This is one of the best steamboats that I have ever had.

Zi Wei Yuan charcoal steamboat in Butterworth, Penang
Zi Wei Yuan charcoal steamboat (紫薇园鱼头火炭炉)

My sister brought us to this steamboat restaurant at Jalan Raja Uda while we paid her a visit in Butterworth last weekend (Mar 22, 2008). This is one of her favourite dining places… and it turned out to be an excellent recommendation.

The steamboat was heated with charcoal instead of using the common gas stove, and the soup was special as well… (we ordered a set) with fried fish and taro cubes as the base. It tasted a bit sour along with the sweetness of the ingredients, which gave a very well mixed taste and flavour.

The restaurant offered decent options for their menu, mostly seafood, from cheap fishball dishes to expensive sea cucumbers and abalones etc… reasonably priced.

Address: 6525, Jalan Raja Uda, 12300 Butterworth (location map); Tel: 04-331 2736 or 012-452 4741 (closed on Wednesday).


Dined at Farmland Steamboat Restaurant (田园)at Bandar Puchong Puteri on Mar 15 (2008) with some relatives from Ipoh.

Farmland is famous for its porridge based steamboat. It’s becoming a habit to bring relatives from other places to dine at these porridge steamboat restaurants, as these dining style is not really common outside of Klang Valley.

Farmland porridge steamboat at Bandar Puchong Puteri, Selangor
Farmland Steamboat Restaurant at Bandar Puchong Puteri, Selangor

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Dine with CY and PL last Friday (March 7, 2008) at Coconut House, Jalan Pudu Lama, KL.

The restaurant is a branch from the popular Malacca outlet, fame for its Italian cooking, pizzas in particular. Just like the Malacca restaurant, this KL branch seemed pretty cosy as well.

Coconut House restaurant at Jalan Pudu Lama, Kuala Lumpur Pizza and pasta at Coconut House restaurant in Kuala Lumpur Pocket pizza at Coconut House restaurant in Kuala Lumpur

Can’t remember the exact name of the food we ordered… some drinks, a pocket pizza, a full size pizza, a pasta and some dessert. The food was nice; not great, but nice… worth a visit. The bill was RM92 for 3 person, acceptable.

Finding the restaurant was a pain though… especially when it was dark and raining at night.

Address: 28-30, Jalan Pudu Lama, 50200 KL (location map). Tel: 03-20312830.

Looks good ain’t so?

Wonton noodle with Chinese dumplings and vegetables
Simple wonton noodle

Can’t find it in any restaurants though, it’s cooked by yours truly. The noodles were bought from the market, cooked and flavoured with soy sauce and sesame oil. The pork and prawn wontons were easily made too, recipe here.

A simple dish. The challenge is actually on buying the right noodles, which requires some test and trial sometimes.

Pork and prawn wonton, a simple and basic recipe.

Pork and shrimp wonton soup
Pork and prawn wonton soup

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Chinese roast pork, adapted from Pablo’s recipe

Chinese roast pork with salt and five season powder
Chinese roast pork

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Sunday breakfast (March 2, 2008) at Pan Ki (潘记), one of the better dim sum restaurants in Sri Petaling. The restaurant is located at the same role with KFC and Public Bank.

Pan Ki Dim Sum in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur
Some Dim sum at Pan Ki

One of the major reasons why I like this restaurant is because it’s relatively easier to find a seat even in Sunday morning. Their dim sum is pretty old school, nothing fancy but with decent taste and varieties… and when it comes to dim sum, old school is a good word.

I like their har gao, siu mai, and also their chicken feet. Their pork based dim sum are normally better than fish based dim sum, somehow.

Reasonably priced, quite cheap by KL standard.

Dined at Eastern Delight (东丰) at Sri Petaling on Saturday night (Mar 1, 2008), sort of a farewell dinner for my aunt who was going back to Australia on Sunday.

Eastern Delight is famous for its porridge based steamboat. This Sri Petaling branch should be their first outlet; they also have branches at Kota Damansara and Sunway if not mistaken. Chose to dine here because my aunt had never tried porridge steamboat prior to this visit.

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