The special thing about Sumi Nabe‘s steamboat is their Bincho-tan charcoal-fired stove which they use as the restaurant’s main marketing tool. If you are wondering if it is effective, well I did dine here because of that. And the price seemed quite alright too considering it is only RM37 for a two person set. Usually it is around RM14.50 to RM18 per pax in Kepong area.
Here’s the imported Bincho-tan charcoal (備長炭) they use for the steamboat. It is also known as white-charcoal, produced in Japan and has great benefits like not emitting any smoke and burns longer than the usual charcoals. So it is suitable to be used in a closed and air-conditioned area. Needless to say the charcoals also contribute a good part of the sum you pay for the steamboat at Sumi Nabe.
Despite the many good reviews about Yu Ai restaurant’s seafood noodles at Segambut, I have disagree with most of them. In fact, this will be the last place I would consider for a bowl of noodles simply because the soups are just laden with MSG.
No doubt the noodles are brimming with seafood and they are fairly fresh too. But they also come with a hefty price tag. Do expect to spend more than RM20 if you were to indulge in the most elaborate order with a drink included.
If you see a steamboat post in my blog then it means the rainy season is here again – simply because it is the only time I would crave for steamboat. Although we went to Ho Ho Steamboat again, this time it was at their Jalan Segambut branch. This outlet is different from the rest in the sense that the premise is not the conventional shop lot but more of a private mansion.
The usual steamboat set, same price as the one we had at Menjalara, RM15.50 per head with a minimum order of 2 pax. The portion might look small, judging by the look of it but the amount given is actually just nice to satisfy two average adults. As for the ingredients’ freshness and quality, I do not have any complaints whatsoever considering the price paid.
As far as food is concerned, the famous Yu Ai Seafood Noodle is usually on top of the list when Segambut is mentioned. But the noodles is quite expensive and not many people could afford it on a regular basis. Besides, I find the flavor too reliant on liberal use of MSG so I am not too much of a fan.
A better alternative in my opinion would be this Segambut Fried Chicken Rice stall, which is just a stone’s throw away from Yu Ai. By the way, have you noticed how many good food out there are located under huge trees? This is one of them.
The workers will assume that most customers would want the whole leg portion because it is the most popular order around here. But you do have a choice of chicken thigh or rib that are considerably cheaper by a few ringgit. Within a minute of placing our order, the fried chicken and rice were already delivered to our table – that’s how efficient they are.