Paying To Cook My Own Dinner

Tonight I went to a “Hot Pot” restaurant. For those who don’t know, a hot pot is a place where you pay to cook your own food – the restaurant doesn’t cook for you. They just provide the raw food and a hot pot. At the center of the table is a stove where the pot is placed. You have a choice of various soup base to use. Once the soup is at the boiling point, you add the raw stuff – veggie, meat, fish, etc. And then comes the fun part; trying to decide if the food in the pot is cooked enough to eat.

Hot Pot

This is not my first time at a hot pot. I have tried it twice before over 10 years ago and my memories of it weren’t very good. When I go to a restaurant I expect to just eat, not cook. If I wanted to cook, I can stay home and do that for free! However, this hot pot restaurant in Burnaby wasn’t half bad. As far as hot pot goes, I have to say Top Gun Hot Pot is definitely top gun.

Would I go again? Well, considering the bill came to over $113.00 for 4.5 people (we had a kid with us) I would say it maybe another 10+ years before I try hot pot again.

15 thoughts on “Paying To Cook My Own Dinner”

  1. Tim Yang says:

    Yup, it’s probably cheaper to do hotpot or steamboat at home. How’s your fire insurance payments coming? πŸ˜‰

    (Don’t mind me, I’m horribly bad at cooking at home.)

  2. Rosie says:

    I love hot pot! Garden City Hot Pot is the best.

  3. John Chow says:

    Like I said, I doubt I will be going to hot pot again for another 10 years.

  4. Alex Becker says:

    $100 did you know that it was an expensive restaurant before going?

  5. John Chow says:

    Yes I knew it would be fairly expensive given I’ve been to other Top Gun restaurants (non hot pot ones).

    1. Alex Becker says:

      If you have the money I guess its ok just for the experience.

  6. my favorite restaurant like that is called “the melting pot” and it is delicious, we usually get the salad, the cheese fondu, then the main meal which is mixed vegetables, chicken, steak, shrimp, and for dessert, its melted chocolate with fresh fruit. but its about $100 for 2 people…

  7. Jane says:

    Looks like a fun time though! πŸ™‚

    1. Alex Becker says:

      haha Jane do you enjoy cooking?

  8. Mihai says:

    At least you don’t have to do the dishes πŸ™‚

  9. Bryan Taylor says:

    When i lived in Japan(in the Navy) we would go to something similar. Instead of the hot pot there was a grill in the center of the table.

    You choose your meat and veggies and just grill it at the table. They had several sauces to use either as a marinade or to dip. It has been several years but I think it was about $15 – $20 per person and all you could eat.

  10. Dr. Teeth says:

    lol thats really funny of you John!

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