Of Steamboat & Farewells @ K-Kai Corner, Jalan Lahat, IpohFebruary 26, 2011 | 15,430 views
“Hairy Crabs we ain’t, but can you resist even the most flesh-less of us; when you’re eating from a buffet spread of BBQ and steamboat delights?”(K-Kai Corner @ Jalan Lahat, Ipoh)
And before I got thrown Molotov cocktails (or grenades, but erm, I can catch one?), let me explain the tardiness that resulted in this post being written WAY past the initial deadline.
Or lack thereof. Just like how good food bloggers (ahem, me excluded, so once again, don’t throw fireballs) should be organizing their pictures into folders; neatly arranged into archives in a chronological manner, I faltered miserably in this aspect.
Instead, this whole barrage of farewell shots were grouped into a separate folder; almost like neglected orphans screaming for attention but yet did not succeed in capturing this paternal half’s undivided attention. For months now. And to imagine this farewell-cum-celebration was actually organized in conjunction with our ‘departures’ from the service.
To be able to finally see the Light at the end of the Tunnel, perhaps?
“TallGal’s fuming finger of fury unleashed after 4 years of being chained without the freedom she deserves ……”
Let’s just keep reading the rest of this senseless entry. It’s an erratic Saturday for me, so bear with the insanity …..
When the myriad of fresh seafood; shells and all, got dumped into the stock; probably adding concentrated flavours into your soup of choice (pick from the usual herbal, fish head, tom yum, clear broth, porridge, etc) ….. the cauldron of lurve got bubbling and boiling with excitement.
K-Kai Corner can probably seats more than 200 patrons, judging from the spacious semi al-fresco environment. Just be aware of your surroundings since when it’s dark, you might be led into believing that every table looks almost similar.
The Japanese station (complete with the lady in a themed head scarf), and the ordering system at K-Kai. You are provided with several pegs per table; with your table number’s scribbled on them. Bring the pegs towards the cooking stations, and drop them accordingly so that when your food’s ready, they will announce it over the PA system and you have to collect the food yourself. DIY all the way, aside from the grilling.
Since this is primarily a buffet-themed restaurant; you’ll be spoilt for choice with most cooked items lined in tandem with your appetite for destruction. Or walloping, to be more precise. Choose from fried items like dumplings, chicken, rice and noodles to even sushi and rolls from the Japanese station. The raw items like the typical balls, fresh seafood, and stuffed fish paste (yong tau foo) are to be cooked in the pot of soup at your table.
Fried Chicken’s a good start; not exactly your KFC or even Poh Lee‘s, but will make do while your grumbling stomach’s screaming SOS.
Roast Duck, Grilled Chicken Wings, Sushi and the mix-bag of cooked goodies to appease your hunger. Nothing that was extremely noteworthy, but the wings were not bad.
Pan-fried Soy Sauce Prawns, or something. These I did not touch. Better to go for fresh prawns cooked in the broth rather than these, I’d reckon. But still, if you’re lazy to wait, then walloping one or two of this crustacean may help.
Lamb Chop in its miniature self. Drop two pegs or more, if you want a substantial portion. One was not enough even for a small eater. You do get chicken and pork chops in various gravies from the same counter. Even the lamb came with various options of sauce; just to spice things up.
And though not exactly your Tony Roma’s of Ipoh, this plate of ribs was polished off clean in an instant. Finger food meets substantial carnivorous delights, who dares say NO to ribs?!
Can’t be trying a little bit of everything, since a bite or morsel of each would lead to you being full before even started on the steamboat items. Seriously. Choices here are not too shabby, more cooked foods than most buffet restaurants in Ipoh.
Konyaku Jelly, various kuih and fresh fruits – Since you’re provided with mere small plates, don’t try to be over-ambitious and stack everything up on one plate. Someone tried to be clever and ended up with watermelon on the floor and the chairs.
On the whole, for less than RM30/USD10 per person (sorry, I guess it was about RM26 or so, but I had no recollection whatsoever), I’d say the feast was certainly value for money. Don’t expect tiger prawns, Alaskan crabs, fresh salmon sashimi or even oysters, since you’re paying peanuts for a buffet with seafood, and designated barbecue stations and cooking stations circling the dining area.
Would I return? Maybe. Or probably not. Since I have never been a fan of buffets in the first place. Similar places like the extremely famous Good Times Steamboat (in Greenhill and First Garden), 2 Plus 1 (opposite Tesco Extra in Bercham), MP (the bungalow restaurant named Movenpeak), Riche Montana (Korean buffet at Ipoh Garden South) etc did not even make it to this blog for that same reason.
But if you’re having a gathering for more than 10 people, and seeking for a really, REALLY long coordinated mayhem (I mean, get-together), then K-Kai’s probably the place for you. Free parking (at the compound of the restaurant), ample tables and seats, wide selection of food, and a killer price to boot.
I think I have just set a guillotine precariously over my itchy neck.
K-Kai Corner Restaurant (non-Halal)
Lot 28856, Jalan Lahat,
30020 Ipoh, Perak.
Tel / Fax : 605-281 3101
Google Map to K-Kai Corner
GPS Coordinates : 4.58334,101.065525
*Read about K-Kai Corner from Ipoh Chai, Riki Lee, Zheng Yang