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.
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).
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.
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:
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)