Ken’s Steamboat Places in Penang
Steamboat is no longer an occasional meal for the folks in Penang.
Penangites enjoy steamboat any time shared with family and friends, cooking
their preferred ingredients in piping hot soup. To enjoy this communal dish, this food blogger shares his favourite steamboat
places in Penang.
Open for only a couple months, the place has garnered a following and proven to
be a popular family dining place for the nearby residents. Only one type of
soup base is available in Steamboat Haven. Do not expect an avalanche of
flavours in the soup, but rather, a comfortingly simple and traditional clear
soup with a hint of appetising acidic twist from the humble sour plum. Flavours
from fish and yam are apparent and hunks of deep fried fish can be found within
the soup as well as cabbage. Chopped cilantro are added to the soup as a final
touch. Sets are available from RM58.
Address: 34, Jalan Fettes,
11200 Tanjung Tokong, Penang.
Opening hours: 6pm - 11pm, Thurs - Tues
Hong La Jiao
Its name hints at a Sze Chuan-influenced steamboat restaurant. The
restaurant is famous for its fiery hot Sze Chuan hot pot. It possesses the
quintessential elements of peppercorns, dried chilies and chilli oil. Hong
La Jiao is very generous with the condiments. There are unlimited refills of
condiments available at the cost of RM1 per person. Other soup base include
Macau pork bone broth, Chinese herbal soup and Tom Yum Soup.
251-A, Ground Floor, Jalan Burmah
10350 George Town, Penang.
Opening hours: 6pm - 5am, Mon - Sun
Qian Wei La
A steamboat restaurant that embodies Sze Chuan hot pot and Korean barbecue,
Qian Wei La has been drawing a huge attention at the fast-developing Bukit
Mertajam. Throw in a scoop or two of their home-made Sze Chuan chilli paste and
it changes everything! The chilli paste will blow your mind with a numbingly
hot sensation stemming from Sze Chuan peppercorns with a comfortable saltiness.
Their creamy but savoury peanut sauce goes well with any meat. Qian Wei La's
recipe of peanut sauce is not to be overlooked either. Akin to peanut butter
sauce, the owner adds her own personal touch to the peanut sauce by leaving
bits of crushed peanuts within the sauce.
113, Jalan Perniagaan Gemilang 1
Pusat Perniagaan Gemilang
14000 Bukit Mertajam, Penang.
Opening hours: 2pm – 11.30pm Wed - Mon
Eam Huat Charcoal Steamboat
Using Charcoal as the source of fuel to heat up the broth, Eam Huat draws
huge crowds especially on weekends. They are famous for their inexpensive wide
variety of fresh ingredients such as grouper fish, home-made fish paste
noodles, deep fried bean curd and more. The pleasantly sweet broth derives its
sweetness from the use of fresh fish.
7, Medan Penaga, Batu Lanchang
Opening hours: 6pm - 10pm, Wed - Mon
An early reservation is recommended to have a meal in Sawara as the place
tends to be filled up by regular patrons especially on weekends. Sawara is good
at serving their fish-based broth that is flavourful with a burst of seafood
sweetness. As you cook the ingredients, the broth turns sweeter. The must-try
items in Sawara are their home-made fish paste as well as fish dumplings.
Unlike any other fish paste, their version comes with a unique twist of having
parsley inside while the texture is not as 'bouncy' as compared to the
Ken Tho is a food blogger from Penang and
has a hunger for all things edible. More on what he's been eating lately can be
found at kenhuntfood.com
393 Burmah Road
10350 Pulau Tikus, Penang.
Opening hours: 11.30am - 10pm, Mon - Sun