This is similar to shabu-shabu. You get a broth, in a pot, on a burner, and you get to toss various protein, starch and veggies in, as you wish. Once you've chosen from their 7 asian broths (vegetarian, Ma-la [herbs and red pepper], Thai-style hot sour, pao-cai [pickled cabbage Korean style], xiang-cai [Chinese cilantro with egg], and meat [yes, I know that's only six, but there is another, really]), you can go and load up on soda, dipping sauce, and goodies for your broth.
The goodies vary, naturally, but include frozen shaved meat, meat balls, stuffed wonton, k-crab, frozen and fresh tofu, a couple types of noodles, and then a bar of vegetables. You choose just what you'd like. Then go plunk yerself down in front of your steaming pot of broth, and start cooking. The best thing: you can go back again and again.
If you have questions, just ask. The Tsais are very helpful, funny, and very real.
Lunch is an amazing $7.50, with dinner $12.50 (I think)—dinner has more seafood, and just more stuff.
I love this place. It's fun people-watching and you get to play with your food. And, you can eat so virtuously, and it's so good.
- Adventure to Hot Pot City (::space:.TUNA:..)
- A hot pot on a cold winter's day
Dan Cook, The Business Journal of Portland, December 13, 2002