Thursday, May 04, 2006

Crazy Spicy Beijing Style Steamboat - Restoran Beijing, Bandar Puchong Jaya

I've mentioned before about the new shops in Puchong Jaya. A few days back I managed to try out another one of those new restaurants. This time it was a restaurant dealing with Chinese style (as in from China) steamboat which is not the same as the Malaysian Pulau Ketam variety which means you don't get a tonne of fish ball and fish ball varients. This place is a little like those shabu-shabu restaurants in the sense that they serve thinly sliced meat. Their soup bases are also a little different from the Malaysian version. Another interesting thing about them is that they are run by real Chinese people from China. It's obvious from the way they look and talk.

Thinly sliced meat. Still a little frozen but cooks well inside the hot pot.

They have sets for a different number of people and we had the set for 4 pax whici costs RM59 and consists of 4 types of vegetables, 2 types of meat (you can choose which types you want), fish, taufu, prawns, golden needle mushrooms and some rice vermicelli (bee hoon). Compared with the Pulau Ketam variety there are less choices but the portions are actually quite sufficient.

The steamboat comes in a variety of soup bases. They have 3 types available which are plain, spicy and porridge. You can choose a maximum of 2 soup bases because that's the most that their steamboat pots will support. We had the spicy (ma-la-tang) and the plain (ching-tang) soup. Each soup choice is an additional charge. The 2 soup choices we had cost us RM4 each (not included in the set price).

Spicy soup on left, plain soup on right. I learned this from the Discovery channel. The 2 soup hot pot can be traced back to a steamboat restaurant in China which invented it as a gimmick to attract customers some 20/30 years ago. It's actually a modern invention... seemed like such an obvious thing isn't it?

Up till here you may be wondering why I titled this post Crazy Spicy Beijing Style Steamboat. The Beijing Style part has already been explained so now we move on to the Crazy Spicy part. Look at the next picture and tell me you don't think it's crazy spicy. That's a picture of the actual soup base scooped from the hot pot.

Crazy spicy Ma La Tang!

Did you see the amount of chilli flakes and chilli oil in that thing? I had it for my first round and didn't dare to touch it anymore after that. This is how people in China get over their cold winters... in Malaysia where everyday is summer eating this is plain suicide!

posted by wyejon at Thursday, May 04, 2006 (permalink) |

9 wise words from our readers:

a golden opinion from Blogger boo_licious

So many steamboat and shabu shabu places everywhere! The soup looks lethal - think if you take that, u can have instant sore throat and lose yr voice.

9:44 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Joan Chew

omg!!! it looks so nice!!! shabu shabu!!!!

4:36 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

boo_licious: i learnt one valuable lesson from this... Malaysian's aren't the only ones who can take chilli!

joan chew: try the spicy soup if you dare!

8:32 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger MoonCake

I will definately try one day.. it looks tempted to me !!!

11:16 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Daylillies

Hi there,
I chance upon yr website when i wanted to look for wantan recipes. Eh, a lurvy site you have here. Just looking at the recent entry "Beijing Style Steamboat" made me rethink abt my get-together with families this wkend. I'm deciding on STEAMBOAT! I'm new in this blogsphere thus the anxiety itches evrytime I discovered a new foodblog. Btw, I have mine at

11:45 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger wyejon

daylilies: welcome to the blogosphere!

6:56 AM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Dragon City

jon; next time pls post cheaper food, gf reading ur blog one la... = P

5:17 PM  

a golden opinion from Blogger Chen

I would definitely love to try the spicy (ma-la-tang) based soup if I go to Puchong Jaya in the future..
I love the hot & spicy taste..
I have tasted the spicy szechuan hotpot/steamboat in Szechuan..slurp.. fantastic..
the amount of chilli they used in the steamboat..
I took pictures of the steamboat I have there too...

other members of the tour (malaysians) are amazed at us.. haha..

12:19 AM  

a golden opinion from Anonymous Alex

just the thing i need for the cold weather... but hmm.. im not tat big of a fan of hot stuff

11:59 PM  

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