Sunday, January 29, 2012

Ocean Shabu Shabu @ Sri Petaling

During the first few days of Chinese New Year, the roads around KL are very quiet. This is the only time where we experience smooth journey from one hot spot to another. But another difficulty arises when finding for food! Most Chinese restaurants are closed, and everyone flocks to here- Ocean Shabu Shabu, the only restaurant opened along Jalan Radin Bagus, Sri Petaling. 

This Hong Kong styled Shabu Shabu restaurant is famous for its colorful meat balls. Looking at its appearance, I'd wish to try but at the same time wonder what makes the balls looks blue and orange. 

Left: Thai Tom Yam Broth (Half) @ RM 7.50 (泰国冬炎汤半份)
Right: White Fungus Papaya Broth (Half) @ RM5.00 (木瓜雪耳汤半份)

From the hot steaming broth,  the tom yam soup base of Thai style is really spicy and excites me very much. That's really good for those who love spiciness! As for the clear white fungus papaya broth, we're served with a generous amount of white fungus in the soup, which makes it flavours like a mild herbal soup. 

   #1 Pork Loin @ RM16.00 (特级猪肉片)

The raw pork looks good and tastes even better when it is simmered in the soup for 15 to 20 seconds and then eaten immediately! The quality of the pork is not bad, and most importantly it is fresh enough to savour my taste. 

 #2 Drunken Chicken @ RM16.00 (花凋醉鸡)

The chicken slices are marinated in a mixture of wine and goji berries. After cooking them in the broth, the meat is unexpectedly firm yet tender when chewed. The texture is good but I can barely taste the wine absorbed in the chicken. 

 #3 Mixed Mushroom @ RM16.00 (有机什蘑菇 )

After all the meat foodstuff, we also order a platter of mixed mushroom for more vitamins and minerals! My favourite button mushroom is there too :) 

#4 Four Seasons Meat Ball @ RM12.00 (四宝丸)

Each piece of meat balls costs RM1. These special meat balls are all homemade with crunchy texture. However, the size is too small to fill my belly.

#5 Yam @ RM5.00 (炸芋头)

With the flourishing business around the festive season, which restaurant doesn't grab this golden opportunity for a price hike? From the bill, there's an additional item: 

"CNY Charge : 10% of the subtotal"

If you spend RM100 there during Chinese New Year, then you'll be charged an extra RM10 because these waiters and waitresses serve you during the public holidays. 

Verdict:
1. The overall taste is just so-so, perhaps it's due to the huge crowd during the festive season.
2. The foodstuff are fairly fresh, due to the public holidays I think.
3. The white fungus papaya soup base is really a clear soup that satisfies me very much!

Ocean Shabu Shabu 
47, Jalan Radin Bagus, 
Bandar Baru Seri Petaling, 
57000 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 603-9058 2889
Website: www.oceanshabushabu.com.my

Disclaimer: Photos taken with Samsung Galaxy S Plus

70 comments:

  1. wow the colorful meat balls look totally awesome.. nothing like a rainbow in life :)

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    1. hi Dolly, they look good but i hadn't tried any before :)

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    2. Oh, the colourful meat balls is made with organic vegetables.. Dun worry, is it very healthy.. Try on the 7 of colour, you will taste the original vegetables how its taste without dip on the sauces..

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    3. The rainbow 7 colour of meat balls:

      Red : Bell Pepper
      Orange : Carrot
      Yellow : Pumpkin
      Green : Spinach Vege
      Cyan : Any vege same colour of cyan
      Purple : Yam
      Blue : Cabbage

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  2. Very unique... many colours ..
    Many new dishes/colour to attract customer...
    I like d pork loin ..... nice nice nice...

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    1. Hello there, yes they do! Have you tried?

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  3. i wouldn't mind the 10% CNY charge only if it really goes to the waiters and waitresses. Its fair since they have to work during such a fun festive holiday. But I seriously wonder if its theirs or does the boss pockets it?

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    1. hi Missy, i think the waiters and waitresses are given double pay, part of the 10%$ would be given to them. The remaining would of course benefit the boss.

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  4. I wonder the color of the meat balls are natural or coloring :/

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    1. hi Charmaine, I have the same question popped out from my mind too :)

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  5. you know what?? we have steamboat every year for reunion dinner (since more than 10 years ago), and then the following few days also steamboat to clear the stock!! so, seeing steamboat now also feel scared, hahahaha~~ :D

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    1. Hi SK :) i bet homemade steamboat is certainly better with more premium materials. perhaps you should try barbecue next year? :P

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  6. walauei, surcharge of RM10... not worth at all.. the meatball look great ya..

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    1. hi Nikel, it's 10%, depending on your subtotal. if your bill is more than RM100, then the extra charge is certainly more than that :/ CNY mar, what to do~

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  7. ohh. got extra charge.. they also wana gong xi fa cai o.O

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    1. Hi Isaac, they get double pay, luckily we don't have to pay double :P

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  8. Looks so yummy~ I wanna eat too ^^

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    1. Hi Hayley .. Yes it is, you should give it a try (:

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  9. Extra CNY charge is normal,
    eg.most food stalls in Bentong charge extra during the period.

