miércoles, abril 08, 2009

Hot Pot King

[Authentic Chongqing Hotpot]

This devilish concoction is none other than the famous spicy hotpot of China. Mind you, your spice tolerance level has got to be 5 chili peppers and beyond. Otherwise you're gonna suffer.

We savored this particular hotpot dinner in the city of Kunming, located in the Southwestern province of Yunnan, in the company of an old friend Qingqing. It was supposed to an authentic Chongqing-style hotpot from the ex-Szechuan province, made out of a sort of butter and lots of different spices including the tongue-numbing Szechuan pepper.

Notice the little partition in the middle, that's the non spicy broth for those without an acquired taste of all things spicy. The usual practice is for a group of people to sit around a table, order numerous plates of sliced meat, seafood, mushrooms, vegetables, tofu products, cook the food in the bubbling pot and dip them in their own custom-made dips. Indeed, the highlight of every hotpot place in China is the huge buffet-style dip section. You can make you own dip with every kind of sauces, spices and herbs such as vinegar, satay sauce, cilantro, sesame oil, sesame seeds, 5 different kinds of soy sauce, and 10 different kinds of chilli paste or sauce.

I was told by my chinese colleagues that the hotpot phenomenon is more of a winter get-together thing so I would suppose that hotpot restaurants would be less busy when the days get sunnier. In Shanghai, we like to frequent this less chaotic and more upscale chain - Hotpot King, at their two locations, one in the west side of the city and one in downtown.

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Anonymous c picked an olive...

wah i'm impressed that Tony can eat that!!! I'm scared just looking at it man....

10:34 p. m., abril 08, 2009

Anonymous andrea picked an olive...

Way too hot for my tongue but it sounds like you enjoy a version of it in SHA.

Hope you are well and enjoying your life in SHA.

11:01 p. m., abril 09, 2009

Anonymous Geotacs picked an olive...

very cool pictures you take!

you've been to Tioman, Malaysia

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4:37 a. m., diciembre 31, 2009

Anonymous Christine picked an olive...

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8:06 p. m., junio 29, 2010


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