At Jin Shan Cheng, the steamboat is divided into two parts, and a customer may instant boil food in the spicy pot, or the milder herbal/medicinal pot. This kind of steamboat is suitable for both local folk as well as foreign customers because, obviously, it’s not so spicy .. and one can actually pace oneself by intermittent dunking of food into either the fiery hot or the herbal cool… Or, you can even go 50-50% with your soup – How ingenious!
We were a little disappointed at the frogs legs served here though, because the legs were smashed up into smaller pieces and as a result, the bones were smashed up too. It was hard to eat without stabbing your gums on some bone! However, the taste was pretty good.
For the hardcore, a bubbling pot of fiery oil sits on a burner at the center of every steamboat pot. Chiles and Sichuan peppercorns bob thickly on its surface. Diners dunk chunks of vegetables, meat, and tofu into the steamboat while they chat and laugh throughout the night. We were no exception.
I dipped my chopsticks into the pot, all gung-ho and all.. and pulled out a huge juicy prawn, glistening with spicy oil. My mouth and tongue began to burn. My eyes watered. With every bite, I got hotter: my tongue started throbbing, my lips tingled, and sweat poured from my forehead. Reason said to stop, but that greedy masochist in me just kept right on going… feel the burn baby… ooooooo… yea…
We ate, cried, chatted, cried some more, ate some more.. Before we knew it, the clock struck 10.00 and we were the last patrons at Jin Shan Cheng.
What a night. One cannot ask for more. Good friends, good food.. and a good sweat.
It doesn’t get much better than this;)
No. 42A-2, Jalan PJS 8/2
Dataran Mentari, Bandar Sunway,
56301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Peanut Chili Sauce:8/10
MSG levels : nil
Service:8/10 (owner even serves up the soup!)