Delicious Makan Trail In Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia! Part 5 (Yong’s Steam Bot Garden 泳池海鲜生锅園)

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

Steamboat meal by the swimming seemed surreal.
Well, it’s not exactly a nice view but this trip was definitely worth the ride!

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

Ricky, Ricky’s friend from Batu Pahat who led us to Yong’s, and Benny.

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

Tony, myself and Benny (right).

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

The swimming pool that Yong’s got its Chinese name from (海口泳池火锅).

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

泳池生锅.
The person behind the counter was camera shy but did not stop me from taking pictures of the restaurant.

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

Live seafood available.

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

You pick what you want from a a trolley brought right up to your table.

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

This guy was very good with our cameras.
Benny said he must have had many requests to take photos from the restaurant diners.

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

Everyone was in a happy mood.

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

Our table was filled with food!

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

This promfet was very very fresh and sweet tasting.

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

My favourite seafood – Squid!
The part I loved most, yup, the tentacles 🙂

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

Fried soy bean skin is also one of my fav steamboat secondary ingredients.

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

Pork shabu shabu.

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

Fish Ravioli.

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

Pig’s Stomach.

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

Fresh Prawns.

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

My signature stand-on-the-chair top down view of the table since I do not own a fisheye.
And yes, it never failed to get shocked reactions from other diners 😉

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

Put a few pieces of the crispy pork lard cracklings into the stock.

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

Drizzle the sesame oil onto the heated metal spout of the steamboat to extract the nutty fragrance.

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

See how much the cooked pork shrunk?

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

The Har Gao was very succulent and fresh, too!

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

It’s amazing how my friends will give me candid shots, lol…

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

More food and more importantly, more conversations and laughter!

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

Tony said he wasn’t a big fan of steamboat as it meant DIYs.
Benny offered that because this meal is DIY, diners get to communicate while the food is cooking and thus steamboat makes a great bonding meal.
We agree!
I got to know Tony better and discovered how talented and funny he can be 🙂

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

Ricky’s friend said we must order this pumpkin dish.
It looked ordinary, like those we could easily find in Singapore’s cze char.

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

But the taste is in the pudding, right?
There’s a thin layer of salted egg yolk inside the crisp battered tuber.
Uber yummy!

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

Flambéed White Rice Wine Chicken in Hotpot!
I had barely taken a bite into the pumpkin and Tony got up with his camera and called for me to follow.
I thought we behaved like paparazzi but our subjects were food, hahaha…
Perhaps this was a new dish as many of Tony’s Batu Pahat readers have not seen this before.
They thought Tony did some editorial work to set the dish on fire, hehehe…

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

The mysterious owner of the restaurant was there and had asked the staff to serve us this dish.
We went to thank him later but the staff said he had left.
We enquired and the cashier said this dish would cost MYR48.

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

The chicken was covered with a pool of white rice wine and set on fire.
Once the alcohol had dissipated, herbal broth was topped into the hotpot and allowed to stew the fowl.
We were told that by letting the stew to continue to slow cook, the dish would become more flavoursome.

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

Chicken was very lean and the meat had more bite in comparison to the very tender soft birds we usually get in Singapore but I love this type of texture (kampong chicken?)

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

Tony making faces??? Lol…
He knew I was taking photos of him! Well, I tried to be discreet, guess I failed.

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

I enjoyed the agar agar (gelatine jelly) a lot 🙂

JB-Yong's Steamboat Bill-9450

Thank you!
We will definitely come back again!
The foreign exchange rate was SGD1 = MYR2.51 that day.

Yong's Steam Bot Garden

Yong’s Steam Bot Garden 泳池生锅.
A popular steamboat restaurant in Batu Pahat well known for its efficient service, good food and of course good pricing!

Steamboat meal was excellent. Ricky’s friend said there are a few steamboat restaurants in Batu Pahat but Yong’s is well known among the locals for their fresh tasty food and reasonable prices. Indeed, we saw a good turnover of diners during our dinner. Benny said he liked the fact that the broth was not overly seasoned and he didn’t felt parched after consuming (no msg?).

When the chicken hotpot was set on fire, the evaporating alcohol exuded sweet aromas, perfuming the air. I had a couple bowls of the rice wine chicken broth and did not felt intoxicated. We had not had enough time to cook the herbal chicken stew further but I’m pretty sure it would have tasted even better. Thank you Yong’s Steam Bot Garden for the special treat of Rice Wine Chicken 白酒烧鸡 which many of the locals did not even know. It could be a new dish on the menu so if you’re there, go ahead and order it!

