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Came across this brand since last year and went to give it a try for this 蜀香楼成都火锅 Shu Xiang Lou at The Linc, KL. A hotpot person that have been exploring China Sichuan hotpot and I find this place is more for entry-level diners.

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Menu is quite direct.

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The ambiance of this outlet is pretty spot on, by transporting you back to the ancient China dynasty.

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at the condiments counter, there is a chart that shows you how to mix on their special sauce.

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Tried their Mala and Pork bone soup. Both are on average. The beginner spiciness is really for those who are not into Sichuan style hotpot. Not too spicy yet numb also.

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As it was after Christmas party last year and most of us are hangover and we did not try much. only came by to have something soupy and wanted to try the taste one of a Sichuan Hotpot in KL.

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The usual ingredients that we order.

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End of the day, I still think Xiao Long Kan still pretty good as they have improved over the months and another shop in Kuchai.

If you are not so hardcore like me, you guys can give it a try.  Pricing average per head is about RM 40 – RM 80 (depending what you order)

*NON-Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 6/10, okok la !!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
蜀香楼成都火锅
Taman U Thant,
55000 Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours: 11am – 12am

Tel: 03-2181 2997

This famous HaiDiLao hotpot is indeed spreading its wings in Malaysia very fast. With the latest addition to Gurney Paragon, Penang, It had created a huge buzz up in the north. Also making them one of the most famous mala hotpot in Penang.

Why is Haidilao so famous. For one simple reason. Service & Fresh ingredients!

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People do come and queue as early as 11am, however we had heavy breakfast and my parents decided to drop by to check it out where hoping to get numbers for dinner. Instead the queue was not long, they decided to head inside to try luck.

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Here are the 2 sessions available for you to queue to pick your number. morning session starts at 11am and night dinner starts queue at 4pm.

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waiting number will keep updating and you will be called if you are around the area. Another way is to scan your wechat on the QRcode then you can walk around and monitor your number. 5 Numbers before your turn, head back to this waiting area.

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While waiting for your table, you are being pampered with all kinds of snacks, fruits , Thong sui and drinks,

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Their fresh pop corn is pretty good too.

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The waiting area.

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More Snacks!

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The weird part of this manicure is you have to dine first then only head to this section to do it. I thought is while waiting in the queue you can do your manicure. Also they do have kids play area if your kids got grumpy or bored. It is also connected to the table on the dining table just in case you want to watch over your kids while eating.

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We got our table quite fast, which is less than 30-35  minutes with 50 numbers ahead of us. We reach around 12pm. I guess lunch on Saturday was not that pack which is still not too bad. Upon seated, you will be given warm towel, a cover to protect your phone, a wet wipes to wipe your oily screen. Rock melon being serve along as well.

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Digital menu

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There are variety of sauce mixing that you can try it out.

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We were so full from breakfast, so we ordered a little to try it out.

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We order:

  1. Sichuan Malat (level 1) which you can upgrade if you want to add spicy. Those who can take spicy, direct go to level 3. Which taste much better.
  2. Tomato Soup (one of their signature)
  3. Curry Laksa (Malaysia edition only)
  4. Mushroom soup

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My kind of personal sauce mixing.

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Hai Di Lao famous dancing noodle which is a must order. (watch my video on see how he dance)

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with my parents as they want to join the hype too. A tick for them and for those who are not used to eating Malat, Haidilao is certainly one of the best place to be.

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After we are done at 2.30pm, these are all the crowd waiting for 4pm number session or dinner session onwards. This is kinda crazy and luckily we ate for lunch instead of night. In KL, average waiting time is 2-4 hours depending on branch. So good luck to the rest of you.

Overall Haidilao Malaysia is good for :

  1. entry level or beginners whom are not used to eat Malat or sichuan hotpot. To us who loves Malat, this place is totally out as there are much better hotpot place over this.
  2. Service, service and service – even though is quite top notch over I think Singapore Haidilao or Korea Haidilao is so much better.
  3. the most important is the price is not expensive if you compare to Singapore or Korea.

So for sichuan hotpot in Penang, you could consider this as one of the option. My experience in Singapore and Korea.

