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This is zanyzany living in USJ. I am a Executive, work in Kuala Lumpur City Center. I like to hang out in Kuchai Lama, Petaling Jaya (North), Bandar Sunway. Thai, Japanese, Western variety, middle east are my favorite cuisines. I also love Café, Stall / Warung and Ice Cream / Froyo / Gelato, Pizza/Pasta, dairy food.
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Categories : Chinese | Restaurant | Buffet | Steamboat/Hotpot

Yuen Buffet Steamboat has a reputation as the bastion of seafood buffet steamboat restaurant. Despite offering only hotpot with 2 soup types i.e. chicken broth and spicy Tom Yam, there is a satisfying conclusion that this establishment knows just how to maintain the quality of their food with its no-frills delivery. A huge improvement is the comfortable setting at their new location, judging from the satisfied looking patrons despite being packed at peak dinner time. Not to mention that I really hated going to the Sunway area as it feels so unsafe! I happily paid the RM2 parking fee for the ample parking space and security.  In fact, the new location is easily accessible case in point: it took me only 15 minutes to reach the restaurant from Subang Jaya via the Western Digital access road from Federal Highway.  
signage at new location

signage at new location

 
crowd at dinner time

crowd at dinner time

 
chicken or tom yam - take your pick!

chicken or tom yam - take your pick!

 
Their wide variety fresh seafood ingredients are unmatched with other buffet steamboat wannabes and their secret must be simply the high turnaround of customers which practically ensured the buffet spread is regularly replenished. It says on their website that they had been operating from their previous location in Sunway since 2005 but a foodie friend told me they were already operating at another nearby location in Sunway since 1999!
good variety of seafood ingredients

good variety of seafood ingredients

 
fresh crabs from the buffet selection

fresh crabs from the buffet selection

 
good variety, good taste

good variety, good taste

 
my favourite

my favourite

 
Price has gone up since they moved but it is still the most competitive in town at RM29.90/pax (inclusive of Chinese tea), and also considering that they have not revised their price since 2011. And what about their famous chicken wings?? I can say they still taste as good as I remember it and yes, they still finish in seconds! Quick tip: Try going on a weekday and you don't have to be disappointed by losing out to those who are quicker on their feet on a full stomach  lol
signature dish - still a hot favourite

signature dish - still a hot favourite

 
The buffet spread is over 100+ ingredients (I lost count at 110!). I recalled there were only 2-3 types of dipping sauces previously but now there are 10 types. I love the Yuen's specialty sauce and the new garlic mint sauce. Caution though, the Freakin' Hot Sauce is no joke! [Tips: add a dash of sweet sauce to counter the acidity and you'll appreciate the sauce more].
I also noticed they added another pre-cooked food, deep-fried crab or pomfret. I love the batter and you can almost eat it whole! Also, for you sweet tooth out there, look for the delicious longan soya pudding' in the desert cabinet, another new item. Yep, you read it right, desert cabinet! The food display area is so much nicer and well-spaced (see the photos).
good dessert after you had your fill of the steamboat

good dessert after you had your fill of the steamboat

 
So many steamboat places has closed down but Yuen is still getting better and better! There’s no doubt that Yuen will continue to become the hottest reservation in town for a long time to come.
 
Recommended Dish(es):  pre-cooked seafood,pre-cooked flower crab,fresh prawns,clams,Honey Chicken Wings,longan soya pudding
 
Table Wait Time: 5 minute(s)


Date of Visit: Aug 04, 2014 

Celebration:  生日 

Spending per head: Approximately RM30(晚餐)

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Steamboat Smile Aug 18, 2012   (Related Review)
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Categories : Chinese | Restaurant | Buffet | Steamboat/Hotpot

This steamboat restaurant has been gaining a steady reputation for years and has managed to maintain its popularity despite competition from new steamboat restaurants. I guess the secret lies in a few factors.

Their buffet ingredients for the steamboat is really varied with items ranging from crab, mantis prawns, squid, fish balls, squid balls, beef, chicken slices, noodles, fish cakes, desserts like ice cream, tofu and even yong tau foo. The buffet line selections are fresh which is really important for steamboat as these are the items that will bring more flavour to the soup.

Each table is given a dual steamboat soup bowl giving diners a chance to taste both clear and tom yam base soup and caters to different tastebuds. I find the tom yam soup really appetizing with the right level of spicyness and tangy taste achieved. The soup gets even better once you have the ingredients at a brew especially from seafood items like prawns, crabs and shellfish. The sauce for dipping is also worth a mention because it is very good, a blend of chili and lots of other ingredients which were both spicy and sweet.

Soup for steamboat

Soup for steamboat

 
 
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Assorted Nigiri Sushi Smile Aug 18, 2012   (Related Review)
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Categories : Japanese | Restaurant | Seafood | Ramen/Udon/Soba | Fine Dining

 
I tried their Assorted Nigirisushi, with salmon roe, ebi (shrimp), maguro (tuna), unagi (eel) and hamachi (yellowtail fish). The sushi here is definitely in a class of their own. The hand formed sushi uses only the freshest meats and ingredients and the sweet natural taste is intoxicating. I especially like the salmon roe with each roe popping when chewed and the sensation of hundreds of exploding roe and the salty taste that follows which when combined with the vinegar flavoured rice is sensational. The other cuts are just as commendable like the hamachi sushi which has a buttery taste so I felt like I was having a dessert. Highly recommended.
 
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Fish Head Curry Smile Aug 18, 2012   (Related Review)
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Categories : Chinese | Restaurant | Steaks / Chops

 
The curry is thick and creamy with a slightly salty and spicy taste. The ingredients that came with it are firm tofu, cabbage, fish head and lady's finger. It was brimming with the ingredients and all of it has been well flavoured with curry taste and served hot in a claypot. The gravy is very good when paired with rice as the milky taste is intoxicating. Highly recommend this to try.

The restaurant is well known in the neighbourhood as a place that serves well cooked chinese dishes.
 
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Red Velvet Cupcake OK Aug 17, 2012   (Related Review)
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Categories : Malaysian variety | Western variety | Multi-Cuisine | Café | Steaks / Chops | Seafood

 
I find the red velvet cake at this cafe just average as it was a bit too sweet for my taste. The cheese filling was a little dry and could do with more moist texture. The red velvet filling was just sparingly distributed and I prefer more of that as it has a really nice flavour. The size of the cupcake is not too big and is good for a light snack.

Delicious has quite a good range of desserts in their high tea and is worth a try.
 
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