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Sunday, April 19, 2009

All about hot-pot


Hot-pot carnival

Hot-pot is a popular dish around the world, especially well received in Asia.

In China, hot-pot is called huǒ-guō (a.k.a. steamboat, or you may call it Chinese fondue). Different provinces in China have its distinctive hot-pot. Southern provinces, such as Guangdong has its clear herbs soup hot-pot, Northern provinces are good at mutton hot-pot (shuān-yáng-ròu), and in Sichuan its Chengdu numb and spicy (má-là) hot-pot took the medal. In Taiwan, sha-cha hot-pot is on the heat, even Sichuan má-là hot-pot is also popular on the island.

Nabe (nabemono) is the Japanese answer to hot-pot. Common nabe are yosenabe, sukiyaki and shabu-shabu.

In Thailand, it is the combination of Chinese hot-pot and Japanese shabu-shabu, called Thai suki (a.k.a. suki). Also, Jim-joom Northeastern (Isan) hot-pot is popular in Isan and Bangkok among people from the northeast provinces.

Hot-pot is also well eaten by people in European countries with different names in their dialects. Switzerland maybe the country no one can afford to miss the Swiss fondue. Swiss fondue usually means a cheese fondue, but do not limited to hot-oil fondue. Chocolate fondue is also popular in Switzerland, France, and through out the European communities.

In Bangkok, you get them all!

For Chinese hot-pot, try:
Green Bamboo House
Silom Plaza, 491/42 Silom Road
Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Tel.: 02.635.2724

For Yosenabe, try:
Kisso Japanese Restaurant
Westin Grande Sukhumvit Hotel
259 Sukhumvit Road (at Sukhumvit Soi 19)
Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Tel.: 02.207.8000

For Shabu-shabu, try:
Mo-mo Paradise
7/F, Zone Atrium, Central World Plaza
4 Rajdamri Road, Bangkok 10330
Tel.: 02.290.9007

For Sukiyaki, try:
Nippon Tei
Basement, Nantawan Building,
161 Rajdarmri Road
Lumpini, Bangkok 10330
Tel.: 02.252.9438

For Thai Suki, try:
Coca Suki Restaurant
Sukhumvit 39 branch
Soi 39, Sukhumvit Road
Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Tel.: 02.234.1957 (central number)

For Jim-joom Isan Hot-pot, try:

Joom Zap Hut
2/F, Silom Complex, 191 Silom Road
Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
* Jim-joom normally serves at roadside vendors with seats, it is uncommon with jim-joom serves in an air-conditioned restaurant in a shoppong mall; Joom Zap Hut (over 50 branches in shopping malls throughout Thailand) maybe the only choice if one would like to sample jim-joom in comfort!

For Cheese, Hot-oil and Chocolate Fondue, try:
Chesa Swiss Cuisine
5 Sukhimvit Soi 20
Klong Toey, Bangkok 10110
Tel.: 02.261.6650

For Ice Cream Fondue, try:
Central World branch
3/F, Zone Atrium, Central World Plaza
4 Rajaramri Road, Bangkok 10330
Tel.: 02.613.1460



Stella said...

It is fun to eat hot pot in hot weather, plus one iced cold drink, although it is not good for our stomach with too much cold drink, but what the heck.

Anonymous said...

LA was 104 degree Monday. We are 40 degree different during these days in Pasadena.

in the sea said...

SS, we do notice that from the HK weather report. HK is about 22-25 celcius.

Stella said...

Yes HK weather is more normal. At least it won't be 40 degree fluctuation in the same day.

in the sea said...

But lately Hk is on the list for travel warning from Australia because of the air pollution due to the north wind from Mainland China in winter season. Don't know if those reporters have ever been to Singapore and West Malaysia when the farmers set fire on the forest for rice/plant feilds... :)