ChenChenHo Pulau Ketam Steamboat has just opened its branch at Bandar Menjalara, Kepong just recently. This is another new steamboat restaurant eyeing to challenge the other steamboat restaurants around this steamboat town.
Is it viable to start the same business alongside other businesses with the same business concept and business model?
Many would think that it would be difficult to compete with existing businesses which had already conquered the market around the area.
There are quite a number of steamboat restaurants which had opened and closed at Bandar Menjalara, Kepong as there are many steamboat restaurants in the area. But still, there are many who still dare to enter the fierce steamboat business here.
And ChenChenHo Pulau Ketam Steamboat Restaurant is one of them. There are already three other steamboat restaurants on the same row of shop lots. With the opening of ChenChenHo, this would mark the 4th one on this row of shop lots alone. This steamboat restaurant, in my opinion, would be a fierce competitor to HomeTown Steamboat which is located just a stone throw away from ChenChenHo.
ChenChenHo claims to have originated from Pulau Ketam with more than 50 years of experience in serving daily fresh seafood and steamboat. Their main branch is located at Lorong Batu Nilam 21B, Bandar Bukit Tinggi, Klang. This is pretty good. I mean, who would in their right mind rejects fresh seafood ingredients? I know many wouldn’t.
ChenChenHo was running a promotion that night. A promo combo for 3 pax is priced at RM67.00. This promo combo comes with a steamboat set for 3 paxs, a plate of pork slices and golden needle mushrooms. It also comes with a free dish and you could choose either the Fish Meat Bihun or the Kam Heong Clams.
There are not many seafood ingredients but only a hand full of them in our set. There are many different types of tofu though. The set may look a bit small here but the portion is actually quite large.
For steamboat, only the original clear soup is free of charge. The other soup bases are chargeable. The price differs depending on the size of the soup. The minimum order is 2 sets – RM16 per set OR 1 set plus another 2 additional cooked dishes.
We have had many steamboats in the past and there’s one thing we notice. For other soup base like the tom yum soup base, the soup tends to be saltier the longer we boil the soup. That’s the reason why we always choose the clear soup base and occasionally the herbal soup base. Taking in too much salt is not a very good thing.
Chocolate ice cream steamboat are available as well. The chocolate ice cream steamboat is priced at Rm19.90 per set.
ChenChenHo’s menu is quite extensive. There are many items available here. Fresh seafood such as crabs, prawns, pomfret, live mantis prawns, squids and etc. You may request them to cook for you or you may use these fresh seafood ingredients for your steamboat.
The prawns alone can be cooked in a variety of way such as Kam Heong Prawns, Steam Prawns, Black Pepper Prawns, XO Prawns and Thai Style Prawns.
Live mantis prawns can be steamed, cooked in Thai Style, XO, Black Pepper and Kam Heong styles.
Looks like ChenChenHo Steamboat is here to stay. The restaurant was quickly filled up even though it was a weekday. They serve fresh food. The service was good. The ambience was good. I would definitely come back here for more.
ChenChenHo Pulau Ketam Steamboat Restaurant (Menjalara)
No 59 & 61, Jalan 11/62A
Bandar Menjalara Kepong, 52200 KL
Tel: 012-353 3239
Business hours: 5pm – 11.30pm
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