Address: 3779 Sexsmith Road, Richmond V6X 1J8
Pot Belly Mini Hotpot is a newly opened restaurant in Richmond. They picked an interesting location because one of their direct competitors (I would presume) is just around the corner. Perhaps they’re trying to siphon off some customers since the other mini hot pot place is almost always fully booked.
Ordering is pretty straightforward, as you go through a list, and circle your preferences. Hotpots are $13.99 each.
We went doing lunch hours, and every order of hotpot comes with a free drink. The drink can be either iced black tea or green tea. Milk tea or fruit juices would cost an extra dollar.
They also offer side dishes (~$6.00) like fried chicken nuggets, Taiwanese fishcakes, and stinky tofu, etc., but we were mostly interested in hotpot at the time.
Our cooking apparatus looks cute. The pots were heated up by some kind of oil-jelly. They seem more cost-friendly than gas/electric stoves.
The two pots we ordered contained the following:
- Tomato soup + lamb + satay sauce + medium heat + vermicelli
- Pumpkin soup + chicken + spicy garlic sauce + mild heat + vermicelli
Both soups were rather thick. I would say they were somewhere between a broth and a chowder. On the plus side, they gave us a good amount of liquid, and that we didn’t run out of soup until the very end of our meal. We couldn’t really distinguish the difference between mild and medium heat. Keep that in mind if you want something really spicy.
I personally liked the spicy garlic sauce more than the satay sauce. The sweetness gave it more character.
The meats were okay; nothing bad but also nothing extraordinary. Portion size was on the small side, but overall it was still enough to fill us up.
I felt they skimped out on the other default ingredients. With the exception of green veggies, they literally put in each pot one piece/slice/unit of each of the following: corn (which was like 1 cm thick), fish ball, tofu, mushroom, enoki mushroom, and pumpkin/tomato. On the plus side, the quality of their ingredients was up to par.
Molang Scores & Verdict
Decent mini hotpot restaurant. At the end of the day, we were satisfied with our economic lunch.
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