hotpot. You can read on the experience here.

After coming back to Malaysia, the next best thing is BBQ Plaza, a Thai Mookata chain. They have restaurants in many major shopping malls, and although they are not 100% authentic (you don’t eat outdoors, for one!), it will have to do.

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We went to the outlet in The Mines, SeriKembangan. The interior is cosy enough, although quite cramped.

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We got the Supreme Family Set, which was just enough for the three of us. Other than refillable veggies, there was also shrimp, squid, fish slices, fish noodles and udon, chickenw and bacon slices.

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The bottom tray had slices of pork, beef and lamb. Liked the pork, but the lamb had a gamey smell.

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The most maddening part about eating BBQ is waiting for the food to cook and salivating while the pieces of meat are right in front of you! Oil the pan with two pieces of pork lard so that there’s enough grease for cooking.

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For sides, we had the Marinated Pork Belly on Skewers. These were deep fried, crunchy and flavourful, though a bit on the oily side.

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The gyoza was my favourite. Stuffed with minced pork and wrapped in crispy wanton wrappers before being deep fried to a golden brown, it was served piping hot with the meat succulent and juicy.

Overall, it was a good meal and we got to redeem the Family Set for free thanks to H’s member card points. The rest of the items cost about Rm47++, which is reasonable considering the amount. It’s as close as an authentic Thai Mookata experience in Malaysia, but of course it will never compare to the one we had in Phuket. 🙂

BBQ PLAZA (Mines branch) 

L3-30, Level 3, The Mines,

Jalan Dulang, Seri Kembangan.

Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (daily)