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    1. Hi Thomas , it's so true coz the price of Chinese restaurant there is comparable with those in KL

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  10. Every CNY things are getting pricey with all the extras added in right from transport delivery to cooking and serving. Wow what a colorful rainbow meat balls.

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    1. Hi Bananaz , it's really as expected right? somehow it is getting more and more common even in non Chinese places

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  11. hmmm. but not buffet one usually will cost a lot rite!

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    1. Hi Henry, that's for sure while i seldom eat buffet.

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  12. ya, i also encountered a chinese new year surcharge at another restaurant in puchong this week, which charged extra RM5 for chicken dishes and extra RM3 for pork dishes. felt it was a bit unfair, since it was friday, fifth day of chinese new year already, heheh :D

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    1. hi Sean, that's definitely unfair for the customers because the dishes don't worth that much! wow.

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  13. Wahhh the colourful meatballs looks very yummy and unique eh !!
    Wish to try over there in one day. Hehe !!

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    1. hi Hui Fang, that's their specialty I guess, hope you have a nice try there!

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  14. Cool I had a steamboat dinner during Chinese New Year too hahaa.

    That meat balls looks delicious. But ya, wondering what makes them have colours like that. Maybe not good for health.

    Your post is so detail. Me likey ;)

    Blogwalking here and nice to meet you. Happy weekend!

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    1. hi Armstrong, thank you for your compliment :) I hope the food attracts you as well!

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    1. hi Meitzeu, yes indeed, have you tried? :)

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  16. Using papaya for the broth? That sure is interesting... :D

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    1. hi Kenny, I don't know bout your place but it's quite commonly available in many shabu shabu restaurants around my area nowadays.

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  18. Ooh what a lovely meatballs...so many colours like rainbow. Wish u a very happy chinese new year...

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    1. hi Angeline, happy new year to you too, hope i'm not too late :)

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  19. I like the plate of mixed mushrooms!

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    1. Hello, glad to hear that! Hope you enjoy steamboats too!

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  20. hope you have had a great CNY celebration :-)

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    1. hi Cheqna, it is indeed a good one! Happy holidae to you :)

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  21. wow colorful meat ballssssss :D

    Gong Hei Fatt Chooi! Every year got Fish! :P

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    1. hi Kian Fai, of course nian nian you YU! :P means you mustnt forget me!

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  22. why didn't U tried the Meatball?? ha ha ha.. but still, Look tasty though.. ha ha ha..

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    1. hi Aki, i didnt get to try because it is out of stock on that day :(

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  23. I don't think I have the heart to eat the meatballs.. its so cuteee =)

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    1. hi Ms Smit'n, it is indeed, but i don't think i can resist the tastiness :P

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    1. hi Small Kucing, yes it is, do check it out!

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  25. Szehui, I got a question for you. How come you can eat so much but still stay thin one? So jealous ooo.. >.<

    Anyhow, I love steamboat :D

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    1. hi Diana, that's a pretty good question, I'm trying hard to go on diet after each and every time i eat.

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  26. OMG OMGGGGG! steamboat seems delicious! i love steamboat!

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  27. I've never seen that fish balls before. very special and tempting.

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    1. hi Anne, neither do I too :) do try it out ya

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  28. Gong Xi Fatt Chai!! 开心就好! :)
    祝新春如意,身体健康!

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    1. hi there, thanks and wish you all the best in 2012 too! :)

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  29. I like the colorful fish ball. Look delicious.

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  30. Gosh, love those coloured balls! Gave me inspiration for my future cooking session. Hahaha! My apology for the long absence. CNY's driving me nuts & now I'm down with flu. Lol!

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    1. hi Shirley, it's alright and i hope you'll get well really soon!

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  31. Hehe steamboat on cny! Looks yummy btw=)

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    1. hi Jessy, it indeed suits the mood during CNY :)

      Latest: Must-Eat Before CNY Ends!

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  32. I can see lots of interesting foods here.

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  33. there is alot of shabu shabu....to name nice ones..only a few fingers..

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    1. hi Ah Bok, agree with you, that's why im still hunting for a real good one

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  34. The other day my friend brought me to try on another shabu shabu restaurant around Sri Petaling. It was definitely an experience for me.
    But too bad my appetite was bad on that day.

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    1. Hello, now that I know there's another shabu shabu around sri petaling! may I know where is it so that i can have a try too?

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  35. I had only tried Syabu 1 ...so so, but some people like it.

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    1. hi Iriene, that depends on personal taste but so far a good one is really difficult to find :)

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  36. I have just tried the one in Taman Mayang, nothing special to me. I ordered two types of soup base and when I asked for refill, they refill from the same jug!! In the end, they taste the same only...and the soup base was too salty. Food is expensive on the wallet but freshness is there.

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