Disclaimer: Only the drunken chicken hotpot in this review was complimentary. All opinions are my own.
Located inside the Aberdeen Centre Food Court, Tofu Hotpot is a food stall offering various hot pot combos.
Tofu Hotpot offers individual serving hot pot combos priced under $9. Each combo comes with rice or noodle, a drink and dessert. Some of the hot pot combos are pork, lamb, beef, seafood and veggie. There are even options for a milk-based hot pot.
What I Tried
At the Taste of Aberdeen event, I tried the drunken chicken hot pot. It was hearty and comforting dish with wood ear mushroom, napa cabbage, thread noodles, and decent portions of chicken. The clear, savoury broth was flavourful.
When I visited Aberdeen Centre recently, I decided to try their milk lamb hot pot combo. I have never tried a milk-based hot pot broth so I was curious about how it would taste. The combo was $8.25 plus tax and I had a ice lemon tea with it. The dessert provided was two cream puffs.
The hot pot itself was a bundle of surprises. To start, the milk broth was much more tolerable and tastier than I expected. It wasn’t heavy in dairy flavour but was rather light.
The lamb portions were okay, but as I delved deeper into the bowl of soup I uncovered other interesting ingredients. Where shall I be begin? Well, to start, there were a few seafood items in this lamb hot pot including fishballs and imitation crab. There was an egg and what seemed like SPAM. I also found some cubes of pork blood.
The most surprising item of all was a corn cob. It is rather unexpected to start eating food from a hot pot with your hands. Corn kernels would have sufficed.
The cream puff dessert was also better than expected considering that it came from a hot pot-focused food stall. The filling tasted fresh and the shell was pretty butery and flaky.
Overall, the milk lamb hot pot felt like less of lamb-focused hot pot but rather a mish-mash of premade ingredients ready to be added to different soup bases.
Overall Impression of Tofu Hotpot
The drunken hot pot from Tofu Hotpot was warm and hearty, which is well-suited for winter and rainy day eats. The milk lamb hot pot was a bundle of unrelated ingredients thrown together. The food had reasonable value for an under $10 combo including drink and dessert, but it was a very strange combo indeed. Rating: 2.5/5