Steamboat Buffet Below RM40 in KL @ Shasa Shabu Restaurant, Cheras

It’s been awhile since our last Powerpuff Girls meetup (my ex-colleagues and I called ourselves that, haha!), and since it was inconvenient for H to drive, P and I braved an hour of horrendous Saturday night traffic (why don’t you stay at home, other people!?) to Shasa Shabu Restaurant, all the way in Cheras – which, according to H, serves pretty decent steamboat buffet fare at an affordable price.

We arrived at 8pm and the place was quite packed, but we got seats immediately. By then my stomach was growling so I didn’t manage to take too many photos. Here’s how the shop looks like though:

The way food is served is similar to a kaiten sushi concept, except with steamboat ingredients rather than sushi. Food is constantly replenished. There’s a counter on the side for meat (chicken, pork, beef and lamb – they ran out of lamb that night though), and the rest you can get from the conveyor belt. There are many different kinds of balls (ha!) like fishballs, pork balls, crab and squid balls, fish slices, squid, whole pieces of bawal, mushroom platters, fried beancurd, and more.

They had a little corner with fried items. The fried chicken wings were delicious (or maybe I was just too hungry!) – Crispy and crunchy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside without being overly greasy. Polished off a few before I actually got down to the steamboat. They also have basic sushi rolls like tuna, salmon, egg, crab meat, etc.

Patrons can choose to have a choice of miso, chicken or tomyam soup (above). I had the chicken. Honestly, the soup was quite bland for me but then again, the items were all quite salty so it was balanced out.

 

Meat was fresh enough. I liked the pork which had a good balance of meat and fat, and since they were sliced thinly, cooked really quickly.

End the meal on a sweet note with some dessert! Aside from fresh fruits, they also have ice-cream in six flavours. All in all I felt it was a value for money meal. It’s hard to find a price point like this for a steamboat buffet in KL these days!

More photos / info on their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/shasashabu.my/

PS: they have two outlets, one in Kuchai Lama and the other in Pandan Indah, Cheras.

 

SHASA SHABU BUFFET

16 & 17, Jalan Perubatan 2, Pandan Indah, 55100, Kuala Lumpur.

55100 Ampang, Kuala Lumpur

Phone:  03-4288 4883

BibiWok Thai Steamboat/Grill, Bandar Puteri Puchong

UPDATE: This place is now closed D: *cries* 

I can’t believe I’ve lived in Puchong my whole life and never got down to eating at BibiWok Thai Steamboat/Grill in Bandar Puteri, Puchong. My mum ate at their resto downstairs (which serves Thai cuisine) and didn’t like the food, so I always had the impression that their stuff wasn’t up to par. Goes to show that you shouldn’t believe everything you hear…

The ex-colleagues and I had dinner here recently and boy, was I blown away. This is easily the best, most value for money hotpot/grill place you can get around Puchong.

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Thai steamboat/grill is called Mookata. Ever since H brought me to try one while we were holidaying in Phuket, I’ve been hooked – but it’s not very common in Malaysia. I love the concept, since you can choose to boil or grill your food, or both !

BibiWok’s restaurant is divided into two sections. Downstairs, they serve typical Thai dishes like Basil Chicken, Tom Yum Goong, and Pad Thai. The mookata is upstairs, and you enter through a rather dingy-looking staircase at the side. They should put more signs, coz if I was a first-time customer, I wouldn’t know there was such a gem of a place on the second floor.

7pm on a Friday night, and we had the whole place to ourselves. Guests can choose to sit at the regular table, or in these niches with a space for you to put your legs.

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The menu features a wide selection of veggies, meat and seafood. You write down the order on a piece of paper, and they’ll bring it out on a plate lined with banana leaves. For our first ’round’, we ordered scallops, fish slices, lamb, smoked duck slices, squid, chicken, shrimp, seafood tofu, fishballs, beef balls, and fried beancurd. What can I say – everything was fresh and tasty.

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The grill was also lined with banana leaves, so it really gave this smokey, fragrant flavour to the items.

My favourite was the smoked duck, which was cut not too thick or thin. After grilling, the fat just melted in the mouth along with the tender, salted meat. The lamb was another winner – juicy, well-marinated; as was the bouncy squid and succulent chicken meat. I think what made everything so good was the fact that the stuff was fresh.

