Winter often calls for meals that warm the soul, something hot and steamy that takes the chill away. For us it’s a hearty stew or my personal all time favourite – Hotpot. This dish comes with many names like shabu shabu, steamboat or jeongol. Each a variation from different Asian countries but the principle of it is the same. Some lovely fresh ingredients, good stock and a pot is all you really need a for a long social and fun meal. I remember our student days where almost all gatherings were hotpot feasts. We spent the night slowly cooking what we wanted to eat, catching up with everyone and having plenty of laughs. It’s one of the most social meals one can have so when Golden Dragon Palace Seafood Restaurant got in touch with us to come in and try their winter special Deluxe Dragon Hotpot we did not hesitate.
We met up with Iris and Johnny from the restaurant group for a long evening of chats and good food. The lovely waitress brought out a gorgeous golden pot perching on the stove in all its glory. It truly is fit for an emperor. She also brought out some thinly sliced wagyu beef, abalone, mushrooms, tofu, glass noodles and vegetables. What a feast! The broth was a delicious Chicken Goji Berry Broth right from the start. Imagine how good it would be at the end.
With the Deluxe Dragon Hotpot deal you get 350g of wagyu beef and 500g local green lipped abalone along with vegetables and noodles. Quite often in hotpots the meat is sliced thinly so cooking time is reduced. It allows you to eat as you cook so it’s always a hot bite. The wagyu beef was very fresh and tender, you only need to dip it into the boiling stock and wave it around for about 8-10 seconds and it’s cooked. The sliced abalone was also incredibly fresh. For the abalone I would recommend only cooking it for 5 seconds so that it stays tender and retains that fresh abalone taste. The hotpot set also comes with a soy based ginger and chilli dipping sauce that will certainly warm you up. Ginger is not only warming but also great for digestion (and some believe arthritis) so it makes perfect sense in winter.
The hotpot dish is for 2 people to share but they do recommend ordering another main or entrée for a complete meal. I spotted a taro dish, my dad’s favourite! It was the Taro Chicken & Coconut Hotpot. Served in a claypot this dish was so creamy and delicious I think my dad would’ve loved it. We also ordered some Spicy Glass Noodles with Scallops in XO Sauce upon recommendation and I am so glad we did. Fried glass noodles is something we get in Malaysia all the time, a little less common here but let me tell you, these guys do a very delicious one. I kept eating just the noodles!
At the end of a hotpot meal the best part is always the broth. After cooking so many ingredients in it the broth is just bursting with flavour tasting like the best stock in the world. As it boils down it can also get salty so don’t be afraid to add some water or clear stock. Traditionally we like to cook some noodles last and that’s exactly what I did. It may sound odd finishing with a bowl of carbs but this will be the best tasting soup noodles of the night. This isn’t just your regular hotpot of cheap fish balls and floury flavouring laden ingredients. It’s high quality fresh wagyu beef and abalone with a nutritious broth. Thank you Golden Dragon Palace, Iris and Johnny for a great night and such a delicious meal!
The Deluxe Dragon Hotpot is available for $99 to share between two people. Bookings are recommended.
Disclaimer: Foodie Ling was invited as a guest to Golden Dragon Palace Seafood Restaurant
242 Hutt Street