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COMPASS MAGAZINE > October 2012
 

Hot pot for one--Hassen Hotpot Restaurant, Letaotao Healthy Hot Pot, Di Hao Huadiao Wine Chicken, Michi Hotpot Restaurant

By Niang Chen
Translated by Angel Pu

Hassen Hotpot Restaurant

Hassen Hotpot Restaurant

25, GongYi Rd, Sec 2, Nantun Dist.
(04) 2319-1768
Hours: 11 am-2 am
English menu
10% service charge.
Credit cards accepted.
Parking available.

"Hassen" sounds like the Japanese word used to describe "fresh and original"--a feeling diners should experience here when they are served vegetables, seafood and meat. Designed by famous architect Mao Shen-chiang, the three-story concrete building has gray walls and vines, giving it a very unique, artistic vibe that stands apart from surrounding buildings.

A: Diners love to take photos with this huge marble artwork by Yu Tsung-chie.

B: A la carte dish Assorted Stews (NT$90) contains stewed duck and pig blood cakes and tofu. Handmade Seafood Balls (NT$70) are made with minced fresh shrimp and cuttlefish, and the Pork Belly is NT$90.

C: In addition to the pictured Hassen Selected Seafood Pot (NT$420), other hot pot flavors include Hassen Special Japanese-Style Pot, Tomato Pot, Northeast Pickled Vegetable & White Meat Pot, and Cumin Pot (NT$250-420). All come with assorted vegetables, rice, eggs, a vinegar smoothie, and drink. The dessert--brown sugar wrapped in sliced lemon--is unique and refreshing.

Hassen Hotpot Restaurant Hassen Hotpot Restaurant

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Letaotao Healthy Hot Pot

Letaotao Healthy Hot Pot

266, DaDun 6th St, Nantun Dist.
(04) 2473-5226
Hours: weekdays 11 am-2 pm, 5-10 pm;
holidays 11 am-10 pm
(closed Mondays)
Credit cards not accepted.
No service charge.
Parking available.

Have you ever seen a hot pot restaurant that specifically notes the calories for every one of its hot pots? Run by dietitian Chang Su-hua, Letaotao does exactly this on its paper dining mats, allowing diners to figure out how many calories they want to ingest. The prices for these healthy and tasty hot pots ranges between NT$99 and NT$218.

A: The Spicy Hotpot (NT$128) is an authentic Sichuan dish that contains stir-fried onions, mushrooms, vegetables, meat, Sichuan peppers and chili, and comes with a drink, rice and a soup. Unlike regular hot pots, its broth is not served in the pot but in a separate bowl.

B: Letaotao Healthy Pot (NT$168) includes a side dish, noodles/rice, an entree (beef, pork, chicken, lamb, seafood), vegetables, a drink and dessert. The soup, made with chicken bones, pork bones and assorted vegetables, enhances the ingredients' natural flavors.

C: The apple-green interior creates a refreshing and relaxing atmosphere.

Letaotao Healthy Hot Pot Letaotao Healthy Hot Pot

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Di Hao Huadiao Wine Chicken

Di Hao Huadiao Wine Chicken

269, JingCheng Rd, Nantun Dist.
(04) 2473-6569
Hours: 11 am-2:30 pm, 5 pm-12 am
(closed Tuesdays)
Credit cards not accepted.
No service charge.

Under the management of owner Mr. Lai Chang-shin, Di Hao's Huadiao wine chicken stands apart from similar restaurants in that diners can first have stir-fried chicken before adding leftover chicken into the hot pot. The flavor of the "hua diao" chicken here is rich and strong, but becomes smoother after it is added to the hot pot. Di Hao's specially-flavored "hua diao" chicken is definitely worth trying.

A: Spicy Shrimp Stew (a la carte NT$280, set NT$220) is made of the same sauce as the chicken stew with spicy sauce and plump shrimp. The soup's spiciness not only adds a layer to the flavor, but also contrasts the sweetness of the shrimp.

B: The unique flavor of the Hua Diao Chicken Stew (NT$220/set) comes from a combination of beer, rice wine, Hua Diao wine, fermented soybean curd, sesame sauce and Chu Hou sauce (usually used in Cantonese cuisine), which the chicken leg meat is stewed with. Although the broth has a strong flavor, it's actually quite refreshing, offering a savory taste of all its ingredients. A set meal includes rice, side dishes, assorted vegetables and a drink.

C: Di Hao's decor may appear basic, but it offers surprisingly delicious chicken.

Di Hao Huadiao Wine Chicken Di Hao Huadiao Wine Chicken

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Michi Hotpot Restaurant

Michi Hotpot Restaurant

112-3, ZhongMing S Rd, West Dist.
(04) 2326-8426
Hours: 10:30 am-2 am
English menu
Credit cards accepted.
10% service charge.
Parking available.

Michi's simple but stylish interior creates a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. The restaurant offers a variety of food items, from waffles to tasty hot pots, which its diners especially enjoy and cost between NT$260 and NT$880.

A: The stock for the Seafood Hotpot (NT$320-390) and Soy Milk Seafood Hotpot (NT$390-520) is made with chicken bones, seaweed, sugar cane and seasonal vegetables and fruit. The savory, refreshing soup can be added to various ingredients, such as the original-flavor soy milk or seafood, to create different flavors of hot pots.

B: Even an individual diner can enjoy great hot pot at the bright, clean bar-seating area.

C: Tall Gastrodia Tuber & Ginseng Chicken Hotpot (NT$540) contains various Chinese herbs, including tall gastrodia tubers, ginseng and Chinese knotweed.

Michi Hotpot Restaurant Michi Hotpot Restaurant

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