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Wumizhou Hot Pot (Shanghai, China)
||138 Yu Yuan Road,|
Reviewed by: Jacqueline M. Newman
Fall Volume: 2009 Issue: 16(3) page: 27
Wumizhou Hot Pot is a two floor facility and a newer branch of a four-facility chain. This one is in a heavily trafficked shopping area half block from a subway station. It is as busy as can be but required no waiting as it was very early when we went there. Come later, such as those who did when we left, and be prepared to stand on line.
Our hot pot was great, came as requested, with a spicy stock. Blander ones and congee are also available. Tables are so tiny that a three-tier-trolley is rolled over for foods ordered that await cooking. Four of us cooked twenty-five items, a huge number but one the staff did not flinch at when we ordered them. They just watched us devour everything beginning with a small bowl of congee with corn. We enjoyed it and the piles of peanuts we shelled, and the garlic stems, tiny pickles, and several other vegetables we nibbled on. They made us hungry and they got our salivary glands operational.
Our mala or very hot hot pot came with a dozen dried hot peppers, several scallions, some cinnamon sticks, lemon grass, and a bay leaf happily swimming within. We cooked sheets of beef, quail eggs, frozen tofu squares, shrimp, cuttlefish, vegetable, fish, and pork balls, and spinach, bok cai, enoki mushrooms, hearts of napa cabbage, cut-up king oyster mushrooms, bean thread noodles, fake crab sticks, baby Shanghai cabbage, and ten other sea items. After all of them, we ended our meal enjoying strips of watermelon and small mugs of tea; and we rolled out fuller than full.