No prize for guessing that I am a soupy person, but I’m actually not a massive fan of hot pot. Confusing you enough? LOL.
So, after reading my favorite food blogger review about this place, it intrigued me to pay them a visit and give their gradually-became-more-popular hot pot a try. Coincidentally, Deal Medan was offering a deal of 45% off on 10 plates menu steamboat, free flow vegetables and 4 rice (no drink was included).
This is a very simple, humble, non air-conditioned coffee shop which is rented out to different tenants for daytime (selling wanton noodles etc) and evening (hot pot) operating hours. Also, parking lot is spacious, no worries for beginner drivers. LOL.
Tables and chairs were arrayed neatly with only 1 table occupied by 2 persons when we reached there that evening. Service was amiable, the lady boss came to greet me and asked how many people was with me, I told her we were 4 gluttons. Haha..
Not long after we were seated, the owner came again and offered to guard us to the chiller where all the hot pot ingredients were displayed.
I almost have not much opportunities to stay this close with a chiller and it did amuse me quite a bit. Hahaha! Asked permission from the owner to take a shot or two of those fresh looking hot pot items and he delightfully responded “Yes, why not?”
Seriously, I was perplexed what to choose. As you see, the numbers of the ingredients were not as many as expected. It’s not difficult to decide actually, but I found out that most of the items were almost similar with each other.
OK then, decision decision. Here were my choices!
You count it right, it’s all 10 items there. but please don’t question me on their names. The verdict came out that the ingredients were all fresh and I particularly love the fried salmon balls. Their satay (bottom right corner) and pork belly (bottom left corner) stand out as our favorites too.
We have our hot pot in 2 types of broth which were cooked using chicken stock and tom yum paste, miso soup is their less favorite soup base. Both the chicken and tomyum soup base were actually not the type that made me go WOW, but I kinda love the homely taste of it. Made me feel like I was having hot pot at home in my most comfortable home wear and maybe putting one leg up on the chair. Lol!
My fellow friends might have known that I love chili and this eatery was stingy with that, I felt quite awful eating my favorite food but with limited chili sauce. We asked for “more”, but the waiter delivered “a little” to us. Some friends suggested that I can bring along my own chili on my next visit. But, for me, each restaurant/eatery has its own characteristics and signature dishes, included their homemade chili sauce.
Anyhow, the plus point beyond the things aforementioned, I didn’t feel thirsty after the whole meal, meaning there’s no MSG detected ~ big plus point!
These few days, the town is having heavy rain almost every evening, Hot Pot is a good choice, no?
10 plates menu steamboat, free flow vegetables and 4 rice cost me only Idr. 165K and additional Idr. 30K for 2 barley drinks and 2 mineral water. Total damage was Idr. 195K for 4 packs.
Xiuxiu Hot Pot // Jln Gaharu Simpang Bambu I (Mie Pangsit Limas), Medan.
Operating Hours : Daily // 6.00 pm – 9.30pm (Thursday closed)