Chinese hot pot
There are few of these around Dubai, each with their own charm, but since we’re in Bur Dubai — and we like this one more — we picked Xiao Wei Yang Hot Pot for our ultimate soup cravings. No place satisfies quite as generously. This restaurant is also perfect for feeding big groups of people with their communal- style large tables — the requisite induction plate smack in the centre.
So what’s the fuss over the soup? For starters, it’s the broth. There are two different types, one is spicy, made obvious by its dark red tinge, and the other is a mild, even medicinal white to clear soup. Note: You could try the Ying/ Yang and they’ll bring out both in a fancy boiler. The stock is made from aromatic roots, herbs, and bones ( and other scraps) and we all know how good marrow is for your health. In fact, if you’re feeling a little under the weather, this is the place you want to come to. The spices are very delicate and you can taste the Sichuan peppers, chillies and hints of leeks, ginger and garlic in the soup. The clear broth is even simpler and nuanced, infused with what I believe is a kind of Goji berry, which, according to Eastern medicine, helps to tone the blood.
Once you’ve picked your broth, then it’s time to pick what goes into it – one cannot live on broth alone! The menu lists all sorts of meats, vegetables, tofu, meat and fish balls, seafood and fungi ( different kinds of mushrooms). You could go for the platters that cost about Dh100 and can easily feed 2- 3 people, and comes with a little of everything, or you can pick and choose from the menu. There’s chicken and beef, sliced paper- thin carpaccio- style and aromatic beef mince balls that go well with the soup. If you prefer seafood, there are shrimps and shrimp balls. There is also water spinach ( Kan Kun) if you think you’re not getting enough leafy greens. The variety of mushrooms is impressive and worth trying. Other gems in this place are the Sesame Rounds, Golden Buns and the Scallion Pancakes.
There are few places in Dubai that get this authentic with food, and keep the experience interesting enough for repeat visits. And who doesn’t love hot pot? It’s perfect after a night out ( these guys are open late) or even for a quiet date night.