Best Steamboat Restaurants In Ipoh

Out of all the food in Ipoh, Steamboat in Ipoh is a popular option for mealtimes – especially with a big group of family or friends. It makes for a comforting and delicious meal that can satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

But because there are so many steamboat restaurants in Ipoh, and also many different types of steamboat, it’s pretty hard to pick just one to go to!

Thus, to narrow down the search, here are the top 7 steamboat restaurants in Ipoh.

1. Bai Li Xiang Hotpot

Enjoy a personal hot pot when you dine at Bai Li Xiang Hotpot at Festival Walk. This shabu-shabu-style steamboat is a great option for those who like to dine at their own pace.

Choose from 13 different kinds of soup base such as Taiwanese Hot & Spicy, Pork Belly Chicken with Pepper Soup, and Classic Crab Soup to name a few.

Steamboat Spread At Bai Li Xiang Hotpot, Ipoh
Steamboat Spread At Bai Li Xiang Hotpot, Ipoh – Photo credits to Bai Li Xiang Hotpot (Facebook)

There are options for more than 100 steamboat ingredients,  such as imported mutton and beef slices from Australia and fresh seafood ranging from tiger prawns to Norwegian salmon.

In contrast, the sauces and drinks on offer could afford to have more variety. That aside, the prices are incredibly reasonable at less than RM50 per person for an all-you-can-eat buffet.

2. Wei Lai Spicy Hotpot

Chicken Hotpot At Wei Lai Spicy Hotpot, Ipoh
Chicken Hotpot At Wei Lai Spicy Hotpot, Ipoh – Photo credits to w.chinho (Instagram)

Another steamboat restaurant that is located at Festival Walk, Wei Lai Spicy Hotpot also has branches in Johor Bahru and Penang.

Steamboat served here is unique, in that it allows you to enjoy two dishes in one pot!

The first step is to order a main pot at your desired spiciness level– popular choices include chicken hotpot, prawn hotpot, and pork rib hotpot.

Pork Rib Hotpot At Wei Lai Spicy Hotpot, Ipoh
Pork Rib Hotpot At Wei Lai Spicy Hotpot, Ipoh – Photo credits to eys.foodieee (Instagram)

You can then enjoy the contents of this main pot together with rice and once that’s done, add more broth into the pot for a steamboat version of the meal.

Take note that meals here can get quite expensive as any extra ingredients that you add on will incur additional charges.

3. Restaurant T-WO 天火锅

Located near Tong Sui Kai (Street), this steamboat restaurant in Ipoh offers 2 different ordering styles.

The first is a buffet-style system where adults can dine in for ~RM50 per person with discounts for seniors and children.

Assorted Steamboat Ingredients At Restaurant T-WO
Assorted Steamboat Ingredients At Restaurant T-WO – Photo credits to twofnb (Instagram)

The second method is to order ala carte, perfect for those with smaller appetites, and to ensure that no good food (and money) goes to waste.

While most of the ingredients are included in the price, beer and higher-grade ingredients will be charged separately.

Their unlimited signature Boba Tea comes highly recommended.

Signature Boba Tea At Restaurant T-WO
Signature Boba Tea At Restaurant T-WO – Photo credits to twofnb (Instagram)

The restaurant is especially busy on the weekends, so we recommend making a reservation to avoid any disappointment.

4. Yu Lim Yuan – Ipoh

If you’re around the Pasir Puteh area, drop by for a steaming pot of delicious broth and quality ingredients at Yu Lim Yuan, Ipoh.

It’s close to the famous Chang Jiang coffee so you can find ample space to park your car.

Signature soup bases include Tricholoma Pork Tripe Stew Chicken with its strong herbal taste and the Velvet Mushroom for a meatless option.

Original Pork Tripe Stew Chicken At Yu Lim Yuan, Ipoh
Original Pork Tripe Stew Chicken At Yu Lim Yuan, Ipoh – Photo credits to yulimyuan (Instagram)
Mushroom Soup At Yu Lim Yuan, Ipoh
Mushroom Soup At Yu Lim Yuan, Ipoh – Photo credits to yulimyuan (Instagram)

They are also known for their homemade Lao Gan Ma sauce, which pairs well with their ingredients.

Note: Dinner times are currently separated into 3 different timings starting from 5pm, with one and a half hours allocated for customers to eat.

5. Thai Mookata Steamboat

Steamboat At Thai Mookata Steamboat, Ipoh
Steamboat At Thai Mookata Steamboat, Ipoh – Photo credits to allyssalwt (Instagram)

Enjoy mookata-style steamboat in Ipoh by heading to Thai Mookata Steamboat for your next meal:

There is marinated meat in authentic Thai flavors and 4 types of broth to choose from.

Note: Originating in Thailand, mookata can be considered a fusion of Korean barbeque and Chinese steamboat.

At this steamboat restaurant, there’s a tabletop grill with a raised dome for grilling meat, while the space surrounding the dome is used to cook your standard steamboat fare in a broth.

Ingredients can be found buffet style, and all within an affordable price range.

If you’d rather have Korean style steamboat, see our post on where to find the best Korean food in Ipoh!

6. Zul Yahya Steamboat & BBQ

For a halal steamboat option for Muslim customers, Zul Yahya Steamboat & BBQ fits the bill.

Buffet Options At Zul Yahya Steamboat & BBQ, Ipoh
Buffet Options At Zul Yahya Steamboat & BBQ, Ipoh – Photo credits to makanhalalperak (Instagram)

Suitable for family and large gatherings, the price for their all-you-can-eat buffet is reasonable.

Not only that, but their menu includes ala carte options, such as Western food and the crowd favorite, nasi talam.

Steamboat Meal At Zul Yahya Steamboat And BBQ, Ipoh
Steamboat Meal At Zul Yahya Steamboat And BBQ, Ipoh – Photo credits to anjang_86 (Instagram)

There’s also the occasional live music available, with singers belting out popular Malay songs.

Note: A praying area is located within the premises.

7. Lepak Santai Steamboat & Grill

Dining Ambiance At Lepak Santai Steamboat And Grill
Dining Ambiance At Lepak Santai Steamboat And Grill – Photo credits to lepaksantaisteamboat (Instagram)

Looking to fill your stomach after a fun and exciting day at the Lost World of Tambun? Head over to Lepak Santai Steamboat & Grill for a fulfilling meal with your family and friends.

Firstly, it’s just a 5-minute drive from the theme park, there is plenty of parking in front of the restaurant, although take note to make a reservation, especially on the weekends.

The price is a bargain at RM35 per pax for adults, with birthday guests being able to eat for free so long as there’s a minimum of 3 paying customers.

Steamboat Set Up At Lepak Santai Steamboat And Grill
Steamboat Set Up At Lepak Santai Steamboat And Grill – Photo credits to lepaksantaisteamboat (Instagram)

With no time limit, customers can enjoy a wide variety of ingredients such as chicken, beef, lamb, seafood, and more.

That being said, do note that customers are seated in an open-air environment next to the main raid, which might raise some hygiene concerns.

Conclusion

There’s quite a variety of steamboats in Ipoh depending on which area you are in, budget, or style of steamboat you want.

Try Festival Walk if you are looking for a Chinese steamboat with good-quality ingredients and tongue-numbing soup. There are 2 good options in the same row.

And if you are looking for a halal steamboat to refuel after a fun-filled day, go on over to Lepak Santai Steamboat & Grill.

For Japanese options, see this post on Japanese food in Ipoh.

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