Nothing Better Than Cheap and Delicious!
I went to Dyker Heights for their famous Christmas lights and stopped by Sunset Park on the way for this restaurant. I had never been to the Chinatown in Brooklyn, but the area was quite large and full of Chinese restaurants and shops. I didn't think I needed a reservation, but the restaurant was really packed with Chinese people and our party of 2 had to wait for 30 minutes. Although we got a table, we had to share one table with anther group.
There was a hot plate installed in the table. A waitress asked me what kind of broth we wanted to have, and since we had no idea, we asked the other group at the same table what they recommended and they told us to choose both the spicy and the pork broth. Before we ordered ingredients to put in the broth, we were already surprised at the price of a pitcher of beer. It was $10! We, of course, went for it.
There were too many options of ingredients and before we had a chance to decide, the broth and hotpot were already set on the hot plate. Both of the broths looked really delicious (the spicy broth looked really spicy as well!)
The waitress gave us seasonings for the dipping sauce and complimentary vegetables for the pork broth. Based on my knowledge of delicious food for Chinese hotpot, we ordered Fuzhou Fish Balls, Pork Blood, Mushrooms, Sliced Fatty Lamb, Potato Noodles, Drunken Chicken and a shrimp paste ball in a cut out piece of bamboo (Sorry, I forgot the name.) We dipped or boiled the ingredients in the broth. There is no rule for which ingredient is for which broth, it's all up to you!
The Fuzhou fish balls, as I expected, were awesome! The fish ball was so firm and moreover, it had juicy meat inside. I promise that this is a MUST-TRY for everyone.
You might think that Pork Blood is disgusting. But you are mistaken! It was really delicious. The blood is fixed naturally, not artificially. Actually, the blood itself doesn't have a strong taste, but it has a gelatinous texture. It was especially great in the spicy broth.
I regret that I didn't take note of the name of this dish, but the shrimp paste was amazing! We put a small portion of it into the broth using the stick provided to us. The fish roe gave it a texture that popped, so we enjoyed not only the taste but also the texture of the shrimp's chewiness and fish roe's pop.
The mushrooms were very thick and fresh. The fatty lamb was something that is a typical ingredient found in Chinese hotpot. It was not particularly good, but still good.
The drunken chicken was pieces of chicken soaked in Chinese alcohol. We were already full at this moment, however, we pushed our limits because it was really tasty.
The Potato Noodles could have been better. Although they were good, they were hard to eat because it became a ball and we couldn't cut it after it had absorbed the broth. They could have cut them in advance or at least told us not to put them altogether at once.
We ate too much, but don't be surprised. It cost just $35 each including the pitcher of beer. Each plate of ingredients cost $3 - $5. There were only Chinese people except us and the official language there is Chinese. You may have no idea what to order from the many options. However, I highly recommend this restaurant. You can ask the waitresses or other groups for their recommendations and just take their word for it! Don't forget to bring many friends so you can order more ingredients and treat them to pitchers of beer for them!
By the way, we also got an ice bar, because we showed our Yelp check-in coupon. This ice bar was actually pretty good too.
I love hot pot!
This place offers an extremely unique dining experience with special food, smells and atmosphere that make it truly one of a kind. They have some Japanese food as well as Chinese, and there are so many varieties of everything that even if you don't think you care for Chinese/Japanese, I'm sure you'd be able to find something that you'd enjoy! Decor is great, atmosphere is excellent, all around a great place!
Mister Hotpot – Brooklyn Manages to Improve Hotpot
What’s there to review in a restaurant when you do most of the cooking? When you cook meats and vegetables in a complex and refined broth, only to then mercilessly dip the item in your own bizarre concoction of sauces and herbs.
To my surprise, quite a bit actually.
It’s been an good time for hotpot lovers. The arrival of global chain Little Sheep in Flushing made it an instant hotspot during the winter nights. Then came word via Facebook that a certain Mister Hotpot in Brooklyn is all the rage. Everyone’s checking-in there…. (more on this later)
So when you’re not cooking, and you control the dipping sauce, we focus on the broth. Mister Hotpot delivers a hearty pork bone based soup, available in a spicy split-pot setup. This broth relies on slowly cooking the essence of the bone, rather than dosing with dry herbs. In fact the broth resembles ramen soup base, except it’s not the final product but rather just the starting point. The menu also clearly states that the broth contains no MSG. I’m quite sensitive to that stuff, so after a few sips I believe them.
So what do we add into the hotpot? While Mister Hotpot could have easily resorted to blending in with its Brooklyn Chinatown neighbors, it instead channels its Brooklyn-essence, setting new levels of creativity, presentation, and freshness.
In addition to the usual meats and vegetables, which are pretty much as fresh as they come, you’re also presented with house specialties and off the menu specials. The squid paste is especially all the rage. The freshly blended paste, made to order, is presented in a bamboo casing. Using a wooden stick, you slide bits of paste into the boiling broth, causing it to rapidly solidify. Not only is this a fun exercise for the table, the taste and texture is fantastic.
Other hotpot places can give you previously frozen slabs of tilapia. Here we get fresh cut slices of fish, glistening on a plate. The meat gently curls up when it contacts the boiling liquid, yet another sign of superior freshness.
I was also quite impressed by the drunken chicken, which are lightly marinated in Chinese wine, but preserves the flavor of alcohol even after a soak in the hotpot. A creative concept executed brilliantly.
On the way out, check-in on Facebook for a free melon flavored ice cream bar. Why more restaurants don’t do this is beyond me. Such a brilliant way of getting the word out.
Somehow Brooklyn has managed to improve hotpot.
Mister Hotpot is a Chinese hot pot restaurant located in Brooklyn, NY in Borough Park. The venue has high quality ingredients with locally grown vegetables and imported rice. The alcohol is also imported and features Japanese Sake and various Chinese beers. Overall this restaurant is unique and has delicious menu items to choose from.
The ingredients used at the Hot Pot feature rice from mainland China and Japan. Even though the restaurant is labeled Chinese there is quite a bit of Japanese foods included in the menu. Some recommendations are the pot stickers, sushi, cuttlefish paste with row, fish balls with fish eggs, and oyster mushrooms.
Some would say that the sitting area is a little crowded while others would say it's just right. The venue is usually packed with people and the food smells amazing all through the restaurant. The atmosphere is quite a friendly one and the staff are quite welcoming.
Some would say that the staff are slow and the food takes a while to get delivered while others would notice at how many staff are working. The restaurant is quite full and reservations are available but even so service might be slow because of how busy the venue is. However once you are served the staff are extremely friendly and cute according to some reviewers.