If you haven’t heard of Shuguo Yinxiang, it’s high time you should learn of this hidden gem that has taken over Malaysia and Indonesia. This Sichuan hotpot chain is the first to offer an authentic Sichuan experience with traditional performances like kung fu tea and opera face-changing (bian lian).
Not to mention, Shuguo Yinxiang’s closest branch is only a 10 minutes drive away from the Johor Bahru checkpoint, at a prime location by the sea in R&F Marina Place.
For a small fee of S$2.03 (RM7), you can enjoy free flow of condiments from the sauce station, their signature Eight Treasures Tea, ice cream and fruits.
To make the best use of your unlimited sauces and ice cream, you might want to check out our guide on hotpot hacks here. Imagine pairing Shuguo Yinxiang’s matcha ice cream with the deep-fried Glutinous Brown Sugar Cake — mmm, delicious! (They offer vanilla yoghurt and chocolate ice cream as well.)
You won’t find the service to be inferior to that of other well known hotpot chains, and what’s even better are the performances that take place daily!
Be awed by the nimble kung fu techniques of the tea master, skillfully making you a pot of flower tea while handling a long-spout copper pot filled with scalding hot water. And try your best to spot the secret behind the mask as the face-changing performer comes up close to interact with the audiences!
From Sundays to Thursdays, the Sichuan opera face-changing performance will take place at 7.30pm and 9.30pm, while the kung fu tea performance will take the 8pm and 8.30pm slots. On Fridays and Saturdays however, you’ll be treated to extra shows from the kung fu tea master from 8pm to 10pm, and the face-changing performances will be on 7.30pm and 9.30pm instead.
You can also get a tiny show from the tea master when he comes to fill your cup of Eight Treasures Kung Fu Tea.
While you’re enjoying the performances, don’t forget to try out their signature pots and dishes! Shuguo Yinxiang is highly rated for their rich soup bases like Mala, Beauty Collagen, Tomato and especially the Sour Cabbage Duck Soup which is great for working up an appetite.
Some of their must-try dishes are Shuguo Strings, Bamboo Flute Prawn Paste, Tako Cheese Ball, Dry Mala Bull Frog and Morel Mushroom.
There are, of course, even more options — in fact, you’ll probably be agonising over the 200 choices that you can pick from. You can take your time though, the restaurant opens till 2am.
If you’re gathering for a special event, you might want to consider booking their private rooms with a KTV so you can party and sing while gorging on some good food.
According to reviews, the average damages come up to around S$30++ (RM103.55++) per person. Considering the great sea view by the windows, the entertaining performances and limitless flow of fruits, desserts and sauces, it’s quite the steal.
Why don’t you check out this underrated gem on your next Johor Bahru trip?
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