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Our tomyum soup base became really salty after adding a lot of ingredients. 😛

We actually ordered TWO more plates similar to the one I took a picture of above. The waiters were looking at us like O-O “what is wrong with these three women?”. At the end of the meal, we finished off with fruits and chocolate/vanilla ice-cream. The buffet is also inclusive of drinks such as green tea, water and cincau.

What we liked about it, apart from the food, is that they serve everything right up to your table.

The buffet is priced at RM38++ per pax. For the variety and freshness, this is a steal.

Restoran BibiWok

1, Jalan Puteri 10/16, Bandar Puteri,

47100 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia

Phone: 03 8068 6284

Business hours: 5.30pm – 11.00pm

Bone & Pot Steamboat, Bandar Puteri Puchong

One of the best things that you can have on a cold, rainy day is hotpot (we call it steamboat here in Malaysia). What can be heartier than a hot bowl of soup and cooked meat to warm the stomach in chilly weather? My colleague recently went for a review at Bone & Pot Steamboat in Bandar Puteri, Puchong and had extra vouchers, so I took my family there for a nice dinner.

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Bone & Pot has several outlets around the Klang Valley and have been operating since 2009. Their Cantonese name is pretty quirky – ‘Yau Guat Hei’ –  literally translated it means ‘strength of character’ . ‘Guat’ also means ‘bone’ and ‘hei’ (breath) is often used to refer to food that has been infused with the ‘heat’ from the cooking process, thus sealing in the flavours.So the name can’t be more appropriate. ba dum tsh 

Unlike other conventional steamboat outlets, the place specializes in Collagen Soup. You’ve probably heard of collagen face masks and beauty products, but soup? Apparently the collagen jelly used in the broth base at Bone & Pot comes from high quality fish scales specially imported from Japan.

Collagen is said to have brightening, firming, moisturising and nourishing as well as anti-aging effects on skin, so it’s popular among the ladies. It doesn’t come cheap though – a bowl of the stuff (which needs to be ordered in advance by the way because they have limited quantities) costs RM22.

We decided to have the pork bone soup base instead (pic above). I misled you into thinking it was collagen soup, didn’t I? 😀

The bones have been boiled for eight hours, hence the milky texture.

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Another thing about this restaurant is that they don’t serve in sets – all dishes are ordered individually and can rack up quite a sum. One of the notable ones was the beef balls, which were fairly large and had broth on the inside: just be careful not to scald your tongue when you’re biting into a cooked beef ball! The pork slices were not too thin or thick, perfect for cooking. We also had the standard fish balls, flying saucers (dumplings that are shaped like the aforementioned), beancurd and some noodles.

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I had a whole plate of chewy pork stomach to myself. The notion of nibbling on innards might be offputting to some, but I love offal.

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(Left) Deep fried egg noodle (Yee Mee) and squid slices.

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Waiting for the food to cook is one of the most agonising processes of having steamboat, because the vapour and the smell just wafts tantalisingly into your face and it feels like forever before you can sink your teeth into that well-cooked, moist piece of pork.

The pork bone soup is very good, especially in the later part of the meal when it has absorbed the full flavour of all the ingredients. My brother and I drank almost half the pot by ourselves.

The price came up to RM120 for the four of us, which means that the original bill was RM170(!) which imo is very expensive for a steamboat establishment, since my usual steamboat place only charges RM30 per head for all you can eat. However, if you’d like to indulge in some good soup once in awhile, why not?

BONE AND POT

Puchong Branch

+603 8066 7722A |47, Jalan Puteri 2/3,
Bandar Puteri,
47100 Puchong, Selangor

 

 

Review: Low Maji – Steamboat in A Winter Melon – Bandar Puteri, Puchong

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’.

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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.

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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.

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They were quite stingy with the meat/fish though. Mum was like “Wow, they couldn’t have sliced the fish thinner” lol.

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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.

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Overall the food was okay, but the soup did make a difference. You could taste the sweet overtones of the melon.

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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.

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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 

5 Jalan Puteri 1/4, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
Phone:03-8060 1168