This is another backlog post, a farewell treat I got from my colleagues. Hours before having this meal, I was praying hard for good weather as the sky was pitch black in the late afternoon. Even at 5:30pm, it was showing signs of drizzling. Nevertheless it turned out that there was not any better weather that night to enjoy an open air BBQ dinner. The breeze was cooling, just perfect to cool off the heat from the pit. The photos for this post are taken under low lighting and it may not be very attractive. But those who passed by Canning Garden often would definitely caught the glimpse of this building
For some munching, a portion of Japanese seasoned baby octopus comes at RM12. Topped with some shaved bonito flakes, this plate was gone within minutes. Nothing spectacular as these stuff can be bought in bulk nowadays
Although BBQ seems to be the theme of food here, the team recommended the Genghis Khan hotpot series to us. Enough for 2-3 persons, they have a few variants available. We tried the a pot of pork ribs and another pot of seafood. The meat at the centre is surrounded by generous portions of Chinese cabbage and enoki mushrooms before a savoury shoyu based broth is poured into it
This is how it looks like after being simmered for more than 5 minutes. This place is good if you are coming in a slightly bigger group so you can order and try more items. The hotpot ranges from RM23 to RM38 with choices from lamb, pork ribs and seafood.
The Genghis Khan hotpot goes along well with white rice. And if white rice seems to mainstream, you could opt for the one with fried lard and drizzled with more lard and soya sauce. A bowl of porcine goodness at RM4.... guilty feeling can always come later :)
We had pork belly and shoulder loin (RM10 per plate) and this is the portion size. The meat is NOT marinated. Just pure and unadulterated taste from the red meat
A portion of pork belly being BBQ. The sizzles of lard dropping down to the fiery furnace translates into a smoky aroma which entice the senses of every pork lover like yours truly. As the meat is not seasoned, the spicy dipping sauce is quite addictive though but once the pork belly is well done with charred edges, its just too good on its own.
This is sampler of the King Pork Rib - RM25 for this portion. Apparently one pig only has around 250-500g of King Pork Rib, making it a prized "limited" edition portion of a pig. The meat is tender indeed but most of the cuts has a high percentage of bones. If you prefer meaty cuts, opt for the loin instead.
Enoki mushroom wrapped with pork belly (RM12 for only 3 pieces. This photo shows 3 portions ordered. It is a good break from the one being wrapped in bacon though.
The bill came to around RM230 for 9 of us but honestly, most of us are still not really full from the meal though. The open environment makes it a good spot for a BBQ themed gathering, minus the hassle of starting the fire and also the horrendous clean up to follow later and the two houses on both sides are not really occupied so you can really turn up the volume of laughter. Another plus point is the beer here is reasonably priced - RM9 for a can of Tiger beer. The down side is probably the weather is not really on your side, if its the hot spell season, we will be sweating dozens while on the other extreme, dining here is troublesome on a rainy season. Though they have a living hall as a back-up dining area if the weather turns gloomy all out of a sudden, one better check the weather forecast before coming over. Till then, enjoy pigging though the weekend :)