Inside the Hot Pot
I think it came only with papaya colour cos all we tasted was orange. FAIL.
Anyway back to Hot Pot. It's a claypot specialty shop where everything comes inside a claypot except the drinks. The place is located near Kingwood Inn & it's directly across the road from the KMC swimming pool.
I do not know why people cook in clay pot. Of course clay pots have their purpose. I guess it can achieve a higher temperature & is able to keep things hot for a longer time. But I was thinking more like where did claypot cooking come from, and I suspected that it could have originated more from practicality rather than creativity. Meaning, they could have come from the clay age, so it was more of convenience rather than the ingeniuity to use it for certain effects. And maybe as time goes by, it came to be used only for certain things. But having said all that, it's just a guess. Don't bet on it cos I tend to be very shallow about anything to do with cooking.
So Nee & I had our Friday lunch at Hot Pot. We took a look at the menu and ordered the most interesting sounding drink - Papaya Lemon drink:
This was our table number. I was beginning to worry that it's an indication of things to come. The drink was a bad start, maybe the worst was to come.
The shop's specialty was Lamb claypot. So we ordered that.
Assam Curry Fish Meat ~ Small RM10/pot
We had a choice of fish head or fish meat. Apparently they cook the sauce first then add the fish before serving. Spicy and sourish, fitted to be called assam. But we find it slightly on the artificial side like those packet assam curry premix. Fish is fresh though like they claimed. None of those fishy smell.
Beancurd ~ Small RM5/pot. Very so so. Just oyster sauce, cornflour thickened and pour onto a piece of tofu, topped with lettuce.
Generally, we would rate this place about 6.5 - 7/10
Food 38/60 The lamb is good and the rest is very common and not exactly so well cooked. There must be a reason why people cook in claypots and in this case we don't see the reasons cause all food are cooked separately in normal pots and transfer to claypots. So only selling gimmicks!
Enviroment 11/15 The place is very clean. Decoration minimal.
Service 12/15 Food comes fast enough. And the Taukeh friendly enough and patient enough to explain his products. Good!
Price 8/10 Not expensive considering there is fish and lamb.