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The chicken pot restaurant inside Kennedy Town’s Smithfield Cooked Food centre has a new restaurant – Korean style hot pot.  $268 for an order large enough to feed 2 people.

You are given a choice for soup base and two meat offerings.  The rest is spam and hot dogs.

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Kennedy Town, Smithfield Cooked Food Centre – Korean Hot Pot.

I don’t see the Korean factor in the hot pot.  It may have to do with one of the soup base being Kimchi.  The tomato cheese base is thick and hearty.  It hits the spot and beats the rip off restaurants on Forbes row.

If you have a third person, revert back to the tried and true chicken pot.

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$168 and everyone will love it.

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I spent the past two days shoveling glorious street food into the stomach.  This time I made sure to only order food worth ingesting.  The best part was consuming with wine.  It goes down better with fermented grape juice.

Thursday Night – May 29, 1014.

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The first three dishes cost $192.  Friend clams were good, the sauce made the alcohol taste even better.  The fish was fresh and the lemon sauce was lacked acidity this time around.  The chicken skewers were purchased at the thai restaurant, $78 for half a dozen or $150 for a full dozen.  We ordered the half dozen with a mix of pork and chicken.  Order the chicken as the pork was too dry.  Chinese food requires strong red wines to cut through all the sauce or cold white wines to constantly refresh the palette.  Next time we go on a hot evening, we will stick to refreshing fruity white wines.

 

Friday May 30, 2014.

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Lunch – Wong Chuk Hang cooked food centre’s thai food restaurant.  $40 for hainanese chicken rice, soup and a cold drink.  The rice lacked the glistening oil flavour that I love but they did fulfill my request for chicken breast.  Their dip sauce lacked spice found in other hainanese chicken rice, it didn’t have the sambal kick which they replaced with fermented beans.  The cold drinks cost $16 via a la carte so if you do order another drink, ask for beer at $15 for the big boy bottles.  I wouldn’t eat here again.

Dinner – I went back to the Chongqing Chicken Pot restaurant inside the Smithfield Cooked Food Centre to order their salad.  $98 and they only make it on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Pictures below.  It’s tasty.  The green sauce is not wasabi you would expect on salmon sashimi.  It’s heavy in cilantro with a spicy kick.  There’s also a seasame sauce and deep fried julienned taro bits.  Their chicken pot has a iberico ham option, the owner told me it makes the chicken pot taste better.  I’ll try it next time.  The salad dish arrives with all the ingredients separate in neat little stacks.  You mix it all together.

 

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Monday is a holiday to which Chinese make zhongzhi to celebrate.  It’s the sticky rice wrap shaped in a triangle with beans, egg yolk and salted pork.  $12-$14 is the cost to purchase at the local stores but if its a gift, people splurge and purchase the wraps made with high end ingredients – abalone, scallops, sharkfin etc.

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Smithfield Cooked Food Centre is at Western end of the Hong Kong Tram line.  I spent an hour walking around the neighborhood in the hopes of finding a busy restaurant to dine.  None of the restaurants had big crowds at 8:30 on a Friday night so it looked to be a making of another congee meal.  I decided to venture into the cooked food centre to see if the area was indeed a culinary wasteland.  The cooked food centre was bustling with activity.  The busiest restaurant was also the only restaurant requiring a que, none of their neighbors had line ups.  The restaurant’s forte is chicken pot done in the Chongqing style, served cooked and kept toasty on tabletop butane burners.  They even do a reptilian option, crocodile pot for those in need of something different.  The pots come in two sizes, half chicken ($108) and whole chicken and sharing with a group would be the best way to consume.

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Chicken pot is chicken marinated in chongqing spices combined with ginger, garlic and mushroom served in a giant sizzling clay pot.  After diners finish the chicken, soup stock is poured into the claypot and a gas burner is added for diners to enjoy hotpot using the residual chicken for flavour.  The hotpot portion of the meal involves typical hot pot fare so its relatively unspectacular.

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In Hong Kong, any food that is consumed hot without time for cool down requires a beverage to kick the heat.  Rather than drink beer, cold chinese herbal tea does the trick ($10).

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The restaurant also makes a salad dish that you will find on every single patrons’ table.  They had sold out by the time I arrived but it seems to be a take on japanese salads – julienne vegetables, noodles, salmon and japanese mayo.  As with all cooked food centres, you can walk over to another vendor to purchase their wares.  As I was craving salad, the thai vendor seemed the most appropriate – pomelo salad ($58).

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I will return to try the chicken pot again with a note to arrive earlier so their japanese salad will be available to order.  As with all things awesome while dining at the cooked food centres, beer is cheap and you can bring your own booze.

They open everything starting at 5pm.  Call 2816-2098 to make reservations for tables larger than 6 people.