龙门客栈 Dragon Door Inn Steamboat

Mom is getting old. We are worried that cooking a big feast is too tiring for her, so we persuaded her that we should eat out instead. This was the replacement dinner for the Mid Autumn Festival.

We decided to go to this place for a steamboat dinner.

Dragon Door Inn
龙门客栈 Long Men Ke Zhan (Dragon Door Inn)

Or Loong Moon Hak Zhan in Cantonese. There is no branch or franchise for this guy, there is only 1 outlet in Cheras, smack in the midst of that cluster of shops opposite Leisure Mall. Apparently they are quite famous, we had to make reservations in advance to avoid disappointment upon arrival.

Dragon Door Inn
The steamboat restaurant is upstairs, have to climb this Staircase of Fame to get there

As the restaurant’s name suggested, this is an ancient China themed restaurant. The entire restaurant is decorated to resemble an ancient Chinese inn.

Dragon Door Inn
Even the staff dresses like those 小二 Xiao Er

That’s about it though. The cuisine here is nothing like what you can get in those ancient inns. But then, what do I know? My only experience with hak zhan is through TVB and China drama series. Here we eat steamboat. And charcoal fire steamboat at that.

Dragon Door Inn
The table is cheap modern day type though, with some customization done in the middle of it
Dragon Door Inn
A charcoal pot is brought over and placed in that compartment in the middle of the table
Dragon Door Inn
Then a steamboat pot is placed on top of the charcoal

The staff brought a fan and placed it on the floor, facing the charcoal pot, and turned it on.

Dragon Door Inn
The fan’s effect on the charcoal pot
Dragon Door Inn
When smoke comes out from the steamboat pot, it means our soup base is ready. The fan is then turned off and brought away
Dragon Door Inn
We had 2 of their most popular soup bases. The clear soup and the herbal soup

Actually no, I just made up the name of the soups. They have fancy names, but I forgot, and I’m not really bothered to search for right names online. The clear soup is a chicken bones broth or something, and the herbal soup is basically that, a herbs based broth.

Dragon Door Inn
Round 1 of the food we ordered
Dragon Door Inn
Bon Appetit!

After this point of time, I totally forgot about taking photos. Was too busy stuffing myself with food.

A lot of people told me the herbal soup broth is awesome, but I personally prefer the clear soup broth.

I don’t think this is the best steamboat restaurant in terms of the soup base or the food, but for the ancient China feel, yeah why not? I’ll come back in a heartbeat 😉 .

Details:

18-1, Jalan Manis 4, Taman Segar, Cheras, 56100, Kuala Lumpur. Phone number: 03-9130 1062

24 Comments

  1. Wow! Nice place! I would want to go there just to have a feel of the decor. Steamboat is such a good idea to bring the family closer because you need to coordinate when to put in raw food and take out cooked food from the pot. I know of warring family where people purposely put in raw food into the pot just as you were about to take out your cooked food so you won’t be able to take out the cooked food until their raw food is cooked so your food became overcooked tough food. Hahaha, what fun to have a steamboat meal! 😀

    • Huh? I cannot imagine that “purposely” scene in real life, I thought it only happens in TVB drama 😐 . I thought people are more “fake” nowadays, even when warring, must appear to be cordial in front of the parents/old people? No such problem with my family though. Usually I am NOT the one who do these putting-food-in stuff. I have zero awareness on the different cooking times of different ingredients and would just throw everything in together. I was relegated to the sidelines for this task fairly early in my life, my job is just to eat 😀

  2. hey there, welcome back to KL hahaha! Dragon Door Inn is quite famous among residents around Cheras & neighboring area. Many of my frens & relatives been there too.

    • Yeah, it seems so, we had to make our reservation the day before. Apparently this was due to the long weekend holidays and everyone left town. Usually you would need to make the booking a few days in advance, according to my reliable source a.k.a sister.

  3. Hey, great choice! Like the outlook and the theme of this steamboat shop.. brings back the “Old ancient times of the sword movies” .. hahaha… kind of special, RG! Yes, I like clear soup compared to herbal.. original taste of all the vege and meat… How about the price, is it reasonable? 🙂

    • I forgot to take photos of their windows, it is those wooden panel that you can push out and hold it open with a stick, much like you see in the movies. I imagined Wong Fei Hung fighting off bad guys downstairs while eating, although the reality was lots of cars moving around/waiting for parking spaces 😀
      Hahaha, I have to admit I don’t know the price. Big brother footed the bill and I didn’t ask 😳

  4. I never venture out to Cheras as it is out of the way for me. Anyway, the decor of the restaurant is quite quaint, like those olden times. And these days the charcoal fueled steamboat is quite rare I think. Most restaurants use gas cylinders and quite honestly I have a phobia for those things. I prefer to go for steamboat at places like MoMo Steamboat because each person gets their own steamboat pot.

  5. steamboat!! I think I only have this once a year, during CNY.. you know what, bcos it doesn’t need a lot of work, we have steamboat for reunion dinner every year since like 20 years ago!!! and you know CNY, we tend to prepare more food.. and to clear the stock, we will steamboat almost everyday.. that explains why that “once” in a year, haha!! phobia..

    • I like this place!! so retro and so traditionally chinese!! the 3rd and 4th photo look awesome!! and that charcoal “stove”, OMG, this is a very unique place dei~~ 🙂

    • I’m not accustomed to steamboat at home, probably because of our Cantonese roots, it is always a few lavish dishes with rice for CNY. My mom tried preparing for steamboat once, it was not easier than cooking according to her, because she prepares everything with fresh ingredients, cutting this marinating that 😀
      You can go visit the restaurant, it’s in Cheras 😉

    • You can always find Princess Ribbon to bring you (since I am mostly not in KL), apparently she is more familiar with this place than I am 😀

  6. I went to this place before! Once.. I stay in Tmn Segar one la.. hehe.. I mean my parent’s place la.. Been staying there for 26 yrs before I got married.. I went there once and the price was not cheap..

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*