Monday, January 2, 2017

Taiwanese Chun Ciou Hot Pot Buffet 台湾自助式火锅 春秋战锅 @ Old Klang Road, KL

Welcome to the largest premium Taiwanese hot pot restaurant in Malaysia!

If you have been to Taiwan, do you remember those popular steamboat shops that you see along almost every street? For a taste of Taiwanese steamboat, you don't have to travel all the way there anymore because the first authentic Taiwanese imperial "served-to-table" hotpot buffet is now in KL! 

Originated from Taiwan, Chun Ciou Hot Pot (春秋战锅) brings us the best ingredients and recipes exactly like those in Taiwan. Tucked along the busy street of Old Klang Road (same side as Scott Garden, very near to Mid Valley), Chun Ciou is a stand-alone double-storey outlet in black with a huge signage on top which you can't miss upon passing by.

Chun Ciou boasts an elegant and heroic dining atmosphere with abundant Chinese historic elements.
The entrance opens to several dramatic craved Chinese statues standing boldly at the reception counter.

Even the waiting area is tastefully adorned with high red chairs that make this space very Instagram-worthy.

The vast caverns lead to a brick-walled restaurant with spacious seating on both levels, creating a lively but intimate dining experience. The traditional Chinese lanterns light up the room, around which comfortable spaced tables are adorned with classy tableware.

The interior exudes a contemporary feel to match the blend of modernity and classical Taiwanese hot pot food served. Most importantly, it is fully air-conditioned and the space, despite full-house, is not stuffy at all! 

The ambiance is made so comfortable for both lunch and dinner, especially when it is becoming a trend to have steamboat gatherings during lunch time now. 

The main highlights of the menu are all printed above. From the soup base and meats to the myriad choices of sides and desserts, they are all the "basics" in this Taiwanese hot pot place. 

Let's begin with choosing the two types of perfect broth in one pot to satisfy the palate:

精选汤底 Featured Soup Base
壽喜湯底Sukiyaki Soup
湖盐汤底Lakesalt Soup
高级豚骨汤底 Tonkatsu Soup
蒙古麻辣汤底 Spicy Soup
台湾药膳汤底 Herbal Soup
东炎汤底 Tomyam Soup

For the first time, I try the Lake Salt Soup Base (湖盐汤底) which is similar to our local Superior Soup (清汤) but slightly more savoury. My next favourite is the Sukiyaki Soup Base (壽喜湯底) which is very strong in flavours, suitable for dipping the meats.

While waiting for the broth to boil, we have some palate openers to whet the appetite--
Pickled Cherry Tomatoes (梅漬蕃茄), Golden Kimchi (黄金泡菜) and Pickled Lotus Root (芒香藕片).

Taiwanese Braised pork rice (卤肉饭)

As well as the famous Taiwanese Lu Rou Fan!! Love this bowl of melt-in-the-mouth pork with
gorgeous thick sweet and savoury gravy. This comfort food is so addictive that we can't stop eating.

Here we are spoilt with myriad choices of premium grade meats. And the best part is, you can order as many as you want, and the food will be delivered to your table by the attentive staff. Soups are constantly refilled and empty plates are never left to linger long on the table. 

特选肉品 Specially Selected Meats
将军霜降牛 Australian Striploin
霜王雪花牛 Australian Ribeyes
诸葛嫩肩里肌羊 Lamb Shoulder Roll
干将梅花猪 Pork Belly
莫邪烟熏猪前腿 Pork Shoulder
春秋鸡柳条 Chicken Fillet
金陵樱桃鸭 Duck Roll

*以上食材无限供应 Unlimited orders are available.

The thinly sliced pork comes in a good balance of  lean and fatty layers. Yummy!

[Highly Recommended!] 霜王雪花牛 Australian Ribeyes

How to best enjoy the beef? Just dip into the Sukiyaki broth for 3-5 seconds and enjoy it according to your preferred level of wellness.

To be honest, there are just too many types of meatballs (More than 20 types!!) to be chosen from!

After trying lots of them, I enjoy the Wasabi Ball (芥未丸), Black Sesame Mochi (黑芝麻糯米糍), Pork Tendon Ball (猪筋丸) and Handmade Meat Balls (手打肉丸). Some burst in the mouth with lots of juicy meaty goodness. 

This spicy (麻辣) ball is highly recommended for spicy lovers too!!
Be careful, the spicy juice will burst upon biting into the bouncy ball.

And the Black Sesame Mochi (黑芝麻糯米糍) is great for those who want a sweet finish.