*Non-Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, good for family bonding and they want to try out!!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Gurney Paragon, 163D-L4-13 & 13A,
Persiaran Gurney, 10250 George Town, Penang

tel: 04-297 1263

Operating Hours: 10.30am – 3am

Plaza Arkadia is slowly gaining its momentum for F&B hub. Lamei Mala Hot Pot in Plaza Arkadia is one of the latest addition to the latest malat trend in KL. We were craving for mala and was on the way to another outlet till saw this new shop operating and it was pre-opening promo with 15% off.

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The outlet interior is filled with trees that gives you the effect like sakura season.

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Some photo op area

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Condiments for you and is addtional RM 5 per charges if I am not mistaken.

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The outlet concept here is pretty unique as they are using Sushi method. Each of the colour plate comes with different pricing and they capped it at:

1) Cylinder Shaped @ RM 6.80
2) Purple @ RM 9.80
3) Green @ RM 13.80
4) Sky Blue @ RM 16.80
5) Yellow @ RM 19.80
6) Red @ RM 29.80

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You can either pick the item at the fridge nearby yourself or the waiter/ waitress can serve it to you.

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We find that there is a huge problem with the menu as each of the item indicate there do not comes with a sticker pricing. So you will be guessing how much will that be.

Then we pity the waiter/waitress as when the bring the item to you, then you check the pricing of the item. Too expensive then you ask them to return. (as what table next to us did)

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There are a few variety of soup for you to choose from:

1) Mix Soup @ RM 39
2) Tomato Soup @ RM 39
3) Pork Bone Soup @ RM 36
4) Beauty Soup @ RM 42
5) Mala @ RM 39

For Mix soup we choose – Mala (level 2) – as was told if it is not spicy enough then we can request to add on spicy, which we did after that. and Beauty Soup.

Mala soup is certainly not for me. There is no numb nor spicy as the usual traditional hotpot is. (even added spicy after that). Beauty Soup is quite bland in taste.

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Ingredients are normal and meat are quite expensive as most of the meat are in red means RM 29.80

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We did not order alot for 2 pax.

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The bill turn out to be RM 189.70 after 15% discount for the ingredient we took, it is definitely not worth it.

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Well, I felt that this mala shop soup base had been localise. The the end of the soup is quite bitter. Certainly not my kind of mala shop I would return.

However if you are looking for a malat hotpot in KL beginner place to be, this could be one of your option. Especially our parents.

*Non-Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 5/10, expensive and not my type of malat !!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
H-G-16, Block Hutton,
Plaza Arkadia
No.3, Jalan Intisari Perdana,
Desa Parkcity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur

Operating Hours:
10am–2pm, 5pm–2am

Tel: 03-6261 9505

It seems that after bubble milk tea, China hotpot is next big thing. There are tons of China malat hotpot in the market and the latest one that currently making a huge hype is this authentic Xiao Long Kan Hotpot 小龙坎老火锅 from Chengdu is now officially landed in Fahrenheit 88, KL smack right in the heart of Bukit Bintang. Where shopping is just right at your door step. One of a new mala hotpot in KL.

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Just walk downhill from the road in between Sephora and Uniqlo, then you will see a long queue right in front of the shop. That is them in the street. One of the only shop that have a classic China heritage kind of frontage.

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The set up is exactly like the one I visited when I was in Chengdu 2 months back. With 2 huge chairs and a dragon head frontage and if you are the cashier area, you can see the amount of awards that they have won over a short period of time.

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They have this cute game character on the wall as you walk up to the levels. There is no lifts for customers.

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Love the seating ambiance, as each of the seating pavilion comes with different drawings. From the historic 3 Kingdom character that represent the heart of Chengdu.

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For the hotpot, we were recommended on 3 of their signature. Of course the original or authentic Malat soup, Tomato soup base and I had the pork bone soup. (I was told that their mushroom soup win over the pork bone soup – have yet try but will try it next visit)

The style of dipping the ingredients into the soup from chef recommendations:

Malat soup comes with a few level. Some of you that could not take spicy then it is best advise to start off level 1 or 2. those of you that are used eating malat and would like to try the authentic’ness of it, start with Level 3 onwards.

  • best to only dip with all the ingredient of pig/beef spare parts and meats
  • Chengdu customers do not drink soup like us. Soup base level 3 and above is more like towards drinking oil. The meat goes it is more for dipping for fragrance of malat oil.

