Wednesday, February 25, 2009

BB Ho Steamboat, Bandar Puteri Puchong

Never been a big fan of steamboat, never quite got the point of it! All that steam, in this tropical heat, just so we can wait for our food to cook while the pores on our skin enlarge. But it was a chilly Sunday evening, after a downpour in KL, so I was game for anything, really.

I am ashamed to say that this is my first foray into Puchong, despite knowing that it's quite the destination for some pretty good food. BB Ho Steamboat, once again pulled out from H's hat of unexpected tricks, is located in Bandar Puteri Puchong.

I arrived late, thanks to missing the right turn into Bandar Puteri. The others were tucking in with great relish, around the centrepiece of one bubbling pot filled with enoki mushrooms, pork & fish balls and other goodies. OK, so it didn't really look the insipid vat of MSG-flavoured water that I was expecting. The others could barely tear themselves away from chewing to mumble hello.

The hot mess that is steamboat - food overcooked beyond recognition. If you can swallow it, consider it edible! Here, we have a sampling of (from bottom left clockwise) fish noodle, a corner triangle of tofu, cabbage, fish, strings of yee mee, bean curd sheets, yam, all dunked in very tasty soup. THe presence of MSG, however, cannot be denied.

Prized possessions - two prawns, such a lovely shade of crustacean coral! All mine!

The battle of the ladles!

We amused ourselves by watching egg cook in a ladle.

While it's the jewel in the heart of the princess precinct, BB Ho is not the most ideal place to catch up with friends over all that steamboat din. Within an hour, the steam had died, the last of the droopy yee mee left to float lifelessly in the pot, signalling time for us to take our leave. Not ready to call it a night, we adjourned to nearby Thirty Two bar & restaurant, dark, conversation-friendly and best of all, varied menu of alcoholic beverages!

7 comments:

thenomadGourmand said...

serious? MSG so pronounced?

Steven Goh said...

sound to me like this is not really very greatful steamboat hum? Should tell other not to go there liao

Life for Beginners said...

"The battle of the ladles!"

I love that! But so true lah... Fighting over the best pieces before they disappear... ;)

Selba said...

Not yummy at all? Steamboat supposedly to be healthy food, no?

Sean said...

i'm not a big fan of steamboat either, but it can be comforting on a rainy night... thirty two sounds intriguing though ... i generally avoid puchong coz there aren't many comfortable places where you can spend hours nibbling on finger food and guzzling cocktails...

Nic (KHKL) said...

yeah, i prefer dai chow anytime!! haha! having said that, steamboat done at home with the right broth and ingredients can be an enjoyable experience. provided there are ppl doing the washing for me la..haha!

backStreetGluttons said...

Aha ! your hottest adventure has brought back memories of Yede Olde steamboat in the cool frasers / camerons highlands , one of our unforgettable hits! Right,other sea level steamboats like in Puchong/Sunway are hot & puffing most times . Note: Its very important to get the right crowd coz some treat it like a personal chap fun shop ( know what I mean ?) do you remember yours truly pieces of prawns and fishes forever disappearing)and your kind neighbour keeps on topping you with all those white veges and more tofu and the damn balls ! LOL !