You will find steamboat restaurants in every nook and cranny of Kepong, no wonder people call it a steamboat town. Next on our trying list was Tai Tao (Big Head) at Bandar Menjalara – an ever-busy steamboat restaurant that is always packed especially on weekends. Although there are not many online reviews about this place, the busyness should be a good indication of things to come. Yeah, that assumption is not always accurate, but I guess it is better than trying out a restaurant that is void of customers.
A steamboat set here is only RM16 per pax, which is slightly lower (but not cheapest) than the standard price in Kepong.
The ingredients in the set are pretty much self-explanatory by looking at the photo so I am not going into details. I have been writing so many steamboat related posts that I feel many of them are just a repetition of each other. But if there is anything worth highlighting then it would be the freshness of the seafood.
There are many other things you could order from their ala-carte menu, and we chose the pork belly slices. To me, RM8 for ~20 slices is not bad at all, plus they taste really good too.
As for the soup I would say it is one of the better ones around. The clear broth is nice and quite flavorful on its own without giving you the feeling that it is MSG laden. Not saying it does not have MSG, who am I kidding anyway? Just maybe they are not too heavy handed with it.
A BBQ Chicken Wing stall outside the steamboat restaurants is a common sight in Kepong, Tai Tao is not excluded too. I felt it was quite delicious and you could tell that the person who prepared the chicken wings certainly has the skills. I can tell from the little burnt parts and having eaten a number of chicken wings in my life.
TL;DR version – Tai Tao is a reasonably priced steamboat restaurant and the food they serve is good overall, BBQ chicken wing is recommended too. Try to be early if you want to avoid waiting for table.
Tai Tao Steamboat (opposite Tesco Village Mall)
No. 97, Jalan 11/62A,
Kepong, 52200 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 012-604 1509
GPS Coordinate: 3.209,101.638
Business Hour: 5.00pm to 11.00pm daily