Thursday, November 5, 2009

Maxim's Fast Food Shabu Shabu


When the mercury drops below 20C...as always...
- 2009 version of the 80s shoulder padded jackets dominated the streets
- boots sightings everywhere
- air con gets turned off, windows are opened wide...
- and eateries all around Hong Kong promote the heck outta their hot pot/steam boat/shabu-shabu menu

...and we all rushed to dip our chopsticks into various MSG laden hot pot broth and stuff ourselves with delicious morsels.
I am no exception.

It all started with an adorable little pot....


The menu offers a selection of food (vegetables, mushrooms, udon noodles, fish and prawn cakes with crab roe, a soup base), dipping sauces, a drink and a few selection of main protein: beef, pork or chicken.
Select one main for HK$42, two for HK$51 (USD6.5)...and sous chef and I, naturally, chose two mains, and still add an extra serving of dumplings (HK$15).
So much for dietary intentions and just sharing one pot...:p

The beef slices were not too fatty, but still tender, and the sliced pork was surprisingly tender, even after a few minutes of cooking.
The dumplings were a pleasant surprise! They stuffed the wonderfully chewy skin with pork and preserved meat. Tasty tasty tasty! Totally worth the HK$15 extra charge ^_^

We had the pork bone soup base, which turned sweeter and more delicious after it's infused with all the flavors from the meat and vegetables. Now, dip...


...and consume.

I go for fast food hot pot when...
- I had no mood to prepare my own at home
- I can't be bothered to book/queue for a table in proper hotpot restaurants
- Sous chef's mom isn't available to make a hotpot dinner
- sous chef insisted to

Visit Maxim's website for more info

8 comments:

KennyT said...

Do they have a main without beef?

Mochachocolata Rita said...

yes ar....they have pork or chicken ^_^ gogogo!

Little Corner of Mine said...

So cute with the individual shabu shabu pot. I didn't know there is a fast food version of hotpot.

tigerfish said...

Why does it look so cute?

EatTravelEat said...

Our cafes in our area also like to promote hot pots right now :). Never expected Maxim to do shabu shabu! The plates they put the food in are so cute. But they look so small I think I would want even more!

noobcook said...

U really are HK tourist ambassador u know? Everything I come here, I want to go HK a little more. I'm so desperate to go HK now, all your fault hehe

Muse in the Kitchen said...

I love the idea of fast food shabu shabu! I wish there was a restaurant near us that served this. We had shabu shabu at home a couple of months ago and everyone enjoyed it so much! ~ Belle

Lina said...

Shabu Shabu is great! It's pretty healthy too.