Every culture has their own variation of a hot-pot style meal, and Malaysia is no different. Steamboat meals are extremely popular among locals, be it for formal gatherings or just casual outings among friends. For more ideas on where to plan your next steamboat meal outing, check out the Top 10 Steamboat Restaurants in KL & Selangor, as voted by the public.
1) Popo Steamboat Cafe
This open-air café is located in Kepong. The food here is non-halal, so pork broths are favoured. From perfectly marbled red meat, delicious meat and fish balls to fresh vegetables, your hot-pot will be absolutely delicious, and brimming with flavour. In addition to the steamboat meals, they also have additional items like chicken wings, deep fried fish skin, and spring rolls, to keep customers happy with a lot of variety. They’re open for dinner, from 5.30p.m., and are closed on Mondays.
2) Coco Steamboat
Coco is open daily, except for alternate Mondays. They start business from 5.30p.m., and the last order will be at 11.30p.m. They currently have three branches in operation, at Cheras Taynton, Old Klang Road, and Cheras Batu 11. You can call to reserve a spot, but this is only applicable between 6 until 6.30p.m. Coco is known for their seafood steamboats, with a variety of broths to choose from. Their latest addition is the curry broth, for a fiery steamboat experience, but you can’t go wrong with their signature pork bone broth as well.
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3) Hometown Steamboat Restaurant
This brand of steamboat has grown to be a franchise of sorts – they currently have 12 listed restaurants throughout Malaysia! Open daily from 5pm until midnight, you’ll be able to taste a lot of classic style steamboats and also some quirkier ones – like their chocolate or cheese steamboats. To accompany your steamboat, you can choose from 100 side dish orders. A popular choice is minced pork topped with raw egg, but other options like homemade BBQ chicken wings and dumplings are also available.
4) Bone & Pot
Bone & Pot specializes in Hong Kong style hot-pots, particularly in terms of their authentic Hong Kong broth. This non-halal restaurant is open from 5pm until 1am, and they too have several branches around KL and Selangor. You can choose from several broth options like pork bone broth and tom yum, or even a tomato with potato broth. For side dishes, there are dishes especially imported from Hong Kong, and homemade dishes too. There are also additional seafood and meat items to order.
5) Yezi 椰子
Yezi is yet another venture by the folks who brought us The Roof, one of Petaling Jaya’s coolest party circuits. Open daily from 5p.m. until 1 a.m, their signature broth features the delectable and healthy flavours of coconut, water chestnut, and kampong chicken. Additional broth options are available too, as well as gourmet side dishes like octopus cake. Live seafood, meat, noodle and rice dishes are also available to order.
6) Le Cottage Steamboat
For another gourmet steamboat option, try LeCottage Steamboat, in Jalan Tropicana, Petaling Jaya. In addition to the spectacular view from their secluded “cottage” location, you will also have access to unique broth options like Drunken Chicken Herbal Soup. Meat lovers will enjoy the premium beef and pork selections, but seafood is also available. They are open daily from 6pm until midnight.
7) Yuen Buffet Steamboat
Located in Kelana Jaya, just behind Paradigm Mall, is Yuen Buffet Steamboat. This has been their home since 2014, although they initially started in 2005 at a different location. In addition to steamboat, try their signature chicken wings, another specialty on their menu. This restaurant is also pork free, so Muslim customers can enjoy steamboat here too. They’re open from 5p.m to midnight, with last order at 10.30p.m. They do close on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month.
8) Happy City BBQ Steamboat
Happy City has four branches, with outlets in Kepong and Kota Damansara. You can book or reserve a place by calling, or by filling up an online form. You can choose your broth here, or have a mix of two styles, called Yin Yang. Promotional packages are available if you have a group of three or more people this is a good option to have. Ala Carte dishes are also available, with seafood, meat, and vegetables to choose from.
9) Dragon Door Inn Steamboat
Open since 2010 in Cheras, Dragon Door has been serving up steamboat meals that adhere to their business philosophy of using fresh ingredients, with friendly service. Fresh seafood, meat and vegetables of many varieties can be added to your selected broth. From Mondays to Fridays, they open from 5pm to midnight. On weekends, they open slightly earlier at 3pm and also close at midnight.
10) Damansara Village Steamboat Restaurant
Fresh, live, seafood is the main offering for steamboats here. Unlike most of the other restaurants listed, they’re open from 11a.m until 11p.m, making this place a perfect stop for lunch or dinner. They currently have one outlet in PJ, one in KL, and even one in Ipoh! Besides steamboat, check out additional dishes like pork trotters, and Village Cho Kai.