Monday, October 27, 2008

Chong Qing Ji Gong Bao

There are several branches of Chong Qing Ji Gong Bao in Shanghai. It is really good food, with hotpot selections from spiciest to mildly spicy. I've had the medium and spiciest, and neither is overly hot. Even if you aren't a big fan of spicy food, the flavor of this one is good enough to go for the mildest of all. That's not always true of Sichuan food, so this is a good one to try.

This hotpot is a bit different from the traditional Sichuan hotpot. Here, you eat as much of the meat that is first served to you as you can (or would like to), and then add water to start cooking the other ingredients you've ordered to go in the hotpot. I've been with bigger groups, or with just 1 friend, and either way, it is a good spot to eat. You can order as much or as little as you like to go into the hotpot, and it will still be a nice experience. When there are just 2 of us, I usually just go for 1 vegetable and an order of 'fen tiao' and that works out just right when added to the chicken (or beef or pork), onion, and celery base. But of course there are lots of other things you can choose from. And whatever you choose, it's almost sure to be a hit here.

There are branches all over the city, but I most often dine at the one on Wan Ping Lu or the one on Xie Tu Lu (very close to each other, but with a very different atmosphere at each spot). At both locations, I've had a good experience every time I've been.

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