Modern Chinese hotpot, freshest ingredients
To find Simmer Huang, it’s right next to Chatswood station – part of ‘The District’ food court but located outside of the main dining area and next to dessert chain Passionflower.
Knowing these spring onion pancakes are deep fried in oil they didn’t taste all that oily. Thin and crisp, if you’re feeling like something carby, they will hit the spot for sure.
The standard ingredients that go in every pot are jujube, wolfberry, garlic, cherry tomato, red & green capsicum, sweet potato, carrot, celery and onion. Our choice of meat and seafood hotpot included pork ribs, chicken wings, squid and prawns.
A waiter arranged half the vegetables into the pot along with all the meat, then they proceeded to paint every piece of food with sauce to ensure even coverage and the lid goes on for 15-20 minutes while everything cooks. Half way through, waiters will add chicken stock from a steel teapot and the other half of the vegetables that don’t need as much time to cook.
After what seemed like an excruciating wait (since we were starving) the waiters came back to the table and double checked for the doneness of the meat by opening up a chicken wing, it needed another 5 minutes so the lid went back on.
While it smelt good and the produce was fantastically fresh, unfortunately the broth was sweet like hoisin sauce and not to my palate.
Hand pulled noodles are provided with the hotpot dishes, these are stretched and cooked right before you. I wanted to have noodles with my hotpot but staff told me that they were to be provided after the meat and vegetables were consumed. I thought this was baffling - the norm of hotpot enjoyment must MUST include noodles altogether with meat and vegetables. I had to strongly insist that I wanted to have noodles with the main meal and not afterwards. Just FYI.
I have to add though that I only had the mild flavoured broth, there are others to choose from; spicy, very hot etc… so I’ve tried just the one and cannot definitively say they’re all similar or dissimilar – I’m just not sure.
MsBrulee dined as guests of Simmer Huang. Opinions however are my own.