One of the most popular meals in Penang for any occasions, be it birthday celebrations or farewells is steamboat.
It is no doubt that steamboat is one of the most famous Penang Food although it is not originated from Penang. Steamboat is taken all year round although the weather in Penang is so hot and humid.
One of the restaurants in Penang Island that serves a great selection of dishes for steamboat at a reasonable price is the Xuan Xin Buffet Steamboat Restaurant.
The location of Xuan Xin Steamboat Restaurant is very easy to be located. If you are driving from Gurney Drive to Tanjung Bungah via Jalan Tanjung Tokong, you will surely pass by Island Plaza on your right and Prima Tanjung on your left. Keep driving for another 60 meters, you will soon see Xuan Xin Steamboat Restaurant on your right. Keep driving for another 200 meters ahead to make a U-turn back to the restaurant at the opposite road.
For those coming here in big groups, make sure you call for reservation before coming as this place is usually crowded during weekends. There were around 30 tables available and could cater for up to 150 pax.
The price for the buffet here is currently priced at RM28.50 per pax. There was a wide variety of dishes offered at the food counter. For noodles alone there were more than 4 types to be chosen from.
The seasoning and sauces to be accompanied with the steamboat were also available in more than 6 choices.
There were fresh Japanese tofu “bean curd”, turnip cubes and also soya bean seasoning to be added on to the soup.
Some of ingredients for the steamboat were also available as below:
- Sweet Corn Cubes
- Bean Curd Skin
- Black Mushroom
- Telephone Mushroom
- Yellow Noodle
- Bee Hoon
- Marinated Minced Meat
- Meet Balls
- Fish Balls
- Crab Meat Sticks
- Meat Slices
- Sausage Slices
- Pig Liver Slices
Varieties of Clams and Shells were available also.
Another attraction was the teppanyaki corner. You could choose your own ingredients to be pan-fried and the chef would fulfill your request. Unlike other BBQ Steamboat restaurants where you had to barbeque the ingredients yourselves and ended up making your shirt smelly.
You can mix and match the ingredients and let the chef do the oily stuff.
The available soup base:
- Clear Soup
- Tomyam Soup
- Hokkien Style Spicy Soup
- Herbal Soup
This is the steamboat pot, just place all the ingredients that you like into the boiling pot and wait for it to be cooked.
It is so easy that everyone could do it. No wonder it is classified as the food for any occasion.
Overall, the price for the steamboat buffet was very reasonable. The option of the ingredients were aplenty and fresh. The taste of the soup base were all acceptable. The drawback is the lack of car park spaces at this place and you are advised to book your table in advance.
Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):
Operation hours: 5:00pm – 12:00am (Monday – Saturday); 12:00pm – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 12:00am (Sunday & Public Holiday)
Contact: 04-899 6832
Address:101, Jalan Tanjung Tokong, 10470 Penang
GPS: 5° 45′ 30.48″ N, 100° 30′ 65.49″ E