I don’t always buy vouchers from group-buying sites. But when I do, I make sure it is worth it. Recently Groupon had a deal for Tian Siang Hui Wei – a restaurant that could be summarized as a fine-dining grade of steamboat/hot pot based on their pricing and service. I have heard a lot about them from friends who have dined there before and although all the feedback was encouraging, they all shared the same comment that it is not cheap too.
Anyway, the Groupon’s deal I mentioned earlier was that each RM50 voucher cost only RM25, which is equivalent to a saving of 50%. The catch is that it could only be used solely for food only while drinks and service charges must be paid in full. Regardless it was still a great deal and being a steamboat freak that I am, there is no better opportunity than this to try Tian Siang Hui Wei.
The restaurant looks like a proper Chinese restaurant rather than a normal steamboat place – clean, comfortable. Each diner is given a set of individually wrapped cutlery as well. Also, let me tell you about their “immaculate” service – it is quite extreme that we feel it was borderline intrusive.
At Tian Siang Hui Wei, you are expected to be seated and do nothing but pick food from the pot. I don’t know if that’s how steamboat is enjoyed back in Taiwan/China or wherever the waitresses come from, but I think part of the joy of steamboat is that you get to cook your own food at your desired pace. Here, the waitresses would help you dump everything into the pot unless you stop them. And boy do they look unhappy about it lol.
Other than that the meal was great and this is no doubt one of the best steamboat in town (if you do not consider the price factor) There are two types of soup base here – either spicy (Tain Siang Pot) or non spicy (Hui Wei Pot) like what you would have expected. We chose the latter because all of us don’t really like the spicy and numbing sensation. It cost RM35 for a pot and luckily any subsequent refills are free or else.
The reason they are charging for the soup, as opposed to most steamboat restaurants that provide it for free is that it was boiled with 60 all-natural ingredients (mostly Chinese herbs) without any MSG or food chemicals. I could vouch for that since I drank like tens of bowls of the delicious soup but did not feel thirsty at all. But make sure you consume a few cuppa of their specially concocted cooling tea later to reduce heatiness in your body.
We ordered more than 20 items from the menu so I am going to be brief and not going into detail for every one of them. But just so you know both the meat and seafood are very fresh so don’t worry about the quality. The most expensive meat we had that night was the 5 Cereal Beef @ RM48 – great marbling, tender and very flavorful.
If the 5 Cereal Beef is too expensive, you could opt for the High Grade Beef instead @ RM38.
Five Flower Pork @ RM23 – need I say more about this?
Sea Prawn @ RM36 – kind of pricey but very fresh and large sized.
Prawn/Squid Paste in Bamboo (both look the same) @ RM20 – contains real squid and prawn meat inside and the paste does not taste fishy at all, very highly recommended.
Squid Sausage @ RM36 – a must have here. You know they are cooked when they are all curled up.
Mongolian Wraps @ RM20 – a delicious vegetarian bun made of tofu with mushroom and asparagus filling.
Pork Shoulder @ RM21 – not bad but I would get the Five Flower Pork instead because the presence of fat makes it so much nicer.
Ostrich Meat @ RM35 – a very rare ingredient as far as steamboat is concerned. The meat texture is very similar to beef but as you can see it is very lean with no visible fat. A healthier option to beef but some may find the meat slightly tough when cooked.
Scallops @ RM30 – frozen ones but still fresh nonetheless. I wouldn’t order this again in my next visit though, simply because six of these are not really worth the price. I’d get another plate of meat instead.
NZ Mussels @ RM18.
Tain Siang Fish @ RM32. I am not sure what this fish is called since it is simply labeled as ‘Tain Siang Fish’. But I did some findings on my own and suspect that it could be Sea Bream. Anyway there are a few types of fish to be ordered here but they are all way over our budget (imagine RM100+ for 1 fish) Tastes surprisingly good with a buttery texture, not bad at all.
Another rare ingredient called Monkey Head Mushroom @ RM17. No prize guessing where it got its name from, it is all hairy and does look like a monkey’s head. Unlike most mushrooms that are soft with an earthy taste, this one is quite tasteless with an interesting meat-like bite.
And lastly, their signature handmade noodle @ RM24 – nothing special for me, it tastes like pan mee if you ask me. Takes a long time to cook too.
If you are wondering the total damage for this meal, here you go. A nice and satisfying meal only worth doing again using Groupon’s voucher, which helped us saved RM300.
Tian Siang Hui Wei 天香回味
D-1-58, IOI Boulevard,
Jalan Kenari 5, Puchong
Tel: 03-8082 2168