Ate In Taiwan: It's Gettin' Hot in Here! Sichuan Hot Pot in Taiwan. All U Can Eat Duck Blood! Old Sichuan in Kaohsiung City.
Huo Guo aka Hot Pot.
Hot pot is simply good because it's so simple. Get some finely sliced meat, add some quick to cook veggies, gather around a roiling cauldron, sink your raw food into the scalding hot liquid until it's cooked to your liking and finally dunk your grub into the tasty dipping sauce and eat!
The entire time I was in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, it was hot and humid, tropical weather. You would think that it's counter-intuitive to crave hot pot in such oppressive heat, but hot pot is actually an ideal meal in such conditions. All that hot food actually cools you down. Maybe it's the sweating. Maybe it's all those special spices that float around the hot pot stocks.
Yin and yang is the kind of hot pot we had, with one side bobbing with blistering sichuan peppercorn pods like ocean mines, and the other side softly glowing like a creamy yellow chicken broth bath.
Among the proteins were some of my favorites: lamb, intestines and honeycomb tripe. But the star of the night was the duck blood. It's a specialty of the house.
Nobody does duck blood like Old Sichuan according to my brother, Warren. He should know since he's tried a lot of duck blood at hot pot restaurants in Taiwan and parts of China. Apparently it's something in the blood's seasoning. All I know is that it was addicting and delicious.
Now I understand how a vampire feels. Just another bite. More blood. Good thing the duck blood was all you can eat because I happily took them up on their offer.
Old Sichuan Hot Pot restaurant website.
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