Out of the many dishes that can be found in Malaysia, the hot pot reigns as one of the top choices among locals and tourists alike.
There’s nothing quite like a pot of piping hot broth, served together with a mix of delectable meat and vegetable sides. It’s a tradition that dates back to Ancient China and was (and still is) a communal way to dine and bond among many Asian families. Generally, hot pot restaurants serve a variety of ingredients and dishes that patrons can order and add to their pot. Conversations are created while the food is cooking at the centre of the table, and last throughout the meal.
The Klang Valley has a large list of popular hot pot spots. Here are some that you should consider dropping by if ever you’re in the area and looking for a good restaurant in KL.
PoPo Hot Pot @ SS 2, Petaling Jaya
Have you ever heard of the PoPop Steamboat Café in Kepong? It’s an incredibly popular haunt for steamboat fans. Featuring a laid-back setting for diners to wind down and enjoy some flavorful food, the PoPo Hot Pot at SS2 is a hot pot-only offshoot of that very same café.
There are several things that make PoPo a spot to consider. For one, the meat slices and assorted seafood dishes in their signature mala broth are exceptionally fresh and tasty. The menu items are reasonably priced too! Other incredible soup bases include the ABC Soup (a favourite among customers), Spicy Sour and Szechuan Peppery Pot among others.
Kuro Japanese Steamboat @ Desa Park City
Looking for some premium Japanese-style taste and quality? Kuro Japanese Steamboat, located at Desa Park City has six mouth-watering broths to choose from Kuro Borth, Shabu-Shabu, Spicy Kuro, Sukiyaki, Japanese Curry and the mild yet flavorful Mala, as well as a whole host of side dishes.
This is a buffet, so the options are pretty extensive. With that being said, vegetable choices include the corn on cob and an array of dark leafy veggies that go well with the meat items. There’s seafood like squid, fish and fish cakes along with beef, lamb and chicken. Think about saving some space for the Häagen-Dazs ice cream once you’re done with your main course.
Suki-Ya @ Multiple locations (pork-free)
If you live in KL, or if you’ve ever dropped by the main townships for a visit, you may have passed by a Suki-Ya store. It’s incredibly popular and there are plenty of locations throughout the Klang Valley where you can find a branch.
Don’t let this extensive franchise fool you though, the quality of the food here is hard to beat. The all-you-can-eat shabu-shabu soup base is a fan favourite.
Other soup bases (including sukiyaki, miso and kimchi) are all equally as good. Beef, lamb and chicken slices are available, and the restaurant’s ‘salad bar’ offers an exceptionally diverse range of sushi and vegetable choices.
Do note that Suki-Ya is not halal-certified, and they serve beer (upon order). However, they have stated that their meat supplier is halal certified and they don’t add alcohol to their soup bases or sauces.
Price: RM34.80++ for Lunch (11.00am to 5.00pm) and RM41.80++ for Dinner (5.00pm to 10.00pm), additional RM3.00 on weekends and public holidays. 50% off for children between 5 to 12 years old; children below 5 years dine for free. Each dining party is allocated 120 minutes, RM5.00 will be charged for each additional 15-minute block. Locations: Suki-Ya currently has nine branches in Klang Valley.
The biggest and most spacious branch of Coco steamboat can be found at Old Klang Road. It is considered by many to be one of the very best steamboat and hot pot places in Malaysia. Beware of long queues at peak hours! This restaurant serves three main soup base types – the signature Double Stewed Soup (Whole Bone), Healthy Tomato Soup and Fish Head Clear Soup.
The Double Stewed Soup is the most famous one, one spoon full and you’ll probably find out why. The ingredients and side dishes are quite standard for a steamboat place, but the freshness and variety are exceptional!
Coco Steamboat is known for being the first establishment in the country to have pork bone broth, so do take note that this spot isn’t a halal option.
Chun Ciou Hot Pot @ Old Klang Road
Originating from Taiwan, Chun Ciou Hot Pot is a restaurant that offers a buffet-style meal with soup broth choices that are too good to pass on.
The ingredients and side dishes are purported to be good too! Their most popular broths are the Sukiyaki and Lakesalt Soups, which go amazingly well with their seafood including mussels, crabs, cuttlefish and squid, as well as thinly sliced meat servings, brought to you hanging on a rack of dried ice (5 points for creative presentation!).
XIAO LONG KAN HOT POT @ FAHRENHEIT 88, BUKIT BINTANG KL
Are you on the lookout for something on the spicier side? Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot is an establishment that’s grown to become one of the largest hot pot chains in China, and it’s now available in the Bukit Bintang area (right beside Starhill Gallery) for all hot pot fans to enjoy in Malaysia.
The Traditional Spicy Soup should be considered by spice lovers, while the other soups like Tomato and Mushroom soup are tasty not-so-spicy alternatives. You can also choose between a spicy pot, a non-spicy pot or a split pot if you don’t have an iron stomach - Single-flavoured Pot (RM48.00).
There’s A Hot Pot Restaurant @ Happy Garden
This hidden jewel has an interesting name and a serious assortment of amazingly scrumptious hot pot flavours. Located between Sri Petaling and Kuchai lama, There’s a Hot Pot Restaurant offers a cozy ambience, good service and cool vibes within a chic and modern interior setting.
It is considered a healthier alternative to many other shops, since their ingredients don’t include additional MSG, and their unique broths – such as the Cantonese Style Lamb Stew with Bean Curd and North Thailand White Tomyam – are tasty bases for the additional side dishes. Seafood items include cuttlefish, prawns and fish balls, while other items include dumplings and springy noodles.
SIGNATURE DISHES: Wintermelon Chicken Soup, Tomyam Soup, Fish Head Soup, Yellow Wine Chicken Soup, Peach Gum Collagen Soup
Absolute Thai Hot Pot
Image source: Malaysian Flavours
Yet another iconic name in the local hot pot scene, Absolute Thai Hot Pot is a sub-brand of Absolute Thai, focusing more on steamboat favourites instead of Thai dishes.
There are standard red and white tom yam soup bases to choose from, and plenty of diversity with regards to seafood, vegetable and meat selections. Everything is fresh and amazingly premium in quality!
Around RM30.00 per head
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