Vegetables arrive neatly stacked in a bowl – ready for cooking at the table by yourselves. Cooking is in sunken dishes electrical heated. Customer controls the heat level. Each person has their own hot-pot.
Seafood is one choice. Various sliced raw meats or chicken is an option.
Finally, there is a delicious soup made from everything cooked. Food eaten as cooked or required, with sauces for added flavors.
No Hot-Pot restaurants in Australia. Authorities would be concerned by boiling soup close to customers, I’d imagine. In Taiwan it’s very popular.
An average price might be NT $500 (US $16) for two persons.
I don’t read many Chinese characters so this menu on the wall was a waste of time for me. I spotted fish and rice at the counter behind glass. The fish cutlets were Spanish Mackerel (OK when the fish is small – avoid large-sized cutlets as this species is a known source of a tastless and non lethal but nasty thing called ciguatera – that few doctors would recognise the symptoms of ).
I had a small part of fish, white rice, cabbage, garlic tofu and a fried chip that was either sweet potato or maybe taro. Good tasting. With a packaged drink of black tea the cost was NT65 – all for about $2 in Australia/USA. Prices in this city are about 15% lower than Taipei – or less.