Why Happy Hotpot is one of the best Shabu Shabu places I've tried and why I won't go back anytime soonSaturday, October 29, 2016
I am a cook-your-food-in-a-pot-of-hot-water kind of gal. My sister introduced me to the world of Shabu Shabu about 12 years ago, and I was hooked. Whether it be Korean hotpot, Japanese Shabu Shabu, or Chinese hotpot -I just love how you don't consume too much oil, and I get to eat a lot of veggies, plus the best part? The sauce.
I used to be close-minded about the whole shabu shabu thing. It was either Healthy Shabu Shabu in Rockwell or nothing at all and my husband used to make me try different restaurants but I wouldn't have it. And then as the years went by, a lot of other shabu shabu places started popping up so I had to keep up with the times. Fast forward to the present, I have tried several shabu shabu places and each restaurant is a different experience, and I have to admit, it's actually fun.
So let me tell you about our latest discovery and why I think it's one of the best hotpot places I have tried and why I won't be going back there -at least anytime soon.
|Happy Hotpot (Dong Fang Huo Go), Dela Rosa corner Medina streets, Pio del Pilar, Makati|
Happy Hotpot (Dong Fang Huo Go) is located in the corners of Dela Rosa and Medina streets in Pio del Pilar, Makati. It's across the south super highway from SM Hypermarket. You can Waze it too, just search for Dong Fang Huo Go instead of Happy Hotpot.
So anyway, when we got there at 11:45A, the place had only a couple of tables occupied. But the food attendant said that it does get full so best to go a bit early if you would like to get a good table. When we left at close to around 1PM, it still was not full though.
They have a good selection of meat (mostly lamb) and just a few veggies though. A few meat balls and mushrooms too. If you are a noodle lover, they only have a couple of noodles available, egg noodles and udon noodles (they're called something else in Chinese though).
Speaking of menu, we were surprised to see that it was actually quite an expensive restaurant, specially for only two people in our table. If we wanted to order everything we wanted to eat from the menu, we would have reached more than PhP 1,000 per head, so in other words, you have to choose really well which ones you'd want to cook because it's pricey per plate with a price range of PhP 150-450 per raw ingredient.
You get a hefty serving (2-3 persons), but still, it is quite pricey. I guess it's safe to say that it's priced for tourists, specially if you are used to the other shabu shabu/hotpot places here in the metro where you pay PhP 550-650 for an all-you-can-eat place.
King One Rotary Hotpot does have 9 selection of soups that includes Spicy Szechuan soup. They also have a wider selection of soup bases: Satay Soup, Century Egg Wansoy Soup, Plain Soup, Hong Kong Curry Soup, Korean Kimchi Soup, Thailand Tom Yan Soup, Hong Kong Style Pork Soup, and Superior Beef Soup.
|Bamboo Tofu sticks and udon noodles|
|Thin slices of Australian beef|
I wanted to order more ingredients to cook but it would add up to the bill and would cost more. Plus, it was just the hubster and I, and we were kind of filling up too! I guess this place is ideal for more than 2 heads to enjoy.
|Freshly made fish balls|
In case if you were wondering if I would ever return to this place, I would say, not anytime soon. It's quite expensive to dine in at for a casual lunch or dinner and to be able to eat only a few ingredients. We spent PhP 1,995 for just the two of us. Although if you were to divide that amount to three heads, it still wouldn't have been worth it for PhP 665/head for just eight types of ingredients to cook.
So, this is what I meant about this restaurant being one of the best I have tried to date, but wouldn't be returning anytime soon -or ever.
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