Low Maji Winter Melon Steamboat: Only try once, their fault

As a regular visitor to Malaysia, my Thai bf has his usual must-visit-must-eat food and restaurant list. Soup + Melon + Hot pot = not one, but three of bf’s favorite.  How do I slot in Lao Mazi’s winter melon steamboat at Bandar Puteri in Puchong, given the limited time he usually has in town? Creative scheduling, is what I did 🙂

Low Maji 老媽子 Restaurant
Winter melon galore
Winter melonssss

Many bloggers advise arriving early, or be prepared for a long wait. Well, the restaurant has been there for ages – I thought that the hype has died down. And I was wrong. Arriving around 7pm, we waited for a good half and hour for a table. First and foremost, give your name to a staff, and wait for your name to be called.

Menu

Our dining experience was quite chaotic – we were attended by a foreigner staff, and I had trouble understanding him. If I got him right, only the Set Combination comes with the winter melon steamboat. Otherwise, we have to pay more for the winter melon steamboat. Anyhow, we decided to go with Vegetarian Pot (RM 33++) and to add other non-vege ingredients. We were prepared to pay more for the  Winter Melon hot pot (RM 20++)  add-on, even though it was an expensive option.

Set combo for 2

While waiting for us to fill in the order slip for the additional ingredients, we were served Set Combination for 2 persons (RM 36++). We were told that they do not have the Vegetarian Pot anymore – huh? Isn’t it all veges? We didn’t create any fuss and just go with what was served.

#7318?

The winter melon pot comes in two layers, with soups on “outer ring” and the winter melon on the “inner ring”. Read that you’re to scoop the soup and replenish the “inner ring” of winter melon pot. Some say vege items inside the winter melon, meat in the outer ring. Some say only food inside the winter melon … Staff were too busy for us to confirm the correct cooking way.

Took forever for the “outer ring” to boil!

Perhaps it was a faulty cooking stove, but the soup in the outer ring just refused to boil.

Cooking the ingredients
Thank you, Chef D

We ended up using the winter melon to cook most of our ingredients. Anything we put at the outer ring, ended up being transferred to the inner ring .. We also scooped the soup into the winter melon pot.

Sauce & condiment station, all in Chinese!
Plenty of choices

Plenty of sauces, but the labelling is in Chinese. Dang.

This is what we took
The mixture

The dipping sauce was just normal. Nothing to shout about, despite the many choices.

Oh, and it was blardy hot .. eating steamboat is usually hot, I get that .. but that shop was really hot. We were drenched in sweat – not pleasant at all.

When the bill came, it was incorrect – and we had to correct them twice. Total bill: RM 41.75, including 10% service charge and 6% GST. Do check your bill before paying.

“Never try, it’s your fault. Only try once, my fault”

“Never try, it’s your fault. Only try once, my fault” right in front of their shop.

So, must be good, right? Bf said it’s more of a gimmick; boiling the melons in a soup will gives the same taste 🙂 No more next time for me, unless if to accompany someone; their fault lah.

 

Low Maji Restaurant 老媽子冬瓜盅火鍋
No.5, Jalan Puteri 1/4, Bandar Puteri, 47100 Puchong, Selangor
Tel : 03-8060 1168
Nearest LRT: Bandar Puteri
Business hours: 05:00PM-03:00AM
Website (in Chinese): http://www.lowmaji.com.my
Update Oct 2017:
Low Maji Restaurant 老媽子冬瓜盅火鍋, Laman Rimbunan, Kepong
Low Maji Restaurant 老媽子冬瓜盅火鍋, Kepong
Low Maji Restaurant 老媽子冬瓜盅火鍋, Kepong - Menu
Menu

My elder brother invited me for dinner, so off I went to Low Maji restaurant at their Kepong branch. On a weekday evening at 8.30pm, the restaurant has lots of customers, but no queue. The local staff are more knowledgeable – explained that the RM 40 set comes with winter melon hot pot, and the RM 36.00 comes with yin yang soup.

RM 40 set + additional ingredients

We chose the RM 40 set to cater to a pax of 3. The ingredients are not enough, and we added few ala carte ingredients.

Low Maji Restaurant 老媽子冬瓜盅火鍋 Winter Melon hot pot
577 for lottery

Staff told me that the number carving on the winter melon is for lottery-buying purpose.

Winter melon hot pot

Second try – do I like it? No, I don’t .. I still find it just a gimmick.

Low Maji Restaurant 老媽子冬瓜盅火鍋
No. 59, Jalan Rimbunan Raya 1, Laman Rimbunan Kepong 
Tel : 012-370 3225
Business hours: 05:00PM-03:00AM
Website (in Chinese): http://www.lowmaji.com.my

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Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.

2 thoughts on “Low Maji Winter Melon Steamboat: Only try once, their fault

  • April 6, 2017 at 11:55 pm
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    Wasted else look interesting

    • April 7, 2017 at 12:02 am
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      Perhaps better experience if early/late dinner

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