What makes the perfect steamboat? It all comes down to preference, but these are the basics: first, broth that is homemade without preservatives is much more nourishing, and sets the stage for what comes next – your ingredients. The fresher the ingredients are, the more its flavour will shine through in the brewing broth. To top it all off, a tasteful venue to host your steamboat gathering in.
Here are 3 steamboats in KL that fit the bill, from vibrant platters of organic produce, dining in a jungle-luxe terrace, to a downright cheeky Barbie dressed in meat.
The Terrace at Tamarind Springs
The experience of steamboat at The Terrace is a treat for all senses: take in the lush jungle surroundings, breathe in the fresh air and listen out for the bustling birds. Finally, savour the steaming pot of broth and platters of fresh produce.
The Terrace is a new jungle-luxe, dining concept at Tamarind Springs, serving a steamboat menu with four unique Thai soup bases. A comforting choice would be the Namya Kaknomjin, a dynamic blend of fresh Snakehead Murrel Fish and Red Curry Spices, which pairs well with thin rice noodles. There’s also the spicy Tom Yam, clear chicken soup, and Tom Kah, a combination of chicken and coconut cream.
Next comes the fresh cuts of fish, meat and seafood, as well as a vegetable platter to complete your steamboat. We love the fact that Tamarinds restaurants respects and celebrates its natural surroundings, serving only sustainable and organic produce from local farms.
Set menus are available starting from MYR 185+ per person, along with dessert.
The Terrace at Tamarind Springs, Jalan 1, Taman Tun Abdul Razak, 68000 Ampang, Selangor. +603 4256 9300, www.tamarindrestaurants.com/tamarind-springs.html
What’s special about Ye Zi’s steamboat is its fragrant, coconut based broth. You can choose from a few unique variants, from the Imperial Canton, aromatic Taiwanese Beef Spice, to the Shao Xing Wine Seafood broth. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try out the Wild Forest Truffle Mushroom broth.
As for the ingredients, you’ll be glad to know that everything is served as fresh as possible. All produce are either organically farmed or washed to be pesticide free, while dumplings, pastes and meat balls are all house made. Their variety of premium meats include crustaceans, abalone, shell fishes, and also the world renowned Matsusaka beef that is flown from Japan on a weekly basis.
Soup bases range from RM38 to RM88; homemade specialties range from RM12 to RM26; fresh seafood follow seasonal prices.
Ye Zi, Level 2, 1 Mont’ Kiara, Jalan Kiara, +603 6243 1166, www.theroof.com.my/yezi-椰子
Secret Garden Chinese Restaurant
If you’re looking for a fuss-free and relaxing spot for steamboat, Secret Garden is your best bet. There are three signature soups to choose from: Premium Wild Forest Truffle and Mushroom, Premium Spicy Seafood Soup or our personal favourite, Imperial Chicken, which is made with free-range chicken, dried scallops, red dates and wolf berries.
Secret Garden offers classic steamboat ingredients, but you can also opt for premium additions that are all house made with no MSG, such as the tobiko squid balls, black truffle balls and seafood dumplings. Don’t miss out on the sliced pork neck meat, which is served as a dress on a Barbie doll.
Alternatively, they offer bespoke dining experiences, where you can work closely with the chefs and owners to personalise a menu according to your preferences.
Set menus range from RM588 to RM788, for 6 to 10 people.