Love the tomato soup base as it is sourish enough to my liking, slightly creamy from the beating of tomato and the thin layer of oil on top, is fragrant of the soup. Must order if can.

  • dip mostly with vegetable to enjoy the sweetness and fragrant of the soup base after that (if you were to drink it)

Pork bone soup – we start of with the prawns and the whole pot is punch with the fresnhess of the prawn shell flavour. then after that we just pour in the rest of meat or veggie that we are looking at. Base on our ingredient and soup base, best to refill max 3 times of soup to enjoy maximum flavour of the soup base from all the meat and vegetable.

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In China hotpot, my damage for bill never comes in 2 figure. Always ended up 3 figure per head. Here is my order and guess what? I have a new favourite dish in Chengdu and now they have it here. The green Bamboo slices is my new favourite and a must have item.

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A mixture of their special sauce and condiments comes with additional RM 5 per head. 

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Best way to enjoy the dipping Sauce is with a mix of scallions, Xiang Chai, chopped garlic and chilli with Xiao Long Kan secret “Xiang You 香油” aka fragrant oil. (original way)

To some of you that used to add in vinegar and oyster sauce is another way to tone down the spiciness level of the meat. (where I am used to mix this 2 in)

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First round of ordering, ordered mostly Xiao Long Kan Signature Dish. Their XLK Spicy Chili Beef 双辣牛肉 @ RM38/full – best to dip into malat soup.

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My new favourite, Sliced Bamboo shoots @ RM 8 love the crips texture of it. There a few ways to eat this.

  1. Eat it raw
  2. Best to dip it for 3 second and eat
  3. 9 second (my friend favourite style) – where it is soft.

Shrimp Paste 手工虾滑 @ RM38

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Rose Meat Ball 手工玫瑰丸子@ RM26 – hand crafted signature meatball. dip the whole thing into the pot and was told best to eat along with the rose petal too. To enjoy the flavour of it.

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Pork Brain if you are up for it. Have to cook in a metal basket for at least 15 minutes and a bite of this give you a creamy texture.

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Brown Sugar Glutinous Rice Stick 红糖糍粑 @ RM13 – a must order item for me as love the texture of the muarchi goie’ess with brown sugar is just perfect. Do not take a huge big bite when it is serve as it is pippin hot.

Fried Crispy Meat 现炸酥肉 @ RM16

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We went slightly crazy as we hit for the extreme level of Malat Pot. For a trio pot, I think the extreme level might not be suitable as it is too concentrated and spicy level is max high. I would prefer it if it is only 2 soup base pot. Bigger volumme of soup and more equal. I think this would be perfect.

The rest as below are the normal items that usually I would order for my hotpot.

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Australian A5 Beef @ RM90/full

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A must have item for me – Duck Intestine 冰球鸭肠 @ RM28 (do not over cook this as 1-3 minutes is perfect) and also Pig Intestines  @ RM12, Sliced Kidney 手工猪腰片 @ RM16 – Which i forgot to take picture.

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Bean curd roll and Pork Blood 清肺猪血 @ RM10

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Fresh White Prawns 深海明 – 6 只 [email protected] RM52

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Vegetable Platter @ RM20

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Beef Slices

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Enjoying my malat hotpot.

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If you have yet to taste any Authentic taste of the soup base, do request that you want to have authentic malat pot for best experience of the soup.

Location:
Xiao Long Kan Hotpot KL
Lot 03, Block D,
179 Fahrenheit, 88,
Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

(5 minutes walk from Bukit Bintang MRT station)

Operating Hours: 2pm – 2am

Tel: No booking available at the moment.

It seems that now Sunway Velocity is becoming like a mini ChinaTown. It turns out to be alot of China Hotpot is operating in this area and there are more popping up over next few months. I have been to both outlet a few times except Chuan Chuan.

1: Xiao Long Xing Jiang Hu

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Standing tall in the list is this place that stood top in my list. One of the best China Szechuan hotpot in this area or easily top in my ranking at the moment. Love the spiciness,numbness and strong spice flavour for the hotpot. also the ingredients here are quite fresh. (they have changed name and no longer the authentic as they claimed to be)

the only set back will be the price as you order 2 types of soup will easily cost RM 58. So best to come with at least 4 pax.

