Friday, February 20, 2015

HoChiak Steamboat @ Kuchai Entrepreneurs Park

Bustling on a Friday night, HoChiak strives to live up to its name & stand out amid Kuchai Lama's crowded steamboat scene.

Variety is the virtue of HoChiak; the seafood selection is encyclopaedic, so whether you're seeking whole pomfrets, little-neck clams, scallops, jellyfish, mussels or abalone, or processed fare like fish cakes, crab sticks, lobster balls or prawn dumplings, there's probably something here for every idoliser of the ocean's harvest.

From quail eggs to pork meatballs, Chinese cabbage to corn & white jade mushrooms, there are bound to be both hits & misses, but our overall impression remains positive. This won't convert steamboat sceptics into supporters, but that's OK. Prices seem reasonable; a plate of, say, Pulau Ketam fish balls costs RM4, meat balls are RM5, while fish maw is RM10.80.

For folks who focus on the broth, HoChiak's specifications swirl from the mild & milky herbal to the spicy Sichuan Mala; each begins boiling in an understated fashion but flourishes in flavour as the meal matures & more food is popped into the hot pot.

HoChiak also delves into BBQ - we might skip the mushy cheese-&-curry stuffed crab (RM11.80), but some of the skewers, which span pork, beef, lamb, chicken, sausage & bacon (starting from RM2.50 each), might work well enough for customers who want to bite down on meat. And for the drinkers, HoChiak doesn't serve wine, but you can bring your own. Many thanks to the HoChiak team for hosting this meal.

Ho Chiak Steamboat & BBQ
37, Jalan Kuchai Maju 7, Off Kuchai Lama, Kuala Lumpur. Daily, 12pm-1130pm

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12 comments:

  1. Haven't had steamboat, usually for Chap Goh Meh but it's a weekday and my girl will not be home. Sobssss!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: yikes ... hopefully you'll be able to enjoy a steamboat meal with your entire family on another day, ya :)

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  2. Beautiful dishes and presentations! :)

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    1. Linda: i'm glad you like the look of hochiak's offerings :)

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  3. Nice name. prices are reasonable though i would stay clear from the processed items. Fresh seafood and meat are more for me! :D

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    1. Rebecca: you're definitely right ... the fresh fare all fared more satisfyingly than the processed stuff :)

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  4. We not steamboat fans, but yesterday we had a really nice one at our friend's house.
    Simple, light and nice.

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    1. CK: ya, i'm also actually not a steamboat fan ... maybe once a year is enough for me, heheh. your steamboat meal sounds good :D

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  5. Hope they will open another outlet at steamboat paradise - Kepong which is nearer for me :P

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    1. Choi Yen: ooo, there might be too much competition over in kepong ... there already seems to be a crowd of steamboat places in kuchai already :)

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  6. Managed to try this yesterday. They were busy with a big gathering so service was a bit lacking. But I liked that there's zero MSG. The fish broth is really good, ma lat soup is not as nice as the Taiwan ones but not bad for KL standard. The seafood is considerably fresh for CNY season and they did not hike up the price. A place I would return to. I took the seafood + meat slice set and it's nice that there's zero fishballs :-P

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    1. Yun Qi: great to hear the feedback of a real steamboat fan ... thanks for letting me know what you liked about it :)

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