滚一滚 Boiling Steamboat @ Elit Avenue, Bayan Baru

When this restaurant first opened for business some time in July 2014, nobody gave two hoots about it. After all, they were in Elit Avenue, the then newly opened commercial podium of Elit Heights. At that time, out of probably 100 shop lots, only 4 or 5 opened their doors for business. Apart from James Foo Western Food which is already a well known brand name in Penang, the few other restaurants looked pretty dodgy, this one included.

And then, some time in September (at least that’s what I observed), this restaurant started to pick up business. Before I realized, the place was almost always fully occupied. And then the wonderful reviews started to flood my ears and Facebook news feed. Apparently this place does a steamboat buffet with fresh ingredients and is value for money. I finally had the opportunity to pay this place my first visit the day before New Year’s Eve 2014.

I am talking about 滚一滚 Boiling Steamboat and Dim Sum in Elit Avenue, Bayan Baru, Penang. 滚一滚, pronounced as Gun Yi Gun, literal translation Boil One Boil, basically means something like Boil Just One Short While.

The moment I set my foot into the restaurant, I was stunned. I did a double take on the view in front of me.

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What the..? Conveyor belt? Is this actually a sushi place? I am familiar with kaiten sushi (conveyor belt sushi), but I have never heard of kaiten steamboat.

But nope, the place is decorated like a Chinese eatery, and upon closer inspection, the food items on the conveyor belt looks decidedly like steamboat ingredients. Hmm.. interesting..

They do serve steamboat a la carte, or a la conveyor belt. And they do serve dim sum a la carte. But apparently this place is not really famous for these stuff. And we came here for the famous stuff. And the famous stuff here is the steamboat buffet.

By the way, if you do not recognize the word steamboat, it is basically the Southeast Asian name for hot pot. Steamboat = hot pot, hot pot = steamboat, they’re one and same.

For RM37.70 per pax, we get a starters platter to share (same platter regardless of the number of people in your party).

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Once we are done polishing these, there is a menu sheet with a list of items that we can order for the buffet. We basically write the number of servings we want beside the items that we want, and then get the waiter/waitress to prepare our orders. We can order as many times as we want. Buffet, remember? There is a time limit of 2 hours though. I’m not sure how they enforce it as I don’t see any timer systems being employed. But then, 2 hours is more than enough time to ensure you come in walking and go out rolling on the floor, that I can assure you 😉 .

The buffet also comes with free flow drinks (honey green tea, orange syrup, warm water), sweet soup 糖水 (red bean soup, longan soup), ice cream and most importantly, fiery and kick-ass condiments.

Instead of everyone sharing one big pot, we get an individual pot. Each person basically gets a large deep metal bowl and a dedicated induction cooker with 3 different temperature settings. The restaurant offers 4 selections of soup base: clear soup, pork tripe soup, herbal soup and tom yam soup.

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Basically, you just order away and cook away and most importantly, eat away..

I’m sorry to say that I do not have anymore photos to show because I totally forgot about the blog when the first round of orders arrived. Basically it was strips after strips after strips of pork, lots of minced pork, lots of various mushrooms, assorted balls, pumpkin, fish maw, vegetables, and then repeat all over again.

Sh*t.. why am I blogging about this? My mom will read it and use it against my weight again when I go back!

I had 2 servings of red bean soup, and 2 servings of ice cream, and

The ingredients are really fresh. I had the herbal soup base, it was delicious, and made even more delicious as I cooked away. Red bean soup was nice. Ice cream was nothing to shout about, typical cheap ice cream that you can get from the supermarkets.

Yeah, I think this place is worthy of the crowds. I might come back to experience their a la carte dining, see if it is more economical to do so..

Anyway, here’s the directions to get there:

Address:
滾一滾 – Boiling Steamboat & Dim Sum
1-1-33, Elit Avenue
Jalan Mayang Pasir 3
Bayan Baru, Penang
(GPS Coordinates 5.322745, 100.281856)

Phone Number:
04-6119357

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22 Comments

  1. Geez, conveyor belt! Haven’t seen anything like that as yet. I know of one steamboat buffet near my place called Momo Steamboat. I quite like it because we get individual pots and the selection of food items is quite good. They also have a BBQ station. What they do is give you some cloth pegs with your table number and you just peg it on plates that are lined up at the BBQ station. The plates are stacked up under each category of BBQ item like satay, chicken wings etc. The waiter will pick it up from there, go to the kitchen and deliver the item to your table. It’s great for pigging out 😀

    • This is similar to Jogoya and a place that I’ve been to in JB called Ayukawa. Not steamboat, but buffet still, and has the cloth pegs system. Those are awesome! 😀

  2. Many restaurants should introduce the conveyor belt “feeding system” 😀
    It’s hilarious, but fun. Still, there is the risk of someone grabbing or even biting on your food.

  3. First time seeing conveyor belt steamboat. Dining a la carte will definitely be more expensive if you want to eat a lot, so eating a la carte Is probably a better option for you…and I don’t mean in terms of money….muahahaha!!

  4. We’re having steamboat tonight, our own at hime. My girl wanted that for New Year’s Eve and she did not say earlier so we did not have the ingredients ready. No nice place that I know of in town for steamboat – all a lot of msg. 🙁

  5. First time I see steamboat ‘liew’ on a conveyor belt.. Senang lor, no need to stand up 10x and go take the food then come back, then stand up and go take again.. I like steamboat, usually will go Hometown or HoHo, lastime used to go to Yuen for buffet style.. But now, with two kids, steamboat outside? Nah…. Sad…. 🙁

    • Ooohhh, and I can eat 10 plates of lamb slice, 10 plates of beef slice, 10 plates of bacon, 5 plates of quail’s eggs (maybe 50 biji there) and 5 plates of sui kow.. Those are my favourites.. 😛

    • If buffet then not using the conveyor belt, write on the menu chit and the waiter bring to us.
      You can make your own steamboat at home, just get an induction cooker set 😀

  6. We have this kind of buffet steamboat here too. Price is also quite similar with this place. But I have not tried them yet because, my family is such a small eater we don’t usually spend more than RM50 for steamboat. But if we eat ala conveyor belt style, will easily burn RM100++

    • That conveyor belt method is too expensive leh, if eat like normal. I was thinking, maybe I could get a rice, then get one RM 2 plate of ingredient, then it would be cheap rice and soup. Maybe I will try doing that soon 😀

  7. Hahaha, I couldn’t stop grinning when I came to the part about your mom. Steamboat is healthy food since no deepfried oily food so there is nothing to hold against you. 🙂

    This place seems to be doing something right serving fresh tasty food.

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