I’m feeling for a nice hot bubbling hotpot dinner! Weather in the Kong has been crazy! We had temperature dipping below 10C for the past few days – and with the dampness (and rain) it felt even colder. Brrr…. even I who ‘never get sick’ caught the virus, did a couple of miserable projectiles and still coughing my poor lungs out! And no, excuse me, I don’t have the H7N9 Avian Flu!
So, what’s a ‘hot pot‘?
Well, it’s basically that a bunch of diners gather around a bubbling communal cauldron of hot broth, while dunking raw pieces of food into it. Once these morsels are cooked, they are immediately slathered in various sauces and gobbled up.
Hot pot is the “Chinese socio-gastro activity of choice. It is a very low-maintenance meal that feeds a lot of people”. 👍
Here’s my review of my fav hotpot place in the Kong!
Date of Visit: December 30 2013
The place is called Hotpot Express at Hillwood Road, Tsimshatsui, but unfortunately the web address that I jotted down is no longer valid! So, bummer, I can’t give you the address unless I ask my aunt for it. Never mind, there is lots of eateries in Hillwood Road, if you decide to venture there.
The restaurant is very compact and simply done up, except for the magnums of cognacs on display there.
We were presented with a tray of assorted seasonings to make up our own sauces.
One can order various customised stock base according to one’s fancy. Here, we opted for a simple vegetable stock base.
Since one has to cook each piece of food individually before one can eat it, the hot pot is the most tedious, and the the slowest of all slow food meals! While waiting for the morsel of food to cook, one either watches the TV (just kidding – but yes, there are 2 at the corners of the dining room!), one chats and ‘bonds’.
Moreover, the steaming cooking pot doubles as a room heater in the chilling weather!
Let’s check out what we dunked into the hot pots! Our ingredients:
Do you know that Cantonese call rockets, ‘Emperor’s vegetables’? And I love rockets!
Ahh! Heaven! But back down to earth – I guess I better switch on my heater now and get my microwave working for my dinner!