People say that there are no such things as seasons in Malaysia. However, those of us who live here know that at certain periods in the year, things can get colder and wetter than usual. This often happens towards the end of the year too so why not go out for a rainy day treat!
Whether it’s raining or not, one thing that Malaysians really appreciate is a steaming pot of hot soup where you can cook your own ingredients. This style of dining is most commonly known as ‘Steamboat’ here, rather than hot pot. Steamboat restaurants are aplenty in the Klang Valley, but not all of them offer buffet style dining. Here are some of the places you can have an all-you-can-eat steamboat buffet for a flat price:
- The Garden BBQ Buffet Steamboat ( Pork Free)
At The Garden, there are three ways of cooking your food. There’s a pot of soup to boil ingredients, a grill surrounding this pot and another charcoal barbeque brazier. Apart from the usual seafood, meats and veggies, the ingredients here also include marinated meats on satay skewers. This particular feature makes them pretty unique and different from the rest.
Address: 1G，jalan Radin Bagus 7，Sri Petaling 57000 Kuala Lumpur.Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Price: RM48 per adult, Rm25 per child, RM15 for young children below 120 cm
- Restoran Talipon (Non halal)
This semi-outdoor steamboat buffet at Jalan Kuchai Lama has been here for decades. There’s only one type of soup on offer, which is chicken soup. However, each steamboat stove comes with a barbeque grill as well.
The buffet section is divided into ingredients for the grill, ingredients for the soup, vegetables and dessert. There’s also a side counter with a generous selection of ready cooked food like fried chicken, fried beehoon, fried rice, stewed pork, sushi and more. The dessert section is really impressive too, with an ABC machine for you to spin your own crushed ice and top it from a selection of about 10 toppings.
Address: Jalan Indrahana 1, Taman Indrahana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Price: RM 40 per adult, RM30 per child
- Hoi Tong ( Non halal)
This particular steamboat restaurant is pretty popular among those living in the Sri Kembangan area. They often come here for special occasions like birthdays, mother’s day and Chinese New Year. Hoi Tong has a very good selection of seafood, including scallops, bamboo clams and fish roe. There are two types of soups you can choose from, namely spicy and chicken. If you can’t make up your mind, no worries! Hoi Tong offers split pots where you can have both soups at once.
Address: Lot 12, Seri Kembangan tambahan, jalan SK 13, 43300 Seri Kembangan
Price: RM42 per adult, RM20 per child
- Shasa Shabu (Non Halal)
There are two branches of Shasa Shabu around KL. One is located at Jalan Kuchai Lama and the other at Pandan Indah. The thing that sets Shasa Shabu apart from the other buffet steamboat restaurants is the fact that ingredients are served on a Kaiten belt, similar to sushi.
Every diner gets an individual bowl of soup. You can choose from herb, miso, tomyam or chicken. As the small plates of raw ingredients roll past, you just pick the ones you want and boil them in your soup. The number of plates you take is unlimited, as you’ll be required to pay at the entrance before dining.
Address: No.11 & 13, Jalan Kuchai Maju 18, Off Jalan Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur
Price: Lunch -RM37.10 per adult, Dinner –RM41.35 per adult
- Rot Thai Steamboat (Halal)
Where can you find an all-you-can-eat dining experience in KL for only RM25? Well, at Rot Thai of course. Apart from the incredibly affordable price tag, Rot Thai offers a unique steamboat experience from Thailand. The Thai influence can be seen in their selection of spicy dipping sauces, as well as their ready cooked section which often features some spicy fried rice and noodles.
Address: No 75-0 Platinium Walk , Block D, No2 Jalan Langkawi, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Price: RM 25 per adult, Rm15 per child
- Pak John Steamboat and BBQ Buffet ( Halal)
Located in IOI City Mall, you’ll find very unique BBQ and soup pots at Pak John. The BBQ stove here is actually located in the middle of a ‘moat’ of soup. The environment here at Pak John is pretty classy and elegant, with interiors that resemble a hotel. Apart from raw ingredients at the chiller, you can order fresh slices of beef, lamb, abalone and smoked duck. For soups, they offer chicken soup, seafood tomyam soup, prawn soup and curry soup.
Address: GE-11 Ground Floor, IOI City Mall, Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
Price: RM42.90 ++ for adults, RM 21.45++ per child, kids below 5 yrs eat for free
The steamboat places in the Klang Valley are as varied they come, with different unique features at each place. Good luck steamboat hunting peeps! You can also view more of our Kuala Lumpur food reviews here