Fondue – The Western steamboat


I am craving for a chocolate fondue. But I guess looking at pictures of this cheese fondue will do for the moment.

What is fondue?

This warm cheese dish originated in Switzerland and more specifically in the Canton of Neuchatel. The dish consists of at least two varieties of cheeses that are melted with wine and a bit of flour and served communally out of pot called a “caquelon”. Long forks are used by each guest to spear a cube of bread then the bread is dipped into the cheese and eaten.

Fondue dates back to the 18th century when both cheese and wine were important industries in Switzerland. The simple to prepare meal utilized ingredients that were found in most average homes.

Source plus recipes and more can be found here.

I had eaten fondue in Hongkong which came with foie grass which is fatten goose liver. It is heavenly. Over here in Malaysia, I have only tasted cheese fondue with french bread and ravioli.

The above photo is the IceIce Baby (Pulau Tikus, Penang) version which is served with fresh fruits, bread and cake.


A pot of melted cheese and a plate of accompaniments cost RM26.50++ which is enough for two persons. There is a choice of melted chocolate or melted cheese.

My next mission is to try out the fondue at Marche at The Curve in KL. Anyone tried it before? Good? I may even try making my own because it seems easy to prepare.

Post Author: Lilian

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8 thoughts on “Fondue – The Western steamboat


    (September 7, 2005 - 7:23 pm)

    Is there fondue at Marche? I never knew that. I tried the one at Chalet before which was pretty nice. How about the Haagen Daz one with the choc sauce and the ice cream? It sounds pretty good.


    (September 8, 2005 - 8:33 pm)

    boo – I can’t be sure ‘cos I did not notice it but my hubby insisted there is and even wanted to drive down on weekend to prove to me! Hahaha. Maybe you can check it out first and tell me?


    (September 8, 2005 - 9:52 pm)

    Lilian, they definitely have it in their outlet at 1Utama as I always see the sign. It’s a bit pricey though hence I can never get my kiamsap bf to try it. Cheryl from Singapore has blogged about it. Link below for you to ooh and aah over.


    (September 9, 2005 - 6:43 pm)

    i only tried fondue once in my life so far, but it was fun (well, i did not even ate it in Switzerland but in Paris :P). Personally i prefer Malaysia fondue – Steamboat 😛 but again, it is not fair to compare them.

    i will perhaps try it in KL/1U when i come back next time, thanks for the tips!

    Ah Siang

    (October 14, 2005 - 8:36 pm)

    i wanna know that the Fondue House that recommend in the 14 of October 2005 ‘The Sun’ newspaper in located at where?
    I can’t found it…there got the cheese fondue…i also wanna ask where still got the cheese or chocolate fondue in Kuala Lumpur and Penang…..Thanks You very much…..!!!!!


    (November 5, 2005 - 12:21 am)

    i’m a cheese lover too…i had tried the cheese fondue at the Marche @ the Curve kl….that was the first time i tried out this cheese fondue, …it is nice and the smell of the cheese was so irresistible … was served with french bread…

    .But when i dip it with the bread, i feel dissapointed because the cheese was not totally melted and get overcooked easily…
    .is it suppose to taste like that?…..


    (May 21, 2006 - 1:18 am)

    Hey Ah Siang, here is the address for the Fondue House:
    Fondue House
    5 Plaza Prisma Ville,
    Jalan 26A/70A,
    Desa Sri Hartamas
    Tel: 03-6203 3346
    Business Hours: Daily (11am-11pm)


    (November 22, 2006 - 1:09 pm)

    Lilian, you’ve ordered the wrong one – cheese. Ice ice baby not good in cheese fondue, choc fondue is better than cheese. Of course if you want to compare, ice ice baby is cheaper if compared with haagen daaz one.
    Another one I would like to recommend is their fried ice cream and I think it’s called as snow white.
    Their fried ice cream is solid! Crispy enough. For the snow white, it is another type of dessert. I think they use microwave the warm up the blue berries as the base, and top with vanilla ice cream.

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