Here’s a recipe on how to make Lotus Root Herbal Steamboat. Frankly I usually leave it to my missus to do the steamboat preparation. So my hats off to my dear wife who wakes up early to go to the Pasar Borong and get the ingredients necessary for making a steamboat in Cameron Highlands.

Actually you can have steamboat anytime, anywhere, not necessary reserve for a trip to any of the Malaysian highlands. Somehow the cool weather makes the boiling pot of hot soup more enticing. Something to keep you warm in the cold weather of the Malaysia highlands.

Having our own home cooked steamboat meal


Anyway, enough of my rambling. Here is the Lotus Root Herbal Steamboat recipe. It came with one of the leaflets in my mailbox and well, it might come in handy for anybody looking for steamboat recipe.

For the Broth:

Chicken carcass:
“Yu Sam” Chinese Ginseng:
“Yok Chuk”:
“Kei Chi”:
Chicken Stock Granules:
Red Dates:
Lotus Roots:
Salt to taste.
3 litres
1 teaspoon
5 grams
30 grams
10 grams
1 teaspoon
1/4 cup
1 cup


And as for the ingredients in your shabu-shabu (Japanese name for steamboat, you know) actually there is no fix rule here and just about anything goes, that’s why steamboat is very easy to do and rather popular not just in Cameron Highlands but in various places around Malaysia too. Definitely a hot favourite Malaysia food.

Beef Sirloin Shabu-Shabu:
Fresh Chicken Fillet:
Farm Raised White Prawn:
White Squid:
Fish Balls:
Fish Cakes:
“Fu Chuk”:
Oyster Mushrooms:
Enoki Mushrooms:
Iceberg Lettuce:
Soft Tofu:
500 grams
300 grams
500 grams
300 grams
1 packet
1 packet
1 packet
1 packet
1 packet
1 head
300 grams


How to cook:

Place the chicken carcass, water, salt and pepper in a large stock pot and bring to boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. After that strain the stock, add herbs, dates and lotus roots to the stock and let it cook for about 5 to 10 minutes. Add more salt if needed.

Above should be able to serve 3 to 4 persons.
Don’t forget to bring your favourite chilli sauce. One hot favourite amongst Malaysians is the Lingham sauce (nothing to do with the fiasco of the look like me, sound like me, but not me hoo haa). This is the real deal for a nice spicy sauce!

Bon App├ętit!

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Tasty Pot Buffet BBQ Steamboat Restaurant

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