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I’ve been on a bit of a hot pot hunt as of late (or as well call it in Malaysia, steamboat), especially Sichuan style mala hot pot. So when the opportunity to be one of the earliest group to sample Xiao Long Kan Sichuan Hot Pot (小龙坎火锅) came calling, I was quite excited, to say the least.

Xiao Long Kan at Fahrenheit 88
Xiao Long Kan at Fahrenheit 88

Xiao Long Kan is one of the most popular spicy steamboat chain originated from Chengdu, which is the capital of  Sichuan province in China. So when it comes to authenticity, you can’t do any better than that, this is the ground zero of Spicy mala hot pot.

pork bone broth, tomato, or mala soup?
pork bone broth, tomato, or mala soup?

Xiao Long Kan’s first branch in Malaysia is located at Fahrenheit 88, more specifically, at the side that is facing Starhill shopping mall (don’t try to look for it INSIDE Fahrenheit 88 like I did..)

While there’s plenty of seats spanning across 4 levels, it already gets pretty packed, but a little patience from your end and I’m sure you’ll agree that it is definitely worth it.

original condiment, without all the other fuss
original condiment, without all the other fuss

There’s four different soup base to choose from – traditional spicy soup (mala, a must have), tomato soup, mushroom, and pork bone broth. You can always go for up to three like we did (all except mushroom). Additionally, the level of spiciness can also be customized. Do refer to the menu below.

Condiment situation is different here at Xiao Long Kan compared to just about every other hot pot outlets. Instead of a dozen or even more choices, here they stick to the traditional way of cilantro, green onion, and garlic. A special oil (xiang yu) is then added to the condiment which has the property of lowering heat. You can also choose to add soya sauce or black vinegar, though the good chef does not recommend doing so.

This blend is to ensure the taste of ingredients and soup is tasted to its fullest instead of being overpowered by fancy condiments. Can’t say I disagree.

Australian wagyu A5
Australian wagyu A5, we had to order another portion, so good

And then there’s ingredients. Xiao Long Kan does not lack in “special dishes” not easily found at other restaurants. Some of which even requires some sense of adventure.

We were served with Astralian wagyu A5 (so good we went for seconds), pork ball, pork neck, fish pasteprawns, pork belly, chili beef, rose meat ball, sliced lamb, and these are just the “normal dishes”.

meat slices, duck intestine, pork blood, balls, pig's brain, and tripe
meat slices, duck intestine, pork blood, balls, pig’s brain, and tripe

In addition, we also had duck intestine, tripe, pork blood (my love!), pig’s brain, and even aorta!

I like that they also include a guide on the menu on how long you should cook each ingredients – ranging from 30 seconds (sliced green bamboo shoots), to 8 minutes (pig’s brain). Following the guide ensures that you don’t overcook certain items to the point where flavor is lost, or worse, under cook dishes and end up having an washing machine within…

sliced green bamboo shoots were on point
sliced green bamboo shoots were definitely on point

Their rice cake & fried crispy meat are two of the ready-to-eat items we tried, and both are pretty delicious too. The rice cake should be consumed soonest possible to enjoy that crispy on the outside and soft inside texture.

As a rule of thumb, meat is best cooked in the clear or spicy soup, while vege goes better with tomato/clear soup, as advised by the head chef from Chengdu.  These sort of pairing ensures that taste doesn’t clash, sorta like how you pair red with meat, and white with seafood kinda idea.

Jess, Mei Mei, KY, Eunice, Mag
Jess, Mei Mei, KY, Eunice, Mag at Xiao Long Kan

Overall I got to say that this was one of the best hotpot I had recently, the super thick tomato soup, to the aroma from the red spicy soup, and all those fancy, fresh, and mostly imported ingredients. I’m pretty sure we’ll be back again for more mala goodness.

map to authentic xiao long kan sichuan steamboat

Address:
Xiao Long Kan
Lot 03, Block D, 179,
Fahrenheit88, Jalan Bukit Bintang,
55100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3.147331, 101.713282
FB:  www.facebook.com/XiaoLongKanMY

xiao long kan menu (1) xiao long kan menu (2) xiao long kan menu (3)

Pretty much all of us has done the two following things:

  • visiting 24 hour convenient store
  • visiting 24 hour makan places

What if I told you that now, there’s a place where you can have both of these in one place? The wealth of choice offered by convenient stores, as well as a good selection of ready to eat hot food and chilled drinks at an always open location with comfortable seating area. Now wouldn’t that be a great concept?

KK Concept Store at Bukit Bintang
KK Concept Store at Bukit Bintang

Well, welcome to KK Concept Store where you find exactly that.

I was invited to the opening of this brand new concept at the very first KK Concept Store at Bukit Bintang to see what it is all about, and from the first impression, I think this is offering exactly what many of us didn’t know we needed.

packs with over 4-5000 items to choose from
packs with over 4-5000 items to choose from

So how is this concept store differ from the 400 outlets of “regular” KK Super Mart?

Well, to start with, there’s going to be many ready-to-eat and fresh food offered at the concept store – from premium satey sauce with kangkung, asam pedas oden, hainanese chicken chop, chicken rendang bento rice, to pao and even siu mai.

fresh food with proper seating area and even massage chairs
fresh food with proper seating area and even massage chairs

Additionally, heading upstairs you’ll find over 1000 square feet of dining/seating area with free wifi, power outlets, and even clean toilet, much like a proper cafe would. Interestingly, there’s even a couple massage chairs as well (I use these a lot especially at mall/airports)

the people behind KK Group, including CEO Datuk Seri Dr KK Chai
the people behind KK Group, including CEO Datuk Seri Dr KK Chai

On the opening day event, we were treated with a curated lunch expertly arranged by Eunice, and everything you see on the beautifully presented table are from food item available at this KK Concept Store.

The group aim to open another 40 more such KK Concept Store by 2020, which each outlet strategically located at both residential and high traffic area. I need one to be near me!

CEO Datuk Seri Dr KK Chai, Eunice & KY
CEO Datuk Seri Dr KK Chai, Taste Test, Eunice & KY

From 20th to 22nd July, 2019, there’s a Buy 1 Free 1 promotion on all food item at B Cafe, and subsequently a 20% off all Bento sets from 23rd July till 11th August, 2019. The promotion will continue with 20% off all make-to-order sandwiches from 12st August till 31st August, 2019.

Do check it out!