Tuesday, 12 January 2021

Last Dine-In on First Day of Emergency : Hotpot 1

Drama or what? The Movement Control Order (MCO) was announced Monday to take effect on Wednesday (tomorrow) and today, our King the Yang di-Pertuan Agong proclaimed a state of emergency. Alamak.

I was already feeling a little bit down wondering if I can work during the MCO (announcement was made later today) and wondering how administrative matters (statutory deadlines etc) would be handled.

Well, I am relieved to note that yes, I can work and emergency or not, life goes on. And since dining-in is not allowed during the MCO, I went out for my last dine-in before the MCO kicks in.


I had my pre-MCO lunch at Hotpot 1 @ The Starling


This is something they call Swiss Chicken (RM16.00). I don't know what is Swiss about it. It was delicious though, something like ayam masak kicap (I hope I don't insult the chef).


I loved it but the portion size was a tad small (by my standards lah).

This meal comes with a free side dish (of my choice).


Two cute fishes fried until super crispy.


I have been to Hotpot 1 before this. Let me show you the menu.


With each hotpot set (rice+main dish+soup)  you get to choose one free side dish.


They also serve claypot noodles.


And soup rice. I suppose soup rice is porridge?


On my first visit, I had the Tofu Seafish (RM22.00).


It is basically fried fish in gingery bean paste and two slices of tofu.


It was all right, my mum's ginger taucheow fish tastes a lot better than this (Hi Ma! She reads my blog).


For the side dish, I chose Sambal Ikan Bilis which was not to my liking because this is Chinese style sambal. Malay sambal ikan bilis is the best (to me).

The soup is nothing to shout about as it is a light tasting clear soup with some bits of cabbage.

On my second visit I had the Chaipu Chicken (RM16.00). I have no idea what is chaipu but this dish was da bomb.


But first, the side dish. I had the yam cake. 


Ooohh! It was so good. Jam packed with yam and very tasty. 


As for the Chaipu Chicken, nyum! nyum! My favorite so far. It has lots of dried chilies and curry leaves. Very aromatic and delicious.

There is a flame under the hotpot and it lasted even after I finished my meal (resulting in the pot getting some burn marks).

I guess with eateries only allowed to sell takeaway, the hoptpot experience is lost. I could come tapau the food but I think I will wait until dining-in is allowed again before I return.

Happy MCO!

24 comments:

  1. I don't mind going to such places - where there is almost nobody!

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    1. It sure looks like ayam masak kicap, very homecooked...and the fish too - things we usually eat at home, nice!

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    2. There are not many customers before 1:00pm and I always go early to avoid the office lunch crowd.

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  2. I would have thought chaipu is choy po the preserved vege. the meals here are not exactly those hot pots or steam boat style meals so I guess can buy takeaway n if want to, just heat it up at home.

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    1. I did not taste any choy po in the dish. Maybe it means something else.

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  3. You are one lucky person to stay safe even though u dine out a lot. Even din tai fung says they follow all sop but got one staff kena so I guess when all sops are followed, it boils down to luck so you are a lucky person. Can go buy 4 digits or more.

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  4. So is everyone in your office going to work in the office every working weekday?

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  5. May I know the location of this place? Thanks

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    1. It's at A Foodie's Nest, the foodcourt at The Starling Mall, Damansara Uptown.

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  6. Seems like you have been there for a number of times already! Yes, the yam does look yammy and yummy... and choi po chicken, that gives me an idea on what to cook with chicken the next time!

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  7. eh, u can go back office? nice lor….can still see colleague & boss....LOL! I miss my colleague....the yam cake looks tasty.

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    1. She is the boss la. She doesn't have any other bosses higher up to see. Lolx!

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  8. For someone who don't like seafood all that much, I see you had quite a bit of fish here. I buy these small ikan bawal and fry them at home too...love them super crispy. Your mom would be very glad to 'read' that she cooks a batter taucheo fish. I think soup rice is not porridge but rice with soup like how I would eat at home...just boil rice and pour soup over it.

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    1. I am starting to enjoy fish more and more! Oh...soup rice just rice dumped in soup hah..hah..

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  9. Hi Ma! I am Phong Hong's Number 1 Blog Fan! Please tell her that she deserves to reward me with some cakes and Kim Chi Jigae meals. I only live, like 1 minute's drive away if the traffic lights are green all the way. She rather reward someone so far away across the causeway. Bwahahahahaha.... Happy MCO Ma!


    I have eaten at that Hotpot 1 a few times. Their dishes are all good with big portions. So my wife would share with me as one meal for 2.

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    1. hahahahaha!!!

      The dishes are restaurant quality like those you get at tai chow. They even list down and show photo of their 3 masterchefs.

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  10. Chaipu = pickled radish = choy poh?
    The swiss chicken, if I guess correctly, is sweet soy sauce-flavored chicken which always appear in Hong Kong drama. :P
    Normally is Swiss chicken wings.

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    1. I don't know about the chaipu, must ask them next time. The Swiss chicken is like what you described, so maybe that is the one. LOL!

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  11. I will like the chaipu chicken the most too, looks so appetizing with dried chillies and curry leaves.

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  12. Hey Mun! I am the one of the Person In Charge for Hotpot 1 and we would love to invite you over for a Complimentary Signature Asam Seafish Hotpot Set! We would want you to give us a review as this is our best seller so far. Do let me know if you are available at any time.

    Here is my contact 010-9311625 and we hope to hear from you soon! ☺️

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