Having been to Bangkok, I was familiar with the concept of Shabu-Shabu and Sushi or Shabu-Shabu and Sukiyaki. Hence, I was quite excited to try out Suki-ya when it started in Pavilion some time ago. As luck would have it, I didn’t have the chance to visit before I made my big move to Australia, but I made it up by visiting it during my 2-week back to Malaysia trip. We tried to make a reservation but were told that it was fully booked, so we could only try out luck by going there early and queue up for a place. We ended up getting a table easily when we reached slightly after 11am for lunch.
The first thing we were asked was the choice of soup we wanted. There were 5 of us and we were seated on a table with 2 pots with 2 choices each, so we could choose up to 4 types of soup. I think that’s quite fortunate because there were some tables with just 1 pot that could seat the same amount of people but they could only choose 2 types of soup. Since it was the first visit for most of us, we opted for several choices namely the Sukiyaki, Miso soup and Kimuchi soup.
Types of soup – Shabu-shabu, Sukiyaki, Miso Soup and Kimuchi
How to eat Sukiyaki
According to the menu, there were also some a la carte items that one could order to complement the shabu-shabu/sukiyaki meal if desired. We didn’t have any of those since we were really there for the hot pot experience. Once we placed our orders for soup, we proceeded to the vegetables bar to pick out our favourite vegetables, mushrooms, fish balls, noodles and a selected variety of seafood.
Selection of vegetables at the Vegetables Bar
More hot pot items
Our first plate
Various balls and tofu
I’m glad to say that the vegetables were fresh and crisp, and were constantly refilled so we were not faced with shortage. The highlight of the meal though, was the sliced meat. Sliced meat was served upon order so one could be assured of its freshness. Raw meat left too long under room temperature is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, so it should always be cooked and eaten once served. There were 3 choices of meat available – chicken, beef and lamb. The waitress asked us which type of meat we wanted and we said all 3. To our surprise, she then served us 5 servings of each meat (since there were 5 of us), resulting in a whopping total of 15 plates at one go! It was certainly overwhelming for us to see so much meat at one go. We decided to return some of them since we knew we couldn’t finish all of them, plus we could always order again if we wanted to.
Various meat slices – 15 plates!
The meat slices were paper thin and fresh, which was perfect for sukiyaki. According to the instructions, the right way to eat sukiyaki would be to cook the meat in the hot soup and then dip it into raw egg for the best flavour. Saucer did exactly that and was happy with the result. I, on the other hand, stuck to the good old sauces, which I’d wished had more variety than just the 3. I also thought the Kimuchi soup lacked of a certain kick that day, or it could have been due to my flu. I guess I’ll never know.
Types of sauces
Kimuchi and sukiyaki soup
Sukiyaki and miso soup
Overall, we had quite an enjoyable experience dining at Suki-ya, partly because of the great company and partly due to the fact that we could always get as much food as we wanted throughout the session. Needless to say, we stuffed ourselves to the brim. We even left before our 2-hour period was due simply because we couldn’t eat anymore.
Suki-ya at Paradigm Mall
Adult: RM29.80++ (lunch) and RM39.80++(dinner)
Children below 12: 50% off
UG-13 (in front of Tong Pak Fu) Paradigm Mall,
No.1 Jalan SS7/26/A,
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Tel No.: +603-7887 3042
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun (11:00 am – 10:00 pm)