Hot Pot – Winter is coming.

Posted: October 21, 2014 in dinner
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Hot Pot is a great way to get a bunch of friends together.  The more the merrier.  In this instance, the weather is starting to cool so one can do hot pot without turning on the aircon.  Aircon takes away from the hot pot dining experience.  Hot Pot is super easy to make at home.  All you do is cook raw food to serve.

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This place uses an induction stove.  You have a choice of different soup broths.  It’s very hard to hot pot without big numbers as a few of your most favorite dishes would take up all the stomach space already.  With large numbers, you get to sample everyone elses’ favorite dishes.

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Chiu Chow style peanuts – wet and full of flavour.

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Condiments: garlic, green onions and chilli peppers.

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Fatty beef, look at the marbling.

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You will want to order everything on the menu.  Chicken takes a while to cook and bad to eat raw so I would stay away from it.  Tofu and meat balls would be good.  More restaurants should do platters giving customers a little bit of everything.  Cafe de Coral serves single person hot pot dinners so this may be one avenue to dip your feet in.

Instant noodles mark a great end to a night of hot pot.  Only throw in the noodles at the end if you are still hungry.  It’s a great excuse to drink the broth.

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In the borderland district between Jordan and Yau Ma Tei, outside the Elements development, you can find whole streets devoted to Hot Pot restaurants.  Hot Pot may be one of few genres of food where you should invite guests over as all the restaurant is providing is a stove top and food.  In HK, most people live in tiny spaces so there is an inability to host guests.  There is no real way to differentiate hot pot restaurants, they all serve the same thing and have access to the same suppliers.  The soup broth is one avenue for differentiation but locals demand their soups without MSG making it hard for soups to taste right without long lead times.  There are restaurants that run specials giving you the ability to have abalone and other high end foods but it’s just a gimmick.  Best bet is to look for restaurants with large crowds.  They are all the same.  There is one hot pot restaurant in Causeway Bay that uses chocolate and fruits in their soup to which I have yet to try.

Another excuse to get the friends together would be BBQ.

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