this was the first time that i wanted to "celebrate" my birthday, because i usually don't. it's usually just a typical day for me i don't do anything not even a fancy dinner out. the day before, i had a joint bbq-swimming party with another colleague. my birthday fell on monday so i was pretty limited with my options. first, cook dinner and have my friends come over...ahhh too lazy and got tired with the party the day before. how about delish crabs with vermicelli...i need to have noodles for long life...damn too far! hmm the other option was el cerdo but i was not in the mood for pork. so i finally decided to go for steamboat.
we got some freebie appetizers. pinoy style peanuts which we loved. you rarely get to see this here in kl, actually this is the first time we got this here, they usually serve steamed peanuts. the tofu was so so not exactly a fave. and my favorite is the pickled papaya. they were very crunchy and the sweet tangy flavor was perfect to cleanse my palate after a bowl of the spicy soup.
when it comes to steamboat the restos here offers a wide range of broth. xiao fei yang offers the spicy one. they have this yin yang kind of vessel wherein the non-spicy and spicy broth are poured into.
you can see all the herbs and spices...my friend described the broth as pito-pito. ok don't be discouraged it's not as bad as you think it is. the mild one actually tastes like tinola broth and the spicy one is a spicy pito pito kinda broth...not really medicinal herbs but you really get that herbal flavor. i'd have to admit this is not for those with simple palates. but since i have not had anything that has "wowed" my palate for god knows how long...this was a welcomed flavor.
as if the flavorful broth is not enough, they have 3 kinds of condiments. chilli oil, a sesame based type of paste and the sa cha which is the most common one used in manila. i love the condiments, they taste good together.
we got several stuff for the steamboat. my favorites are the lotus root, the pork intestines which were very tender and of course tofu.
it was such a filling meal, i think i only had two small bowls of the broth. i initially thought we could finish up everything since we only had several items. but we weren't able to finish them...and we left out the prawns!!! yup such a waste. but i guess the broth has this filling effect as well...we didn't even have carbs except for the vermicelli noodles which was merely consumed. it was still a fun meal for me. a unique broth and some goodie steamboat items. i am looking forward to an eat all you can steamboat =) and i hope that's soon.
xiao fei yang steamboat
18, lorong thambi dua
pudu, kuala lumpur
tel no: 03-2142-6789