I get plenty of emails from people recommending food places that they would like me to blog. The list of recommendations is so long that it is hard to decide which one to go try. So often it is those really outstanding ones that catch my attention. This one, recommended by our regular makankaki, holydrummer was exactly the type that got me excited when he boldly stated:
“The star of the dish is of course the SOUP! Trust me, it is DIE DIE MUST TRY!!! Once you start you’ll never stop! It consists of herbs and 5 different kinds of wines~ And it is oh, so sweet and so shiok on a cold day! Blah Blah Blah……It’s seriously the best steamboat base I’ve ever tasted and it’s so value for money for the ingredients you get! Cheap & Good Quality! I’d give it an almost perfect 4.8/5!”
His review was written so well that I told him that he should just take some pictures next time so that I can publish the whole thing on the blog!
I do agree with holydrummer that the soup base is very very shiok. I don’t know what kind of wines they put into the soup but they were all in those type of Chinese porcelain bottles. I could make out the taste of Tang Kwei and there were of course the ubiquitous Wolfberries in the soup. It is served with 10 different types of ingredients which include scallops, big prawns, frog legs, sea cucumber, fish, mud carp balls etc. After simmering the seafood in the soup for a while, you can imagine just how sweet the soup gets! Best steamboat soup I have tasted for a long time but I won’t go to the extent of saying that it’s perfect. It would have rated higher if all the seafood were just that bit fresher. 4.5/5
The Cuttlefish Kangkong is a nice variation of the familiar sambal kangkong. The chilli was full of hae bee (dried prawns) and was so tasty that both my mother and mother-in-law finished the dish before I could get a second bite of it. 4/5
As Prawn Paste Chicken goes, the prawn paste flavour was not strong enough. But as fried chicken goes, this fried chicken is quite good. Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside and well seasoned. It’s good as long as you don’t think of it as prawn paste chicken. 4/5
Great place for a family dinner. The 5 wine and herbal soup base is very good and the prices are reasonable. Place to consider if you are looking for something a little different from your usual steamboat.