Bills cooking dinner while I blog haha anyway it may be “sprinter” but the nights are still very cold, so what better way than to warm up with hot pot for dinner. The decision for hotpot came about while I was telling Bill about a program on the food channel that I watched about chinese cuisine, in particular that episode was about Qing Chong hot pot in their bronze pots and chilli soups. Now Bill had no idea wth I was going on about, and I was so sure it was called Qing Chong hot pot so I had a go at him about knowing less about China than me XD and then he realised I meant Chong Qing Hot Pot… I was the stupid ass saying it wrong. As I retold the story to Angie and Alan whom by the way found it hilarious suggested visitng the upstairs of The Red Chilli Sichuan Restaurant.
The last time we visited this restaurant was like 3weeks ago? and we realised that when you dine downstairs they have an a la carte menu but upstairs is purely for hot pot… it’s like a whole new restaurant upstairs. Anyway it was a Saturday night and it was crazy busy, the foyer decorated with a traditional tofu making machine and a flat screen playing some randon old school Chinese cartoons was filled with really loud international students so we ended up waiting 30mins for a table, and by then we were freaking starving.
We asked for the hotpot to be divided in two with Spicy Soup and Chicken Soup in the other half. You’re able to choose how spicy you want the Spicy Soup and we chose the LEAST spicy but omg it still made our tongues tingle and numb. Angie and Alan ordered the right amount of food so that we were full but weren’t too full to leave any food behind! The 3plates of Beef Rolls were so good in the spicy soup, they soaked up all the flavour and were delicious, you didn’t have to dip it in your flavoured sauce. The King Prawns were also really really good, they were fresh and plump. I’m not a fan of liver so I didn’t touch that and I also hate any form of luncheon meat, but apparently they were really good when boiled in the soup as they were really soft and melted in your mouth. We also ordered an array of vegetables to balance out the meat, and omg the baby taros were so soft and gooey and delicious.
After hotpot we had Green Tea Frappuccinos at Starbucks. Ah simple pleasures.
The desginated food orderers
Our bronze hotpot divided into two – Spicy Soup and Chicken Soup
Our two leveled cart Luncheon Meat, Beef Rolls, Duck Liver, Fish Balls and King Prawns
Noodles, Chinese Cabbage, Baby Taro Balls, Seaweed, Enoki and Oyster Mushrooms