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June 08, 2007


That post brings back happy memories of a similar meal at a place in Boston.

All that sounds tasty -- though I have never been able to eat hot-pot meals without dripping unacceptable amounts of broth from the bok choi into my beard. But here's the odd thing: My introduction to hot pot was at an expensive Japanese restaurant in Syracuse, NY (where the put an ordinary hot plate on the table -- this was 25 years ago). It wasn't called that, either.

I had always had the idea that MONGOLIAN hot pot must have something thick and lavalike, and correspondingly spicy, in the pot. Now that you've taught me better, I'll have to see how it works here.

The same place taught me to eat tofu in chunks with ginger and soy sauce, a summer appetizer I still love when the tofu is good.

Looks and sounds very yummy! My only experience with hotpots is in Vietnamese restaurants. The hot pots there have hot coals in a little chimney with a circular moat of hot broth around it. One version is filled with various meats, chicken, seafood, vegis and pineapple. the other one that I have had only has catfish chunks(bones and all)and vegis swimming in a spicy broth. Rice on the side. The Vietnamese like to add red wine vinegar to the individual bowls.

I rather wish I'd read this before dinner not after! But it looks good. How did you manage to bike uphill home afterwards?

With difficulty, mainly because the meal made me so sleepy!

Sounds great - you should have invited ME!!! Where do you get the time to write all this up???? Cheers! Earl (Hope your pik nik went well!)

Wow, nice. Next restaurant on my list! I love those culinary experiences! For those interested, here a map to get there, if you ever come to Montreal... ;)


It's in Roxboro, close to DDO, somewhat of an awkward place for a Chinese restaurant... ...I think anyway. ;p

I though I'd share a culinary experience, in the "same" family (unfortunately Chinese...):

Chez Gatsé Restaurant Tibetain, 317 Ontario E

This restaurant is admirable (in look and service) and very good. You can also try butter tea which is, surprisingly(!), good (yes, pretty much butter in hot water). And also momos, which are somewhere between dumplings and bread: also a very interesting experience. There's another Tibetan restaurant on St-Denis and I hear there's a very good one on St-Laurent, some say even better, but I never went, so you'll have to experience it for yourselves ;)

Hope you'll have a chance to try any of those Beth or any of you southern neighbors ;p

Tibétain Shambala, 3439, rue St-Denis corner Sherbrooke
Restaurant Tibétain Om, 4382, boul. Saint-Laurent

Enjoy, miam! (isn't great that our most important need is also one of our greatest pleasure? life is good :D)

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