There’s an abundance of Japanese food in Kuala Lumpur. Whether it’s your upscale omakase specialist serving delectable pieces of sushi or your run-of-the-mill Japanese restaurant, there’s something for everyone. However, aside from the many common dishes, sukiyaki is something that many are still not familiar with to this day.
A Japanese dish that is served in the nabemono (Japanese hot pot) style, sukiyaki is known to hit the spot on a cold and rainy day. It usually has thinly-sliced cuts of pork or beef stewing in a sweet and savoury broth with a mixture of various vegetables to give it a rich and flavourful profile with each bite. Sukiyaki is often eaten during the winter in Japan due to the very nature of how the dish is prepared.
Sukiyaki could be a popular dish amongst Malaysians thanks to our tropical weather. With unexpected rain showers a regular occurrence, it’s normal to want something hot that warms your soul. While regular Chinese hot pots are a thing, sukiyaki is your next best bet if you want a Japanese version.
Be sure to scroll down below to check out the full list of Japanese restaurants that serve sukiyaki.
Nippori is known to have a varied menu featuring some of the best home-cooked Japanese meals you can find. This ranges from your typical Japanese “hamburg” to fish bento with tartar sauce. While the menu may be extensive, one thing that Nippori does exceptionally well that not many may realise is its sukiyaki. It comes with a healthy serving of thinly-sliced beef as well as various vegetables to go along with the broth. Nippori also serves plenty of side dishes to go along with the sukiyaki so you can expect a full meal out of it.
Located within Lot 10 in the heart of KL resides Mo-Mo Paradise, an all-in-one shabu-shabu and sukiyaki restaurant. This is a dream combination for fans of both sukiyaki and shabu-shabu as it pairs the best of both worlds into one pot. Mo-Mo Paradise pairs traditional Japanese hot pot with a modern touch by focusing on fresh, high-quality ingredients in a buffet setting. You can also choose to split your pot, having the shabu-shabu broth on one side and the sukiyaki broth on the other.
Image: Mo-Mo Paradise
Suki-Ya is another renowned place known for its all-you-can-eat sukiyaki buffet. However, it also offers three other soup-based options like shabu-shabu, miso, and kimuchi. Suki-Ya promises diners a warm and comfortable experience from the moment they are seated. Top-quality ingredients are to be expected at the restaurant alongside fresh vegetables to round up the meal. Be sure to bring your appetite as Suki-Ya has plenty of different choices for everyone at its buffet.
One of the best ways to get the most out of your meal is to find a buffet style for it; thankfully, there are plenty to choose from when it comes to sukiyaki. Kuro Japanese Steamboat is another outlet that offers an all-you-can-eat experience when it comes to its sukiyaki. While sukiyaki is just one of its six choices of soups, be sure to mix well with others like mala, kuro broth (pork bone soup), and shabu-shabu.
Image: Kuro Japanese Restaurant
The last place on our list is Sukishi, which can be found at The Starling Mall in the heart of Uptown Damansara. There are also other outlets in places like Puchong and Subang Jaya if Petaling Jaya is too far for you. Sukishi is arguably the cheapest on this list while still maintaining its buffet status. From fresh vegetables to top-quality cuts of meat, Sukishi has it all in one ideal location.