No,26, Jalan Datuk Sulaiman,
Taman Tun Dr Ismail,
Business Hours: noon to 3.00pm
and 6.00pm to 11.00pm
from Monday to Sunday.
IT HAS been eight years since Johan Tai Abdullah set up the halal Chinese-Muslim steamboat Silver Pot restaurant in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
One of the novelty experience at this restaurant is having steamboats in custom-fitted steamboat pots for each customer.
Johan came up with the idea after visiting Taiwan.
These customised pots are powered by electricity and they switch off automatically after the soup has boiled for some time.
Johan takes pride in serving customers the best of fresh seafood, meat and vegetable.
The chilli and special sauces served with the dishes are also worth a mention.
The homemade sauces are flavourful, spicy and have just enough kick to complement the meat and seafood.
Customers can opt for his or her choice of chicken, tom yam or vegetarian soup.
The Lovers’ Set is a generous platter of corn, lettuce, foo chuk (beancurd sheet), quail eggs, soft beancurd, sui kow (chicken and fish paste dumplings), fish balls, squid rolls, seafood beancurd, crabstick, fish paste noodles and enoki mushroom.
For vegetarians, Silver Pot offers the vegetarian set with noodles and a range of vegetables to choose from.
You can also choose from a selection of delectable appetisers including crumbed squid roll, four season rolls and Fried Sui Kow.
For diners who are adventurous and not keen on the usual meat selection, you can place an order for venison, beef slices, crab, live prawns, sliced mutton, New Zealand mussels, ostrich meat and sliced abalone from the a la carte menu.
They also offer imported Sparkling Red and White Grape Juice, which are halal.
Johan said individual steamboat pots was more hygienic.
“People do not have to worry about not getting their share from the pot and they can enjoy as much as they want at their own pace. Some people can suffer from an allergy while others may be vegetarians, so this is a great way for everyone to enjoy their respective meal.
“Almost 90% of our customers are regulars and 30% have been coming for the past eight years. It is very economical as a customer only need to spend an average of RM10 per person.
“Apart from specialising in steamboat, we also offer lunch set menus and other dishes,” he said.
Joining Johan in his venture and passion is former chief executive officer of Suria FM, Engku Emran Engku Zainal Abidin, who became a business partner last month.
“Johan has been asking me for years to join him but I have been busy. However, being able to sustain for the past eight years says a lot about the business and Johan. That’s why I decided to join,” said Engku Emran.
“The concept is simple, fresh and personalised, which is unique because everyone can enjoy steamboat in their own pot.
“We are thinking about expanding the business in the Klang Valley in the near future,” he said.
This is the writer’s personal observation and is not an endorsement by StarMetro.