Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Beauty in the Pot at SkyAvenue, Genting Highlands.

I am a big huge fan of steamboat. I just love, really love drinking hot soup and no better way to drink hot soup (that will not turn cold fast) other than steamboat style.he - not so much.

We had a quick family trip to Genting Highlands few weeks back and we decided to go try Beauty in the Pot. We went to book in the morning but they were not taking any more bookings. Turns out, it's been fully booked for the entire month of December. They asked us to try walk-in during the evening and maybe got place to cater to us (5 adults and 2 kids).

True enough, we walked in and we got a table to ourselves.

We walked into the restaurant and there were so many empty tables, but there was a long line outside waiting for don't know what.

I have no idea if this is part of a marketing strategy of some sort, but the entire time we were there eating, the tables remained empty and the line kept getting longer. I don't get it. At least got an indoor playground to entertain the kids while waiting and complimentary juice and snacks for people outside. Not so bad la I guess.

Anyways, I was beyond excited that we finally got to try this. I have been seeing friends having this 'malat' steamboat (mainly in Singapore) called Hai Di Lao Hotpot and I've always wanted to try cos I love steamboat, remember?

So, here's a fun fact: Hai Di Lao and Beauty in the Pot are competitors. Like these two are the only ones people talk about most of the time. And although I've heard (and read) that these steamboats are overpriced, I've also seen many people going back to it.

So, when I finally got to try it for myself, I was super happy.

Although it was a bit tough to enjoy steamboat with a 7-months old (at that time) but we managed because he slept through most part of it. Heh.

Okay so here goes.

There are 6 types of soup base that you can choose from and there are 3 different kind of pots you can have.

They have a single pot (1-soup), twinspot (2-soups) and quart pots(4-soups). Initially, we understood (from our lack of Mandarin language please) that having 2 different soups is almost the same price as having 4 different ones. So, of course we chose to have quart pot so we can try more soups.

Turns out the price is not the same. Not even close okay.

It is about RM13-RM15 per broth, so if you chose 4 broths, then the total would be about RM60 (assuming all 4-broths are at RM15 each - and yes, broths are refillable). So if you choose 2-broths it will cost about RM30 only okay. Heh.

Lesson is we should learn more about Mandarin language, if not our understanding macam ini lo ya. Hah.

But no regrets please.

Here are the 6 types of soup:

  • Beauty Collagen Broth
  • Spicy Nourishing Malat Broth
  • Herbal Drunken Chicken Broth
  • Longevity Wild Mushroom Broth
  • Cooling Coconut Broth
  • Vitamin C Tomato Sweet Corn Broth
We took the first 4 broths and ordered the ingredients using a tablet (one for every table). The ingredients are more expensive compared to other normal steamboats, but this is not a normal steamboat, now is it. Hah. 

My favorite soup has to be the Spicy Nourishing Malat Broth because unlike the common Tomyam soup that can be found in most steamboat place, the malat taste is just so ngam with my tongue. The, the Beauty Collagen Broth comes second because I want to be more beautiful. Heh. The taste of the soup is very comforting and so yummy to the tongue. The broth is white in color and after reading about it, apparently it's cooked with shark cartilage as one of the main ingredient as the beauty booster. So hm. 

The mushroom and herbal soup also very yummy please - but more common. 

 He says: Surprisingly good! All 4 types of the soup has its own special taste! So would say, try all of them! Maybe the weather contributed to the overall experience. Who doesn't like having steamboat on a cold weather right?
She says: The next time I visit Beauty in the Pot, for sure I'm going to order the Spicy Nourishing Malat and Beauty Collagen Soup and drink to my hearts' content. I love it! I don't love the price and I feel like memang very expensive but what to do when you love it wor. Now, my steamboat experience macam different level d - how can I enjoy single pot steamboat from now onwards? Hah. 

Also, they have a bar of sauces and fruits that you can take (buffet style) if you pay additional of RM6.80 per person. And if your table has like 5 adults, they will charge you for all 5 adults regardless or not if the others want to take sauces and/or fruits. 

We told them we didn't want it. Who needs sauce when you have Malat soup already? Heh. Kiddinggg. But as I go through the receipts now, I realized they actually charged us RM6.80 per person! And we didn't even like go take the sauce or fruits also. APADEI. 

Anyways, here are the ingredients that we ordered that day. Oh, and also if you order Luo Han Guo (or another option cannot remember), it's refillable at RM8.90 per glass. We ordered 2 since can refill. Heh. #penanglang

Beauty Collagen Broth = RM15

Spicy Nourishing Malat Broth = RM15
Herbal Drunken Chicken Broth = RM15
Longevity Wild Mushroom Broth = RM13

2- Lua Han Guo (refillable) = RM17.80


2 - fried beancurd skin = RM44
1 - sliced chicken thigh = RM13.50
1 - pork and chives dumpling = RM10
1- soft bone pork meatballs = RM12
1 - enoki mushroom = RM8
2 - fried fish skin = RM22
1 - sliced pork belly = RM17.50
1 = nagano pork belly = RM24
1 - spicy sliced pork = RM15
2 - la mian = RM11.60
1 - golden taro = RM8
1 - chinese cabbage = RM7
2 - baby chinese spinach = RM14

Condiments (which we specifically said don't want - maybe our Mandarin language barrier again ha) = RM34
10% service charge = RM 31.64
6% service tax (okay their service is very good except for the misunderstanding I guess) = RM18.98

Yuze ice blended = Complimentary!

GRAND TOTAL OF RM367 (about RM73.40 per adult) - five of us. 

With this price, you can of course enjoy endless buffet spread at Tao but then, you won't have hot broths to enjoy it with. Heh. And to have it at Genting is even more perfect because hot steamboat with cold weather? Oh please - take my money. Hah. 

And if you go dine at after 10:30pm, you get 20% discounts with limited ingredients available to you of course. But come to think about it, it could be an even nicer experience since it will be way colder at night than when the sun is still up. Although most ingredients will probably be out of stock by then. Oh wells. 

No idea if Hai Di Lao is gonna be as nice or nicer. Or more competitive in terms of price. But I cannot wait to try when it opens in Gurney Paragon! Time to save some moolahs and stomach space for another malat steamboat session.

Beauty in the Pot at SkyAvenue, Genting Highlands
Opens daily from 12pm till 2am
Take the separate escalator up to the restaurant from Level 4 of SkyAvenue

Price: Very expensive.