For those who want to try something different in steamboat rather than using the usual clear broth or tomyam soup for the soup base, porridge steamboat might be a good alternative. It is not something new in Selangor/KL, but it was new for me from Penang. The first time I tried porridge steamboat was a few years ago in Eastern Delight @ Sri Petaling and it was great! For this post, I didn’t go to Sri Petaling though, I went to Farmland Porridge Steamboat Restaurant in Serdang instead, which shares the same level of popularity with the former.
Farmland serves steamboat sets and ala carte items can be ordered separately as add-ons. A two-person mixed set that comes with some seafood, vegetables, meat balls, dumplings and fish noodles cost RM27.80. The portion wasn’t too big but it should be enough to satisfy two average eaters.
The seafood was fresh and succulent, definitely the nicest thing about dining in ala carte steamboat restaurants. You just couldn’t get as fresh seafood in buffet style steamboats. And the meat balls and dumplings are prepared from Farmland’s kitchen with their own recipes. So, there’s minimal factory processed food consumed. Even the vegetables tasted nice and sweet after cooking in the porridge broth.
Clay pot is used so the food won’t lose too much moisture and to prevent the broth from drying up too fast. By the way, an extra RM3 will be charged extra if porridge is chosen as the soup base.
The broth is quite watery at first, but after cooking for a while the texture will become smooth and tasty after absorbing all the ingredients’ flavors and goodness.
I particularly Farmland’s homemade dumplings and ordered extra – RM5 for five pieces.
Sadly, the same couldn’t be said for the fried youtiao @ RM4. It was stuffed with a lot of meat and was extremely crunchy alright. But, it tasted way too salty, even after being “washed” in the porridge for a very long time. This was mentioned to the boss when we paid for the meal, I hope they take notice.
In overall, I preferred Eastern Delight’s porridge steamboat. It was slightly cheaper, had more choices and somehow felt more authentic to me. I hope the restaurant would still be there when I return next time. Anyway, Farmland’s main branch seems to be at Jalan Pudu and most people went there instead. Maybe the porridge steamboat tastes better there? I dunno, lol.
Address: No B-G-09, Block B, Perdana Selatan, Taman Serdang Perdana. (Opposite South City Plaza)
Tel: 03-8941 9719
porridge steamboat ??? porridge as soup base?………………………..
hmm interesting….. worth trying…
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hmm, means the original one at Pudu taste better then?
nowadays you’ll notice porridge base soup is available everywhere.
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the steamboat in claypot one ar.? so special..
actually PG also hv this porridge steamboat… Xuan Xin near Tanjun Tokong area. It’s buffet style..
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Again, I never tried porridge steamboat before. sounds not bad. can have a try in future. penang island got any restaurant have this?
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hmmm… I went there b4. The worker had introduce me the set meal for 2 persons. The worker then help me to prepare everything. He put all the meat and fish balls to the porridge and left over the veges. Guess what… when I finish all the meat and fish balls, I feel very full (si bei si bei ba) and don’t feel like want to eat the veges already… Tell you what.. the porridge is tasteless and I won’t go there for the 2nd time.
Has been move from Pudu to Jalan Maharajalela. Next to Magnum 4D.