火锅料 Other Steamboat Ingredients
章鱼烧 Taro Fish Ball
诚心丸 Sincere Ball
咖啦鱼丸 Curry Fish Ball
芝士海鲜豆腐 Cheese Seafood Bean Curd
芝士虾丸 Cheese Prawn Ball
虾球王 Premium Prawn Ball
红心丸 Red Heart Ball
香菇鱼丸 Mushroom Fish Ball
精品墨鱼丸 Premium Cuttlefish Ball
鱼包花枝 Fish and Squid Mixture
火腿肉丸 Ham Ball
白 鱼丸 White Fish Ball
鲍鱼片 Abalone Slice
百页豆腐 Special Tofu
玉字烧 Tamago

To balance the meal, we also add some noodles and vegetables into the broth. The slices of Pumpkin and Cabbage add natural sweetness into the soup.

副食 Side Dishes
乌冬面 Udon Noodles / 冬粉 Dongfen / 菠菜面 Spinach Noodles / 
腐竹 Beancurd Skin / 豆腐卜Beancurd Puff / 油条 Fried Breadstick

蔬菜类 Vegetables
红萝卜 Carrot / 白萝卜 White Carrot / 南瓜 Pumpkin / 卷心菜 Cabbage /
鲍鱼菇 Abalone Mushroom / 金针菇 Golden Mushroom / 香菇 Mushroom /
西红枣 Tomota / 山药 Chinese Yam / 红薯 Sweet Potato / 毛瓜 Chieh Gua /
木耳 Chinese Fungus / 大白菜 Bok Choy / 油麦 Yau Mak / 茄子 Eggplant

Another unique feature of Taiwanese Chun Ciou Hot Pot is the choice of sauces!

Here you can choose among 10 types of sauces and condiments to create your own combination of flavours and pair with the steamboat ingredients. I especially love the chilli sauce for a spicy kick. 

酱料 Sauces & Condiments
青葱 Green Onion
大蒜 Chopped Garlic
辣椒 Chilli Sauce
泰国辣酱 Thai Chill Sauce
水果酱 Fruit Sauce
沙茶酱 Satay Paste
酱油 Soy Sauce
香菜 Parsley 
芝麻酱 Sesame Sauce
豆腐乳 Fermented Bean Curd

You must try creating this Chun Ciou Signature Sauce (招牌酱汁) from the raw ingredients!
Just follow these 4 simple steps below:

Step 1. Put Sesame Sauce into the bowl (Put more for sweeter taste)
Step 2. Add Egg Yolk for a smoother texture
Step 3. Add finely-chopped fresh Spring Onions (Add more for better texture)
Step 4. Sprinkle some Shichimi Powder (Add more for spicier flavour)

Tadaa! Now we are done with this golden egg yolk sukiyaki sauce which helps enhance the meat texture and juiciness while bringing down the hot pot heat on the meat. 

Apart from the sauces and condiments, various beverages are available at the buffet bar,
ranging from cold drinks to hot Chinese tea.

甜品 Desserts
柠檬砂糖片 Sweet Lemon Slice
红豆汤 Red Bean Soup
冰淇淋 Ice Cream

Chun Ciou's desserts are equally great for both adults and children. The red bean soup is very thick and not too sweet for my liking. Here you can taste every bit of the red beans, adding nice texture to the dessert. 

The Sweet Lemon Slices (柠檬砂糖片) are more popular among female customers who
love tangy sweet flavours. The balance of sourness and sweetness is just perfect here. 

Taiwanese Chun Ciou Hot Pot Buffet 台湾自助式火锅 春秋战锅
Buffet timing: Lunch 12pm-3pm / Dinner: 5pm-11pm

Prices:
Weekday lunch: RM60++ (RM60 +10% + GST 6% =RM69.60) per adult
Weekday dinner, weekend lunch and dinner: RM75++ (RM75 +10%+ GST 6% =RM 87) per adult
Children from 110cm to 130cm tall: Half price
Infants from 90cm to 110cm tall: RM10++ (RM10 +10% + GST 6% =RM11.60) 

Reasons to Visit:
1. Everything is so Taiwanese here-- from the top notch quality Taiwanese-style services to premium ingredients and recipes from Taiwan.
2. Comfortable, modern, air-conditional atmosphere-- No sweats, and very cosy feeling when dining here.
3. Spoil with various choices-- Premium air-flown ingredients from Taiwan, high quality meats, special broths, unique sauces, and signature desserts.

Chun Ciou Hot Pot (春秋战锅)
Lot 306, Batu 3, 
Jalan Klang Lama,
58000 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 012-6882860, 016-5454348, 018-2776503
Facebook: fb.com/chunciouhotpotmalaysia
Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/uFzzyRNQ2WN2

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