Out with the old, in with the new. One of the steamboat restaurants in Bandar Menjalara has been replaced by Chenchenho that originated in Klang. It’s a good thing you see, as the previous steamboat restaurant wasn’t exactly great so it’s only a matter it went under.
Rather than always going back to the same place (Hometown steamboat if you’re wondering), a new option in town is always a good thing because it keeps the competition high.
What better way to attract customers to try a new restaurant than introducing an irresistable promotional combo and giving out discounts? Apparently, a free dish and 50% discount on their signature pork bone soup were all they took to lure us in.
I am not sure if the promo combo is only available for a limited time, but here’s the gist of it: for RM67 you get a set of steamboat for 3 pax, a plate of pork slices and golden needle mushroom. Then you get to choose a free dish between fish meat mihun or kam heong lala.
If you only want the steamboat set only then it’s RM48 but you don’t get the free dish. So unless you’re really set on a budget, the extra 20 bucks is worth paying for the extra stuff. Other soups available are herbal (chargeable), clear and tomyam with the latter two being free.
Anyway, it was a no-brainer for us. Of course we’d pick lala over the noodle just like most of the other patrons did. Although the cooking style is quite different to what we are accustomed to, it’s undeniably delicious, generously portioned despite being free and the clams were extremely fresh.
They used plenty of dried shrimps to prepare this dish so it was extra fragrant with a crisp. As for the spiciness it’s quite mild so children should be OK with this.
Nothing fancy about the steamboat set, it’s quite standard in a good way that everything felt fresh and good. Some a la carte add ons worth mentioning are live mantis shrimps and crabs – with and without roe.
The pork bone soup @ RM8 (50% off) did not disappoint although some might find it a tad bland and peppery at first. Towards the end of the meal, the flavour really came through and the soup was pleasantly sweet without being overly salty. For dipping, there are four sauces available but I am only interested in the chilli sauce, which I thought was well made and could rival Ho Ho’s.
Chenchenho might be the new kid on the block but the service we experienced was friendly and efficient without any hiccup. So if you are planning to enjoy a steamboat meal in one of these rainy days, why not head here while the promotion is still on.
FYI we had our dinner here on a weekday and there might be some terms and conditions to the offer that I am unaware of. Lastly, only GST is charged and there’s no service charge at all.
No 59 & 61, Jalan 11/62A
Bandar Menjalara Kepong, 52200 KL
Tel: 012-353 3239
Business hours: 5pm – 11.30pm