Chinese: Quickly

Eating Out

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. 🙂

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    March 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Yum! I think this is a great idea, and it's affordable too.

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    March 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    that sounds really fun and tasty.

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    San Jose Love
    March 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    oh wow. I thought Quickly was just a milk tea and small snacks store. That's how it is in CA. boo. we need one of those here. Your sauce looks good!

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    March 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    how fun! that crispy chicken looks delish!

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    March 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I love this idea! I need to go here. I'm a big fan of Bubble Tea too.

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    March 7, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Seriously affordable! I like the idea of cooking the food myself, it's fun! 🙂

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    March 8, 2011 at 3:25 am

    I think that's really cool, actually!

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    Miss Hot Wings
    March 8, 2011 at 4:07 am

    affordable, fun, and yummy… perfect combo! I want to try that app!!! Looks seriously good.

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    March 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Looks like a fun thing to do at a restaurant for a couple! Looks like good food too! 🙂

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    honey my heart
    March 10, 2011 at 5:40 am

    i'm really into this kind of cooking 😉 must find a similar place next time i'm in la.

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    Micah and Catherine
    March 10, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I love hot pot. That chicken looks amazing!

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      March 9, 2017 at 9:08 am

      A mi &qr;aoPiuttas de Silicon Valley" me pareció un tostón. Para hacer una película así, que hubiesen hecho un documental y estaría mejor.Por cierto, ¿aún no he visto "La Red Social"? ¿Tan regulero es el doblaje? Es para ir a verla en VOS.Chao!

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    March 11, 2011 at 4:18 am

    wow, I never think to order appetizer at hot pot but that chicken looks GOood. To me half the fun in hotpot is concocting the sauce! Love the "sha cha" sauce

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    March 15, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    This looks like fun! But I'm sure I'd mess it up and concoct something terrible if left to my own devices.


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