White tomato 3

Only one new entry for White Tomato. I will get there someday!

Bibimbap, we have seen before. Have another picture to satiate your visual hunger.

Fish cake hotpot:

I was expecting this to be slightly spicy, as with all the other hotpots I have seen, but it isn’t even red. It’s a mild-tasting, slightly sweet from the fish cakes, and has the added dimension of onions and daikon radish.
To the fish cakes themselves! There are two kinds in here. There is chikuwa (I only know it by its Japanese name), which is surimi (ground up fish flesh bound with flour for consistency) in a tube. It’s a good source of protein, and in Japan, it’s an inexpensive protein addition. Fish paste doesn’t sound particularly appetising to the Western palate, but it quite tasty. It’ll be the texture rather than the taste that will meet the most resistance in its acceptance. The second kind of fish cake is more like a pancake with fish paste through it. Compared to the chikuwa surimi tube, the fish paste pancake is softer, more pancake-like in texture and absorbs more of the soup. There’s also a small bowl of soy sauce with wasabi.
Overall, I think it’s best to order the fish cake hotpot if you enjoy mild broths, easy-to-eat/digest foods and inoffensive tastes (Offensive in the way of unfamiliarity such as pork-on-the-bone, chilis, strange preserved vegetables, sesame oil, sesame seeds etc. While I have not found any of those offensive in taste, I am aware that some have sensitive tastes.) Having sensitive tastes shouldn’t limit you to trying new things, new things should just be introduced slowly. The texture isn’t too strange, the pancake is familiar to most, and the chikuwa tubes aren’t rubbery at all (unlike some other surimi products).


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