This is the final installation of our one day Batu Pahat Food Trail which ironically spanned over 5 days for me to review 😉 We all had fun, lots of good food (7 places 8 foods) and gooder bestest great company, hahaha… The wine in the chicken hotpot must have gotten to me! My companions loved everything we did that day, slow and leisurely, we weren’t even bloated. Well, not me! They were even planning for our next food trail in Johor before the day was over.

I’ll summarise Batu Pahat’s trip: “The people are sociable and generous, like the aunty who stop work and came out of her shop to give us road directions. Food served has been dished out for generations so I can safely say they are authentic. What was most prominent to me, was that Batu Pahat’s cuisine is unswayed by the modern tastes of Johor’s bigger towns. Not only had we partaken scrumptious food, we had also tasted the charitable nature of every shop (the staff and owners) we visited, I am humbled by the munificent of an unpolluted town. Truly a beauty world if you can spare some time slowing down.”

Happy traveling, eating and bonding 🙂

Our itinerary for 4th October 2014’s leisurely food trail:

Restaurant name: Tong Chuan Kopitiam 东泉
Address: 763, Jalan Batu Pahat, Ayer Hitam, Johor. Malaysia.
Map: http://g.co/maps/rnfm3
GPS: 1.917571,103.179409
Hours: 8.30am to 6pm

Restaurant name: Chop See Kee 亞泗雲吞面
Address: 2, Jalan Jenang, Batu Pahat, Johor. Malaysia.
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/o4T2d
GPS: 1.853994,102.927668
Hours: 8.30am to 9.30pm

Restaurant name: No signboard Fishball Noodle Stall at Batu Pahat’s “Glutton Street”.
Address: At the junction of Jalan Peng Kai and Jalan Soga, Batu Pahat, Johor. Malaysia.
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/pThRx
GPS: 1.854745,102.927206
Hours: 10am to 4pm (closed on Tues)

Restaurant name: Kedai Makan Swee Kee 水记炖品
Address: 70, Jalan Abu Bakar, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia.
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/eO8Z
GPS: 1.852606,102.928445
Hours: 12nn to 8pm

Restaurant name: Ah Soon Fish Head Beehoon and Pork Organ Soup 阿顺猪杂汤
(inside Kedai Makanan Minuman Ah Soon)
Address: No.5, Jalan Temenggong, Batu Pahat, Johor. Malaysia.
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/fkTUA
GPS: 1.855185,102.929033
Hours: 11am to 2.30pm | 5pm to 10pm (Closed on Thurs)

Restaurant name: Da Bei Shui 大杯水 Kopitiam (delicious Mee Jian Kueh located there)
(insdie Kedai Minuman Buah-Buahan Cew Pure)
Address: Junction of Jalan Penjaja 3 and Jalan Penjaja, Batu Pahat, Johor. Malaysia.
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/MW79J
GPS: 1.858455,102.928998
Hours: Mee Jian Kueh stall operates from 12.30pm until sold out (usually at 4.30pm)
Tel: (+60) 012 732 0369

Restaurant name: Yong’s Steam Bot Garden 泳池海鲜生锅園
Address: No. 2 M/S, Jalan Minyak Beku, Batu Pahat, Johor. Malaysia.
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/WQeQg (approximate)
GPS: 1.836086,102.926128
Tel: (+60) 07-432 3320
Hours: 6pm to midnight

P.S. Special thanks to Tony for allowing me to hijack the addresses and GPS coordinates 😉

Enjoy the following video Tony of Johor Kaki Blog made on Rice Wine Chicken 白酒烧鸡

 

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3 Responses to “Delicious Makan Trail In Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia! Part 5 (Yong’s Steam Bot Garden 泳池海鲜生锅園)”
  1. Liked… good photos, described well… food and friends
    what more could anyone want…
    Love, hugs and good friends of good friends…
    ME and the Boss

    • Sam Han says:

      Thank you Michael. You’ve been a dear friend and I wish one day you and your wife can come and we do a real feasting 🙂 I am sure you will enjoy both sights and smells if you’re on diet, lol…

  2. SAFbakes says:

    Hey! I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. If you’d like to take part, click the following link for all the details: http://dinediscover.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/one-lovely-blog-award/

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