I admit I’m a bit of a sucker – I actually pay for the privilege to cook my own food. Geez, I barely cook my own food at home, and here I am cooking at a restaurant. You know you’ve been there – hibachi, “Mongolian” barbecue, etc. This time, I’m talking about Chinese hotpot at Quickly. So how good of a cook am I? (ha ha)
Quickly really does set everything up for you – the first step is making your own dipping sauce from a bunch of ingredients laid out buffet-style:
Ok, so a few apple points subtracted for the blobs of sauce on the table – were those my doing though? Hmmm. I put together my extremely precise and mildly haphazard concoction of scallions, cilantro, fish sauce, garlic, sesame paste, soy sauce, chili oil and..some other “yummy things”:
With my dipping sauce ready, my eating buddy and I ordered the “Surf and Turf” special, with sirloin beef and three choices of seafood. We went with scallops, squid and shrimp:
The surf and turf platter also came with a ton of veggies and tofu, fishballs, fish cake, noodles and other goodies:
AND it came with a free bubble tea – sweeet! In my excitement over bubble tea as well as scoring a good deal, I forgot to take a picture of this – whoops.
Once the broth was bubbling, we added the veggies, noodles and started cooking the meat. The beef was sliced so delicately that a little dip in and out was all that was needed to cook it!
A quick dip in your own customized sauce, and hey guess what? I AM a good cook? (Har har). Yeah, I know – everything’s prepared for me beforehand, but I’ll still take credit for it .
We supplemented our surf and turf hotpot with a spicy crispy chicken appetizer:
This chicken was addictive. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone did the lick-the-finger-and-dip-in-crumbs move here. I’m not saying I did that, I”m just saying I wouldn’t be surprised if someone did. Yup.
This meal was satisfying, fresh, and at $25 for 2 people (we ordered an extra bubble tea) – a very good deal! You also get the added bonus of thinking you worked hard for your food, ha! For a fun and yummy meal, give Quickly a try!
237B Grand St. (@ Bowery)
Yeah, you’re paying to cook your own food, but it’s still a pretty good deal.