I was craving for steamboat and since I didn’t feel like having Yuen, rif suggested Shabu-Shabu Restaurant in Puchong. We got there at 8.30pm no thanks to the jam at Federal Highway and had to wait for more than 30 minutes for a seat.Instead of having a common steamboat pot, each one gets an individual pot to cook whatever they fancy. The buffet cost RM26.50 per person. They also have ala carte dining downstairs. The restaurant was VERY crowded with hardly any arm space. We were given a bowl of dipping sauce each – it was a mixture of sesame seed, sesame oil, crushed peanuts, spring onions and fried shallots. I thought it was quite nice. There was also a bowl of chilli sauce but I didn’t care much for it.The food comes on a conveyor belt and you simply take whatever you fancy. You can also order pork slices and deep fried items from the waiter.The pork slices were fresh and thinly sliced. One just had to dip it in hot broth and it would be ready in just a few seconds.I liked the deep fried yam roll. I had 3 plates – very crispy on the outside with sweet yam filling inside. rif doesn’t like yam very much so he passed. The spring roll was just standard spring roll, nothing to shout about. The sui gao was crunchy, but there was quite little filling.Sorry for the lack of pictures. It was too crowded to whip out the camera, plus I was busy eating. :D I liked the cheese chicken ball and cheese sotong ball a lot. A nice change from the usual conventional balls.
The kimchi was alright, nothing great but it’s nice to know there’s something spicy to munch on when you want to. I also liked the crystal dumplings which contained a cheesy, milky filling – something I’ve never tried before (so jakun hor?).They don’t have any dessert, only Ribena and orange slush to quench your thirst. It tasted like slurpee…and I absolutely love slurpee. :D
The restaurant is quite clean as the waiters were quick to clear the tables and clean up after customers leave. The buffet is pretty value for money. My only gripe about the place is the cramped seating.
Food: 7/10 (non-halal)
Verdict: Pretty decent and value-for-money Japanese steamboat. The pork slices are nice!
No:19, Jalan Puteri 1/6,
03 8060 5221
Opens daily from 5 pm – 11.30 pm
(Last call 10.30 pm)