I am all about All-You-Can-eat. All-You-Can-Eat Steak, ice cream, dim sum, or even all you can eat cake! My all time favorite though, is all-you-can-eat hot pot. This is something I did in winter while I lived in Taiwan. It was totally a must-do on your winter checklist if you lived in Taiwan. You would have to wait at least 30 mins for a table but it is definitely worth it! I remember I would go with friends, waiting in line in downtown Taipei just for some steaming hot and spciy all-you-can-eat hot pot. It cost us only $15 a person including all the ingredients, ice cream , tax and tips!
I haven’t had all you can eat hot pot since I left Taiwan and I am itching for a challenge. Last Friday, my coworker Stella actually invited me to try it out in Flushing. Keep in mind for a New Yorker to spend more than 45 minutes on a subway ride OUTSIDE of the city is like asking a child to get out of bed early in the morning to go to school. I was really determined to satisfy my craving for hot pot that I dragged myself to take the “Oriental Express” 7 train to Flushing. But let me tell you it is well worth the time!
We went to Shanghai Tide Restaurant. Their all-you-can-eat deal is $26 for hot pot, Shanghai-nese small plates including steamed buns, scallion pancakes, red bean rice cake, sodas and beer. It was shockingly cheap. Honestly it is not nearly as good as those in Taiwan but beggers cannot be choosers! We ordered the buns, budweiser, tofu, shrimp and a bunch other ingredients immediately and the food just kept coming! They were very generous and swift. I was so full that I could barely move! (Good thing I was wearing a black dress that it would cover the bump on my belly!)
My group all swear we are coming back soon for another feast sometime soon. And trust me, I will cope with the commute and make my way out here!
If you are interested in my review on Yelp.com, please view here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/shanghai-tide-flushing#hrid:sioZ32KM-3y-kqm1Wy-Xcw