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Easily dining per head here will cost about RM 80 per head. Read more here. 

Location:
Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot
V05-01-02, Signature 1(V05) Lingkaran SV,
Sunway Velocity, Maluri, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Opens daily from 12pm to 12 am

Phone: 010-213 3382

GPS: 3.129573,101.723144

2: Suding Xiang Hot Pot 蜀鼎香重庆火锅

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Shuguo Yinxiang Restaurant  over here is milder if were to compare to Xiao Long Kan that located just further end of the street.

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This outlet do have their own crowd too, as this place is constantly queuing. Do not miss out to order the China Rice Wine as it ranges from RM 30 – RM 60. Decently Price.

Per head spending here is about RM 80 onwards too. Read more here. 

Location:
Shuguo Yinxiang Restaurant 蜀国印象蜀國印象·火锅
1st Floor, V03-01-03A, Level 1, Boulevard,
Sunway Velocity 55100, Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-9770 0078/ 03-9770 0079/ 012-9939 369

Operating hours: 11am-2am

3: Chuan Chuan Xiang Mala Steamboat

For some reason, many of my friends mention not to try this outlet out. So this is for you to decide as it is not worth for what you are eating or in a nutshell it is very expensive. Chuan Chuan it means like skewers or I call it our Lok Lok but in China version.

pic credit to Kyspeaks

Location:
Chuan Chuan Xiang
VO3-3A-6, Sunway Velocity,
Lingkaran SV, Maluri,
55100 Selangor
GPS: 3.127852, 101.725303
Tel: 018-771 6999

Sunway Velocity is not a mall itself by now. To us who loves China hotpot, it seems like a new mini China street in KL itself that have a few shops that serve classic China Szechuan Hotpot. Around dinner time from 7pm – 9pm, you can see a queue right in front of Shuguo Yinxiang Restaurant 蜀国印象蜀國印象·火锅. Rated no.2 by me in this street as they are situated outside at the Boulavard of the mall.

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If you decided to dine randomly in these few restaurant, best advise to reach before 7pm. If not most of the crowd are here for dinner and the average queue will be 90 – 120 minutes long. As diners doesnt eat very fast to clear the table for you as this is HOTPOT. Diners use their own sweet time to cook the ingredient, dip, chat and eat.

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You will be given a number and their service is pretty good. They will call you to inform you that your table is ready and will only be secure for about 10 minutes.

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Most of the Chinese Szechuan hotpot in Sunway velocity, they renovated their outlet back to those classic Wong Fei Hong Era.

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If you are seated inside, then they will have the change face and tea pouring performance. I choose to seat outside so that I dont smell like a fresh hotpot from the kitchen.

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Variety of condiments are available. You can mix base on the little signboard place ontop of the counter or you can just mix on what you like.

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each table will be given a mini pot of sesame blended oil.

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For first timer, you just need to pull out the wooden section of the chopstick and connect it to the base.

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Soup base here is sliglty milder and also on the Ma La Szechuan hotpot, slight on herb and spice taste.

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My version of sauce mixture.

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Lotus root is a must have for me.

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Their fried bean curd roll is a must have.

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Mixture of 4 meat.

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Dipping with my own version of special sauce.

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then we decided to order China Rice wine and they do have a few selection in here. Ranging from 35% – 60% alcohol content. WE order this with 55% alcohol content. It is so good to pair with hotpot as it is not burning hot, but have sweet end to it. Quite smooth too.

Well, the soup base in Shuguo Yinxiang Restaurant  over here is milder if were to compare to Xiao Long Kan that located just further end of the street. I would prefer this shop more for the pungent taste of it. However Shugo YinXiang Restaurant is on the cheaper side. You can do bookings too.

*Non-Halal

-= Ka Ching =-

Food Rating 7/10, not too bad !!!~-Stamped-

–Warning– This is based on my individual taste. Try it at your own risk-

Location:
Shuguo Yinxiang Restaurant 蜀国印象蜀國印象·火锅
1st Floor, V03-01-03A, Level 1, Boulevard,
Sunway Velocity 55100, Kuala Lumpur

Tel: 03-9770 0078/ 03-9770 0079/ 012-9939 369

Operating hours: 11am-2am

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