Sunday, 15 September 2013
Harbour 3 Hong Kong Steamboat 海港火锅 in Batu Pahat, Johor
Hong Kong style steamboat restaurants that emphasise MSG-free soup base and premium ingredients are sprouting up in Kuala Lumpur and Johor Bahru.
Andy, the boss of Harbour 3 Hong Kong Steamboat 海港火锅 in Batu Pahat invited me to visit his restaurant.
The fully air conditioned restaurant in downtown Batu Pahat is cosy, clean and well appointed.
Like the Harbour Steamboat restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, there are the signature "autograph walls" here in Batu Pahat too. Opened just over a year, the "autograph walls" are already fully covered with scrawls including mine :)
Harbour Steamboat is famous for their soups. Andy, the boss, pouring in the stock bones to make the barrel of premium quality soup base.
We had Macau pork bone soup 澳门猪骨汤 and tom yam soup together costing RM12.50 served in a combi pot . The soups were constantly topped up during the dinner. The soup base was naturally sweet and drinkable. Growing up the Cantonese way, I love to drink bone soup and drank a lot that day. After the meal, I drove to KL and I didn't feel any MSG after-effects (like thirst), so I can vouch for the restaurant's claim of no MSG.
At Harbour 3, the ingredients are ordered separately a la carte style. They are neatly served in snow white dishes which boldly showed off the immaculate quality of the ingredients.
We had large fresh shrimps at RM15 for a set.
Grouper Fish slices at RM12 a set
Chunky slice of fresh Grouper fish. The slice was thick, tender and sweet.
Hong Kong Style Deep Fried Fish Skin at RM8 a set
Crispy fried fish skin is one of my favourite side dishes. Harbour 3 buys the fish skin fresh and fries it at the restaurant when there is an order. Must Try :)
Typhoon Shelter Style Deep Fried Octopus Tentacles at RM15 a set
I love these fried octopus tentacles. Thick, springy, slightly juicy octopus wrapped in a crunchy batter. The octopus and batter were tasty and flavourful too.
Salt and pepper fried homemade tofu at RM8.
Fresh Pork Slices at RM10
Tissue thin fresh pork slices. The custom is to swipe a slice 7 times in the boiling soup and it will be done just right.
It really works :)
Fresh beef slices at RM12
Fresh beef slices eaten the same way as the sliced pork. Tender with a nice sweet, beefy flavour.
We tried various kinds of freshly handmade fish, pork and squid balls.
Handmade fish balls at RM4 a set.
Prawn wanton at RM5 a set
Handmade fresh shrimp dumpling at RM6 a set.
We love the maize from Cameron Highlands. They were sweet and juicy like water chestnut.
A plate full of goodies for mushroom lovers.
I must have veggies with my steamboat. These were super fresh and clean.
Harbour 3 serves four main types of dips, sambal chili, hae bee hiam (dried shrimp chili), fresh ground chili with lime and fermented bean paste. Some people like to mix these together and make their own blended dipping sauce :)
Steamboat is a great form of traditional communal eating. At Harbour 3, we can have premium quality steamboat in a comfy, clean environment at a reasonable price.
Restaurant name: Harbour 3 Hong Kong Steamboat Restaurant
Address: 1, Jalan Penjaja 3, Kim's Park Business Centre, Batu Pahat, Johor
Hours: 4:00pm to 11:00pm
Date visited: 9 Sep 2013