Individual hot pot

Last week, I dined in a very Hot pot is an old Asian tradition - one where everyone sits around a boiling pot of deeply flavored broth (even during the humid summers), throws in a variety of meats and veggies, while fishing out the cooked pieces to eat. It's hot, it's entertaining, it's delicious. 

The Fashion Wok takes hot pot to a new, more "fashionable" level. Its menu consists of pre-designed, individual "woks" - meaning each person at the table gets their own little furnace and a boiling hot pot of food just to himself. It's a cute concept, if you don't mind the heat. 

Each wok is themed according to its broth and meats. For example, the "Pirates Miso Wok" (3rd photo below) is built with Japanese elements - udon - and seafood. There is also a curry wok if you are a spicy food enthusiast (last photo, left). Unlike traditional hot pot, the food arrives pretty much ready to be consumed, although I did let mine boil to ensure the meats were fully cooked. Personally, I found this new way of hot potting much less overwhelming than the traditional way. For one, you are eating exactly what you ordered, not in combination with other people's orders. It's more sanitary too, if you think about it.

The restaurant itself has both indoor and outdoor seating, which, in my opinion, is great for body temperature management purposes. On a cool day, it may be nice to enjoy the breeze over a simmering pot of food. The price of a wok is more than reasonable - $8-10 for lunch and $10-12 for dinner - considering the amount of food in one. Unless you are really hungry, it'll take a bit of effort to finish one on your own. Did I mention, they come with a side of rice?

 Does cooking your own food at a restaurant defeat the purpose of going out? 

pirate's miso wok

dinner for two

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