Tuesday, June 21st
Tuesday was Hot Pot night!
What is hot pot might you ask?
Hot pot or 火锅 literally means fire pot in Chinese. Typically, huo guo consists of a communal pot of simmering liquid which is typically a meat based broth.
Each diner then chooses from an array of meats, seafood, vegetables, bean curd and noodles and dips it into the boiling liquid. Hot pot is considered to be a fun event that provides a social environment for friends and or family to catch up and enjoy a delicious, healthful meal in addition to good conversation.
To get to Tao Heung Super 88:
Get off Mong Kok MTR Station. Take Exit E1. From the Exit, make a U-Turn and walk toward Nathan Street. Make a right and keep walking until you pass California Fitness. After the California Fitness entrance, there should be an entrance to Cheers Restaurant with Chinese characters. Enter and take the elevators up to the 3rd floor.
Me and 5 other interns met at Tao Heung Super 88, which is located in Mongkok. The actual event with the entire group was supposed to start around 8:15. However, we were all starving by 7:00 so we decided to go ahead and start.
Tea was poured into wine glasses (classy)
After consulting the menus (a picture menu, Chinese menu, and English menu) we finally agreed on a few things to try.
We selected the pork bone soup base, which surprisingly came with a lot of things inside the broth
While we waited for the soup to boil (which would signal the time we could start cooking the things that we had ordered), we mixed our dipping sauces.
(Thai chiles, chili sauce, peanuts, dried turnips, sesame seed oil, green onions, and minced garlic)
Then, we added the clams.
Next, we added the beef slices (the beef was sliced so thin that it literally cooked in minutes)
We then enjoyed freshly fried codfish cakes (these were superb!). Because they were freshly cooked, there was no need to cook them in the broth.
After that, we pretty much dumped everything else in.
Fish balls and fish wraps (the ones with the yellow unexpectedly had cream in them, which we all agreed was pretty nasty)
Fish and tofu
After eating all of the vegetables and the meat, we were all feeling quite full. Typically, after all the ingredients are eaten, the noodles are added to absorb all of the delicious flavors. Then, you can eat the meat off of the soup bones.
However, at this point in time, we had eaten so much hot pot, we went from this:
After settling the bill (about 110 HK each), the majority of the group decided that some dessert was in order… even though we were all really full.
However, we soon found ourselves in Hui Lau Shan, which is a very popular Hong Kong dessert chain that is especially well known for their mango flavors.
We agreed to split a mango and a honeydew flavored one among the 6 of us.
The ice cream portion of both dishes was similar to the Taiwanese shaved ice that I ate last week.
One of the interns remarked that we looked like a bunch of refugees because there were 6 of us sticking our spoons into the same ice cream dish.
Regardless of how we looked, it was a sweet ending to a great night.