For those who just want to see video featuring Sing’s Big Butt shot – click here.
I know, I use his cute Big Bottoms to get views, but sadly Sing doesn’t have a nice six-pack like Grace’s husband so I can only use his ‘Asian Kim Kardashian’ look.
Anyway, we should be talking about hot pot. As you might already noticed on my blog or our Facebook page – I never been a big hot pot fan. The whole room is steamy, my hair start to curl, the soup base is either tasteless or gives you a feeling of ‘The Next Day After Taco Bell‘. And of course, the time limit. I didn’t experience the time limit in America, but back in Asia every single time we tried ‘All you can eat’ hot pots, they always gave us a time limit. 90-120 minutes, depending on a spot. To make it funnier, the time started to count when they lit the fire (so you had to wait until the soup is boiling) and ALWAYS when we reached the time limit, they took away the whole pot with all the food left in.
I can understand the owners who didn’t want people to think it’s ‘All you can eat while seating here for the whole day’, but at least turn off the fire and let me finish – you know how long it takes for a fish ball to be perfectly cooked?
Now we moved to Ireland and the ‘Summer’ here is described as a day with 17C (~63F) without a rain. So maybe like 10 days in total. Because of that I started to appreciate the concept of hot pot more. I even found a tomato soup base that perfectly suits me. It’s still steamy like in sauna, but I don’t care anymore – not with that kind of weather.
Usually, making hot pot at home should be cheaper, but with a small Asian community the prices of Asian products are pretty high. To help you realize how small the community is, let me tell you this. In the capital of Ireland, Chinatown has one or two real Taiwanese milk tea boba places. TWO. ONE, TWO. Freaking Chinatown.
The whole district is small, of course you can find lots of Thai food, Chinese takeaway, sushi all over the town, but it’s all a lucky shot. You need to base on your research or comments from people living in Dublin.
We go there really occasionally, so whatever we try is just a coincidence and faith that God or whoever there is, doesn’t hate us so much to give us diarrhea the next day.
The same way we found an ‘All you can eat’ hot pot & BBQ spot that I want to show you!
103 Parnell street
Dublin 1, Ireland
It’s located next to another Hot Pot & BBQ spot Lao, but the price of ‘All you can eat’ Hot pot is slightly cheaper (15.99 Euro for Han Yang and 16.99 Euro for Lao), moreover also includes a soft drink with free refill. Both of the places have also a Karaoke club so if you think that today you can become next Eason Chan for 60 Euro you can give it a shot. Personally, I haven’t tried it, but I’ve seen a lot of Koreans coming to there just for the karaoke and I read the machines are mostly in Korean, has some Japanese songs, just English, Vietnamese or Chinese. I think if you’re interested in Karaoke itself Lao would be a better place, we’ve seen groups of Irish people having a party there so I assume their choice of the songs is bigger.
But why we chose Han Yang over Lao? There are few reasons.
- The price. 2 euro seems like a pocket change, but since we drive all the way from Limerick we have to count gas price on the top.
- The atmosphere. Leo Hot Pot & BBQ looks more modern, darker, cool, but I’m old fashioned. I like that ‘Grandma style’, it makes me think of those local small stores Sing and I used to go together.
- Sauces. I love sesame paste and for me that the only sauce I need, but Sing is picky and still tries to make a perfect sauce. So he takes sesame paste, soy sauce with chilies and garlic, beef sauce and adds his own stuff. It’s pretty cool, in America I could only get already made sauce.
- Self service. Call me weird, but I love the interaction with the food. I have fun picking what I want to put into my pot, how much I want to take.
- Choice of the food. There’s a huge variety of seafood, which would suit people like Momzilla. Maybe the choice of the veggies could be big bigger, but if you’re a vegetarian you should go back home full anyway.
- Friendly staff. No one rushes us, we are always asked about the refill (not like some of the places, where they ask if you need something right when you want to go out), they pay attention if there’s enough water in the pot.
- Refilling with soup base, not water. So you can keep the taste! It’s the first place I went to that did this.
I talked about pros, but it’s time to mention few cons.
- No rice included. Rice never bothered me anyway *cape flies away*. But it surely does bother Sing the rice eater. There’s some sort of Asian bread and Korean style rice cakes but for a Cantonese man a meal without rice is not a meal.
- Soup base flavors. We ordered 老火靚湯養顏鍋 (Beauty Herbal Pot) and 鮮味生蠔鍋 (Seafood Oyster Pot) – aside of the fact I don’t feel any more beautiful 😉 the taste was pretty similar, the difference was only in ginger. We didn’t take a spicy version, because we thought the bases would be quite different, but in the end I couldn’t really tell the difference in taste.
Probably, there actually is a better hot pot, with better price or better ingredients but until we can find it, Han Yang is our top choice in Dublin.
Do you like hot pot? Do you have your favorite spot? Let us know your tricks to make it even tastier, maybe some sauce recipe? Let us know! 🙂