Thursday, December 18, 2008

Yuen Steamboat @ Sunway Mentari

The rainy season is here to stay, either in the form of thunderbolts and heavy pelts or a slow misty long drizzle that will put even the insomniac to sleep.

Regardless, one has to feed the stomach something warmer than usual, to counter the chilling weather.

What is a better way then to eat steamboat?

Although unintentional, Plan A being to eat Char Siew in Shah Alam, Plan B to return to BellyGood, we found ourselves outside Yuen Steamboat (Plan C, i suppose), it was a not bad idea, considering it had been raining since the morning dew.

Famed for its chicken wings, the strategy is to seat as close to where the chicken wings are laid out. Despite it being a lunch crowd (meaning half full), the chicken wings were still rationed out like gold. Just make sure indulge in a few pieces each time you wait for the pot to boil.

Buffet style at RM19.80 ++ per pax, take a plate and pile the food on. From frozen seafood to meat and then to balls of many kinds, fish and what not, you see that the common trait is frozen. If you are dreaming of "fresh", dont bother. The vegetables though on the other hand looked decent should you dig the omnivore out of the tiny corner of yourself.

BUT buffet style has its advantages as it means getting to fill the pot with flower crabs and prawns in an attempt to get the soup as sweet as possible without actually having to finish it, although the penalty rates at some rate like RM6 per 100gm can be discretionary used upon you.

However the clear soup seem to have lost to the underdog tomyam for some reason that day. The tangy and spicy soup was voted the better soup with the clear soup barely sipped.

Overall for a little over RM21 or RM22, you get a full meal from indulging in anything in your dreams (so long as it is frozen), except for the chicken wings (i hope). If i were to have steamboat again? I probably would prefer the ambience of a cozy home.

Address and contact details:

32A-1, Jalan PJS 8/6
Mentari Plaza, Bandar Sunway
46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

GPS: 3.076211, 101.612098
Tel:016-2086678, 56375825

Verdict: 3 stars out of 5 stars. Other than the chicken wings, the steamboat was so-so despite the wide offerings of seafood, meat, balls and etc etc. Although i cant possibly imagine fighting with a full crowd for food, esp for those chicken wings. Then again, with a tight budget, this is a good way of stuffing yourself for a very cheap price.


Selba said...

Steamboat is so perfect for these rainy days... *slurps*

vialentino said...

yeah...yuen is very famous place for steamboat....try shabu shabu at bdr puteri next time....

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

selba: yes indeed..esp rainy days..

vialentino: hmmm will do..nvr venture there b4..

550ml jar of faith said...

Hey someone was just going on about the trick to this place the other day - apparently every refill of them chicken wings brings the best of Malaysian etiquette out in full force! Be courteous and perish! Haha!

Life for Beginners said...

Dunno lah, I'm still not a great fan of steamboat at the end of the day. I'd be selective and wallop just the same few ingredients onli... :{

daphne said...

and it's too hot in Perth to have steamboat.. =( Pity abt the soup but it does look fresh.

J2Kfm said...

the other day I was staying at Sunway for conference. then ppl kept recommending Yuen, solely for the chicken wings, when everybody fight til death over them.

really really really that GOOD?

steamboat's not my thing either. I prefer steamboat WITH BBQ, so i can grill away while others throw stuff into the pot.

worldwindows said...

I summed up Steamboat in 3 sentences. To foster and keep good company. To keep warm in rainy and cool temps. Lastly, if its good - a bonus. Sounds like a M & A!

Nic (KHKL) said...

chicken wings in steamboat? shudders..hehehe....

yeah, rainy days, hot soup base, steamboats...great combo!

Bangsar-bAbE said...

I like their chicken wings and ice cream. Steamboat is so so only. Everytime I line up for the wings sure no more...somemore I always get pushed aside by ppl.

That's why the bf gets the lucky job of waiting for the wings. He can predict when the next batch will come out. :P

CUMI & CIKI said...

not a huge fan of steam boat coz 'sek em pau!!' never gets me full for long la. one PEE and it's gone! haha

erm lets see rainy weather sucks! i want the SUN asap :(

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

c&c: how can sek em pau? this is buffet!! pee and eat again!

bangsarbabe: haha bring ur bf out the nxt time i have cravings for chicken wings then...

nic: its chicken wings then steamboat..haha

worldwindows: well summarised..

j2kfm: yes the wings are quite decent..sweet and sticky..its addictive..

daphne: summer? you guys shud b swimming in ice cream more like it..

lob: explains ur flatter stomach..hahaha

550ml: u mean non existent courtesy?

jasmine said...

i have always preferred the tom yam soup here to the clear one.

the guy i always come here with has a knack for knowing when the chicken wings will come out so normally he gets it fast and I get my fill. lol.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jasmine: what luck..hahaha but my friend wasnt too bad himself..then again it was lunch..less crowd

xin said...

i just went there last month, and WOAH, to fight for a chicken wing is almost as hard as trying to win lottery -_-

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

xin:hahaha thats sounds bad..go in the afternoon is the easiest solution isnt?

ling239 said...

i like steam boat too, the soup is usually very sweet at the end of the meal, full of yummy goodness!! ^_^

siewmun said...

Yuen is always super super crowded, seldom been to that place already.

If you are anywhere near Sunway Mentari next time, do give a try at Tasty Pot Steamboat located opposite Yuen. Quite good.

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

ling239: haha yes full of "goodness"..

siewmun: hmmm will see..will see..

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