Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Chong Qing Hot Pot

If their aim is making something that resembles volcanic lava then they have succeeded with a steamboat soup that is a sea of red dried chilli and Sichuan peppercorns. Only until this was filtered and mixed with the clear stock that it became bearable. Yes I like spicy. No, not to the point it where it begins to erode my insides. Poor insides.

There is no escaping the aromas from the simmering pots due to a lack of vents, but you can choose normal flavours from the kitchen menu. All options are rated, and the 3 chilli cumin spiced pork ribs flecked with chilli flakes and seeds don’t disappoint on a ringing ear front. Mapo tofu is a tame affair and doesn’t excite, thin slices of fatty pork is cooked twice in a mild chilli oil a must and will get you hearing again. Kung Pao Chicken a highlight, small diced cubes of the poultry meat is stir fried in a sweetish wine marinade with plenty of chilli, spring onions, Sichuan peppers and roasted peanuts.

3 / 5 yums!
Where? Village Walk Shop 18, 52 O'Sullivan Road, Glen Waverley, VIC
What? Around $20

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